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FBI Director Denies Protecting Biden Family Amid Allegations of Bias



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During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray vehemently denied allegations of the bureau protecting the Biden family in the investigation into Hunter Biden.

At the commencement of the hearing, Chairman Jim Jordan highlighted what he perceived as the FBI’s actions to suppress the story surrounding Hunter Biden’s laptop, disproportionately scrutinize and target conservatives, and exhibit a biased approach within the justice system. Numerous Republican committee members expressed reservations regarding the FBI’s treatment of investigations pertaining to the Bidens in contrast to those involving former President Donald J Trump.

Rep. Matt Gaetz pointed to claims raised by IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, who alleged that the investigation into Hunter Biden was tampered with to shield him from scrutiny and restrict any inquiries related to President Biden. Gaetz specifically cited a WhatsApp exchange where Hunter Biden hinted at being in the company of his father and issued a cautionary message to a Chinese energy executive regarding the potential consequences of failing to finalize a deal.

Wray denied allegations of protecting the Bidens, stating that the FBI had no interest in doing so. IRS whistleblowers further alleged that federal prosecutors hindered lines of questioning related to Joe Biden’s knowledge or involvement in his son’s business dealings.

According to reports from Fox News, Gaetz asked Wray, “You seem deeply uncurious about it, don’t you?” He added, “Almost suspiciously uncurious. Are you protecting the Bidens?”

Wray rebuttled stating, “absolutely not.” “The FBI has no interest.”

Lawmakers have also pressed the FBI for explanations concerning the manner in which a crucial FD-1023 form, outlining accusations of a criminal bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign individual, was handled. While the FBI did not adhere to a subpoena issued by the House Oversight Committee, alternative arrangements were made to provide lawmakers with a redacted version of the document for their examination.

Critics question whether the FBI adequately investigated the claims made in the document, which alleged payments of $5 million to both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in exchange for policy influence. The FBI, however, maintains that charging decisions are made by the Department of Justice, not the bureau itself.

Hunter Biden has recently reached a plea agreement that is expected to result in his avoidance of incarceration. He has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor offenses, including willful failure to pay federal income tax and the unlawful possession of a firearm as a user of a controlled substance.

Rep. Jordan has urged the committee to arrange transcribed interviews with crucial FBI and DOJ officials connected to the Hunter Biden investigation, but no interview dates have been set thus far.

During the course of the hearing, as proceedings unfolded, the atmosphere grew increasingly tense, with accusations of bias and an apparent unequal treatment within the justice system taking center stage. The inquiries and testimonies provided valuable insights into the ongoing controversy surrounding the investigation into Hunter Biden and its possible ramifications for the Biden administration.

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Elizabeth Warren Acknowledges Unintended Consequences of Obamacare



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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime supporter of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is now acknowledging the unintended consequences of the healthcare legislation, particularly its impact on industry consolidation and rising healthcare prices.

Warren, who has been a vocal proponent of Obamacare, has recently had what the Wall Street Journal reported as an “epiphany” regarding the consequences of the healthcare law. In a letter addressed to the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, Warren, along with Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, expressed concerns about vertically-integrated healthcare companies potentially increasing prescription drug costs and evading federal regulations.

According to reports from Fox News, the bipartisan letter highlighted issues with the nation’s largest health insurers allegedly bypassing Obamacare’s medical loss ratio (MLR). According to Warren, these insurers, through vertical integration, have manipulated the system, leading to “sky-high prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.”

The senators detailed how conglomerates, like UnitedHealth Group, with ownership across various healthcare sectors, could inflate medical payments to pharmacies and, by realizing those payments on the pharmacy side, appear to comply with MLR requirements while retaining more profits.

Moreover, despite the Democrats’ argument that the MLR would benefit patients, it has incentivized insurers to merge with or acquire pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), retail and specialty pharmacies, and healthcare providers. This, in turn, has made healthcare spending less transparent, as insurers can allegedly shift profits to their affiliates by increasing reimbursements.

Warren, who has consistently voted against Obamacare repeal efforts, notably advocated for a “Medicare for All” proposal during her 2020 presidential campaign. Despite her prior support for the healthcare law, Warren’s recent concerns about its unintended consequences have raised questions about the long-term effects of Obamacare and its impact on the healthcare industry.

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