The Beltway Goats: Why Hunter is Right “The Bidens are the Best” When It Comes to Influence Peddling

Below is my column on on the most recent WhatsApp message from Hunter Biden to foreign contacts. It is an insight into the shady world of influence peddling and the Biden family.

Here is the column:

“The Bidens are the best at doing exactly what Chairman wants.” The latest WhatsApp message from Hunter Biden to a Chinese businessman may be the perfect epitaph for the entire Biden corruption scandal. Indeed, it may be the most accurate statement ever made by Hunter Biden. This is precisely what the Bidens are the best at: selling access and influence.

Years ago, I wrote how the Biden family has long distinguished itself in all things corrupt from nepotism to sweetheart deals to influence peddling. Bidens like Hunter’s uncle James have been repeatedly criticized for cashing in on claims of access to his brother.

In one column, I noted that “The Biden family has long been associated with influence peddling to the degree that they could add an access key to their family crest.” While this has long been the favorite form of corruption in Washington, the Bidens are in a class of their own.

The last week has shown just how good the Bidens are at this. I previously wrote that there appeared to be an effort in the works to implode the scandal. Not only was the Justice Department allowing the statute of limitations to run on some offenses, but they would likely cut a plea deal for a couple of misdemeanors without any jail time. That is precisely what they did with the help of an enabling media that has largely blacked out the corruption scandal.

Recently, political and media pundits have tried to excuse the raw influence peddling by dismissing messages as the ravings of a drug addict. However, the message to Gongwen (“Kevin”) Dong, a CEFC China Energy executive, is neither muddled nor manic. Indeed, it has all of the directness and clarity that the Bidens have denied to the American people:

“I’m tired of this Kevin,” Hunter said. “I can make $5 million in salary from any law firm in America. If you think it’s about money, it’s not. The Biden’s [sic] are the best at doing exactly what Chairman wants from this partnership. Please let’s not quibble over peanuts.”

The “peanuts” are an apt reference. The Bidens were promising a windfall for the Chinese in purchasing access. A few millions truly is a quibble in the great scheme of things.

Hunter was equally clear in these messages about what he was selling. In another WhatsApp message, he reportedly stated:

“I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.”

If any further proof is needed of how good the Bidens really are at this, the Chinese reportedly sent the money after receiving that threat.

When President Biden was asked about whether he was involved in the message, he angrily yelled “No!” but offered nothing else. The Bidens are far more forthcoming with customers than they are voters. In this form of corruption, elections are a means for acquiring power, but the ends are sales of that influence. That is where real money is to be made.

The other measure of how good the Bidens are at this is found in the dozens of LLC corporations and bank accounts used to funnel money to Hunter and his associates. The labyrinth of transfers seem designed to evade detection and investigation. The recent allegations of bribery from a Ukrainian figure included reported references to how the Bidens created this complex system to shield payments — no payments were to go directly to Joe Biden.

Then there is the experience shown in the use of code names for Joe Biden. These emails include references to Joe Biden getting a 10 percent cut of one Chinese deal. It also shows Biden associates warning not to use Joe Biden’s name but to employ code names like “the Big Guy.”

This is why many people missed the point of Hunter Biden showing up after his criminal plea at a state dinner. It was shocking for many to see Hunter wining and dining with the Washington elite. However, that is precisely the point. It was a collective celebration for a city where influence peddling is a cottage industry. Despite overwhelming evidence of corruption, Hunter was back in circulation.

That is no minor league stuff. When it comes to corruption the Biden family is the 1961 Yankees and 1975 Reds combined. They are the GOATs of influence peddling and the rest is, well, peanuts.

146 thoughts on “The Beltway Goats: Why Hunter is Right “The Bidens are the Best” When It Comes to Influence Peddling”

  1. Chairmen’s Comer (Judiciary), Smith (Way and Means) and Comer (Oversight) wrote a letter [1] to AG Garland asking “for testimony of e the following Department employees available for transcribed interviews before the Judiciary Committee promptly:

    1. Lesley Wolf
    2. Jack Morgan
    3. Mark Daly
    4. Matthew Graves
    5. E. Martin Estrada
    6. David Weiss
    7. Stuart Goldberg
    8. Shawn Weede
    9. Shannon Hanson
    10. Tom Sobocinski (FBI)
    11. Ryeshia Holley (FBI)”

    As expected, the chairmen’s missed AT LEAST two of the most important witnesses, FBI Director Chris Wray (R) and then AG Barr” (R) knowing

    * that SSA Sharpley sent a special case report up to his chain to seek approval for physical search warrants in California, Arkansas, New York, and Washington, D.C on 3/6/20,
    * the existence of a “1023” created by USA Brady, Pittsburgh, PA on 6/30/20 after his team contacted an interview with a CHS resource about information s/he claimed in 2017 (!!).
    * SSA Gordan waited outside of Hunter Biden’s California residence on 12/8/20:

    Though AG Barr said on his last presser on 12/20/20 before his departure [2],

    “I think to the extent that there’s an investigation, I think that it’s being handled responsibly and professionally, currently within the department. To this point, I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave.”

