White House “Smoking Gun” Points to Hunter Biden Payment

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(RepublicanJournal.org) – Hunter Biden has been in the news again, and as usual, it’s for all the wrong reasons. The president’s son just reached a plea bargain that should save him from going to prison on federal tax evasion and firearms charges. Unfortunately, there’s a pattern emerging here, with at least one Republican lawmaker claiming the Justice Department is actively protecting the Biden family from prosecution and punishment — and a new report is adding weight to that suspicion.

In late June the House Oversight Committee released a transcript of a May 26 interview with an IRS agent. According to the bombshell document, Criminal Supervisory Special Agent Gary Shapley told the committee that in August 2020, he saw a 2017 WhatsApp conversation retrieved from Hunter Biden’s iCloud account. According to Shapley, the conversation was between Hunter and Henry Zhao, a Chinese businessman.

Hunter had asked Zhao for money just days before the discussion. During their interaction, he demanded to know “why the commitment made has not been fulfilled.” To add some weight to the demand, Biden added “I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.” Days after the online discussion, Zhao’s company wired $5 million to Hudson West, a US company that was linked to Hunter.

Starting the day Zhao wired the money, Hudson West began sending Hunter’s own company “consulting fees.” These payments continued for over a year, and the final amount totaled $4,790,375.25 — just short of the $5 million Zhao had paid.

The coincidence of timing and amounts isn’t proof that Chinese money was being sent to Hunter and laundered through Hudson West, but an investigation is certainly in order. According to Shapley, though, the Justice Department blocked the IRS from probing the matter. For example, the questions investigators were allowed to ask witnesses were limited, and search warrants for key addresses — including Joe Biden’s guest house — were refused because of the “optics.” Shapley said this investigation was “handled differently than any investigation I’ve ever been a part of.”

Representative James Comer (R-KY), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has accused the Justice Department of being “actively engaged in a cover-up” to protect the Bidens. If Shapley’s testimony is true, that’s something that really needs to be investigated.

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