“Incredibly sleazy.”This was how former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg described Hunter Biden’s behavior during his father’s tenure as vice president.
The young Biden was revealed to have accompanied his father on several official trips, ostensibly conducting business on the side, as well as attending a number of state functions with Vice President Biden.
Hunter reportedly went on as many as 13 foreign trips with his father, or “catch a ride” with “JRB”, as he told his business partners.
JRB supposedly was a pseudonym for the then-Vice President Biden.
Hunter went on these trips just a few months after putting up Rosemont Seneca, an investment firm, with his business partners.
Hunter Biden: Unethical at Best
Speaking to Fox News, Wisenberg said, “Well, it’s incredibly sleazy to have been doing what he was doing, basically accompanying his father on official U.S. business, government business, and then using it as his own business opportunity.”
One example was illustrated in an email sent by Eric Schwerin, then-president of Rosemont Seneca to Hunter’s business partners.
“Hunter would like to try and get to Serbia right after going to Madrid with his Dad,” part of the email read. Furthermore, the young Biden did not have a “specific investment opportunity to pitch,” he was hoping to talk to Serbian leaders “in general about Rosemont Seneca and the investment opportunities,” Schwerin said in the email.
However, Wisenberg still sought to be fair to the young Biden, refusing to ascribe any importance to reports that long-time Biden ally Alexander Mackler sent several messages to a “secret” email address of then-VP Biden shortly before joining the office of David Weiss, began the investigation into Hunter’s business dealings at the behest of then-attorney general Bill Barr. Weiss is now the special counsel in charge of the cases against the president’s son.
The former deputy independent counsel pointed out that Mackler left Weiss’ office just a month after the Hunter Biden investigation was launched, and that the practice of appointing political allies to certain government posts was not limited to Delaware, where Biden served as senator before ascending to vice president.
“There’s nothing inherently unethical about the fact that somebody close to a senator gets a job as an assistant U.S. attorney,” Wisenberg said. “I know it’s sexy to talk about it, but he (Mackler) was gone a month after the investigation started,” he added.
The Hunter Biden Investigation Mistake?
Wisenberg bemoaned, however, the “big mistake” by Barr to send the investigation into Hunter to Delaware, which he called a “recipe for a non-aggressive prosecution,” given Biden’s influence in the state and on its officials.
“The case never should have been sent to a small district like Delaware where President Biden visited the office and chatted with staff during the investigation,” Wisenberg said.
Wisenberg also said that he supports the congressional inquiry into the Biden’s business dealings.
“Congress should definitely keep digging,” adding, “Let me tell you something: You aren’t going to get anything from the investigation of David Weiss. It doesn’t matter if you call him special counsel or special poohbah – it was a mistake to have him do it (Hunter Biden investigation).”
Tim Ramos has written for various publications, corporations, and organizations – covering everything from finance, politics, travel, entertainment, and sports – in Asia and the U.S. for more than 10 years.
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