“Say It Nicer”: Why Many Questions Remain After The Hunter Biden Interview

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Below is my column on the ABC interview with Hunter Biden. The interview preceded his father’s debate that day, but former Vice President Joe Biden awkwardly declined to address the issue. As I discussed in another column, there remains a media mantra that there is “no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden.” That dismisses the long objections by many of us that these lucrative jobs and contracts for spouses and children are part of an unethical and corrupt practice. Most of us view what Hunter did as clearly “wrong” but the media has adopted a narrow focus on whether criminal charges have been brought as opposed to whether the Ukraine deal was a raw and obvious form of influence peddling.

Here is the column:

“Say it nicer.” No words better sum up the news coverage of Hunter Biden. That instruction given from him to ABC News reporter Amy Robach came after she noted that he was “in and out of rehab” several times for dependency on drugs ranging from cocaine to crack. In fact, the media has been “saying it nicer” for weeks, telling readers and viewers there is “no finding of wrongdoing” by the son of Joe Biden while avoiding any substantive discussion of his controversial business dealings.

During the interview, Hunter Biden moved between muted apologies and indignant denials about alleged efforts to cash in on his father being vice president. The interview was galling for those critical of this common form of corruption. For three decades, I have written about the practice of giving lucrative jobs and contracts to the spouses and children of powerful politicians as a way of gaining influence in Washington.

Hunter Biden’s deals are textbook examples of how political families become rich from public service. Still, many in the media continue to repeat Joe Biden’s position that “no one has asserted my son did a single thing wrong.” That, of course, is untrue. Even if the deals did not amount to crimes, they were wrong. They have always been wrong, but both parties have always protected these deals as a dirty little secret.

Hunter Biden appeared to struggle to find his identity in explaining his foreign deals. He was asked why he accompanied his father on an official trip to China in 2013, shortly before he signed a deal with the Bank of China to manage $1.5 billion in investments. He replied, “I have traveled everywhere with my dad.” The problem is he was 43 years old at the time. He was definitely not some oversized lap child.

After admitting that he probably was given such lucrative deals because of his dad, he suggested the opposite. Pressed about his credentials to be a director of a Ukrainian energy company, he said, “I was vice chairman of the board of Amtrak for five years. I was the chairman of the board of the United Nations World Food Program. I was a lawyer for Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the most prestigious law firms in the world.”

Indeed, he was given those positions, but they raise the same concerns over whether he earned them. Hunter Biden has the prototypical resume of the progeny of the powerful in Washington. He seemed to land jobs far beyond his experience or proven skills. Most law school graduates work for six years just to make junior partner in a firm. Yet, directly out of law school in 1996, he was given a lucrative position with MBNA America, a bank that was not only a campaign contributor to his father but a business actively lobbying for lending changes in Congress. His father, then a powerful senator, supported changes that benefited the bank.

Within a couple years of graduating, Hunter Biden amazingly ascended to the position of executive vice president. He was then given a position in the Commerce Department before he became an industry lobbyist. In 2006, President Bush made him a member of the board of directors of Amtrak. No one seriously argued at the time that his resume even remotely qualified him for that position, any more than his assuming the board chairmanship of the United Nations World Food Program.

At the time, Democratic Senator Tom Carper of Delaware explained that Hunter Biden was qualified to get on the board of Amtrak because “Hunter Biden has spent a lot of time on Amtrak trains.” He was then given a position with the law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner while establishing an investment firm. Frankly, his entire resume is filled with high paying positions but few known accomplishments to justify them.

In a key exchange in the interview, Robach asked about Hunter Biden going with his father on an official trip to China. Shortly after that trip on Air Force Two, he signed a deal with Chinese businessman Jonathan Li and an investment firm worth as much as $1.5 billion in Chinese capital, including funding from the Bank of China. Robach correctly noted that President Trump is completely wrong in claiming that Hunter Biden walked away with $1.5 billion or made millions from the deal. Indeed, Hunter Biden insisted he did not made a dime on the deal.

But Robach then moved on without addressing the obvious point that Hunter Biden hoped to get a cut from a business seeking $1.5 billion. He simply failed in the effort. Saying that you failed to make a ton of money hardly gives you the ethical high ground. He also brushed over the fact that, during the official visit, he had his father take a photo with his business partner. He insisted it was a wonderful coincidence of a friend staying at the same hotel. Nor was he pressed on why, if his deal had made no money for years, he only decided to resign this month.

