Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Ties to Biden Family Members
Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s connections to President Joe Biden’s family go beyond just Hunter Biden. According to a recently released transcript, Blinken estimated that he met with James Biden, the president’s brother, several times over the past two decades. Like Hunter Biden, James Biden has faced scrutiny over lucrative financial dealings across the globe. However, Blinken denies discussing either brother’s business dealings during their conversations.
Republican Lawmakers Express Doubt
Republican lawmakers have expressed doubt about Blinken’s level of honesty during his interview. While Blinken claims he did not have email communications with Hunter Biden, emails reported by Fox News show email communications about scheduling a meeting in 2015. At the time, Blinken was serving as deputy secretary of state, and Hunter Biden was on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.
Press Conference on Biden Family Business Dealings
Several members of the Biden family are likely to be mentioned during a press conference held by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) on Wednesday. Comer urged the Justice Department not to indict Hunter Biden until Republicans have a chance to present evidence showing how a “web” of LLCs is being used by foreign adversaries to improperly pay members of the Biden family in exchange for favors.
Financial Records Show Indirect Payments to Biden Family Members
Earlier this year, Comer announced that subpoenaed financial records dating back to Joe Biden’s time as vice president showed million in indirect payments from a Chinese energy company to his son Hunter Biden, James Biden, daughter-in-law Hallie Biden, and an unknown “Biden,” adding fuel to concerns about influence peddling and business schemes.
Blinken Denies Soliciting Letter from Intelligence Officials
Blinken, who served as an adviser to Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, has also denied soliciting what became a letter signed by 51 former intelligence officials suggesting the Hunter Biden laptop story could be part of a Russian disinformation operation just weeks before the 2020 election after former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said a conversation they had prompted the effort.
Despite the controversy surrounding the Biden family’s business dealings, President Biden has sought to distance himself from them. A spokesperson for Hunter Biden pushed back on the “baseless right-wing conspiracy,” telling CNN that the president’s son “received his portion of good faith seed funds” as part of a joint venture and then shared this money “with his uncle, James Biden, and Hallie Biden, with whom he was involved with at the time, and sharing expenses.”
As the nation’s top diplomat, Blinken has stated that he will not be “engaging in politics” while focused on his job.
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