The saga of President Joe Biden’s mishandled classified documents continues to play out, with Fox News reporting on Wednesday that yet more material was found at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
Many have stressed the threat this posed to national security, with journalist Michael Shellenberger recently noting that Hunter Biden lived at the home even as he was doing business with a Chinese executive.
Hunter Biden received $1 million from Chinese businessman
In a Substack piece published on Wednesday, Shellenberger pointed out that Hunter Biden lived at the Wilmington home in 2017 and 2018.
The author then linked to a Washington Post article that detailed Biden’s relationship with Chinese businessman Patrick Ho, who is allegedly linked to the Chinese intelligence community.
The article pointed to records obtained from Biden’s abandoned laptop which showed that his uncle, James Biden, received at least $4.8 million from a Chinese energy firm known as CEFC. Ho, who was an executive with CEFC, also paid Hunter Biden $1 million.
“There’s no evidence that Hunter Biden accessed the documents, but — God-forbid — the opportunity existed for him to do so,” investigative journalist Peter Schweizer acknowledged when speaking to Shellenberger.
Still, Schweizer stressed that Ho had an unusually close relationship with the Biden family, explaining that after the Chinese businessman was “arrested in late 2017, the first phone call he makes is to James Biden, the president’s brother, because he’s looking for Hunter.”
Also of concern is the fact that Hunter Biden was struggling with a well-publicized drug habit during the time in question.
“We additionally know that Hunter Biden was in the grip of a debilitating addiction to cocaine and alcohol and that he experienced frequent blackouts and loss of memory,” Shellenberger wrote.
Republicans skeptical about special counsel appointment
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in press release last week that he had appointed former U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur to act as a special counsel in overseeing an investigation of the documents.
“This appointment underscores for the public the Department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters, and to making decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law,” Garland’s statement read.
“I am confident that Mr. Hur will carry out his responsibility in an even-handed and urgent manner, and in accordance with the highest traditions of this Department,” he declared.
However, Republicans have expressed skepticism that any real effort will be made to hold the president accountable for his actions.
Republicans Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News on Wednesday that the White House believes “the special counsel is going to give [Biden] a slap on the wrist, slap it under the rug and be done with it.”