Is it Time for a Special Counsel on the Hunter Biden Scandal?

“Come on H this is linked to Celtic’s account.” Those nine words from a retired Secret Service agent to Hunter Biden in recently released emails may prove a nasty complication for some in Washington who have struggled to contain the blowback from the still-unfolding scandal linked to Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.

“Celtic” was the Secret Service code name for Joe Biden, and recent disclosures may puncture the media’s cone-of-silence around the scandal. The emails link President Biden to his son’s accounts and indicate a commingling of funds with money coming from controversial foreign sources.  Even more embarrassing, the shared account may have been used to pay a Russian prostitute named “Yanna.”

The commingling of funds is the latest contraction of President Biden’s repeated claims that he was unaware and uninvolved in past dealings by his son. Given these links, there are legitimate questions of why the Justice Department has not sought a special counsel in the ongoing investigation of alleged money-laundering and tax violations linked to the president’s son. More importantly, even if there are no criminal charges, there is now a compelling need for an independent report on the alleged influence peddling operation by Hunter, his uncle James Biden, and potentially his father, President Biden.

In the latest disclosures from the laptop, a former secret service agent reportedly texted Hunter on May 24, 2018, when he was holed up with a Russian prostitute in an expensive room at The Jeremy Hotel in Los Angeles. Hunter wired the woman $25,000. That alone was nothing out of the ordinary for Hunter who, while his father served as vice president, seemed to divide his time equally between influence-peddling and personal debaucheries.

Hunter clearly only had influence and access to sell. We know now that foreign interests gave Hunter millions at a time that he admits that he was a crack addict and alcoholic — in his words, “Drinking a quart of vodka a day by yourself in a room is absolutely, completely debilitating,” as well as “smoking crack around the clock.”

However, the tranche of emails raises a new and disturbing element: the possible mixing of accounts and funds between Hunter and his father. If true, President Biden could be directly implicated in ongoing investigations into his son’s money transfers and dealings.

Most notable are the new emails from Eric Schwerin, his business partner at the Rosemont Seneca consultancy, referencing the payment of household bills for both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. He also notes that he was transferring money from Joe Biden. If true, the communications indicate that some of President Biden’s personal expenses were paid out of shared accounts with Hunter, including accounts that may have been used to pay for prostitutes. Rosemont Seneca is directly involved in the alleged influence peddling schemes and questionable money transfers from Chinese and Russian sources.

Schwerin also was involved in President Biden’s taxes and discussions of a book deal for the then-vice president; he popped up in the donation of Biden’s official papers to the University of Delaware, with restrictions on access.

President Biden has long insisted that that his son did “nothing wrong.” That is obviously untrue. One can argue over whether Hunter committed any crime, but few would say that there is nothing wrong with raw influence peddling worth millions with foreign entities. The public has a legitimate reason to know whether the President or his family ran an influence peddling operation worth millions.

Given this record, there is little reason for the public to trust what it is reading about the scandal. The media has long refused to investigate the allegations or even report on emails contradicting the President. This was most evident when social media like Twitter actually blocked postings on the laptop or its content before the election. Powerful figures then issued false statements about the scandal to the public. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff who assured “this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin.” Some 50 former intelligence officials, including Obama’s CIA directors John Brennan and Leon Panetta, also insisted the laptop story was likely the work of Russian intelligence. The laptop is now recognized as genuine.

This is not the first contradiction for President Biden in his repeated denials of knowing anything about his son’s business dealings. Hunter himself contradicted his father’s repeated denial. Likewise, a key business associate of Hunter Biden, Anthony Bobulinski, confirmed the authenticity of the emails and accused Joe Biden of lying about his involvement. Bobulinski has detailed a meeting with Joe Biden in a hotel to go over the dealings.

Past emails included discussions of offering access to then-Vice President Biden. They also include alleged payments to Joe Biden. In one email, there is a discussion of a proposed equity split of “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” Bobulinski confirmed that “H” was used for Hunter Biden and that his father was routinely called “the big guy” in these discussions.

Just to make things more concerning is Hunter Biden’s recent acknowledgement that one of his laptops may have been stolen by Russian agents and was likely being used for blackmail purposes. The fact that the president’s son admitted that Russians may have intentionally seized one of his laptops during a drug binge, in order to blackmail him, raises serious potential national security concerns — especially if any of the emails include compromising information about the president directly benefiting from the very same accounts used by his son.

That creates a rather nasty problem at the Justice Department. Federal regulations allow the appointment of a special counsel when it is in the public interest and an “investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances.”

