Recuse Yourself, Joe Biden

If we’re going to create transparently idiotic, partisan standards on the fly, they should be applied to everyone in government.

If Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has an ethical obligation to recuse himself from all cases related to the Jan. 6 riots because his wife, Ginni, has opinions on the matter, as most Democrats now contend, it’s clear that the president has a moral responsibility to step back from any more decisions concerning Ukraine and China.

Now that the New York Times and Washington Post have both authenticated the Hunter Biden emails — a story that was suppressed by the media and tech conglomerates on the flimsiest of pretexts to help Joe Biden win the 2020 election—it’s also what’s right for democracy. That’s how this works, right?

Hunter Biden is being investigated criminally for implicating his father in the financial benefit of his deals with corrupt Eastern European energy interests as well as the Communist Chinese. It’s plausible, of course, that Hunter Biden, and Tony Bobulinski, might have been lying about the “Big Guy.” It’s also true that if this story were about any Republican president, the media would be deploying squadrons of reporters to find out.

After all, Joe Biden has previously said not only that he did not benefit from Hunter Biden’s work but that he knew absolutely nothing about his son’s influence peddling.

Yet, there are many circumstantial reasons to believe Joe Biden is lying.

For example:

  • Hunter Biden was with his father on an Air Force Two flight from the United States to China in 2013. What did the vice-president think his son was doing in China if he wasn’t going there on business? Hunter Biden’s associates also reportedly facilitated a meeting between Chinese officials and favored billionaires in Beijing and the vice president. Did the president attend? If so, what were they discussing?
  • According to the New York Times, Obama administration officials openly worried about Hunter Biden’s corrupt relationships. Did they never mention these concerns to the vice president, who claims he knew nothing about his son’s corrupt business dealings?
  • In 2018, Joe Biden bragged that as vice president he threatened Ukraine’s then-President Petro Poroshenko with the withdrawal of U.S. aid if he didn’t fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Joe Biden did not know that Shokin was looking into Burisma, an oil company that paid his son more than $50,000 per month. Did he ever discuss Shokin with his son? It seems like a very important thing.
  • The New York Post first reported that Hunter Biden emails contained correspondence from a Ukrainian executive thanking Hunter for brokering a meeting with Joe Biden, who at the time was vice president. Joe Biden attended that meeting? If so, did they talk about Hunter Biden’s work? If not, what did they discuss with each other?

And the biggest question the press should be asking the president is: Did Joe Biden ever benefit financially from any of Hunter Biden’s dealings? The answer might very well still be “no.” There is, after all, no hard evidence to say otherwise. (And, considering the urgency of the institutional press to look into these matters, we’re probably never going to find out.)

However, on a number of occasions during the past five years, I can recall reading deeply reported profiles about the business dealings of the previous president’s children. Journalists and pundits wondered if the president was aware of these transactions. They wondered if such relationships should not be considered unethical.

Then again, even if Joe Biden was completely unaware of his son’s machinations, The Clarence Thomas Standard now states that it doesn’t matter. Joe Biden must resign from any foreign policy decisions that could harm democracy. He should, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) maintains, be impeached.


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