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'Something is up': Jim Jordan spots major shift in Hunter Biden story

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/10/2022 Daniel Chaitin
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A top House Republican thinks "something is up" as the federal investigation into Hunter Biden and his financial practices heats up.

Rep. Jim Jordan said on Sunday it "sure seems" the president's son is on his way to being indicted, though the congressman acknowledged he could not say for certain. He pointed to an upswell in reporting on the authentication of contents on a laptop believed to have belonged to Hunter Biden, coinciding with a wave of grand jury activity.

"You mentioned those two stories from the Washington Post 10 days ago," the Ohio Republican told host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News. "I understand they were four minutes apart. One was at 11:00. One was at 11:04. So two eight-page-long stories four minutes apart from the news organization that said 18 months ago there was no story here, this was Russian disinformation. That tells you something is up. You don't see the Washington Post do that."

While the New York Post led the charge in reporting on the contents of the abandoned laptop, which contained emails detailing Biden's business dealings and rollercoaster personal life, other major media outlets sought to cast doubt on its authenticity, and Big Tech companies even took steps to suppress its spread in the final weeks of the 2020 election.

Jordan, who is the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, remarked how "interesting" it is that the "story has evolved" in recent weeks, coinciding with rising suspicions that President Joe Bidsen himself could be drawn into a federal criminal investigation, even as the White House has been adamant in asserting that the president is not involved and that his 52-year-old son did not commit any crimes.

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"Remember, it started off as, 'Oh, it wasn't his laptop.' Then it was, 'Well, it was his laptop, but it was Russian disinformation.' Now it's, 'No, it wasn't Russian disinformation, but Joe had nothing to do with it,'" Jordan said.

"And now, finally, it is, 'Well, Joe had something to do with it, but he really didn't do anything wrong.' In fact, that's what his chief of staff, Ron Klain, told us last Sunday on the Sunday shows," he added. "So, my, how this story has changed. And now, we find out these text messages and emails that link the entire family, not just Hunter and Joe and — but also uncle, the — Joe's brother, James Biden, is involved in this as well."

Hunter Biden revealed he was under federal investigation shortly after the 2020 election. He has never publicly denied that the laptop belonged to him, but the younger Biden is "100% certain" he will be cleared of wrongdoing.

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One particular email dated May 13, 2017, from investor James Gilliar to himself, Hunter Biden's business associate Rob Walker, and James and Hunter Biden detailed a "provisional" business deal with a Chinese company called CEFC. The email, in part, asked about “10 held by H for the big guy," as well as "10" for "Jim." It appears "H" is a reference to Hunter Biden, "Jim" is Joe Biden's brother, and "10" is a reference to 10%.

Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski, a Navy veteran, corroborated the authenticity of the email in October 2020 and insisted the "big guy" was then-presidential candidate Joe Biden. The Washington Post recently reported on "verified emails illuminating a deal Hunter Biden developed with a fast-growing Chinese energy conglomerate, CEFC China Energy, for which he was paid nearly $5 million, and other business relationships."

Bartiromo noted Author Peter Schweizer has said the laptop includes messages to and from Hunter Biden that show him taking in at least $31 million in shady international dealings. She also brought up a New York Post report published on Saturday about messages appearing to show Hunter Biden complaining to his daughter in 2019 about covering family expenses. “I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years,” Hunter Biden said. “It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike pop, I won’t make you give me half your salary.”

Asked to respond, Jordan said, "It sure looks like Joe Biden was involved," and talked about how there are "4.8 million reasons" to doubt the president's claim during the 2020 campaign that there was nothing unethical in his son's business dealings in places like China.

"The thing that bothers me the most, though, Maria, is the conspiracy," Jordan added. "The Left always tries to — always says, 'Oh, there's these right-wing conspiracies.' The real conspiracy here was the Democrats, Big Tech, Big Media keeping this story from the American people just days before the most important election we have, an election for president of the United States, election for who's going to be the commander in chief."

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The congressman said "maybe the worst of it all" was the 51 former intelligence officials who signed an October 2020 letter claiming Russian involvement in the Hunter Biden laptop stories. Joe Biden even called the story a Russian operation during one of the 2020 presidential debates with then-President Donald Trump.

"That letter they wrote where they said this has all the earmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign, that letter became the basis for Big Tech and Big Media to suppress this story and keep it from We the People in the run-up to our most important election," he said. "That's why we sent a letter to these 51 guys. We want to know who they were talking to, how they came to this conclusion, how they put that letter together, because that was the basis for the conspiracy that kept information from the voters right up before the presidential election."

 

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