Biden denies involvement within the alleged removing of son Hunter’s board of administrators
President Joe Biden furiously denied on Wednesday that he was involved in an alleged crackdown on a Chinese businessman by his son Hunter Biden.
“NO!” President Biden snapped at a reporter on the White House lawn when asked if he was “sitting there” or “involved” when his son sent a threatening WhatsApp text message to businessman Henry Zhao on July 30, 2017.
“No, I wasn’t, and I won’t be,” the president said as he headed to the White House to fly to an event in Chicago.
The White House for the past few days has declined to comment on the WhatsApp message and to answer questions about whether Hunter Biden’s alleged claim that he was with the President when he sent it is true. The White House previously stated that President Biden was not involved in Hunter’s business venture.
The WhatsApp message came days after Hunter Biden agreed to plead guilty to two tax offenses in federal court in Delaware.
Former IRS agent Gary Shapley told the House Pathways and Appropriations Committee last month that an IRS search warrant uncovered Hunter Biden’s WhatsApp message to Zhao about a proposed energy deal, according to a statement released last week.
In that message, Hunter told Zhao, “I’m sitting here with my father, we’d like to understand why the commitment hasn’t been fulfilled.”
At the time the news was published, Joe Biden was a private who had recently served twice as vice president. Before that, he was a US Senator from Delaware for decades.
“Tell the director I want to fix this issue now, before it gets out of hand, and do it tonight,” Hunter Biden wrote to Zhao, per the transcript.
“And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make sure that between the man sitting next to me and anyone he knows, and my ability to hold him forever, a grudge you will regret if you have not followed my direction.”
“I’m sitting here waiting for the call with my dad,” Hunter Biden wrote.
Hunter Biden attends an official state dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on June 22, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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Hunter Biden’s attorney, Christopher Clark, responded to the publication of the news in a statement to Fox News last week by noting that his client was in the midst of addiction at the time of writing.
“Biased and politically motivated selective leaks have plagued this issue for years. Not only are they irresponsible, they are illegal. A close scrutiny of the document, released yesterday by a very biased individual, raises serious questions as to whether this is what he claims.” “It is dangerously misleading to draw any conclusions or conclusions based on this document” said Clark. “The DOJ’s investigation covered what was a time of turmoil and addiction for my client.”
Clark added that “any verifiable words or actions of my client in the midst of a horrific addiction are solely his own and have no connection to anyone in his family.”
Shapley, the former IRS agent, testified that the Justice Department “slowly advanced” a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden that began in 2018, gave him “preferential treatment” and “did nothing to avoid apparent conflicts of interest” in the investigation.
While Hunter Biden has agreed to plead guilty to the willful non-payment of taxes for 2017 and 2018, Shapley testified that there was evidence she should face criminal charges on his 2014 tax return as well.
Shapley said the Justice Department would have indicted someone this year “in every other case I’ve ever worked on with similar factual patterns, similar tax evasion, and similar taxes due and owed.”
The DOJ said that U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss made the prosecution decisions in the case against Hunter Biden, and not Attorney General Merrick Garland, who was appointed by President Biden. Weiss was appointed to office by then-President Donald Trump and was allowed to remain there to continue the investigation into Hunter Biden.
Weiss told the House Judiciary Committee in a June 7 letter, “During my tenure as U.S. Attorney, my decisions — and in this matter they must be made — have been made without regard to political considerations.”