In the final weeks of the 2020 presidential race, Democratic nominee Joe Biden faced mounting criticism over evidence that his son, Hunter, and others in his family had traded his political connections for their own financial gains.
While the stories were largely ignored or downplayed by many in the mainstream media, new reports indicate that Biden warned one close relative to steer clear of any behavior that might reflect poorly on him.
“To obtain clients for my firm”
According to Breitbart, the president cautioned his brother, Frank, to “watch” himself ahead of November’s election.
The impetus for the attention this development has attracted from multiple news outlets appears to be a newspaper ad released on Inauguration Day that featured a name-dropping Frank Biden promoting a law firm for which he worked as a non-attorney consultant.
As CNBC reported on Wednesday, serious questions came in the wake of the advertisement — particularly in the implication that Frank Biden’s connection to the president offered a reason for clients to choose to work with the Berman Law Group.
Despite the implications, Frank Biden attempted to defend himself in an email to the network.
“I have never used my brother to obtain clients for my firm,” he declared, sidestepping the apparent expectation that the advertisement in question would lead to the firm gaining new leads.
“Don’t get sucked into something”
The latest criticism even prompted the Biden administration to issue a statement, explaining that it is “this White House’s policy that the President’s name should not be used in connection with any commercial activities to suggest, or in any way that could reasonably be understood to imply, his endorsement or support.”
All of the details culminated in a Politico report on Thursday regarding an alleged warning Joe Biden delivered to his brother during the campaign, which was described as both “jocular and serious” by an unnamed source said to be familiar with the remark.
“For Christ’s sake, watch yourself,” the then-candidate told his younger brother. “Don’t get sucked into something that would, first of all, hurt you.”
The source maintained that the elder Biden’s intent had been to protect his brother from “being hurt and vilified” because of their close connection. Politico stated the obvious in its reporting, though, acknowledging that business ties among members of the White House hopeful’s relatives “threatened to undermine an administration whose messaging is centered on restoring integrity in the White House.”
During October’s presidential debate, Biden responded to accusations regarding his supposed involvement in his son’s foreign business dealings, insisting: “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source at any point in my life.”