I do not see direct evidence of criminal conduct by President Biden even if he lied about his past knowledge of his son’s conduct. Indeed, influence peddling is not a per se crime even for Hunter. However, one value of a special counsel is the expectation of a report that can address whether the family engaged in influence peddling with foreign powers and whether foreign powers may have acquired compromising material from these laptop files.

In 2017, Democratic members and activists were adamant that the Justice Department should carry out an investigation involving President Trump and his family.  Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted that, without a special counsel, “every American will rightfully suspect … a coverup.”

There is already a federal criminal investigation into these matters involving Hunter Biden, and the latest emails now link President Biden receiving money and benefits from related accounts as well as key players. Even if one questions a direct conflict of interest, it is hard to deny the towering appearance of a conflict in the ongoing investigation.

“The Big Guy” is now president and his administration is handling an investigation that could have political as well as legal implications for him and his family. It may be time for a special counsel.

 

167 thoughts on “Is it Time for a Special Counsel on the Hunter Biden Scandal?”

  1. Someone please refresh my memory on which of Garland’s family members is/are profiting from federal monies/contracts courtesy of Biden’s executive branch.

    Professor Turley, I beg you — please stop with the faux Boy Scout idealism and the pretense that we have an honest DOJ.

  2. There will be no special counsels appointed to investigate Hunter or anyone else close to the Biden Crime Family. I’m sure Merrick Garland knows that he is Biden’s wingman. Appointing a special counsel will get him fired, pronto. Democrats understand this. Only clueless Republicans like Jeff Sessions squirm enough to appoint special counsels.

    1. A lifetime of being a loyal Democrat/criminal has been exceedingly remunerative to Turley, Esq. In the cold, hard, reality of green money he’s no need of tiring of it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Once again, I doubt you’ll be able to admit how wildly wrong you are. You seem to find it really hard to say “I was wrong.”

    Trumpists will NEVER admit that they were lying that the election was stolen. How can they? To do so means that they can never be trusted again. That fate is why Trumpists never will admit they were wrong unless there is incontrovertible “smoking gun” evidence such that one would have to disbelieve one’s very own eyes in order to accept their false claim.

    This refusal to concede the truth explains why absolute loyalty to Trump is indispensable. He must be utterly assured that his cadre will stick to the lie to the bitter end. Like the mob, disloyalty is not tolerated because the ONLY way a lie can possibly prevail against all contrary evidence is if NOONE breaks rank.

    Like Trump himself, diehard Trumpists will go to their graves with the Big Lie still on their lips.

    1. Anyone who thinks Lets Go Brandon really got more votes than any previous president in the history of this country is an idiot.

    2. You mean the big lie the demonic rats told about Russia interference in the 2016 election? And by the was there are thousands of affidavits documenting irregularities in the 2020 election. How many affidavits were put forth in the 2016 Russian interference hoax from the demonic Clinton campaign? ZERO.

    3. When will you ever give up on trashing Trump. You dems have bee. Investigating him for 5 yrs now. Still haven’t found anything. Give it up! Worry about your corrupt Democrat party.

    4. “”How is it that the mayor of Moscow, his wife gave the Biden family three and a half million dollars?”

    5. “Hunter Biden, helped finance biolab projects in Ukraine.

      Hunter Biden and his colleagues invested $500,000 in a Pentagon contractor through their firm, Rosemont Seneca “

    6. It is not a lie, check with Project Veritas. There is tons of evidence of the fraud in multiple states that our Courts refused to look at because of Democrat pressure

  4. By all means, appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter no matter where it leads. I have been consistent in saying that no one is above the law. It is galling, however, to accede to the demands of lying Trumpists who smeared the Mueller investigators as being engaged in a “witch-hunt.” Even so, Democrats should follow the evidence WHEREVER it leads in spite of the bad faith of Trumpists who impugned the service of government civil servants sworn to uphold the rule of law as part and parcel of a conspiracy-driven “Deep State,” as well as dismissed as a “hoax” the undeniable evidence of Manafort’s secretive collusion with the Russian intelligence officer Kilimnik.

    And if it so happens that Joe Biden is not found culpable of corruption, Trumpists will claim that the investigation was a “whitewash,” for they are irremediable LIARS.

    1. Deep State,” as well as dismissed as a “hoax” the undeniable evidence of Manafort’s secretive collusion with the Russian intelligence officer Kilimnik.

      And if it so

      I see you are still spouting lies.

      You could link us to interviews done by even one “journalist”. When you tire of looking for that apperition, you can go one to links to interviews done by the FBI, Senate Intel committee, and the Mueller investigation.

      Kilimnik was so foundational in proving collusion between

        1. “Taken as a whole, Manafort’s high-level access and willingness to share information with individuals closely affiliated with the Russian intelligence services, particularly Kilimnik and associates of Oleg Deripaska, represented a grave counterintelligence threat.”

