Hunter Biden watches White House turkey pardoning with two-year-old son Beau
Hunter Biden was seen watching the annual White House turkey pardoning in his first White House appearance since Republicans announced they would launch investigations into his former business dealings when they take control of the House.
Hunter watched the South Lawn event with his two-year-old son Beau, who didn’t quite know what to make of the massive turkeys his grandfather had pardoned.
Hunter, Beau and wife Melissa Cohen live in Malibu, California, but are likely in town for the Thanksgiving holiday, which the family spends on the posh Martha’s Vineyard Island in Massachusetts.
The public foray came as CBS News authenticated the laptop Hunter Biden left at a computer repair shop in Delaware, joining the New York Times and Washington Post among liberal-leaning outlets who now say the laptop appears to be authentic.
Biden spouted a whole slew of turkey puns during the pardoning as he poked fun at Republicans whose expected red wave never materialized.
‘First of all the voter IDs have been counted, verified,’ he said.
‘There’s no ballot stuffing, there’s no fowl play, the only red wave this season’s gonna be if our German Shepherd Commander knocks over the cranberry sauce on our table.’
Hunter Biden was seen watching on the annual White House turkey pardoning in the first son’s first White House appearance since Republicans announced they would launch investigations into his former business dealings.
Hunter watched on with his two-year-old son Beau, who didn’t quite know what to make of the massive turkeys his grandfather had pardoned.
Beau is Hunter’s son with wife Melissa Cohen
He responded to a shouted question by a reporter asking about the Department of Justice’s appointment of a special counsel to oversee multiple criminal investigations into former President Trump.
‘I learned about that when you did,’ Biden responded.
Republicans, meanwhile, claimed last week that President Joe Biden was involved in his son Hunter’s controversial foreign business deals, which allegedly spans 50 different countries.
It came one day after the GOP clinched 218 seats in the House of Representatives, cementing their majority – and investigative powers – in the next Congress.
The president has long denied involvement in and knowledge of his son’s foreign dealings – some of which are being investigated by federal authorities.
But rep. James Comer accused Biden of being ‘chairman of the board’ of his family’s business dealings and even claimed the White House spent more than $250,000 to deflect negative stories about Hunter.
Beau and Hunter live in Malibu but are in town for the Spring holiday
Biden spouted a whole slew of turkey puns during the pardoning as he poked fun at Republicans whose expected red wave never materialized
‘This is an investigation of Joe Biden,’ he said. ‘I think we’ve laid out the evidence as to why we feel it’s important, and we’re going to move forward with that.’
He said later, ‘We’re trying to stay focused on – was Joe Biden directly involved with Hunter Biden’s business deals, and is he compromised?’
Comer said he’d even like members of the Biden family to testify before the House when asked, but said the main focus of his probe right now was to access bank records.
‘As part of our investigation, we have evidence that the finances, credit cards, and bank accounts of Hunter and Joe Biden were commingled, if not shared,’ the Republican lawmaker said.
‘One of Hunter’s closest associates, Eric Schwerin, was accessing Joe Biden’s money and writing checks to reimburse Hunter.’
He said some accounts linked to the Biden family raised “red flags” about “suspicious or illegal activity.”
At least one of those red flags, known as ‘SARs,’ allegedly ‘connects Hunter Biden and his business associates to international human trafficking, among other illegal activities,’ Comer said.
‘We have repeatedly called on the Biden Treasury Department to release additional financial documents to committee Republicans, but thus far Treasury has refused,’ the lawmaker said. ‘We want to know what the Biden administration has tried to hide from the American people and why they are not being transparent.’
Hunter ally Schwerin was reportedly head of the president’s son’s company and handed the majority of his finances – and appointed to a position within the Obama administration, when Joe Biden was vice president.
‘After an apparent falling out with Schwerin, Hunter began coordinating business himself – and increasingly the deals brought in Joe Biden as a direct equity holder,’ Comer said.
He claimed Hunter went a step further and tried to get these bank alerts quashed – allegedly with the help of a Clinton administration official.
A suspicious activity report (SAR) is supposed to be triggered by a minimum amount of a transfer and a suspicion the transfer involved funds derived from an illegal activity. It doesn’t mean a crime has occurred.
The lawmakers said a report detailing their investigation and evidence thus far – which appears to be largely made up of whistleblower testimony – would be forthcoming.
The troubling scope of Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine and China came to light when the New York Post, and subsequently DailyMail.com, authenticated the contents of a laptop hard drive purportedly belonging to the president’s only surviving son.
He received a lucrative salary while on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, despite having no experience in the industry, while his father was vice president and leading a coalition to crack down on corruption there.
This is the first announced investigation by House Republicans with their new Congressional majority.
Republicans on Thursday alleged that ‘the big guy’ is the US president.
‘At a time when Americans are suffering from high energy prices, because of this administration’s terrible energy policy, we find evidence that Hunter Biden and Joe Biden were involved in a scheme to try to get China to buy liquefied natural gas, and from a whistleblower , to try to get their foot in the door with China starting to purchase an interest in natural gas drillers,’ Comer said.
He presented as evidence a print-out of what he claimed was a slide show regarding the business deal that was found on Hunter’s laptop.
When pressed, however, Comer said the slide was likely from around 2017.
The Kentucky Republican would not say concretely how that is linked to today’s energy crisis when asked, but said: ‘I mean, Joe Biden says he’s gonna stand up to China.’
‘Joe Biden says he’s going to rewrite our whole energy policy…And he was a 10 percent equity owner in a company whose sole mission was to purchase liquefied natural gas from the United States and try to take over the energy the natural gas industry in America through natural gas wholesalers and natural gas drillers,’ Comer said.
‘I mean, I don’t think Joe Biden has been honest with the American people about that.’
It’s worth noting that it’s not clear that the deal was ever finalised.