Since former Vice President Joe Biden joined the race for the White House, he has come up against all sorts of scandals. From allegations of inappropriate contact with women to accusations of shady business dealings in Ukraine, Biden has faced it all — yet, somehow, he remains a 2020 favorite. But that may be about to change.
Writing for the New York Post, author and Breitbart News editor-at-large Peter Schweizer revealed on Saturday that his latest book exposes Biden as what the journalist calls “the king of the sweetheart deal.” Out Tuesday, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite outlines how Biden used his White House influence to his advantage, with “no less than five family members benefiting from his largesse, favorable access and powerful position for commercial gain,” according to Schweizer.
Did someone say nepotism?
Schweizer has long been under fire from those on the left for publishing what they see as untruths about some of their star politicians. But if anticipation for his latest book is any indication, it seems the American people still want to hear from the journalist, and for good reason.
Earlier this month, Schweizer told Axios that his latest book gives “a sweeping, detailed look at how the leading figures of progressivism have leveraged the power of their positions” — and Joe Biden is no exception.
With the election of his father as vice president, Hunter Biden launched businesses fused to his father’s power that led him to lucrative deals with a rogue’s gallery of governments and oligarchs around the world. Sometimes he would hitch a prominent ride with his father aboard Air Force Two to visit a country where he was courting business. Other times, the deals would be done more discreetly. Always they involved foreign entities that appeared to be seeking something from his father.
The writer went on to cite Hunter Biden’s involvement with organizations like Burnham Financial Group, which Schweizer says “became the vehicle for a number of murky deals abroad, involving connected oligarchs in Kazakhstan and state-owned businesses in China.”
A closet full of skeletons
But while Hunter Biden’s name may be in a lot of headlines ahead of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the former VP’s son wasn’t the only one benefitting from Joe 30330’s influence.
“When Joe became vice president, [his brother] James was a welcomed guest at the White House, securing invitations to such important functions as a state dinner in 2011 and the visit of Pope Francis in 2015,” Schweizer wrote Saturday. “Sometimes, James’ White House visits dovetailed with his overseas business dealings, and his commercial opportunities flourished during his brother’s tenure as vice president.”
Similarly, Joe’s brother Frank secured lucrative business deals in the Carribean, particularly in Costa Rica and Jamaica — despite a lack of experience. “Frank’s dream was to build in the jungles of Costa Rica thousands of homes, a world-class golf course, casinos, and an anti-aging center,” Schweizer reported. “The Costa Rican government was eager to cooperate with the vice president’s brother.”
Schweizer says the scandal extends as far as Joe Biden’s sister Valerie and son-in-law Howard Krein, each of whom had similar successes, according to the reporter, but unsurprisingly, the former vice president has been less than forthcoming when pressed for the details.
“I never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else — even distant family — about their business interests. Period,” Biden vowed in August 2019, according to Politico.
But the evidence, at least according to Schweizer, seems to suggest otherwise. Only time will tell if this bombshell will have an effect on the Democrat’s 2020 campaign.