          -Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report

          Manafort is a convicted felon and a proven liar- he is a Trumpist after all. Kilimnik can’t be trusted either. I have spent a couple of years in a former Soviet Republic, and I can tell you without hesitation that lying is a way of life for those formerly oppressed people. I would not trust Kilimnik to give me the time of day.

          I accept the Senate Report. You won’t. You despise the “Deep State.” But should the “Deep State” find something criminal about Hunter, THEN you’ll drop the “Deep State” conspiracy theory shtick in a heartbeat!

          1. But then you democrats give the Podesta freaks a complete free pass in corruption and worse.
            John Podesta given a free pass by FBI DOJ he even got to chose his bestie for his Judge. You Democrats bathe in corruption and immorality. Your behaviour disgusts the majority of Americans and the rest of the world.

            1. Petal shares:

              “You Democrats bathe in corruption and immorality. Your behaviour disgusts the majority of Americans and the rest of the world.”

              Noted. I’ll file that where it belongs.

      1. Iowan2 says:

        “You could link us to interviews done by even one “journalist”. When you tire of looking for that apperition, you can go one to links to interviews done by the FBI, Senate Intel committee, and the Mueller investigation.

        Kilimnik was so foundational in proving collusion between”

        This is gibberish. Get it together before you waste my time.

        1. Jeff has read the investigative reporting done by Matt Tabi. provided by my link in previous post.
          Kilimnik was a source used extensively by the Obama State Dept. Meeting with him every two weeks to get his take on all things the State Dept was needed to stay abreast of.

          While the Senate committee had a conclusion, they never called him on the telephone to get his side, or call him in for an interview.
          Ditto for Mueller
          Ditto for FBI

          Jeff thinks Kilimnik is a huge player.
          Those doing the actual investigation, knew not to waste time because kilimnik was dispositive to there pre determined narrative.

          Read my link to Tabbi

          1. Iowsn2,

            You can judge a man by the company he keeps. And the fact that Kilimnik was an associate of the convicted fraudster and proven liar Manafort informs me not to accept his word for anything despite Matt vouching for his integrity. That is how I see it.

            1. I’m not relying on Kilimnik for anything. You have hitched your wagon to him as proof of Russia! collusion. You go ahead and believe that, then explain how Mueller knew it was folly. Mueller took the time to indict 12 Russia! Persons and entities for election interference, but avoided like the plague putting Kilimnik’s name in his report. Kilimnik you use as PROOF Russia!

              1. Iowan,

                I’m not going to argue with someone like yourself who believes down to his bones that the Mueller investigation was a “witch-hunt” because the Russian affair was a Democratic “hoax.”

                If you will continue to lie that Trump’s election was stolen on account of massive fraud, then you are not an honest individual. When you concede that Trump is a chronic liar, then and only, we can talk.

              2. You may have seen Taibbi’s most recent piece but it is disturbing and intelligently written. He continues to expose the Democrats and MSM re the Deep State, and he takes no prisoners. His tying Bill Moyers to it was brilliant. It should be apparent to most people, after reading liberal, intelligent journalists like Matt Taibbi detail the nefarious movements of DOJ, CIA, FBI, MSM during Obama’s reign, and now Biden’s, that THE BIG LIE is the manipulating of the American populace by the elite in Obama – Biden circles. We should all be worried for our future in America. AG Merrick Garland comes to mind. There is a reason why the Left seek to cancel and characterize as terrorists their critics.

                Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State

                A major untold story of the Trump era has been the political comeback of the CIA, NSA, and FBI, who thanks to an ingenious marketing campaign now enjoy widespread support among young liberals

                Six or seven years ago, “Deep State” was a term you would only see in left-leaning media. Bill Moyers explored the theme on his site from time to time, and when The Nation asked Edward Snowden about it, he said, “There’s definitely a deep state. Trust me, I’ve been there.”

                The “deep state” was on the liberal left’s front burner then because a spate of horrendously ugly revelations put it there. We learned via Snowden that the NSA was collecting the communications of people all around the world in secret (Carollo might want to mark down that congress wasn’t informed) in a program the U.S. Court of Appeals just last year declared illegal.

                We found out top intelligence officials like CIA chief John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to congress, among other things about the warrantless surveillance program, and got away without perjury charges despite a furious outcry from legislators (another useful factoid for Carollo, on the oversight front). We learned about the CIA’s systematic use of torture techniques, ranging from anal feeding to threatening to rape and murder relatives to induced hypothermia, another fun set of pastimes the agency decided not to burden congress with knowledge of.

