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Hunter Biden: How Much Trouble Is He In Now?

Hunter Biden. Image Credit: Screenshot Via YouTube.
Hunter Biden. Image Credit: Screenshot.

Donald Trump has dominated the news this week but there’s still plenty of attention being paid to Hunter Biden. Biden, who has become something of a Republican punching bag, is still generating headline after headline.

Here’s a quick survey of news updates regarding the president’s beleaguered son.

Hunter Biden: Rep. Matt Gaetz gets involved

Matt Gaetz, a Freedom Caucus member, has waded into the fray, demanding that the “FBI agent who ‘suppressed’ Hunter Biden probe’s girlfriend’ preserve records – after her tweets suggested she had inside information on whistleblowers who reported him.’

Yeah, I don’t know what’s going on there; don’t put too much stock in that headline. It’s Matt Gaetz and Twitter and he-said-she-said. Just remember: there is political capital to be harvested from going after Hunter Biden right now. Gaetz is getting in on the action.

Ties to China

Allegedly, Hunter Biden was “asked to use contacts in the FBI to help his Chinese business partner who was arrested for bribery and money laundering.”

The report comes from the Daily Mail who wrote that “a whistleblower claims Hunter used a top former or current FBI official code-named ‘One Eye’ to funnel secret bureau information to his Chinese business partners.

Specifically, what happened is that Patrick Ho, secretary general of CEFC, hired Hunter Biden as an attorney. Ho was then arrested at JFK Airport on charges of bribing African government officials. Hunter then hired lawyers at Krieger Kim & Lewin, “a law firm specializing in cross-border criminal cases,” to help represent Ho. Then, Edward Kim, one of the partners at the firm, wrote Hunter saying: ‘if you’re able to find the names of the FBI agents you spoke with, that would be helpful.’ Hunter responded: ‘Working on it.’

The exchange itself appears fairly innocuous. But deeper claims, “that Hunter had an FBI mole with the code name ‘One-Eye,’ who tipped off CEFC executives that they were under investigation,” are cropping up with the taint of conspiracy.

Focus on Hunter’s personal life

The media has gone beyond the House Oversight Committee’s investigation, to take a deeper look at the man himself, Hunter Biden.

Most recently, the media has reported that the art gallery owner who features Hunter Biden’s work posted a video to Instagram in which Hunter paints at home, while an inspirational Morgan Freeman voiceover narrates. It’s not really news but everyone is covering it – with a hint of mockery.

The video, “which was meant to be private and only for friends and family,” showed Hunter painting at home while a clip of Morgan Freeman voiceover, from the 2001 film Along Came a Spider, narrates.

‘You’re born with a gift…And what you’re good at, you don’t take for granted,’ Freeman’s character Detective Alex Cross says. ‘You don’t betray it.’

‘What if you do betray your gift?’ another character in the film asks Freeman. ‘Then you betray yourself,’ Freeman responds. ‘That’s a sad thing.’   

Yeah, the video might be a touch cheesy – but it’s not really a big deal. The guy likes to paint. He’s good at it. I think he should be able to keep painting without being mocked in the media – even if he is the subject of a House Oversight investigation, even if he has Matt Gaetz in hot pursuit.

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Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.