Hunter did admit that his deal with Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company, may have shown “poor judgment” but not because it was an effort at influence peddling. Nor because he took $50,000 a month from one of the most corrupt figures in Ukraine or because he got the deal when his father controlled billions in loans and aid to Ukraine. He said, “I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That is where I made the mistake.”

In other words, he broke the cardinal rule of the progeny of the powerful to never allow your personal enrichments to become public controversies. Ultimately, the real impact of this controversy turns on any responsibility of Joe Biden. During his interview, Hunter Biden insisted, “I did not have any discussions with my father before or after I joined the board as it related to it, other than that brief exchange that we had.”

Robach repeated that while ignoring an obvious contraction. This is where the spin moves from nice to nonsense. The point of the original question to Joe Biden was whether he knew his son was doing business in Ukraine when the vice president dangled more than $1 billion in loans in front of the Ukrainian government. Joe Biden denied any knowledge when he said, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

The Washington Post adopted this spin in its dubious “fact check” in which it acknowledged that Hunter Biden did tell his father about the deals but, since Joe Biden just told his son to be “careful,” the publication concluded that is “not much of a discussion.” However, that is not the point here. The point is that Joe Biden knew of a glaring conflict in what anyone would recognize as an obvious effort at influence peddling.

In response to this, Joe Biden has declared, “I can tell you now, if I am your next president, I am going to build on the squeaky clean transparent environment that we had in the Obama Biden White House.” That is a rather odd statement since his own son’s controversial deals in Ukraine and China occurred during that administration, as did controversial payments to the Clintons and their foundation from foreign interests. That is not exactly the model many of us have in mind. In the end, it is hard to say much of this in a “nicer” way, but the questions must be asked.

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanTurley.

100 thoughts on ““Say It Nicer”: Why Many Questions Remain After The Hunter Biden Interview”

  1. NEWSFLASH – Affirmative Action Privilege Launches Into Space

    Today, for the first time, women have conducted a space walk as the last frontier in affirmative action privilege.

    Of course, women have abandoned their natural and God-given role of procreation sufficient to grow and defend their nation, similarly abandoning America, leaving it with a fertility rate in a “death spiral” causing the population to be imported as a “discordant intermixture”* of parasites, foreign hyphenates and illegal aliens.

    Ain’t “progress” wonderful, as is popular and national extinction. Alas, AI will soon enough make human beings irrelevant and dispensable, so there’s that.

    You go, girls!
    ___________

    *
    “The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”

    – Alexander Hamilton

  2. Hunter did admit that his deal with Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company, may have shown “poor judgment” but not because it was an effort at influence peddling. Nor because he took $50,000 a month from one of the most corrupt figures in Ukraine or because he got the deal when his father controlled billions in loans and aid to Ukraine. He said, “I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That is where I made the mistake.”

    Follow the money, these people are nothing but low brow pieces of garbage.

    They think nothing of lying to your face while enriching themselves at the nations expense.

    Italicized/bold text was excerpted from consortiumnews.com a report titled:

    DC’s Atlantic Council Raked in Funding from Hunter Biden’s Corruption-Stained Ukrainian Employer While Courting His VP Father

    As Biden parries Trump’s accusations, some of the former vice president’s most ardent defenders are emerging from the halls of the Atlantic Council, which featured Biden as a star speaker at its awards ceremonies over the years. These advocates include Michael Carpenter, Biden’s longtime foreign policy advisor and specialist on Ukraine, who has taken to the national media to support his embattled boss.

    Even as Burisma’s trail of influence-buying finds its way into front page headlines, the Atlantic Council’s partnership with the company is scarcely mentioned. Homing in on the partisan theater of “Ukrainegate” and tuning out the wider landscape of corruption, the Beltway press routinely runs quotes from Atlantic Council experts on the scandal without acknowledging their employer’s relationship with Hunter Biden’s former employer.

    This case of obvious cronyism has not been overlooked because the Atlantic Council is a bit player, but because of its success in leveraging millions from foreign governments, the arms and energy industries, and Western-friendly oligarchs to bring its influence to bear in the nation’s capital.

    he need to refurbish Burisma’s tattered image, as well as his own, prompted Zlochevsky to resort to a tried and true tactic for shadowy foreign entities: forking over large sums of money to win friends in Washington. Hunter Biden and the Atlantic Council were soon to become two of his best friends.