                Worst of all, we learned Barack Obama and his staff held regular “Terror Tuesdays” meetings to decide who they would and would not kill by secret drone assassination, a program which many Americans were surprised to learn was run not by the military but by the CIA. Obama — who would eventually be quoted joking that it “turns out I’m really good at killing people” and “I didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine” — widened the secret “kill list” to include Americans.

                https://taibbi.substack.com/p/yes-virginia-there-is-a-deep-state-bbc

    2. Who is this “jeffsilberman” who, at nearly 4:00 a.m. is spewing his hatred for “Trumpists” and is back online just a few hours later this morning, already attacking anything anyone says that disagrees with his
      own repetitive verbosity. Jeff, look at yourself in the mirror and realize you are not promoting intelligent debate, but rather revealing a great deal about yourself.

      1. Lin advises:

        “Jeff, look at yourself in the mirror and realize you are not promoting intelligent debate, but rather revealing a great deal about yourself.”

        Will do. Thanks for the tough love! Please keep it coming.

    3. ” Zlochevsky, the owner of the Burisma Holdings gas company that hired the Biden scion in 2014 to its board and paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

      At the time, the State Department considered Burisma to be a corrupt company that made bribes to Ukrainian officials and viewed Hunter Biden’s relationship as having created the appearance of a conflict of interest because his father, then *****Vice President Joe Biden, oversaw U.S.-Ukraine policy. “*****

    4. “who smeared the Mueller investigators as being engaged in a “witch-hunt.”

      Listen to this putz. The Mueller team all had their phones washed and laundered. They all had different reasons why everything on their phones was erased, but they were all erased at about the same time.

      Election irregularities were widespread in the specific Democrat strongholds that could turn the election. Too many votes did not comply with the law.

  5. Just saw a clip of Pres Biden’s remarks at daycare center in Connecticut today. Holy crap.

    He shares what his neurosurgeon told him years ago after he operated on his brain anyeurism !!!! The man’s brain is not functioning!!!

    Biden then turns his back and yet again….runs away from ANY press questions.. like the demented coward he is.

    But because he is a Democrat and “one of their own” the corrupt press say NOTHING and politely treat both Biden and his lying press secretary with respect??

    Biden deserves to be called out LOUDLY by the press that he arrogantly and constantly turns his back on. It is infuriating to see such a corrupt and complicit press treat this president with such deference and respect. Biden deserves none of it. He has earned NO RESPECT.

  6. Sure, and so long as a Special Counsel’s being contemplated, a kick to the seat of the DOJ Inspector General’s trousers seems in order, as well. After all, the FBI subpoenaed Hunter’s laptop Nov., 2019 — a year prior to the 2020 election — and emails suggest that federal agents were well aware the Biden clan was an ethical abomination years prior. Another episode of Democratic Deep State omertà, which the IG will be at a pathetic loss to explain.

    1. “You must never betray the secrets of this society, observing the ancient tradition of omertà. The penalty for violating this law is death.”
      ―Michael Corleone[src]

  7. As Turley did in the past with Hillary, he now pushes Hunter. Fine, let the investigations fly and let’s get to the truth. But, it won’t matter what facts come out as they did with Hillary. Still guilty no matter what the facts find. The cult find fault in anything someone else does, never themselves.

    1. Politics Is the New Religion: To understand the modern world, one must understand how politics has replaced religion

      The left does well in attracting adherents … It wields myths that fit into a culture that has long been Christian. The fascist vision of warrior nations locked in perpetual struggle pales next to the leftist dream of the suffering just triumphing in the fullness of time and creating Heaven on Earth. Unlike the right, the left has been able to harness moral guilt on behalf of its transformative vision. Even more significantly, it has weaponized hatred by recasting it as moral indignation in the face of injustice or prejudice….

      These observations should not be read as an endorsement of what the left is selling, which is dangerous totalitarianism that proceeds from a destructive vision of undoing human history and human nature. It also operates like a runaway train; conceding any ground to the left will not cause it to stop roaring forward. Only a counterforce with equivalent power can halt its advance.

      Like the ancient Gnostics the left sees itself as engaged in a struggle of Good against Evil in its own equivalent of the End Times. It therefore deals ruthlessly with its adversaries standing in the way of the long-sought victory over “prejudice” and “fascism.” Misrepresenting reality, stealing elections, and allowing alleged “right-wing extremists” to rot in jail are small prices to pay for the prejudice-free age that they imagine awaits the righteous. This golden age will come more quickly if the opposition can be driven out of the public square and into fearful silence.

      https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/politics-is-the-new-religion/

      1. “. . . politics has replaced religion”

        So surrender to God or to the State. Those are the only two choices?

