Charlie Spiering: Biden's Influence Peddling Should Be Too Big for Media to Ignore

Columnist Charlie Spiering writes, "Why would James Biden, a longtime financial beneficiary and peddler of the family's political influence, require big loans from his brother Joe?"

Charlie Spiering

November 08, 20233 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Establishment media figures remain predictably obsessed with every development of the New York civil fraud court case involving former President Donald Trump. At the same time, they appear curiously disinterested in new evidence of corruption between President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and his brother James.  

That might change after the House Oversight Committee announced Wednesday they would subpoena Hunter and James as part of the ongoing investigation into the Biden family’s financial dealings. 

Previously, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer released images of checks from Biden’s brother James and his wife Sara to Joe Biden in 2018.

The checks cite a personal "loan repayment" as the reason for the payments from the president to his brother. Curiously enough, as Comer outlined, the payments coincided with other big checks from foreign interests to other financial entities connected to Hunter and James Biden.

Comer patiently illustrated the process of foreign business interests laundering money through various accounts of Biden family members after which ten percent ended up in the “big guy’s” bank accounts.

“The bank records don’t end here. There is more to come,” he said.

Why would James Biden, a longtime financial beneficiary and peddler of the family's political influence, require big loans from his brother Joe? The so-called “personal” loans likely enabled his brother’s own business dealings until he was able to cash in on foreign interest and pay his brother back. 

"Even if this was a personal loan repayment, it's still troubling that Joe Biden's ability to be paid back by his brother depended on the success of his family's shady financial dealings," Comer said.

That should raise the curiosity of any news editor, even though information from the opposite political party should always be tempered by facts and the opposing argument from the opposite party on the committee. For some reason, however, news producers across the country have little interest in generating more light and heat to assist the investigation. 

Americans can see the double standard. When Trump was president, any assertion by then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Adam Schiff was breathlessly rushed into news production to fuel the ongoing investigation.

That house of cards collapsed long ago. The one-sided coverage of Schiff’s audacious lies remains a major disservice to audiences, many of whom fully expected smoking gun revelations of evidence of Trump's collusion with Russia. 

In an op-ed published in USA Today, Hunter argued that the Republican investigations into his family were actually making it difficult for addicts around the world to seek treatment. 

“It is already a near-impossible decision for addicts to get sober, and the avalanche of negativity and assault of my personal privacy may only make it harder for those considering it,” Hunter wrote. 

It seems news outlets don’t have a problem publishing Hunter’s ridiculous claims but the claims by Comer and Republican House oversight go too far. Perhaps new aggressive subpoenas of Biden’s family members might spark media interest, but at this point, they seem willing to ignore interesting new developments in the investigation. 

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