Hunter Biden was paid a reported $2.4 million in income in 2017 and $2.2 million in income in 2018 from Chinese and Ukrainian interests, according to the Washington Post fact-checker, Glenn Kessler.
These revelations prompted CNN’s Jake Tapper to publicly acknowledge that his great rival, former President Donald J. Trump, was correct in his attacks on Joe Biden in 2020 about how his son, Hunter, took millions of dollars from foreign interests.
Joe Biden, meanwhile, denied all the charges that Trump had lobbed at Hunter in the run-up to the 2020 election.
Hunter Biden News: An Incredible Admission
As even Jake Tapper was forced to admit, Joe Biden was misrepresenting his son’s illicit dealings to the American people in 2020.
This is an incredible admission, seeing as the Washington Post, CNN, and a multitude of other news media outlets—as well as a variety of social media companies—happily carried water for the Biden Campaign in 2020 by suppressing any mention of the Hunter Biden scandals as being little more than “Russian disinformation.”
Now Tapper is leading the push to cover the Hunter Biden story with more seriousness than it has ever been covered in the last three years in the legacy media.
That this is occurring as the 2024 Presidential Election kicks up means that forces are gathering, not only within the Republican Party, which has been doggedly pursuing the Bidens for their alleged corruption, but also on the Left against the Biden Family.
Perhaps this is something more.
There has been speculation for months that President Biden, although he is officially running for reelection, will ultimately be unable to run for the presidency.
There has been a slow drip-drip-drip of speculation and information leaking out that even some Democrats are weary of Biden’s reelection campaign. Some on the Right have asserted that the Democrats are secretly working on a way to push Biden out and that allowing the Hunter Biden to blow up in the press would be one way they got rid of him.
There might be some truth to that.
From “Russian Disinformation” to Serious, History Changing News
It’s been astonishing to see the way in which the Hunter Biden story has gone from being considered nothing more than “Russian disinformation” three years ago to now getting the attention of the likes of the Washington Post and CNN.
At the same time, though, Hunter Biden’s corruption has been so glaringly obvious that it’s almost impossible to maintain an indefinite cone of silence around the story.
Even journalists and media organizations usually friendly to the Biden Administration and the Democratic Party can’t ignore an elephant in the room when it’s stampeding toward them.
Whatever may be happening with that aspect of the campaign, the fact remains that Hunter Biden is becoming a major problem for the Biden Campaign. President Biden publicly downplays the significance of the Republican Party’s attacks on his son.
The Democratic Party similarly scoffs at the various lines of inquiry that the House GOP and their allies subject the forty-sixth president to as it relates to Hunter Biden’s allegedly illicit business practices.
I suspect this behavior is mere puffery on the part of the Left meant to distract from the truth.
The truth of the matter is that President Biden is “obsessed with the negative coverage of Hunter. He’s concerned about it, it’s an irritant. And that’s understandable. But not one that allies around him want to raise because it could derail the conversation,” according to CNN’s John Avlon.
Joe Biden’s Bad Behavior
What’s more, should the House GOP investigation find clear evidence linking Hunter Biden’s purportedly corrupt business, Rosemont-Seneca Partners, to the forty-sixth president’s personal bank account, the Hunter Biden scandal will become a significant factor in the 2024 Election.
It is already well known, however, that had the news about Hunter Biden’s perfidy been more widely reported (rather than incorrectly labeled as “Russian disinformation”) that most of the independent voters who broke for Biden in 2020 would have gone for Trump.
Claims from the Democrats that no one cares about the Hunter Biden story going into 2024 are misleading. Evidence linking Hunter to the president would be decisive in swinging many voters away from Biden in 2024 and toward whoever the Republican Party’s nominee is.
As for the Democratic Party’s argument that the Republicans are shamelessly exploiting the personal addiction woes of the First Son for cheap political gain in a contentious presidential election, the amount of evidence that the House GOP has already amassed on Hunter Biden and his father—no matter how circumstantial—would be enough to initiate an impeachment inquiry.
Double Standards and Democrats
That is, if Joe Biden were a Republican president. Because he’s a Democrat, the standard of proof is absurdly high. And the media happily goes along with that unbelievable double-standard.
How do you think most American voters would react if, on top of the already widely available evidence that Hunter received nearly $5 million over two years from Chinese and Ukrainian interests, verifiable evidence linking those transactions to Joe Biden was uncovered?
The Republicans believe they’re close to proving these connections beyond a shadow of a doubt.
If that happens, the Hunter Biden story becomes very serious for the Democrats in 2024. They might even have to drop Joe Biden if the House GOP find their backbone and initiate an impeachment inquiry into President Biden sooner rather than later.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.
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