        1. I choose God.

          Fun fact: so did Abraham Lincoln. Amazing the things you learn on JT’s blog, eh?

          America’s New Religions
          By Andrew Sullivan
          DEC. 7, 2018

          So what happens when this religious rampart of the entire system is removed? I think what happens is illiberal politics. The need for meaning hasn’t gone away, but without Christianity, this yearning looks to politics for satisfaction. And religious impulses, once anchored in and tamed by Christianity, find expression in various political cults. These political manifestations of religion are new and crude, as all new cults have to be. They haven’t been experienced and refined and modeled by millennia of practice and thought. They are evolving in real time. And like almost all new cultish impulses, they demand a total and immediate commitment to save the world.

          Now look at our politics. We have the cult of Trump on the right, a demigod who, among his worshippers, can do no wrong. And we have the cult of social justice on the left, a religion whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical. They are filling the void that Christianity once owned, without any of the wisdom and culture and restraint that Christianity once provided.

          https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/andrew-sullivan-americas-new-religions.html

          and

          America Without God

          By Shadi Hamid
          APRIL 2021 ISSUE

          As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen. Will the quest for secular redemption through politics doom the American idea?

          https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/04/america-politics-religion/618072/

          1. “As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen.”

            Someone does not know (or is evading) the “ideological intensity” of the Dark and Middle Ages — periods dominated by religious faith.

            If you think that religion will save the West (and America), you have two insurmountable hurdles — history and logic. History: the Dark Ages, and the fact that America was the offspring of the Renaissance — the rebirth of Reason. Logic: The successful use of reason creates all human values. Faith (and mysticism) is its antithesis.

            (Anon: You misread the meaning of my original comment.)

              1. “Faith (and mysticism) is (sic) its antithesis”

                “Sic” should be offset by brackets, not parentheses.

                You failed to copy the period.

                Physician, heal thyself.

            1. The successful use of reason creates all human values.

              That begs the question: How do you define success? Abortion instead of abstinence is just one example.

                  1. It is when one asks what shapes our emotions.

                    In what directions are children’s emotions bent in our nihilistic, Marxist schools?

                    What values are they being fed?

                    They succeed by tearing down anyone who disagrees with their madness of the moment.

              1. Sam thinks our present times are enlightened, just like the French Revolution. Someone needs to educate Sam before he guillotines others with his enlightened reasoning skills and awful grammar

                The ideas of the Enlightenment led to the French Revolution. French leaders gained power, because they thought they were enlightened, and tried to set up republics. Marie Antoinette was executed by guillotine by the enlightened ones. Then the Committee of Public Safety was developed. This committee comprised enlightened members who each shared absolute power. Since they said they were enlightened, it was natural that they felt they had to have absolute power. One leader’s name was Maximilien Robespierre, who was very very enlightened, so people at the time said. He created the Reign of Terror which used terror as a weapon for politics. Sound familiar? Looking at you ANTIFA BLM Democrats. And lo, they call themselves enlightened too. What a coincidence!

                These enlightened French executed religious people, nobles, and the middle class. That was not so enlightened behavior. They executed these people with the new French invention called the Guillotine because they were Enlightened. In 1799, Napoleon gained power, and the government became a military dictatorship.

                The enlightened ones like Joseph Biden, Kamala Harris, FBI and AG Merrick Garland believe parents are terrorists which strikes average Americans as not very enlightening.

                1. “enlightened ones”/Enlightenment — nice equivocation. And a really infantile argument. That a person calls themselves “enlightened” does not mean that they understand or live by the *philosophic* ideas of the Enlightenment.

                  “The ideas of the Enlightenment led to the French Revolution.”

                  Nice straw man. And a complete misrepresentation of the *ideas* of the Renaissance/Enlightenment and of the French Revolution. Robespierre, et al. were thoroughgoing *collectivists*. Their god was Voltaire. Enlightenment thinkers (e.g., Locke) promoted *individualism*.

                  A simple comparison of the French and American revolutions could have kept you from making such an egregious historical and philosophic error.

                  “Sam thinks our present times are enlightened . . .”

                  Now you’re just making stuff up, to rationalize the irrational notion that religion can save America. I never said anything about the *ideas* that dominate “our present times.” I merely noted that faith and mysticism (the essence of religion) are (there, happy?) not the cure.

                  If you knew anything about Renaissance/Enlightenment philosophy, and about the philosophic development of America, then you’d know that America began turning away from her Enlightenment roots in the late 19th century, when it started importing German philosophy. By the time of America’s Red Decade, this country became more collectivistic and less individualistic — which was, of course, a turn *away* from her Enlightenment philosophy. It has been well documented by numerous scholars that America today has rejected the philosophic ideas of the Renaissance/Enlightenment — what they call a “post-Enlightenment” world.