    Hunter Biden was no stranger to trading on his father’s name for influence. He had served on the board of Amtrak, the train line his father famously rode more than 8,000 times, earning himself the nickname “Amtrak Joe.” Somehow, he also rose to senior vice president at MBNA, the bank that was the top contributor to Joe Biden’s Senate campaigns.

    Moreover, the vice president’s son reaped a board position at the National Democratic Institute, a U.S.-funded “democracy promotion” organization that was heavily involved in pushing regime change in Ukraine. And then there was Burisma, which handed him a position on its board despite his total lack of experience in the energy industry and in Ukrainian affairs.

    The Atlantic Council has provided more than just a web of influence for figures like Biden and Zlochevsky. It extended into the Trump administration, through a former employee who served as the president’s lead envoy to Ukraine.

    On the sidelines of a September 2018 Atlantic Council event in New York City, Burisma adviser Vadym Pozharskyi held a meeting with Kurt Volker, then the State Department’s special liaison to Ukraine. A former senior adviser to the Atlantic Council and national security hardliner, Volker had earned praise from Biden as a “solid guy.”

    At the time, Volker also served as the executive director of the McCain Institute, named for the senator, John McCain, who authored the congressional provision requiring the U.S. to budget 20 percent of all aid to Ukraine for offensive weapons. As I reported in 2017, the McCain Institute’s financial backers included the BGR group, whose designated lobbyist, Ed Rogers, was a lobbyist for Raytheon – the company that produced the Javelin missiles that both Volker and the Atlantic Council wanted sold to Ukraine.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2019/10/14/dcs-atlantic-council-raked-in-funding-from-hunter-bidens-corruption-stained-ukrainian-employer-while-courting-his-vp-father/

    Please read the entire report the excerpts do not do it justice.

  3. “President Trump is completely wrong in claiming that Hunter Biden walked away with $1.5 billion or made millions from the deal.”

    That statement is, in fact, inaccurate. It would be incorrect to state that Hunter Biden made $1.5 billion on the deal but President Trump is absolutely correct that Hunter Biden made millions from the deal.

    The Bidens are taking a page from the Clinton playbook here. Technically, Hunter Biden was not compensated for his services. However, he was given and exercised an option to purchase a 10% stake in a $1.5 billion dollar fund for $420,000 and while technically he hasn’t profited–yet–it’s only because he fund hasn’t matured.

    The bottom line here is that before the ink even dried on Hunter’s signature, that stake would have a likely expected value in excess of $10 million with a return on his investment in the thousands of percent.

    That’s an incredible deal particularly for someone with no real experience in private equity.

    If the public is serious about “draining the swamp”, then this kind of blatant self-dealing and implicit influence peddling should be Exhibit A.

    1. Not sorry for him.

      He has one or two utilities: he had the chops to get through law school and he knows how to leverage connections. Bad for the commonweal, but not something just anyone can manage.

      That having been said, he’s a crook, a crack-head, and a sexual deviant and he’s caused a great deal of misery to those in his immediate circle. One vector in his misconduct is (with scant doubt) a fair degree of confidence that his mother and step-father will not disown him. By implicating his sister-in-law in some of his shenanigans, he put the older generation in a tight place.

  4. “Say It Nicer”: Why Many Questions Remain After The Hunter Biden Interview

    – Professor Turley
    _______________

    “Barack and Michelle Obama Are Buying This Island Retreat for $14.8M—and It’s Peculiar”

    – Realtor.com
    ___________

    The answer to the “questions” is Barack Obama.

    Where does a voluble, equivocating and nefarious, empty-suit pothead from a single-wide in Hawaii get $14.8 million for a house? Answer: The same place as the Bidens and the Clintons – Global Pay-For-Play. The Bidens sold raw influence and the Clintons, as consummate professionals, masked their “criminal proceeds” as charitable contributions – the “Clinton Foundation” being worth $2 billion+ at its peak. The dead giveaway was the direct connection to politics which was exposed by the collapse* of “contributions” to the Clinton Foundation immediately after Hillary lost the 2016 election.

    It’s all one corrupt big happy family – the Deep Deep State.

