With Joe Biden’s poll numbers tanking – he is now 4th in a new Iowa poll – it looks like it is open season on Joe from his usual stalwart allies in the media.
Look, the left may scream as Rudy Giuliani also mentioned this story weeks ago, but Rudy has been sidelined so NBC must have been pursuing this story on their own.
In any event, the story is another piece of the puzzle and more evidence of how the swamp works. The sad fact is everything these guys do – and both sides do it – is probably all legal.
That is why Americans hate it – lobbying and other forms of influence peddling and outright legalized bribery are the real problems in DC and we need to root it all out. Regardless of party affiliation.
And every deal Joe, Hunter, and Joe’s brother did is going to come under intense scrutiny. Remember, Biden was not the top of the ticket last time and the scrutiny will be unlike anything he has seen.
From NBC: In the final year of the Obama administration, an American lawyer traveled to Romania to meet with a businessman accused of orchestrating a corrupt land deal.
The businessman was Gabriel “Puiu” Popoviciu, a wealthy Romanian real estate tycoon. The lawyer brought in to advise him was Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Hunter Biden’s work for Popoviciu in 2016 went unreported at the time, but Joe Biden’s involvement in Romania was very much public. The vice president was among the leading voices pushing the government to crack down on corruption.
There’s no evidence that Hunter or his father acted improperly or violated any laws. But the arrangement, government ethics experts say, raises concerns that Hunter Biden was used as a prop in Popoviciu’s effort to dodge criminal prosecution.
“We don’t know what [Hunter Biden] was paid or what he was paid for but it does raise questions of whether this Romanian individual facing criminal charges was actually paying for a connection to the American vice president,” said Kathleen Clark, a Washington University law professor who specializes in government ethics.