President Joe Biden snapped at reporters who asked about his involvement in son Hunter Biden's shady business with foreign entities, the Conservative Brief reported. An incriminating text message links father and son to a shakedown of a Chinese businessman.
An IRS whistleblower leaked a WhatsApp message between the younger Biden and the businessman at the center of a shakedown. In it, Hunter Biden attempted to turn the screws on the person by threatening that his father was right "next to" him.
This revelation has opened up a new dialogue about the president's possible corruption. Reporters were trying to get to the bottom of it Monday with shouted inquiries as the president was heading out of town.
"How involved were you in your son's Chinese shakedown text message?" a New York Post reporter asked the president. Joe Biden smiled and attempted to ignore the question.
"Were you sitting there — were you involved?" the reporter from the Post persisted. "No, I wasn't and I don't —," the president began before turning his attention to another reporter's query.
"Were you?" the Post reporter persisted. This seemed to trigger Joe Biden's anger.
"No!" the president shot back. This was the first time Joe Biden made any comment about the situation that could sink both father and son.
The message was sent in 2017 but was released Thursday after Gary Shapley, IRS supervisory agent, leaked it to the House Ways and Means Committee. "I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled," Hunter Biden allegedly messaged his Chinese business contact.
"Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight," he added. "And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction," Hunter Biden reportedly wrote.
"I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father," Hunter Biden said. Less than a week later, on Aug. 4, 2017, CEFC China Energy sent Hunter Biden's law firm $100,000.
Four days after that, CEFC sent another $5 million to the firm Hudson West III, partially owned by Hunter Biden's Owasco company, on Aug. 8, 2017. Over the next 13 months, the Chinese energy company paid another $4.8 million to Owasco.
This revelation comes on the heels of the younger Biden's recent plea deal that amounted to only probation on serious tax charges. Many saw this as a sweetheart deal for the president's son, and Shapley and another IRS informant confirmed that Hunter Biden was spared from more serious charges because of favoritism.
It's no surprise that Joe Biden doesn't want to answer any questions regarding his involvement in this bribery scheme. His son is crooked as can be and was sloppy enough to leave a digital trail to prove it.
Joe Biden has served in public office for decades and has enjoyed the relative legal immunity that comes with it. His luck may have run out now that the Democratic Party is beginning to see his antics as a liability in the 2024 presidential election, however.