    The Deep Deep State buys politicians like Hollywood buys actors. Obama had to perform his role under his lucrative Deep Deep State contract including extraordinary extensive “unmasking,” “spying” on a candidate and president using the DOJ, using a pseudonymous account in electronic correspondence with Hillary on her illegal private server, arranging, on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport, for an Attorney General to assure the non-prosecution of Hillary whom FBI Director Comey proved guilty in a 15-minute news conference, etc. All of which led to Obama’s closing act:

    The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious scandal in American political history.

    The co-conspirators are:

    Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann, Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe,

    Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic, Yates, Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan,

    Campbell, Sir Richard Dearlove, Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer,

    Stefan “The Walrus” Halper, Azra Turk, Kerry, Hillary, Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel,

    Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power, Lynch, Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy),

    Nadler, Schiff, Obama et al.
    ______________________

    * “Clinton Foundation’s revenue hit 15-year low after 2016 presidential election”

    By Anna Massoglia
    December 13, 2018

    The Clinton Foundation reported total revenue of $38.4 million for 2017, the fewest dollars the foundation has taken over the course of a fiscal year in more than a decade — and a sharp decline from the $249 million raised during Clinton’s first year as secretary of state.

    The Clinton Family Foundation, one of the Clinton’s smaller charitable entities that received $1.5 million from Bill and Hillary Clinton in 2017, made up $500,000 of that with the family foundation’s single largest donation that year.

    The foundation focuses on economic, environmental and health-related global initiatives, but it’s best known for controversies surrounding self-dealing allegations and inquiries into whether the foundation accepted money from individuals, corporations, and governments allegedly seeking to curry favor with the Clintons.

    – Opensecrets.org

  5. Hunter Biden has already impacted Dad’s campaign. Joe now spends more money than his campaign takes in. That is not sustainable. In terms of fund raising, Biden’s campaign is rapidly imploding compared to his rivals.

    But yesterday, when Mick Mulvaney announced that the next G 7 Summit would meet at Trump’s Doral Resort, that blew a giant hole in any claim Trump has to being concerned about nepotism or personal gain from public office.

    1. Pelosi threw Biden under the bus. That was pantsuit mafia action.

      Trump has resorts, the US will pay at cost. That means no markup for Trump business asset hosting the meeting. That means a win for taxpayers. Anywhere else such a meeting would have been more expensive. But some people look a gift horse in the mouth. See, it’s actually a win win but the pundits will criticize anything.

      1. Why not just repeat the talking points of justification? Even when you KNOW Trump will benefit financially. Poor Doral, revenues down over 63% this year. Could be the bedbugs.

  6. scenes of ANTIFA assault and battery on Trump supporters in Minneapolis.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vf22N1_8nE

    federal police need to investigate this interstate conspiracy to deprive Trump supporters of their civil rights to free speech and assembly. bring RICO actions, seize assets, penetrate false fronts, climb up the ladder to the money-men who fund these mercenaries of chaos

    1. see i wonder how long the ANTIFA can run loose like this committing felonious assaults while the police look the other way before there’s reprisals?

      ah, but Kurtz, don’t you get it? that’s the the very POINT of antifa. to encourage reprisals, to force “vigilante” action…. then the mass media can blame “Far right ” whatever, etc etc etc.

      see, this dynamic leads exactly to that….which itself can provoke reaction…… as I was writing it I found this…

      https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-arrests-army-soldier-allegedly-discussed-plans-bomb/story?id=65802902

      time for law enforcement to step up and contain the violence of antifa before all hell breaks loose

      what we are seeing here is a textbook revealing of LIC low intensity conflict, in action, and escalating

  7. Multiple posters below mention Anderson Cooper’s interview of Hunter Biden.

    One of the most self-serving, ignorant, pathetic, and ridiculous hyperboles ever uttered was by Anderson’s mother, the late Gloria Vanderbilt. Anderson is of course as “gay as a three dollar bill.” Gloria attempted to elevate Anderson’s homosexuality above heterosexuality, an absolutely required dogma among all good and acceptable progressives. Gloria said, in her bio IIRC, “I wish I was gay.” She is not.

    Someone forgot to tell Gloria that if she was a homosexual her beloved son Anderson would not exist.

  8. I want to like this guy, but every time he says something decent, he follows it up with something offensive.’

    He can save his quivering lip and wet eyes for “the office of the Presidency.” It’s doing just fine!

    Focus on staying clean man

  9. Actually, on the Trump and the Gee7 people at Doral, I do not like this. Whether it is a conflict of interest or not, or emoluments or not, is iffy. BUT what it is for sure is an APPEARANCE of a conflict of interest. That is a no-no IMHO.