                  P.S. I did not run this comment through Grammarly. So fell free to dismiss it or smear me, for any grammatical mistakes or punctuation errors.

    2. May be time? Jeez. Never forget, as much as I like many of his views, Dr. Turley remains a Democrat. He may as well write an article titled: “On the Potentially Troubling Ethics of Genocide.” Us common people know when we see and smell a rat. How come the elite don’t?

  8. Professor Turley should be applauded for his laser beam consistency. He has been talking about Hunter Biden almost as long as Trump has repeatedly claimed he won the 2020 election by a landslide.

    JT presumably concedes that Washington Post fact checkers ruled Joe Biden lied about the Democrats $3.5 trillion spending plan costing zero dollars & the WaPo editorial board, Chris Cuomo, & Anderson Cooper condemned Biden’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan & botched COVID booster shot proclamation. That doesn’t stop Turley from presenting his case that the media’s “cone of silence” about Joe Biden’s “repeated claims that he was unaware and uninvolved in past dealings by his son” proves the media is systematically hardwired to protect Joe Biden at any cost

    Yesterday, JT’s most trusted news source, the New York Post, reported that Facebook successfully flipped Wisconsin to Biden in the 2020 election. That helps explain why a poll last month shows that 78% of Republicans don’t believe Biden won enough legal votes to be elected. Our country’s fine Republicans clearly don’t get their own particular set of “facts” from CNN, the Washington Post & the mainstream media.

    Professor Turley admits he “does not see any direct evidence of criminal conduct by President Biden even if he lied about his past knowledge of this son’s conduct” but still wants a special counsel to investigate Hunter’s laptop. JT doesn’t reveal whether he supported Republicans blocking the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Capitol rioters trying to block Congress from certifying Biden’s electoral college victory on January 6th.

    But Turley offers an important reminder that without a special counsel “every American will rightfully suspect … a coverup.”

    1. Professor Turley should be applauded for his laser beam consistency

      Your handlers at Act Blue are not sending us their better trolls.

      1. It’s always entertaining when conservatives reflexively leap to wildly unsupported conclusions. Wise decision to remain anonymous.

    2. Apples to acorns, my friend. Taking just one of your comparisons: Jan 6 Committee was formed when there were already several other official investigations on-going; by everyone from the FBI to Capital Police to DOJ Prosecutors to several Congressional Committees. – It is there for quite reasonable to take the position that there is no rational basis behind, nor meaningful benefit to America that can be gleaned from adding yet another investigation – And this is most especially the case when said additional investigation has only the support of half the Congress and only 1 of our 2 main political parties which it would also almost exclusively be run by.

    3. They’re sharing bank accounts and most likely the profits from Hunter boy’s dirty deals, Sparky. It’s a little late for the nothing-to-see-here snark act.

  9. Couple of points:
    1) The left tore into the nomination and appointment of Jeff Sessions as AG in 2016…they hated the guy and their media sycophants followed right up on it. HOWEVER, Sessions actually recused himself from a political hot potato and a Special Prosecutor was appointed. Does anyone think that Merrick “Moms are terrorists” Garland will do the same? Would Eric Holder have done it?

    2) There are actually two giant scandals with the first of course being the obvious corruption of Joe “the Multi-millionaire on a public servant’s salary” Biden, regardless of how people like Anonymous or Natacha want to change the subject, but the second and just as big scandal is that the press will not cover it at all.

    Does anyone think that if JFK had done what Nixon had done that the Washington Post would have dogged him the way the dogged Nixon? The only problem for old Joe is that once it becomes obvious that he is a weight on the party the media might turn against him due to having a minority female waiting in the wings.

    Remember when VA Gov Northrup was being forced to resign over his Blackface issue and then it was discovered that the Lt Gov also had an issue…and the it was discovered that the AG, the next in line, also had an issue with the next person up suddenly became a REPUBLICAN…and the calls for the governor to resign all went away.

    The party will demand that they demanded that Al Franken resign…because the governor could appoint another Democrat to replace him. If it was a Republican governor that wouldn’t have happened. Same thing in NY.

    1. “the media might turn against him due to having a minority female waiting in the wings.” Well, I think even the lying, corrupt media can imagine how that would turn out.

  10. The Joe and Hunter show is well known in D.C. The Clinton camp used it against Joe in 2015 when they leaked stuff to the N.Y. Times forcing Joe out of the presidential race. It’s always there when they need it, it’s just that right now he’s still useful so he’s being protected.