    “Judiciary” can save a lot of time and energy if USA Weiss will provide written answers to these nine questions before 1st transcribed interview is contacted:

    1. To whom at DOJ did you talk about your authority in 11/18 when “Sportsman” started?
    2. At that time, FBI was aware that investigation goes far beyond your DL-jurisdiction. Why didn’t you ask for Special Attorney (28 USC 515a)/Counsel authority?
    3. What did you order after then AG Bill Barr sent you “1023” created on 6/20/20 by USA Brady, Pittsburgh, PA for further investigations?
    4. Why didn’t you ask DOJ office for Special Attorney (28 USC 515a)/Counsel authority after AG Garland took office?
    5. When where you aware that your jurisdiction doesn’t cover aeras that you intend to prosecute?
    6. Why didn’t you ask DOJ office for Special Attorney (28 USC 515a)/Counsel authority in writing BEFORE you called DC OUSA and CDCAL OUSA?
    7. To whom did you spoke at DC OUSA and CDCAL OUSA, what did you ask for and what were you told?
    8. To whom did you spoke after your request was denied?
    9. As the investigation is ongoing according to your presse, what did you order and do you have a timeframe for conclusion in mind?

    [3] At this time, then AG neither know about the accusations Sharpley will make (pp 11-21) nor that general content of “1023” created on 6/30/20 will publicly known.

    1. Thank you, Charlotte. Good stuff. Everyone knows Wray and Barr are Swamp Creatures – public trough millionaires who don’t rock boats unless “little people” are aboard. They’re disgusting males (not men) for whom self-interest is only-interest and love of country mere words. Real 9th Circle/Antenora guys if you recall your Dante.

      1. “Real 9th Circle/Antenora”

        Good reference. But it’s far worse than that.

        Antenora merely opened the gates to the enemy. The Bidens sold the gates, the keys, the people. Then their protectors declared: Nothing to see here. We made sure of that. Shut up, peasant.

  2. Off TOPIC: the language of the majority from todays’s landmark SCOTUS case, Students For Fair Admission v. Harvard.
    “The dissents’ interpretation of the Equal Protection Clause is not new. In Bakke, four Justices would have permitted race-based admissions programs to remedy the effects of societal discrimination. 438 U. S., at 362 (joint opinion of Brennan, White, Marshall, and Blackmun, JJ., concurring in judgment in part and dissenting in part). But that minority view was just that—a minority view. Justice Powell, who provided the fifth vote and controlling opinion in Bakke, firmly rejected the notion that societal discrimination constituted a compelling interest. Such an interest presents “an amorphous concept of injury that may be ageless in its reach into the past,” he explained. Id., at 307. It cannot “justify a [racial] classification that imposes disadvantages upon persons . . . who bear no responsibility for whatever harm the beneficiaries of the [race-based] admissions program are thought to have suffered.” Id., at 310”
    ‘Amorphous concept of injury that may be ageless in its reach into the past” “ … “imposes disadvantages upon persons … who bear no responsibility for whatever harm … [others] are thought to have suffered.”

    Anybody wanna lay odds on how Roberts would rule on the inevitable slavery reparations case coming the Court’s way?

    1. “To be or not to be, that is the question.”

      – William Shakespeare

      The question is, shall we be free or oppressed?

      The first step of freedom is discrimination.

      Americans have been unconstitutionally denied their first step.

      People must adapt to the outcomes of freedom.

      Freedom does not adapt to people…

      Dictatorship does.

    2. What reparations will be made to those victims of extremely deleterious admissions and hiring affirmative action?

      Quantify that.

    3. Preferential treatment for race, as in Affirmative Action and Quotas, creates a caste system in the US. It creates special privileges explicitly based on race. This is not a case of unequal outcome, where one could argue that there was no deliberate penalty for race. Examples are low performing schools in black neighborhoods are due to the high rate of crime, single motherhood, and a culture that values dropping out of school. Black teachers, in black majority schools, run by black administrators, are not actively biased against black students, and marking them off on assignments based on race. Affirmative action, DEI hires, and quotas, explicitly advantage one or more races over others.