    My suggestion is, that Trump asks Doral if he can have a CPA firm audit the affair, and determine the net profit to Doral. Then, Trump can pay that amount either back to the government, or twice the amount to a charity (to reduce the tax savings).

    That being said, I do not think Trump is doing this for the money.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  10. Hunter Biden drug trafficker operation:

    With the knowledge of U.S. officials, Hunter Biden formed “the hemisphere’s first narcokleptocracy,” a U.S. Senate subcommittee report said, calling him “the best example in recent U.S. foreign policy of how a political leader’s son is able to manipulate the United States to the detriment of our own interests.”

    1. I guess everybody lies these days.
      DEA, there is absolutely no reference to your “drug trafficker” used horse-food anywhere on the internet. Of course a deranged GOP politician may have made the slimy insinuation at an obscure subcommittee meeting.

  11. Yay, let’s get all the corruption, hard and soft, large and small, real or perceived, left and right, out on the table. Let’s compare and contrast. Let’s all become more aware of all forms of corruption. Let’s stop all of it.

    1. Translation: The Highway Patrol detains Ivan for speeding. Ivan cries out to the officer: “Why do you persecute ME with all these other drivers flying by as fast as I was going, some even faster? THAT is fundamentally WRONG AND UNFAIR!”

      Also: “Until all corruption ceases to exist, EVERY ACT OF CORRUPTION BY MY KLAN IS OK!!! Got it?”

      1. Princess, we call see that reading comprehension isn’t your thing. I said the exact opposite: let’s talk about all the forms of corruption(real and perceived) and let’s deal with it all. Your post is embarrassing. I see corruption in every nook and cranny of our government and society at large- we need to discuss it all. It sounds like you’re the one in a Klan.

        1. This obviously includes questions about Trump and his family as well. And it obviously includes questions about ALL the gatekeepers and their families- not just politicians. The reasonable people on the left and the reasonable people on the right need to come together to combat corruption…without a joint approach, we will all fail. By “reasonable,” I mean those who are will to talk, to listen, to put political battles aside.

          I do think Ivanka promoting her brand and getting a trademark in China is something that belongs in that overall discussion. I do think Trump having world leaders meet at his properties belongs in that discussion. I don’t like any of it, but to properly combat corruption(or even the appearance of it) we need to talk about all of it.

          There is a difference between driving 5 miles over the speed limit and 150 miles over it while doing a wheelie. Your argument is pure sophistry.

  12. It’s truly amazing how the GOP and Trump in particular are going through great shows of faux moral outrage while Trump arranges the G7 for one of his properties and his daughter negotiates with world leaders! Give me a break.

      1. You know what’s embarrassing? If Canada reelects Prime Minister Blackface, then we know, for certain, that this “world leaders” gig just ain’t a serious job.

        Fortunately, we have President Trump doing a fantastic job on behalf of the American people. You can’t say the same about ol’ Joe Biden, or any of the lightweights the Democrats have running for president.

        The Democrats refuse to do ANYTHING that helps the American people. Because it would make Trump look good and he’d get credit. Imagine that. So instead, the do nothing Democrats are dragging the country down. Why would anyone vote to put a Democrat in power? It blows the mind of any thinking sane person.

      1. Seriously? You mean Trump would not know if Doral activity would be beneficial to him now – or in the future by making it an historical location – because it’s in a “blind trust”?

        Explain to us how that works.

        1. Aonn1 – when was the last time that we had a President that owned a world-class resort and country club?

          1. Well Paul, the last president was known to take multiple world-class vacations annually with his family and friends for 8 long years at taxpayers expense. Yep, Obama and his family sure did enjoy their luxury travel.

            It’s not clear Obama did much else besides golf, travel, vacation, party at the White House with celebrities, send pallets of cash in the dark of night to Iran, invite Black Lives Matter and Al Sharpton to the White House over and over, foment racial discord and rioting in the streets, go on TV shows to keep us his ‘image’ and …. hmmm… can’t think of much else he did. Luxury vacation travel is the first thing that comes to my mind. We know Obama didn’t make an effort to work with Congress. No, he just ruled by pen and phone. Oh and he was very good at weaponizing the levers of power against his opponents, foes, and conservatives….oh and of course, journalists who he spied on and jailed….who still, for some odd reason, continue to prop up Obama and his false, phony, scandal-free image, despite how Obama admin treated them. It’s a real mystery….

