Hunter Biden has likely been under a lot of stress lately as reports indicate that a federal probe into his dubious foreign business dealings has heated up, congressional Republicans are promising more future investigations, and mainstream media outlets are finally reporting on and scrutinizing the content of his abandoned laptop.
However, Biden’s wife, Melissa Cohen, seemed to indicate that her husband was holding up well under the increased pressure as she flashed a thumbs-up sign to a reporter asking about Hunter when spotted out in public recently, Fox News reported.
An organization known as BACKGRID caught Cohen on Tuesday, accompanied by what appeared to be plainclothed Secret Service agents, as she was picking up some drycleaning in Los Angeles, California.
Asked how Hunter was doing and if he was “all right,” Cohen didn’t speak but gave an affirmative nod and the thumbs-up as she got into a black SUV with the apparent agents accompanying her.
Running errands in L.A. with a protective detail
The New York Post reported Monday that Cohen was spotted and caught on camera several times over the weekend as she ran a few errands and grabbed some lunch around the Southern California city.
All three times that she was seen — Friday while eating lunch and then shopping with the couple’s young son Beau, as well as picking up some laundry on Saturday — she was accompanied by an escort of what was most likely a Secret Service protective detail wearing regular clothes.
The sightings were deemed important since Hunter Biden himself hasn’t been seen for about two weeks and seemingly went into hiding right around the same time that mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post and New York Times — finally — confirmed the authenticity of Biden’s abandoned laptop that those same outlets had scoffingly dismissed just a year and a half earlier.
Costly Secret Service protection
Hunter Biden’s recent disappearance from public view was also predated by just a few days by a report from ABC News that the Secret Service was paying approximately $30,000 per month to rent a mansion right next door to the $20,000 per month mansion in Malibu where the president’s son and his wife and child are living.
A retired Secret Service agent now working for ABC, Don Mihalek, explained that the luxurious Malibu rental at taxpayer expense was just “the cost of doing business for the Secret Service,” in that the agency routinely pays market prices to rent properties near subjects designated to receive federal protection, such as members of a president’s family.
“Typically, wherever a protectee sets up their residence, the Secret Service is forced to find someplace to rent nearby at market value,” Mihalek said and noted that the agency rented also two properties in Delaware near the president’s two homes in that state. “This isn’t new. The Service has had to do this in past administrations, and unfortunately, the housing market right now has driven the prices up substantially.”
Meanwhile, Fox News noted that while Hunter Biden has been the subject of a federal investigation since 2018, recent reports indicated that the probe has been gaining momentum — potentially headed toward a federal indictment — while at the same time Republicans in Congress were vowing to more sharply scrutinize his questionable business dealings once they had regained control of the House and Senate.
For what it is worth, Hunter Biden — echoed by his father, President Joe Biden, and other administration officials — have insisted that nothing illegal or untoward was ever done, and all of his sketchy business dealings — which reek of selling political access and trading on his father’s name and power — were entirely lawful and straightforward.