In a recently surfaced 2018 text message, Hunter Biden claimed to have covered his father’s bills for over a decade, sparking renewed accusations of corruption within the first family, according to House Republicans.
What Did Hunter Biden Do for His Dad?
The text exchange, which took place between Hunter and his assistant, Katie Dodge, mentioned his Wells Fargo account being inaccessible due to “too many profile changes.”
In response to Dodge’s mention of needing to pay AT&T, Hunter instructed her to charge the payment to both his debit card and Wells Fargo credit line. Notably, he wrote, “My dad has been using most lines on this account which I’ve through the gracious offerings of Eric [Schwerin] have paid for past 11 years.”
While the text’s context does not explicitly specify whether Hunter and his father shared an AT&T or Wells Fargo account, it has ignited debates over the Biden family’s financial dealings.
Critics argue that the texts imply a level of financial linkage between Hunter and Joe Biden that raises questions about their ethical practices.
Republicans are not backing down from their allegations, with Rep. Clay Higgins telling Fox News, “There’s more. Much, much more. Joe Biden is most certainly a heavily compromised career politician. Republicans on the Oversight Committee are revealing the depths of his corruption, and everyone close to him will be burned by the inferno of his crash.”
A Bug, or a Feature, of Hunter’s Conduct?
The freshly revealed texts resonate with prior reports from Fox News, which showed instances of intertwined finances between Hunter and Biden.
Eric Schwerin, Hunter’s longtime business partner, emerged as a pivotal figure in their financial orbit.
A 2010 email from Schwerin indicated a transfer of funds from Joe Biden’s tax refund check to Hunter’s account, citing “he owes it to you.”
Another email from 2016 showed Hunter’s responsibility to pay an AT&T bill for “JRB,” presumably referring to Joe Biden.
House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik criticized the Biden family, asserting, “This is what corruption looks like.” She alleged that Hunter leveraged access to his father to solicit financial support.
Committee Republicans have been releasing bank memos, showcasing money flowing into Hunter’s accounts from foreign entities while Joe Biden was vice president.
The underlying question remains whether the president was aware of or benefited from these transactions.
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer labeled Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel for the Hunter Biden investigation as an attempt to cover up the Biden family’s alleged involvement in lucrative dealings.
Pressure on President Joe Biden over Hunter Biden
This is hardly the first time his son’s texts have gotten the President into hot water.
Back in June, it was reported that in a 2017 text message, Hunter Biden appeared to pressure someone named Henry Zhao, mentioning his father’s interest in an unnamed matter.
President Biden was asked about his role in the message and sternly denied any direct involvement.
Hunter’s lawyers attributed that text to his struggles with addiction, and even claimed the screenshot in question was a fake.
Hunter Biden is also facing charges related to false statements and unpaid taxes.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.
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