When President Donald Trump refused to release his tax returns, the left all over it, trying to squeeze out leaks or simply speculate on what they assumed he was hiding. Now that President-elect Joe Biden and his family have demonstrably serious concerns about their foreign business dealings, transparency is no longer the order of the day.
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) previously considered it his duty to root out politicians’ criminal corruption last December during the Trump administration. Now a coalition of conservative leaders sent a letter to Neal asking he use the same standard for Biden by releasing Biden’s bank records for GOP scrutiny.
Neal’s grandstanding then has prompted leaders to send a letter to him Tuesday. It was signed by George Landrith, President of Frontiers of Freedom; Richard Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government; Andrew Langer, President of the Institute for Liberty; Seton Motley, President of Less Government; Horace Cooper, Co-Chairman Project 21; Saul Anuzis, President of 60 Plus; Dick Patten, President of American Business Defense Council.
“Your recent comments about the need to investigate criminal wrongdoing by public officials and the importance of transparency to American government have not gone unnoticed,” the letter began. “As you know, allegations of just such wrongdoing and the lack of transparency have arisen over the last two months based on emails found on a personal computer belonging to Hunter Biden — the son of Vice President Joseph Biden — a computer whose authenticity has been established by the FBI.”
The letter went into how Biden may have used his influence as vice president to parade his son Hunter around the world, with those countries in turn funneling money to the younger Biden’s company. It also stated how the elder Biden wielded political influence to stop a foreign government from investigating a company connected to Hunter Biden. “This, as you know, is indisputable since Vice President Biden openly boasted on camera about his effectiveness in getting the corruption prosecutor fired,” the letter said.
The letter also alluded to allegations that Joe Biden may have received kickbacks from some of those shady businesses dealings. At one point in Hunter’s leaked emails, he spoke about paying 10 percent to “the big guy,” a nickname he called his father. Joe Biden has denied these claims and insisted that he didn’t speak about business matters with his son, another claim that the FBI-verified computer that contained Hunter’s emails directly contradicted.
The letter called on Biden to “[lay] to rest any allegations that he was using his office and official travel to influence foreign governments or entities to benefit his son’s businesses. And to answer this question: Was any of that income received by Vice President Biden or other family members?” the letter further urged. The signors used Neal’s previous “strong demand for transparency” as leverage and explained how Joe Biden’s allies in the media did what they could to make the story disappear. “But that won’t last now – the public is going to want to know the truth.”
“The American people have a right to this information and we are hopeful that you and the Vice President will see the advantage of the full disclosure suggested by our proposal before demands for a special counsel become deafening.” the letter concluded. It’s a solid request and yet a longshot as Joe Biden will have the comfort and protection of leftists in government and the media.