    The classic Chinese bribery technique is to pay the family so there’s no trail to the politician. Apparently Joe is too dumb to realize sharing a bank account with your son the bag man defeats the purpose. There should be a special counsel appointed just off this fact (along with Joe being caught lying) but Biden happens to be president making him the luckiest man on earth.

    You could hope Garland proves to be above politics and does the right thing. But a read of that memo he sent out threatening mothers of schoolchildren with visits from the FBI indicates otherwise.

  11. MSM to America: “This is not the evidence you seek.”

    Why should the Jedi mind-tricks stop now that Lord Biden is in charge?

  12. Wall Street Journal:

    Biden and Nothingness

    Costless spending, the ‘closed’ border and other manufactured alternative realities.

    The reason many have come to feel cut off from reality is that so many others spend their days creating alternative realities.
    Washington, to be sure, has become a round-the-clock supplier of manufactured realities. Many Americans, for instance, watch scenes on television of thousands of migrants crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States. Nonetheless, Mr. Biden’s secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, says the border is “closed” and “no less secure than previously.”

    Mr. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said in August the evacuation of Kabul couldn’t be called “anything but a success.” Ms. Psaki’s skill at reordering reality for Mr. Biden is mesmerizing, and I say without irony that she will be seen as an important figure in the transformation from believing what is real to believing what we’re told is real.

    Reality resets have become commonplace. In Chicago some days ago, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx declined to prosecute any of the gang members who staged a broad-daylight shootout in a residential neighborhood. Among the reasons her office gave for not bringing charges was that the gangs were engaged in consensual “mutual combat,” like in the movie “Fight Club.”

    The relevant point here is that in our time more and more people—and not just in politics—think they can say anything. We’re living in a Peter Pan world: “You just think lovely wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air.” The credibility cost is zero.

    The political class, a lagging indicator, is assimilating changes in the general culture, which has been transitioning for years from old-fashioned lies (“I didn’t do it”) to self-delusion (“What’s your problem?”). Donald Trump inhabited both worlds.

    Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram enabled people to assemble personal alternative universes, which became “real” when their friends embraced the fake persona. A similar manipulation away from plain reality has happened to politics on Twitter.

    At Facebook’s scale, these reality-shifting habits and forces are unprecedentedly powerful. Conspiracy theories proliferate, from QAnon to the Russia-collusion narrative.

    1. There will be no special counsel, but if Republicans gain control of the House and/or Senate in the 2022 elections, there will be a public, but partisan investigation. Most news outlets will ignore it or discredit it even if it brings out criminal or totally unethical behavior.

    2. Good piece, and an apt play on Sartre’s title.

      The Biden administration’s psychotic strategy: Click your heels, and declare your failures as successes. (See Afghanistan, the border, the crashing economy)

  13. Who to trust? 17 The Executive Branch? NO. The Legislative Branch? NO. The Judicial Branch? Sadly No. I suggest Japan. A neutral Ally. Give them Extraordinary Security Clearance, Subpoena and Seizure Power granted by Japan’s Courts. Etc. Etc. This Country needs an outside non-partisan CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. Trump goes to jail, too bad. Obama goes to jail, too bad. Clinton goes to jail, too bad. Adam Schiff goes to jail, GREAT(joke). Let the cards fall where they may. Doesn’t need to be Japan. Doesn’t need the example powers I mentioned.

  14. IT IS SAD AND INTERESTING TO ME THAT PUNDITS KEEP ALLEDGING THAT HUNTER BIDEN AND HIS FATHER, JOE BIDEN, DID NOTHING WRONG NOR RECEIVED FUNDS BY MEANS UNOBTAINABLE BY NORMAL CITIZENS. WE DEFINITELY NEED A NON PARTISAN SPECIAL COUNSEL TO LOOK AT THE ISSUE AND PRODUCE A NON-PARTISAN DOCUMENTED REPORT WITH THE ANSWERS. IF HUNTER BIDEN ACTED ILLEGALLY THEN HE SHOULD GO TO JAIL. IF JOE BIDEN ACTED ILLEGALLY HE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE.
    THE CONSTANT BACKGROUND OF ALLEGATIONS NEEDS TO BE DETERMINED TO BE EITHER ACCURTE OR FALSE.

  15. How can there be a special counsel when they’re busy going after those pesky domestic terrorist mommy’s at school board meetings?

    1. True.

      They also seem to be busy plotting kidnappings and insurrections to ‘solve’. Can’t be bothered with what used to be known as crime.

      Nobody will trust an ‘investigation” by the same people who have spent years hiding the problem.

