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House Republicans refer James, Hunter Biden to DOJ for lying under oath

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House Republicans have formally referred Hunter and James Biden to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution, accusing them of lying under oath during testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. The referral, led by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.), alleges that the Bidens made materially false statements regarding their roles in the family’s foreign influence-peddling schemes and President Biden’s knowledge and involvement in these activities.

“We’ve caught President Biden’s son and brother making blatant lies to Congress in what appears to be a concerted effort to hide Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s schemes,” Comer stated. “This is not the end of our efforts to hold the Bidens accountable; it’s only the beginning.”

“Hunter Biden and James Biden made materially false statements to the Oversight Committee and the Judiciary Committee, as demonstrated by the evidence presented in the attached referral. The nature of these false statements is not lost on the Committees: every instance implicates Joe Biden’s knowledge of and role in his family’s influence peddling,” the lawmakers wrote in the referral obtained by National Review.

The move follows the release of documents from IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler by the Ways and Means Committee in late May, which appear to contradict significant aspects of Hunter Biden’s congressional testimony earlier this year. According to these documents, Hunter Biden held an official role at Rosemont Seneca Bohai, a corporate entity he co-founded to receive payments from Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings. Hunter Biden, however, testified that he had no knowledge of the Rosemont Seneca Bohai account.

National Review reports that among the evidence is a text message Hunter Biden sent to an executive of the Chinese conglomerate CEFC in July 2017, threatening to use his father’s influence if he did not receive payment. Hunter indicated that he was “sitting next to my father” while sending the text, implying Joe Biden’s involvement. Hunter later claimed he was intoxicated and that the message was sent to the wrong person. Data from Hunter’s cell phone, provided by the IRS whistleblowers, contradicts his testimony, showing the message was correctly sent to the intended recipient.

Following the threatening text, Hunter and James Biden launched the Hudson West III joint venture with CEFC, reportedly making millions from the project, as evidenced by bank records and Hunter Biden’s federal tax indictment.

The referral also accuses Jim Biden of perjury, citing his testimony that he had never attended a meeting with former business partner Tony Bobulinski. Bobulinski testified about a meeting he had with Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Jim Biden, and a Chinese business associate in May 2017, contradicting Jim Biden’s claims. Hunter Biden confirmed Bobulinski’s account, corroborating the latter’s testimony.

House Republicans argue that these false statements were attempts to obscure Joe Biden’s involvement in the family’s business dealings. “The House of Representatives will not countenance the use of federal funds to indoctrinate students into hateful, antisemitic, anti-American supporters of terrorism,” they stated.

The criminal referral is part of a broader investigation into the Biden family’s foreign business dealings, which have been a focal point of the House GOP’s impeachment inquiry. To date, Republicans have uncovered over $24 million sent from foreign sources to the Biden family and their business associates.

 

 

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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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