a reply to: underwerks
I would agree that Biden did not hold enough sway to have the appropriations held back. However, he did make the claim and President Obama could stop
the funds from reaching those in charge in Ukraine. I cannot agree that he acted ethically in regards to Ukraine as he was involved in campaigning
Congress members for the Ukrainian funds, he inserted himself, and of course President Obama would have had to agree, by traveling and meeting with
Ukrainian officials about the appropriations and other topics, largely centered on the rampant corruption within the Ukraine goverment.
Normal duties for a Vice President perhaps, but remember that Hunter Biden, who sadly has a history with substance abuse, was discharged from Naval
service, after a special Commission was afforded him, for the illegal use of coc aine. He was subsequently hired by Burisma Holding, an entity
controlled by a variety of shady political figures and notorious oligarchs and was paid according to recent reports eighty-three thousand dollars a
month to be an advisory board member despite little to no experience in the industry and unable to even speak the language of the Ukrainian people.
Hunter Bidens lack of any skills other than his connections in the US government and his previous lobbying efforts in the K Street circles of DC is
enough to shake your head over. Not that any illegal actions occurred, I just dont have enough information to say one way or another, but it certainly
is not ethical behavior, but is par for the course for our representatives in Washington. Keep in mind that Hunter was working for several years as a
lobbyist while his Father was Institutionalizeing himself in Congress and eventually as the represenative of the second highest office in our
President Bush put him on the board of Amtrak, the quasi government-private transportation entity, again with no specific skills to benefit the
company other than a law degree, again while his Father was providing oversight as a sitting Senator. His very first job out of law school was with a
banking-investment-lobbying firm who was a substantial contributor to the senior Bidens various campaigns. Again, no evidence of wrong doing but
certainly not ethical, at least not from the standards of average Americans.
More recently, another incident involving Hunter and his substance abuse problems, he returned a rental car forgetting his baggie of coc aine,
the pipe he allegedly used to consume the coc aine, a badge from the Attorney Generals office and various personal items like identification and
credit cards. LEO investigated both the pipe and "white powder" confirming that the powder was coc aine, and that the pipe tested positive for
coc aine residue. No prosecution, as it was determined it would be regarded as a misdemeanor in court so no charges were brought.
My concern is not so much the coc aine, but why would he have a badge which identified him as an individual working in the Attorney Generals
office. However, people are brought to court everyday for substances that are now legal in some states including misdemeanor charges which often end
in steep fines, court cost, and expensive substance abuse programs, and long probation periods. This man needs someone to step in and at least offer
help through a substance abuse program. Again, not exactly the ethical behavior expected and misrepresenting himself as someone in the Attorney
Generals office is an offense which could be grounds for disbarment, a court officer misrepresenting himself.
And now questions on his most recent hedge fund investment firm, primarily involved in finding investments for the communist country of China. He flew
with his Father during an official trip on Air Force 2 to China. The reason for the official visit has yet to be revealed, but we do know that the
Vice President met with Chinas own Xi Jinping. Ten days after that visit, the firm Hunter established with former Secretary of State John Kerry's son,
recieved a reported sum of a billon dollars with China's State owned bank, and later another half a billion made it to the same firm from the same
Again, there are no indications of improprieties, yet there has not been any formal investigation either. This behavior is why President Trump has
brought the issue to the table. I am glad he held 420 million back from a government whose past is shady, whose corruption was apparently recognized
enough for the Vice President to publically threaten to withhold funding his own administration leader authorized earlier, at least until he talked to
the newly elected Ukrainian President.
Again, it's the unethical behaviors that deserve investigation. Behaviour by the way that President Obama himself questioned the VP about, citing that
just the appearance of improprieties was not good. This post should help in your search of unethical behavior, the opportunity for criminal behavior
was abundant. The only way to show otherwise is for a formal investigation, but clearly its unequivocally unethical behavior on the part of Vice
President Biden and Hunter Biden. I am really quite shocked that anyone, Republican or Democrat would argue that ethics are not an issue when it comes
to our political movers and shakers.