      Didn’t Comey ‘clear ‘ Hillary and her lot? There are rewards, Comey hasn’t committed ‘suicide’.

  16. Another one of Turley’s assignments: to breathe life and credibility into the “Hunter Biden scandal”. The source of the hard drive allegedly belonging to Hunter that supposedly turned up at a Delaware computer repair shop was Giuliani, who came up with the idea of creating some scandal involving Biden’s only surviving son, after Trump’s disastrous performance at the first debate. He thought that if Trumpy Bear sprang some salacious allegations against Hunter at the second debate, that it would throw Biden off of his game and he would perform poorly. Well, now, it didn’t work, did it?

    The fact that Turley sold his credentials and whatever credibility he might still have to imply that there’s even a valid reason to claim the existence of a “Hunter Biden scandal” is disingenuous. It’s all more of Giuliani’s lies, Turley, and I think you know that. Just because your employer keeps claiming there is something to these lies doesn’t make it so, and trying to carry water for them won’t work, either.

      1. Rumor has it Natch may be Hunter’s drug dealer. She sez she was a nurse practitioner, then an attorney, acts like a 70 yer old roving crank, sputters unintelligible science-legal- DNC whack a mole talking points, and continually insults the host. Drug dealers are like that, esp the former nurse practitioners turned attorney types.

        😉

      2. What is there to be “objective” about? Where’s the proof? The information about Giuliani came from one of the recent books about Trump (I don’t remember which one, because I’ve read so many). The fact that Fox, Turley’s employer, harps constantly about a “Hunter Biden scandal” does not prove there IS any such scandal. But, you gullible Trumpsters will believe anything, including the Big Lie, just on Hannity’s say-so, and despite mountains of proof to the contrary. And, besides that, you’ve been duped into believing that anyone who says differently is the one who isn’t to be believed.

        1. Nutty Natch sez: What is there to be “objective” about? Where’s the proof? ….. And, besides that, you’ve been duped into believing that anyone who says differently is the one who isn’t to be believed.

          Russian:

          Нет никаких фактов, никаких, что Хантер курил крэк с демократами, подавляющими эту информацию перед выборами. Кстати, вы продаете чистые вещи или просто режете аспирин-тальк-трещину снега?

          English:

          There are no facts whatsoever, none, that Hunter smoked crack with Democrats suppressing this information before the election. By the way, do you sell pure stuff or just cut aspirin-talc-crack snow?

          1. Nobody cares what Hunter smoked, but people DO care about Trump’s cheating to get into office, trashing the economy, allowing the pandemic to get out of control which caused the country to mostly shut down for over a year, his failed agreement with the Taliban that set the stage for problems withdrawing from Afghanistan, the Big Lie and the fact that he just won’t shut up or go away. There is a photo of Tiffany Trump smoking a joint on a hotel balcony. No one cares about that, either (but, maybe that explains the problem her father has with her weight and why he doesn’t want to be photographed with her). The basis for Turley’s entire piece is the laptop Fox is trying to claim belongs to Hunter Biden, with no proof at all, and the source being the thoroughly-disgraced, now-suspended former attorney, Giuliani. Turley is just a tool being used to try to breathe credibility into Fox’s scheme. Well, it won’t work.

            1. Natacha has just admitted in her post at 5:29 PM that the pictures of Hunter Biden smoking crack are actually pictures of Hunter Biden smoking crack on a laptop that she previously said didn’t exist and she now says no one cares about the real pictures of Hunter Biden smoking crack on the laptop that she says is not real. Oh what a tangled web she weaves when first the syntax in her brain deceives.

              1. Oh what a tangled web she weaves when first the syntax in her brain deceives.

                You give her more credit than I do.

                I think she is a psychotic patient who ran away from an ACLF home, with her patient gown open and flashing everyone in her vicinity. She is also in her 70s so keep that imagery in your mind.

        2. We know Natacha, the pictures of Hunter Biden found on the laptop are not really pictures of Hunter Biden in Natachafantasyland. Oh look there’s Dumbo! Oh look there’s Goofy!

    1. That’s proof right there that propaganda and brainwashing work. Give your head a shake and re-read the article, including the links. It’s all there. Biden lied about his son and his involvement in his son’s schemes and deeds.

    2. You are a fool Natacha. Go back to sleep. Nobody reads your talking point dribble coming from this corrupt WH

    3. You’re lying up a storm here. That laptop was given to the FBI long before Giuliani got what was just a copy of the hard drive. Learn the facts before you try to push your progressive propaganda.

    4. I find it particularly amusing that “Natacha” has such a distaste for the good professor that she/he is
      breathlessly waiting to comment on his next article every day…

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