            1. Also remember Obama’s smiling picture with Luis Farakhan, Nation of Islam leader, the group that says an evil black scientist created the white race to persecute blacks.

              1. Of course the ‘real news’ media kept that photo (among others) hidden from the voters until after obama left office. Imagine that.

      2. Trump did not place his businesses in a blind trust and can take money from his businesses whenever he wants. “As president-elect, he promised to step away from running his business but later put his children in charge of it. He pledged not to do any new deals but did not put the business into a blind trust.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/world/europe/trump-doral-g7.html, https://www.npr.org/2017/04/03/522511211/change-to-president-trumps-trust-lets-him-tap-business-profits

        1. “ Trump did not place his businesses in a blind trust”

          Actually he did. If you knew anything about owning a business, I know, a stretch for liberals who live for government dominance, you would know placing a business in a blind trust is fairly mundane

          Maybe if you opened a vaping supply store for drug addicts you would understand these things? Reliable sources report Anon1 has a lucrative drug scheme in Alachua so ask ?

          1. Tina – I am not sure if they are technically in a blind trust or not. He has not control over the businesses while he is President and Don, Jr. is running the businesses.

      3. Outrage first, facts later.

        Of course the notion of holding the G-7 at Trump Doral would have been examined six ways to Sunday, so what are the facts that led to this decision? Cost savings perhaps? Well God forbid they do something that saves taxpayers millions of dollars, especially if Trump’s name is attached it. Maybe Trump is trying to provoke PeIosi into holding an impeachment vote after all. Maybe he’s trying to expose the corruption hypocrisy in the political class.

    1. Motel Six might take you and your “community organizers” but they don’t leave the light on for hooded terrorists

      Whatever became of the Global Clinton FUNDation ?
      Reliable sources report the People of Haiti want Bill Clinton to visit them to give him a necklace that would make Aristide proud

    2. he’s got a lot of swell properties and they’re doing it for cost. this is a benefit to our nation
      only punctilious naysayers fret over these things.

  13. Everything is relative. You keep harping on the appearance of impropriety of Hunter Biden’s employment when anyone who grew up in DC’s elite circles knows these arrangements are de rigueur. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are shaping foreign policy to suit their own interests while employed as Senior Advisors in the White House, positions for which they are not at all qualified.

    It’s like a fire department refusing to turn the hose on the raging five alarm fire because some kids might be toasting marshmallows down the street. Just how long are you going to beat this poor, dead horse Professor Turley?

    1. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are shaping foreign policy to suit their own interests while employed as Senior Advisors in the White House.

      like what? Sources? links?

      Or are we to believe your delusions of omniscience and go from there?

      Considering the hacks Obama and Bill Clinton placed as advisors, Ivanka radiates inteligence, restrained temperament and savviness. Jared appears to be a good negotiator, whereas Obama just had us believe Americans should whistle BOHICA while smile

      It’s like a fire department refusing to turn the hose on the raging five alarm fire

      That explains all too well the fine china, White House furnishings, dishware throwing, insulting and cursing like a sailor at Secret Service and otherwise gutter trash unhinged antics of Hillary while she pretended to be First Lady to Bill “open relationship marriage” Clinton, though some women call him rapist

      Laura,

      Tell us about your family and children, and we can go from there.

        1. You’d have to have a successful marriage and raised loving and successful children to understand. Yet of course these are foreign ideals to you

      1. Here is but one article that raises deep concerns about Trump family security clearances, and corrupt profiteering by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump: https://www.gq.com/story/trump-kids-profit-presidency Neither Trump’s daughter, nor her husband had any experience in politics, government, or foreign policy. At least Hunter Biden was independently employed in the private sector, had a law degree, and direct lobbying experience.

        The skills acquired by an attorney and lobbyist are highly transferrable. Just ask energy lobbyists who then went on to work in the vaping industry, for instance. Once you know the law generally you can research and learn specialized areas of law and industry fairly easily. As Matthew Dowd said on Twitter, “If you are someone who has raised concerns about Hunter Biden and don’t also raise big concerns about the Trump children, then you fundamentally lack integrity and don’t really care about building a more moral and less corrupt world.”

        1. Like Maureen Dowd never met a Republican she didn’t abhor. But that being said, you should consider that skills learned in the business world are also transferrable. It may take a little time, but learning how to negotiate in a new area is also very doable.

