Stephen Green (Vodka Pundit) wants to know: Pray That Joe Biden Isn't an Honest Politician Who Stays Bought by the CCP
Insanity Wrap needs to know: If an honest politician is the kind who stays bought, can we hope that Joe Biden is the kind of politician who would take the money and run?
Answer: Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please let it be so.
If he weren't a so called honest politician, he wouldn't have gotten as far as he has.
Ashe Schow at Da Wire thinks Hunter Biden Appears To Have Known About Investigation Into Business Dealings Long Before He Claimed. Why would we be shocked if someone at the FBI or DOJ gave him a heads up that somebody was looking at him? That said, it's probably hard to keep a probe like that a secret when agents start asking questions about people and things.
AllahPundit at Hot Air whinders (whines and wonders) Will Trump Force The New Acting AG To Appoint A Special Counsel For Hunter Biden?
Last night a Twitter pal speculated that what we might be seeing with Bill Barr’s departure is a sort of “slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre.” We still don’t know why Barr resigned/was fired but it’s been reported that he was “unlikely” to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden. Maybe Trump demanded it and Barr told him no, which meant Barr had to go.
Next week the deputy AG, Jeffrey Rosen, will take over for Barr. If Trump makes the same demand of him, does he resign too? That would make Richard Donoghue the new acting AG. What will he do if Trump tells him to appoint a special counsel? Elliott Richardson and William Ruckelshaus quit in a matter of hours when Nixon demanded they fire Archibald Cox, but the Trump version could play out over several weeks. If you believe this AP story, the stars are beginning to align.
There’s one big difference between the Saturday Night Massacre and what Trump’s doing, though: Appointing a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden would be … quite defensible. Special counsels operate with greater independence than standard DOJ prosecutors do, which is what you’d want when probing the finances of the president’s son. It’s a signal to the public that the matter is being pursued diligently, without fear or favor.
Peter Schweizer at NYPO details how How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections Joe’s son Hunter, son-in-law Howard, brothers James and Frank, and sister Valerie; it good to be a Biden.
WaFreeBee, Biden Fundraiser Floated as Ambassador Pick Took Millions in PPP Loans While His Law Firm Won Massive Settlements. It's good to be a friend of the Bidens.
Joseph Rice, cofounder of the South Carolina-based Motley Rice law firm, helped raise large sums for Biden's campaign and could land an ambassadorship spot in his administration, local reports indicate. Motley Rice received $7.03 million from Paycheck Protection Program funds, which were intended to help small businesses pay workers and stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
Several companies have faced criticism for taking PPP loans when they did not need them, including from prominent Democrats. Those criticisms don't seem to have swayed the incoming administration, which the State says is considering Rice for an ambassador role.
Capt. Ed at Hot Air, CNN: Biden’s Pick At DHS Has More Alleged Corruption To Explain Than Just Clinton Pardon. It's even good to be an old friend of the Clintons.
Remember Alejandro Mayorkas? Joe Biden’s decision to appoint him as Secretary of Homeland Security has already raised eyebrows, given his role in securing a presidential pardon from Bill Clinton of a politically connected drug dealer. Senate Republicans already have their pencils sharpened for the confirmation hearings over the Carlos Vignali deal, not just with Mayorkas at DHS but also Xavier Becerra at Health and Human Services.
That’s not the only corruption concern with Mayorkas, CNN reported yesterday. During his time in the Obama administration as US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS), Mayorkas was the target of an investigation into favoritism and possible corruption. It’s an echo of the same issues that led to the Vignali pardon:
During his time at USCIS, for example, Mayorkas was accused of “giving special access and treatment” to wealthy foreign investors with ties to politically connected people, according to a watchdog report that cited concerns from more than a dozen employees.
And let the healing begin, also from Capt. Ed, Biden Deputy Chief Of Staff: Healing And Bipartisanship Means Working With The “Bunch Of F****Rs” On The Other Side Of The Aisle
Give Jen O’Malley Dillon full credit for honesty, at least, if not for class and decorum. When hasn’t bipartisanship and compromise meant working with “a bunch of f****rs” in the other party? It’s practically the dictionary definition in the Beltway. Joe Biden’s incoming deputy chief of staff is only offering a vulgar version of what everyone already knows.