Tom Fitton, president of conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, is reiterating his call for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the allegations of “family corruption and shady business dealings” involving President Joe Biden’s family.
“The conflicted Biden Justice Department cannot be trusted to engage in any meaningful oversight on this issue,” Fitton wrote in an op-ed first published in The Washington Times. “We need a special counsel now.”
In the op-ed, Fitton pointed out the parallels between the allegations of corruption and foreign conflicts of interest leveled against Biden and against former President Donald Trump. “The false narrative that Democrats concocted to hobble the Trump administration four years ago is now the real deal with Joe Biden and his family,” Fitton writes. “And unlike President Trump, who faced unprecedented institutional resistance and Deep State resistance, President Biden can likely count on the Justice Department and the media to allow him to escape meaningful scrutiny.”
Critics have long questioned whether some of the Biden family’s foreign business dealings constituted serious conflicts of interest or even corruption — questions which the mainstream media has mostly ignored or downplayed as no big deal. The questions are largely centered around the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and his lucrative dealings with a corrupt energy firm in Ukraine as well as his deals with various businesses and individuals in China that were linked to the Chinese communist regime. Hunter Biden is also currently under investigation over tax-related issues.
President Biden’s brothers have also come under scrutiny, with the key factor linking everything together being that Biden’s family members appear to have traded on his name and political influence to enrich themselves — potentially with the new president receiving a cut of the action.
Time for a special counsel?
Fitton previously launched a petition at Change.org that calls for the immediate appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Biden family’s questionable business deals and apparent financial links to corrupt individuals and governments. The petition garnered 200,000 signatures, Fitton said, evidence that there is public interest in the matter.
In his op-ed for the Times, the Judicial Watch president argues that the appointment of a special counsel is both warranted and required to probe the allegations surrounding the Biden family — far more so than in the case against Trump.
According to Justice Department regulations, a special counsel must be appointed when; (a) That investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances; and (b) That under the circumstances, it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.
There certainly appears to be a conflict of interest with regard to Biden’s Justice Department being tasked to investigate his own family members, and there is definitely an overwhelming amount of “public interest” in the matter of whether or not the new president’s family has corruptly enriched itself.
The China factor
Fitton further argues that there is evidence to suggest that communist China interfered in the 2020 election in Biden’s favor — a gambit that already appears to be paying off:
“Cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline will divert Canadian oil west to the petroleum-hungry People’s Republic,” Fitton writes. “Re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement gives political cover to China’s excessively polluting dirty coal industry, in which Hunter Biden is heavily invested. Mr. Biden’s State Department on Day One removed a page on its web site that contained a comprehensive assessment of the threats China poses to the U.S. and its allies, and an emboldened Beijing slapped outrageous sanctions on outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 27 other former Trump officials. Does China have corrupt leverage over President Biden?”
The American people deserve an answer to that one.