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In the Swamp, there are no coincidences.
The Biden administration tapped an official to work in the white collar crimes division of the Department of Justice that is directly linked to a Hunter Biden lawyer.
The official’s selection was announced shortly after the Biden inauguration.
“Nicholas McQuaid, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan who served as a White House lawyer during the Obama presidency, has been named the acting leader of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division,” the announcement said. It explained it is “a role that will come with oversight of the Biden administration’s early white-collar enforcement efforts.”
An Axios report documents that McQuaid is tied to former federal prosecutor Chris Clark, who is a partner at the firm Latham & Watkins. In December, Hunter Biden hired Clark. The report states bluntly that, “Clark worked on multiple cases with Nicholas McQuaid, another partner in the firm’s white-collar defense and investigations practice who is now leading DOJ’s criminal division.”
It gets even more coincidental: “The two were jointly representing at least one Latham client when McQuaid” was picked for the Biden DOJ position.
While Axios reported the news on Monday, the revelation was broken by Tucker Carlson on Friday’s show.
“On Jan. 21 of this year, the same day Nicholas McQuaid was featured in the Justice Department press release, Latham & Watkins filed a motion in court to withdraw McQuaid as an attorney [in the case] he was working on with Christopher Clark. So that means Joe Biden put at the head of the criminal division the partner of the guy his son had hired to defend him against the criminal division,” Tucker Carlson said.
In mid-December, a month-and-a-half after the November election, conveniently enough, the news broke that Hunter Biden was actually under federal investigation, after all. The news ran contrary to claims that reports filed during the election were likely based on “Russian disinformation.”
“An election-year investigation by Senate Republicans into corruption allegations against Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Hunter, involving Ukraine found no evidence of improper influence or wrongdoing by the former vice president, closing out an inquiry its leaders had hoped would tarnish the Democratic presidential nominee,” the New York Times erroneously reported.
Hunter Biden eventually confessed that he had been under investigation via a statement released by another lawyer, George Mesires.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter Biden said in the statement. “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.”
The Wall Street Journal provided a synopsis of the many legal issues, many of which had been previously reported by RedState in October 2020. “Hunter Biden ramped up business activities with European and Chinese tycoons as his father exited the vice presidency four years ago. For him it was a potential path to income; for the tycoons, the Biden family name promised to burnish their reputations,” it reported.
“The dealings got the younger Mr. Biden a discounted stake in a private-equity firm in China and consulting arrangements with a Romanian property magnate and overall allowed him to maintain a globe-trotting lifestyle, according to interviews, documents and communications reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. A Chinese energy tycoon gave Mr. Biden a 2.8-carat diamond, and entities linked to him wired nearly $5 million to Mr. Biden’s law firm, according to an investigation by Senate Republicans,” it continued.
CNN also was forced to cover the story and it somehow raised the pivotal issue: Whether Joe Biden would be able to keep his finger off the scale of justice on behalf of a beloved, but troubled son.
“Investigators have been examining multiple financial issues,” CNN finally reported, “including whether Hunter Biden and his associates violated tax and money laundering laws in business dealings in foreign countries, principally China, according to two people briefed on the probe.”
“Some of those transactions involved people who the FBI believe sparked counterintelligence concerns, a common issue when dealing with Chinese business, according to another source,” it reported dryly.
There is not a whiff of the apoplectic CNN reportage seen with the Trump administration. One could only imagine if the network had found anything remotely as concrete and problematic about former president Donald Trump’s sons, Eric Trump or Donald Trump Jr.
“The investigation began as early as 2018, predating the arrival of William Barr as US attorney general, two people briefed on the investigation said,” CNN went on. Then comes the kicker: “The existence of the probe will present an immediate test of Biden’s promise to maintain the independence of the Justice Department.”
On mere appearances alone, the Biden administration is already failing.
It was reported by Red State’s Jennifer Van Laar recently that, “Although Joe Biden promised way back in 2019 that his son Hunter would offload his stake in Bohai Harvest RST (BHR), a Chinese Communist Party-controlled venture capital firm, it appears that Hunter still holds that interest today – a major national security risk now that the elder Biden has been inaugurated as President of the United States.”
The reactions to the news that the Biden administration has appointed a lawyer connected to Hunter Biden’s legal team to serve in the Department of Justice is equally unsettling.
“While not speaking to any particular matter,” a DOJ spokesperson told Axios, “all department employees are governed by the department’s ethics rules, including rules concerning recusal.”
“This situation is one of the many initial tests of Biden’s ethics pledge, which looks great on paper, but time will tell if it is effective in practice,” added Kedric Payne of the Campaign Legal Center. “Enforcement is essential.”
This is hardly reassuring, just like the vanishing former Attorney General’s knowledge of the Hunter Biden probe, and his subsequent decision not to appoint a Special Counsel. That is a decision that grows more questionable by the day.