Are the chickens coming home for Hunter Biden? It certainly seems so, though experts differ on the critical question of whether they are coming home to roost or roast. Wednesday’s news, splashed via an official communiqué from his father’s transition operation, that Hunter is being investigated by the US Attorney’s Office for possible tax fraud makes me want to bet for ‘roast’ not ‘roost’.
Here’s Hunter’s statement from Wednesday, in full:
‘I learned yesterday for the first time that the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs. I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.’
When you stop chuckling, get a load the codicil from the ‘Biden-Harris Transition’ (‘transition’ to what is not specified). ‘President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.’
How do you spell ‘non-sequitur’?
Please note that either Hunter or his father (or, to be more accurate, the people who write their copy) thought that ‘tax affairs’ sounded nicer than, say, ‘tax fraud’. But a truly fastidious person, canvassing Hunter’s randy romantic life — sleeping with his brother’s widow, for example — might lead them to choose a different word.
But nearly everyone who has reported on the investigation has cut to the chase and used ‘fraud’ so I followed suit, even though the echo of ‘voter fraud’, much on the nation’s mind at the moment, is inescapable.
So maybe, just maybe, the story that the media struggled mightily to bury on the weeks leading up to the election will at last get some of the attention it deserves.
I refer, of course, to Hunter’s ‘laptop from hell’ — full of compromising revelations about his financial as well as his lust life — and the attendant revelations about his shady dealings in China, Ukraine and elsewhere. Many of the shocking details were already in the public record thanks to the tireless investigative reporting of Peter Schweizer in his film Riding the Dragon and elsewhere.
I say ‘public record’ but it was ‘public’ only in the sense of being available for those who wished to hear. That pointedly excluded almost the whole of the American media, with only a few honorable exceptions (prominently the New York Post, the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, Tucker Carlson and The Spectator). We might be talking about the scandal of the decade, but hey, we have an election to win and we are not going to let news get in the way of The Narrative.
Does the Hunter probe have a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding? Opinions vary. I’d like to think so. But, frankly, it is hard to tell. The revelations about Hunter, like the revelations over the last few days of the, ah, penetration of the Chinese into the highest echelons of government as well as the lower echelons of one of Congress’s chief buffoons, Eric Swalwell (talk about stirring the honeypot!), will add fuel to that fire being stocked for the roasting I referred to above.
Who knows what will happen. Maybe the powers that be, taking a gander at what Joe Biden or his handlers have in store for the country, are having buyer’s remorse. Obviously that doesn’t pertain to the Chinese or Big Tech media such as YouTube (owned by Google), which just announced that it would henceforth censor any content asserting widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. The same people who claim all the allegations of voter fraud are ‘baseless’, even farcical, are strangely afraid of letting people see for themselves. Twitter, for its part, has been decorating the tweets of President Trump and his supporters with cautionary warnings for weeks.
Maybe they will successfully close ranks, close the aperture on reality, and soldier on with the woke green dream of globalist hegemony, and 57 varieties of personal pronouns. The Chinese would like that. The odds, it saddens me to say, seem to me in their favor.
On the positive side, there are some 74 million Trump voters who are very unhappy. To date, officials and judges in battleground states have provided little solace for these unhappy warriors. Maybe the Texas initiative will have better luck. Maybe the investigation of Hunter’s taxes will raise flags about the 10 percent due from a multi-million dollar Chinese deal for the ‘big guy’, Hunter’s father. Stay tuned.
In 403 BC, at the end of the Peloponnesian War, the warring parties came together and pronounced a standard oath, signifying that they would not remember past injuries’ and bear malice against one another. Joe Biden’s campaign bleats about ‘unity’ and ‘coming together as one nation’ even as unhinged commentators and Democratic politicians talk about drawing up enemies’ lists and sending antifa or BLM ‘soldiers’ to destroy Trump supporters.
Whatever happens in the coming weeks, the suspicious cover-up of all news that might benefit Trump in the 2020 election will not be forgotten by his supporters. They will remember past injuries, and rightly so.