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Ben Rhodes says Biden is already working with foreign leaders

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Former Obama administration Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes admitted that Joe Biden is already working with foreign leaders, during an interview with MSNBC on Monday.

“Foreign leaders are already having phone calls with Joe Biden, talking about the agenda they’re going to pursue January 20th to ensure as seamless a transition as possible,” said Rhodes. “The center of political gravity in this country and the world is shifting to Joe Biden.”

After Donald Trump won the election in 2016, he named Gen. Michael Flynn to be his National Security Advisor in both the transition and the new administration. Flynn had previously served as President Obama’s Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

In 2017, Flynn was accused by the Obama administration of violating the Logan Act by having communications with foreign leaders before Trump was sworn in as president. Flynn resigned soon after Trump took office in 2017.

The Logan Act is a United States federal law that criminalizes private citizens who attempt to intervene without authorization in disputes or controversies between the United States and foreign governments.

The conversations between Biden and foreign leaders revealed by Rhodes could potentially be violations of the Logan Act for the same reason Flynn was accused.

During his interview Tuesday, Rhodes spoke about Biden’s seamless transition into the White House and said the Trump administration is in for a ‘rude awakening.’

“If that reality hasn’t sunk in yet for some people in the White House, it will sink in when they have to leave on January 20th,” he concluded.

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BREAKING: Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Three Felony Charges

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Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, was found guilty on all three felony charges on Tuesday. After a six-day trial, a jury concluded that the first son lied on a federal gun-purchase background-check form by falsely claiming he was not a drug addict. The jury deliberated for three hours, starting Monday afternoon following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Hunter Biden was convicted on two charges for lying about his crack-cocaine addiction on federal gun paperwork when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver on October 12, 2018. Additionally, he was found guilty of a third charge for possessing the firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

According to National Review, the criminal trial exposed deep rifts within the Biden family. Hunter’s ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden, testified against him. This created an emotional divide within the family, especially when Naomi Biden, the eldest daughter of Buhle and Hunter, testified for the defense, pitting mother against daughter.

Federal prosecutors Derek Hines and Leo Wise led the case against Hunter Biden as part of special counsel David Weiss’s legal team. Throughout the trial, Weiss was present in the courtroom, often seen conversing and eating chocolates during breaks.

Prosecutors presented what they described as “overwhelming evidence” of Hunter Biden’s drug addiction at the time he completed the gun purchase. This evidence included witness testimony, text messages, videos, images, bank records, and excerpts from Hunter’s memoir. Key testimonies from Hallie Biden, gun salesman Gordon Cleveland, and ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan were crucial in establishing Hunter Biden’s pattern of drug use and his decision to lie about his addiction.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell argued that Hunter Biden’s behavior had improved around the time of the gun purchase, asserting that he did not “knowingly” lie on the federal paperwork. However, the testimonies of Kestan and Cleveland, along with Hunter Biden’s own admissions of drug use in texts and memoir excerpts, posed significant challenges to the defense’s narrative.

Throughout the trial, Lowell conducted extensive cross-examinations of the prosecution’s witnesses and disputed the context of the evidence presented. However, Leo Wise’s cross-examination of Naomi Biden, where he scrutinized her text messages with her father from October 2018, proved to be a pivotal moment, undermining her defense testimony.

Before the verdict, President Biden stated he would respect the jury’s decision and would not pardon his son if convicted. At the trial’s onset, President Biden issued a statement expressing pride in his son’s efforts to overcome his drug addiction.

Hunter Biden is scheduled to face another trial in September on nine federal tax charges related to his alleged failure to pay over $1.4 million in taxes over four years.

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