President Joe Biden, in a desperate effort to project ethics above reproach, promised that he would conduct family business just as he did during the Obama-Biden administration — announcing that his family will have no part in his administration.
Biden proclaimed in his first post-inauguration interview, published on Wednesday:
We’re going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration. No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in this place.
Wow, what a relief! For a moment there, it looked like Biden would be conducting business as usual, just as he did when he was Obama’s vice president.
Vice President Biden never gave Hunter Biden an office in the White House, but he did lean on the Ukrainian president to fire a prosecutor looking into Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that gave Hunter a seat on the board and hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. Hunter admitted that Burisma hired him because of his name and connection to the vice president of the United States.
In an interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach asked Hunter if he landed the lucrative job because of his connection to the vice president.
Robach asked,”If your last name wasn’t Biden, do you think you would’ve been asked to be on the board of Burisma?
Hunter replied, “I don’t know. I don’t know. Probably not, in retrospect. But that’s — you know — I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn’t Biden.
In another instance of business as usual, President Biden appointed a new head of the Justice Department criminal division that has direct ties to Hunter Biden’s defense attorney. Nicholas McQuaid worked with Hunter’s defense lawyer right up until President Biden pulled him into the DOJ. According to The Washington Examiner:
Nicholas McQuaid, a former federal prosecutor, was appointed acting chief of the Justice Department’s criminal division at the start of the Biden administration. Hunter Biden confirmed in early December, after his father won the 2020 election, that his business dealings were subject to a federal criminal investigation. McQuaid was a partner at Latham & Watkins with Biden defense lawyer Christopher Clark and worked on cases with him right until McQuaid took the job at the Justice Department, according to court filings reviewed by the Washington Examiner.
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 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.
No one will be surprised when the investigation of Hunter Biden goes down the “memory hole.”
The real problem with Biden’s family is not the possibility that they might influence Biden’s foreign or domestic policy, the real problem is that he might conduct any policy to benefit his family.