Democrat Law Professor: Joe & Hunter Biden Were 'Selling Access and Influence'
Prof. Jonathan Turley responds as emails show then-VP Joe helped Hunter's business deals
A Democrat law professor has spoken out after a new set of leaked emails from Hunter Biden's laptop show that then-Vice President Joe Biden was fully aware of his son's shady foreign business deals, and possibly even part of the effort to profit from his position in Obama's administration.
Prof. Jonathan Turley has revealed that "Hunter Biden was selling access and influence” to the vice president's office.
The newly released emails prove “Joe Biden was aware of that effort,” Turley added.
This week, Neon Nettle followed up on a more recently leaked set of emails that appear to show secret financial arrangement between Joe Biden and his son.
In email conversations, Hunter complained that he was forced to hand over "half" of his salary to pay his father's bills while he was vice president.
The revelation casts doubt on Joe Biden's previous claims that he's never benefited from his son's business dealings, or even knew about them.
The bills included tens of thousands in repairs on Joe and Jill Biden's lakeside mansion in Wilmington, Delaware, and a $190-a-month AT&T phone bill.
The payments were described in an email by Hunter Biden from 2010 when Joe Biden was earning $225,000-a-year as Obama's vice president.
Joe Biden was already a multi-millionaire by this point and had been earning over $100,000-a-year for decades prior as a senator and author.
However, Hunter suggested in emails that he was supporting his father financially, despite the then-vice president's obvious wealth.
In the email leak reported by Neon Nettle last week, Hunter talks with his business partner Jeff Cooper about potential deals with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
Along with the emails were pictures featuring Slim, along with other Mexican businessmen Hunter was involved with, having breakfast with then-Vice President Biden at the Naval Observatory, the official residence of the vice president.
The then-VP also used the taxpayer-funded Air Force 2 private jet to fly Hunter and his associate Cooper to Mexico City in 2016 to secure a "flippin' gigantic" business deal.
It is not clear if Hunter reimbursed American taxpayers for use of the government plane, however.
This got almost no coverage outside of the Post, the Daily Mail, and conservative media.
The rest of our legacy media outlets bypassed the bombshell revelations.
Turley is a George Washington University Law School professor, a constitutional scholar, and a Democrat.
He testified during President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial.
In a post on Friday, Turley bemoaned “the concerted and often embarrassing blackout in the media on stories involving Hunter Biden’s influence-peddling during his father’s tenure as vice president.”
“That includes the burying of the laptop story and the growing contradictions over his father’s denial of any knowledge or involvement in his shady business dealings,” he wrote.
“Even recent reports that Hunter may have paid prostitutes with his father’s account were blacked out by mainstream media which exhaustively pursued any story related to the Trump children and their dealings and lifestyles.”
Turley was referring to another revelation from the laptop — messages that indicate Hunter paid for sex workers with a credit card account linked to his father, something which allegedly sent two former Secret Service members to his door at Hollywood’s notorious Chateau Marmont hotel.
Imagine if that were a Trump kid.
The new emails are a different story, however.
As Turley pointed out in his post, the messages have unleashed “a major allegation that Hunter used access to his father to seal previously unknown deals with Mexican businessmen, including Slim.
"A picture shows Hunter with the businessmen in the Vice President[ial] residence with his father.”
According to the emails, Hunter and his partner, Jeff Cooper, were pursuing deals in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America through the family of Miguel Alemán Velasco, one of the other billionaires pictured.
In one email from 2013, Cooper may have summed up the duo’s attitude best: “This is setting up to be flippin gigantic brother.”
The emails also revealed that Cooper flew with Hunter Biden and Joe Biden to Mexico on Air Force Two back in 2016, something Turley said followed “a similar pattern revealed with regard to the China dealings.”
Hunter Biden had also accompanied his father to China on board the vice-presidential plane.
This pattern persisted after Joe Biden left the vice presidency, as well.
“These dealings continued into 2018 as Hunter pushed for deals with Slim,” Turley noted.
“One text message from July 24, 2018 reads ‘Spoke to my dad about ‘Slim ask’ and Cooper responds ‘Oh that sounds SO F’ING GOOD.’
“It obviously does not sound quite so good if you are a reporter who has been repeatedly assured by President Biden that he had no knowledge or involvement in any dealings with Hunter,” Turley noted.
And then, Turley wrote, “there are the emails referring to the ‘Big Guy’, which witnesses say was Joe Biden.
"Then there is Tony Bobulinski [Hunter's ex-business partner-turned-whistleblower] who stated that he personally met with Joe Biden to discuss Hunter’s business dealings.
"Bobulinski is repeatedly praised by Hunter Biden in the emails and identified as the person in control of transactions for ‘the family.’
"He has directly contradicted Joe Biden’s denial of any knowledge or involvement in his son’s dubious dealings.”
These were the emails released last fall in which a deal that was being cut in China included money for the “Big Guy.”
Tony Bobulinski told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson he was “1,000 percent” sure the “Big Guy” was Joe Biden.
And yet again, confronted with more evidence that the president knew more than he let on, the White House has again issued a statement on behalf of Biden that he holds to his original position — that he knew nothing about Hunter’s business dealings.
Turley isn’t buying it.
“It is clear that Hunter Biden was selling access and influence,” Turley wrote.
"It appears that Joe Biden was aware of that effort.
"That is very serious.
"If these emails are false, this is a major story.
"If they are true, this is a major scandal.
"Presumably, however, this story will result in another run to the nearest ice cream shop for breathless coverage on the current frozen delights of the President.”
In case you’re wondering, too, the latest flavor was vanilla with chocolate chips:
President Joe Biden ended his trip to Michigan with a trip to a local ice cream spot. He ordered vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips in a waffle cone –– and made sure to get two scoops. pic.twitter.com/ZmzdBouj46— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 4, 2021
Further bulletins as events warrant.
Just don’t expect any reports on Hunter Biden’s relationship with Carlos Slim and the fact Joe Biden met with the Mexican billionaire while his son was pursuing a business relationship with him.
That’s not as important as presidential preferences in frozen confections, apparently.