Biden Family Conflicts of Interest Plague Administration
After a campaign plagued by questions about the Biden family’s overseas business ventures, the Biden White House is already off to a rough start when it comes to protecting the administration from conflicts of interest with the Biden family.
From the Washington Examiner:
This week, President Biden’s middle brother Frank featured in an ad for his Florida law firm, the Berman Law Group, touting his ties to the administration.
The ad was quickly followed by reports that during the campaign, Biden warned his brother, who consults through the legal practice, to “watch yourself.”
“Don’t get sucked into something that would, first of all, hurt you,” the president said.
Frank Biden has pushed back on the claim he’s made money off of his brother.
Frank Biden isn’t the president’s only family member raising concerns, with Biden’s youngest brother James also facing accusations of trading his family name for financial benefit:
Joe Biden’s youngest brother James, another lobbyist-entrepreneur, has created related issues, including through hedge fund Paradigm Global Advisors. He and Hunter took over the group in 2006.
“Don’t worry about investors,” James Biden reportedly told executives on their first day. “We’ve got people all around the world who want to invest in Joe Biden.”
James Biden has disputed the report, and Paradigm has since been wound down.
James Biden was also questioned as part of a recent criminal investigation into bankrupted Pennsylvania hospital network Americore Health. He was attacked, too, by Trump during the campaign over a construction deal he struck in Iraq when his brother was former President Barack Obama’s vice president.
The worrisome trend so early in Biden’s presidency comes after his campaign was plagued by accusations of nefarious overseas business dealings, including an explosive New York Post story that seemingly directly implicated Biden as not just a passive observer in the schemes.
In an email exchange discovered by a Delaware computer repairman, participants in the discussion refer to withholding funds in a deal for “the big guy,” which a Biden business partner later confirmed was Joe Biden.
With the election right around the corner, social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter quickly moved to ban the story on their platforms, while mainstream media outlets all but ignored the accusations.
In the rare instances Biden was asked to comment on the accusations by reporters, he often responded with heated denials.
But just over a week into its term the new administration has seen similar questions resurface, causing White House press secretary Jen Psaki to deflect questions on the matter, saying she does not “get into private conversations between the president and his family” during her briefing on Friday.
“It’s the White House’s policy that the president’s name should not be used in connection with any commercial activities to suggest, or in any way, they could reasonably be understood to imply his endorsement or support,” Psaki assured reporters.
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