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A new analysis done by NBC News of the infamous Hunter Biden laptop shows that the son of President Joe Biden made around $11 million between 2013 – 2018 while he was working with a Ukrainian energy company and a Chinese businessman who has been accused of fraud.
The documents do not show precisely what Hunter Biden did that earned him that kind of money but it does raise concerns about national security, ethics and legal exposure, NBC News reported.
“In December 2020, Biden acknowledged in a statement that he was the subject of a federal investigation into his taxes. NBC News was first to report that an ex-business partner had warned Biden he should amend his tax returns to disclose $400,000 in income from the Ukrainian firm, Burisma. GOP congressional sources also say that if Republicans take back the House this fall, they’ll demand more documents and probe whether any of Biden’s income went to his father, President Joe Biden,” NBC News said.
“No government ethics rules apply to him,” said Walter Shaub, a former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics who is now an ethics expert with the Project on Government Oversight. Shaub added, however, that “it’s imperative that no one at DOJ and no one at the White House interfere with the criminal investigation in Delaware.” Shaub had previously raised questions about Hunter Biden’s new line of work, selling his own paintings, which created the potential to purchase a painting to buy perceived influence, and also because the White House became involved in the transactions, arranging that none of the buyers’ names be known to Biden, the White House or the public.
Frank Figliuzzi, the FBI’s former assistant director for counterintelligence, said there is a national security risk when foreign powers like China see an opportunity to get close to someone like Biden. “It’s all about access and influence, and if you can compromise someone with both access and influence, that’s even better,” said Figliuzzi, now an NBC News contributor. “Better still if that target has already compromised himself.”
The documents and the analysis indicate that few of Biden’s deals ever came to fruition and shed light on how fast he was spending his money. Expenditures compiled on his hard drive show he spent more than $200,000 per month from October 2017 through February 2018 on luxury hotel rooms, Porsche payments, dental work and cash withdrawals.
It was this month when the computer repairman at the center of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal is speaking out and fighting back, while describing a disastrous meeting with the president’s son.
“It was a Friday night, 10 minutes before the shop’s closing time. I was checking out a website about CNC machines and woodworking. I had no intention of working late; I was ready to go out after a long and busy week. But then bright, cool LED headlights bounced off the counter from the front window. I leaned back in my chair and closed my eyes. My vision of leaving the shop quickly faded as the door chime sounded. As was usual for this time of day, I thought: ‘What kind of person expects quality service right before closing time?’” the repairman, John Paul Mac Isaac, said in an excerpt from his coming book “American Injustice,” published by The New York Post.
“I struggled not to roll my eyes when in stumbled a man clutching three MacBook Pros. He was about my height, six feet tall, but a little heavier. He wore casual clothing — dark blue and gray. Alcohol fumes preceded him. He slid the three laptops onto the bar counter as he fumbled for a seat,” he said.
The repairman went on to, to the best of his recollection, recount the conversation with the president’s son.
“I’m glad you’re still open,” Hunter said, Isaac alleged. “I just came from the cigar bar, and they told me about your shop, but I had to hurry because you close at seven.”
“I need the data recovered off these, but they all have liquid damage and won’t turn on,” he remembered Hunter saying.
The repairman went on to say how he was astounded by the sheer amount of pornography on Hunter’s computer before coming across a file of interest that showed Hunter Biden’s finances.