          Plus, Biden did actually apply his lawyering skills to vaping! Admittedly, a crack pipe is a low class type of vaping, but I hear he had it down pat in no time!

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

    2. Laura Stark:

      ” … anyone who grew up in DC’s elite circles knows these arrangements are de rigueur.”
      *********************
      You’re a smart person. Does anyone really have to explain to your the fallacious nature of this “everybody does it or knows about it” argument or that paying off ne’er-do-well kids is an indirect bribe of government officials? Substitute “Donald Trump, Jr.” for “Hunter Biden” and you’ve got a whole new impeachment inquiry and I’m betting you’re a whole lot less sanguine about the topic. Am I wrong?

      1. Mespo, that inquiry could have been going on for 3 years – Jrs been involved in international business dealings since 1-21-2017 – but it hasn’t. How does that lead to “why not Hunter”?

    3. Sooo, if you grow up in a swamp, then a swamp seems like normal to you – all the cottonmouth snakes, and alligators, and mosquitos, and bugs. Yes, I think you are right! But people who do not grow up in swamp, and live there, can’t help but see the cottonmouth snakes, and alligators etc. and say Oh My! This is not a nice thing!

      That is why you do not understand Trump, or us deplorables. Because we did not grow up in your swamp.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

  14. JT writes:

    “I discussed in another column, there remains a media mantra that there is “no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden.” That dismisses the long objections by many of us that these lucrative jobs and contracts for spouses and children are part of an unethical and corrupt practice. Most of us view what Hunter did as clearly “wrong” but the media has adopted a narrow focus on whether criminal charges have been brought as opposed to whether the Ukraine deal was a raw and obvious form of influence peddling…”

    The “media mantra” is based on no credible accusations of illegality and multiple investigations by the WSJ, Bloomberg, NYTs, and the WaPo – you can look them all up – on Hunter’s contract and Joe’s actions as VP. The NYTs hinted at the possibility of something unnamed and illegal but offered no evidence, or even a suggestion, as to what it was.

    As to “unethical and corrupt practices”, companies purchase “window dressing” big names ALL THE TIME. Is it easy money for nothing? Yes. Could there be something else there? Yes. But that’s capitalism and you need to show us what the other thing that is illegal is, since buying “window dressing” is not. The WSJ, Bloomberg, WaPo, and NYTs have found nothing. The only ones pushing this are the GOP, for obvious reasons and misguided fence straddlers like JT, who somehow doesn’t ever bring up the current activities of the Trump kids and Dad in their ongoing businesses involving places like Turkey, Saudia Arabia, and the Philippines. There might be “something” there too, and given Dad is the US president it could be affecting critical decisions going on right now.

  15. I think they sobered Hunter up enough to do the interview. I think he is still drinking and may be doing drugs. That was a softball interview and Anderson Cooper’s disgraceful softball question to Biden at the debates was enough to make the Republic throw up.

        1. He’s 52.

          He insisted a while back that his mother had told him there would be no bequest to him of any consequence. This is old, old money (by North American standards) and after this many generations, there might not be much left. Also, he’s paid millions by CNN and has two brothers for whom the marginal utility of any residue might be much greater.

  16. These are purely political questions – worth asking, worth evaluating when going to the voting booth. But no criminal law has been implicated. There is no national interest warranting pressuring Ukraine into an investigation.

    1. “But no criminal law has been implicated. There is no national interest warranting pressuring Ukraine into an investigation.”
      *********************
      Oh, let’s see:

      Oligarch next to Putin wants back in home country to collect cash; VPOUS is point man for home county; unqualified son of VPOUS is appointed to board of directors of oligarch’s company receiving $83K a month; oligarch was on the U.S. government visa ban list but was taken off shortly after Hunter Biden and Devon Archer, of the Heinz family and friend to John Kerry’s son, joined the board of his energy company; oligarch gets back into country and gets his money.

      Nothing there? How would you know without an investigation? Have you ever wanted to own a bridge?

      1. Wy don’t you give us a name and links mespo. No offense, but you’re not the most reliable source on your own and something this specific shouldn’t call for Google searches.

  17. Anyone, after watching the media inspect the Trump family with a fine toothed comb for 3+ years, who refuses to acknowledge the blatant bias of the press for anything left of center is either blind or willfully ignorant.

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