      There is already a de facto law regarding language based on race. Black people often use the N word a hundred times a day. It’s ubiquitous in rap. It can mean brother, friend, or foul enemy. If a white person uses the word in any context, singing along to the same rap song as black friends, using it in the context of “my homies”, or in any way emulates the daily use by black people, with absolutely no harm or insult intended, that white person can lose their scholarship, lose their admission entirely to college, lose their job, get kicked off a sports team, get blacklisted on radio stations as a recording artist, get disinvited to music awards ceremonies, and be virtually pilloried. There is no redemption. Someone white could have used the N word, in the same friendly tone as any black person, twenty years ago, and if it’s recorded, it will absolutely destroy his life.

      My son first heard the N word at school. The black kids say it constantly. Latino kids say it too, and there’s some argument over if they’re allowed. Both black and Latino students try their hardest to get the white kids to say it. They make up words that if you say them together it sounds like the N word. They ask about the Niger River. My son has never fallen for it, but some of the other students have, thinking these kids are their friends. It’s a trap. I’ve warned my son not to ever fall for that trick, and it doesn’t matter if the black kids sound like it’s a game, or that they’re just being friendly. The black kids think it’s funny if they can get a white student to say it. Some of them have a worse intent. If any of those white students, and possibly the Latinos, ever get caught on video saying that word, their entire adult life will be ruined. Parents can’t be with their kids all the time, and it’s a new world out there. Any mistake a kid makes, can end up on the internet, and never, ever go away. It’s tremendous pressure for children who won’t mature for years.

      The country does not have equal rights if there are certain words that are either ubiquitous, or essentially illegal to say, based on the race of the speaker. That word either needs to be distasteful for anyone to say (my preference), or allowed to everyone. Don’t keep that word alive in the vernacular if you don’t want a certain race to use it in the same context.

  3. I have faith that we can buy at least a ten-pack of candles, but not so sure if a 20-pack is a good investment at this stage.
    I’ll wait until after 2024 elections to take advantage of any sales.

  4. Tuesday is America’s 247th birthday. Will the country make it to 250 still united? I seriously doubt it.


      These are not the United States of America, but the Invaded States of America, alternatively, the Unconstitutional States of America, aka the Fundamentally Transformed States of America.

      Abortion and Affirmative Action have been corrected and/or eliminated; perhaps the course has reversed, taking America “back to the future” of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  5. The Supreme Court terminated federal abortion rights and affirmative action in college admissions.

    Whats’ left?


    Forced integration, forced busing, employment affirmative action, quotas, welfare, food stamps, minimum wage, rent control, social services, public housing, utility subsidies, WIC, SNAP, TANF, HAMP, HARP, TARP, HHS, HUD, EPA, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Labor, Energy, Obamacare, Social Security, Social Security Disability, Social Security Supplemental Income, Medicare, Medicaid, “Fair Housing” laws, “Non-Discrimination” laws, etc.

    1. Article 1, Section 8, provides Congress the power to tax for ONLY debt, defense and “…general Welfare…,” omitting and, thereby, excluding any power to tax for individual welfare, specific welfare, particular welfare, favor or charity. The same article enumerates and provides Congress the power to regulate ONLY money, the “flow” of commerce, and land and naval Forces. Additionally, the 5th Amendment right to private property is qualified by the Constitution regarding “eminent domain,” and is, therefore, absolute, allowing Congress no power to claim or exercise dominion over private property. If the right to private property is not absolute, there is no private property, and all property is public.

      Government exists, under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, to provide maximal freedom to individuals while government is severely limited and restricted to merely facilitating that maximal freedom of individuals through the provision of security and infrastructure only.

      Article 1, Section 8

      The Congress shall have Power To lay…Taxes,…to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States…

      “[Private property is] that dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual.”

      – James Madison

      1. George, I think that got flipped…I’ll bet many in government have never heard those lines before.

    2. Georgie ; you act as though Affirmative discrimination was good ? , and abortion somehow a right ?. Deluded much ?.

      1. You dependent parasites simply want “free stuff” which never reflected the American thesis or its goals.

        America is Freedom and Self-Reliance.

        What you ——- communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs, AINOs) forcibly impose is:

        “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,”

        the very “dictatorship of the proletariat.”

        America is EQUITY.

        And EQUITY is the absence of bias and favoritism which is the equivalent of Freedom and Self-Reliance.

        Congress has NO power to compel whom free people accept or reject, approve or disapprove, confirm or deny, love or scorn.

        eq·​ui·​ty ˈe-kwə-tē
        plural equities

        1a: justice according to natural law or right

        specifically : freedom from bias or favoritism

  6. “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”–Plato

    1. JFeldman, anyone who quotes Plato gets a yea from me. To illustrate your point we see Biden yelling and preaching that we need to have the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes while the Bidens are rich and his son DID NOT pay his fair share. Also, the same dementia patient president screams about putting people in jail, at least his DOJ does, for lying on the federal gun documentation…as the same son pled guilty to doing just that and he won’t even have a record after the case is broomed.

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