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Editor’s note: The original version of this story featured an incorrect quote from Lauren Boebert that Hunter Biden paid roughly $49,910 a month in rent to his father and suggested it may have been a money-laundering operation. According to PolitiFact, “The figure in question — $49,910 — matches the quarterly rent for office space at House of Sweden, home to the Swedish and Icelandic embassies on K Street in Washington, D.C.”
According to the New York Post, Hunter Biden lived at the Delaware home in question, off and on, where recent news reports said classified documents were kept in a garage, suggesting they were not very secure. Also during the same period, Hunter was addicted to drugs, made shady foreign business deals, and fell under federal investigation, all while having access to the documents.
A fact check from PolitiFact noted that Hunter Biden paid $50,000 in rent for office space in Washington, D.C., not to his father to live at Delaware home.
“The now-52-year-old began listing the Wilmington home as his address following his 2017 divorce from ex-wife Kathleen Buhle — even falsely claiming he owned the property on a July 2018 background check form as part of a rental application,” The Post reported.
Post columnist Miranda Devine, author of a book detailing Hunter Biden’s scandalous laptop, posted a photo of the application, indicating that he was paying “rent” of nearly $50,000 per month, though the highest rent for homes in that same area, according to a Zillow search, top out at about $6,000 per month.
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) January 12, 2023
That led Boebert to tweet: “Paying $50,000 a month in rent is just not something that normal people do. That sounds a whole lot like a money laundering operation that needs to be investigated.”
On the “Monthly Rent” portion of the form, Hunter claimed he paid $49,910 in rent per month.
The Post noted further that Hunter’s infamous laptop “doesn’t contain any direct evidence of such money transfers but shows Hunter was routinely on the hook for household expenses — including repairs to the Wilmington home.”
Also, a text message found on the laptop from Hunter to his daughter Naomi in 2019 indicated that he gave half his earnings to his father.
“I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years,” he texted in January of 2019. “It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike pop, I won’t make you give me half your salary.”
As for the classified documents found in Joe Biden’s possession, The Post noted:
On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former Maryland US Attorney Robert Hur as a special counsel to investigate how the classified documents ended up in the Penn Biden Center office and the president’s Delaware home.
While Joe Biden has repeatedly insisted that he has “never spoken” with his son Hunter about “his overseas business dealings,” a survey of Biden’s activities while vice president suggests that was not the case.
Investigative reporter Paul Sperry revealed in a social media post on Monday that a “rumor” circulating in Washington, D.C., is suggestive of who may have been responsible for the news that President Joe Biden retained a collection of classified documents, perhaps illegally, after he left office as then-President Barack Obama’s VP.
NEW: Speculation growing on Hill that US Attorney David C. Weiss, the Delaware prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden, may have pressured the sudden "discovery" of Biden's private, far-flung stash of classified White House materials
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) January 12, 2023
Sperry wrote on Twitter: “NEW: Speculation growing on Hill that US Attorney David C. Weiss, the Delaware prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden, may have pressured the sudden ‘discovery’ of Biden’s private, far-flung stash of classified White House materials.”
Sperry, a long-time reporter for RealClearInvestigations, served for a number of years as the Washington bureau chief for Investors Business Daily. It should be noted that no evidence thus far has surfaced to support the rumor relayed by Sperry.
The New York Times reported last week:
David C. Weiss, the U.S. attorney for Delaware, is closing in on a decision about whether to prosecute Hunter Biden on charges stemming from his behavior during his most troubled years. Investigators have pored over documents related to and questioned witnesses about his overseas business dealings. They include his role on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company led by an oligarch who at the time was under investigation for corruption — a position that Hunter accepted while his father, as vice president, was overseeing Obama administration policy in Ukraine. Investigators have similarly sought information about interactions between Hunter Biden’s business associates and his father.
“Mr. Weiss is also said to be considering charging Hunter Biden, who has openly acknowledged his years of struggle with drugs and alcohol, with lying on a U.S. government form that he filled out to purchase a handgun in 2018. On the form, he answered that he was not using drugs — an assertion that prosecutors might be able to challenge based on his erratic behavior and possible witness accounts of his drug use around that period,” the Times noted further.