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Hunter Biden – scandal or hoax?

Hunter Biden – scandal or hoax?

If you believe President Trump, the controversy surrounding Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine, Russia and China are a scandal of criminal proportions – and one that drags daddy Joe into the swamp.  If you believe Joe Biden, it is nothing more than an unsubstantiated and untrue political smear – a hoax.

Somewhere between those two extreme positions lies the truth.  Setting aside Trump’s propensity for hyperbole, we can rationally conclude that the truth is closer to his view than to Daddy Joe’s.  That is based on what we know as facts – and what can be logically concluded from those facts.

The simmering controversy over Hunter’s business dealings with bad actors got reignited when a laptop – that was sent in for repairs – was shown to have emails implicating Hunter’s influence peddling at the highest levels of American government.  It also established that Daddy Joe had told a whopper when he said he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings.

In fact, Hunter had arranged for Vadym Pozharskyi – said to be the second most influential person at Burisma Holdings — to meet with Daddy Joe at the White House. A recently published photograph (atop this commentary) has Daddy Joe playing golf with Hunter and another Burisma board member, Devon Archer, while the senior Biden was still Vice President.

There were also emails suggesting that after leaving the White House, Daddy Joe was to be one of the benefactors of a million-dollar deal. The recipient of a promised major cut was described as the “big guy.”  It is hard to imagine that the “big guy” could be anyone other than Daddy Joe.

Let’s look back at the central issue.  We know that Hunter was paid an enormous amount of money to serve on the Board of Burisma — a corrupt Ukrainian energy enterprise.  We know he was paid more than $50,000 per month for a job for which he was not required to show up at the office.  We know Hunter was hired by one of the most criminally corrupt oligarchs in Ukraine.

Was Hunter hired so that he could use his influence with his father and other high-ranking American officials – or was it to perform normal professional corporate duties?  If you believe the latter, you will have to believe that Burisma issued a job description that read:

WANTED – for a high-level position with a big title and an enormous salary and generous expense account in a major energy corporation in Ukraine.   Looking for a college drop-out playboy with a long history of alcohol and drug abuse and a messy personal life.  Special consideration if the applicant has been less than honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States.  The applicant is not required to have any knowledge of the energy business — or Ukrainian laws, language or business culture.  In fact, the applicant need not ever have even visited Ukraine.  The applicant will not be required to move to Kiev or even visit very often.  The specific responsibilities will be provided later – in private.

Apparently, a similar ad was placed by the Chinese government and Russian operatives, who also greatly enriched the Biden family through Hunter.

We know that Daddy Joe intervened on his son’s behalf by taking his boy along on Air Force Two to meet with high Chinese government officials and business executives.  That landed Hunter’s two-man business more than a billion dollars in investment capital.  Daddy Joe also arranged to have the Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma booted out of his job.

Now in all fairness, we must concede that the prosecutor was also corrupt, and several European nations wanted him to be fired.  But that does not negate the senior Biden’s motive in placing much-needed military aid to Ukraine up as the blackmail.  Bribe?  Call it what you want.

The laptop also revealed a video of Hunter in a self-produced pornographic love-making session in which he appears to be smoking cocaine.  That is one of those things that most people say is irrelevant and should be kept private, but no one ever does – especially the press.

So, the entire Hunter issue is by far not a hoax.  What makes it more interesting is how the elitist news media and the major social media platforms responded to the bombshell information revealed on the cover of the New York Post. They either ignored it or disclaimed it.  Consistent with their policy that the only reportable bad news is about Trump.

In an unprecedented attack on the press, Facebook and Twitter blocked the story – including the Post article and anyone who re-posted it.  Imagine, the major social media corporations censor a story that appeared on the cover of one of the nation’s larger publications – and no one in the jaded left-wing press rose to defend the Forth Estate’s First Amendment rights.

The Hunter issue is one of those things that walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but Daddy Joe, the Democrats and the biased media all want us to think it is a dove.  Do they really think we are that stupid?  Even worse, are we?

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Dan Tyree

    You can believe it. Biden and his idiot son are very corrupt. His party used to stand up for the American people. But that was a long time ago. John Kennedy wouldn’t get their nomination in these times. I once was a democrat. But, after watching them moving into socialism, they left me.

  2. Mike

    But, of course you ignore the fact that Biden has been investigated for this very issue by the republican senate, and they found there was nothing that he had done that was improper. I guess you figure that julieannie is much smarter than all the republican senators that were involved in this investigation. I don’t. The intelligence agency informed frump that julieannie was being played by the Russians, which is most likely the case here. Bottom line-even if the computer story is valid, Biden has been investigated for the very story that you are promoting and cleared of wrongdoing-by members of your party. Time to move on and remove the disaster that is happening before our eyes in the Oval Office….

    • Larry Horist

      Mike … I am astounded at your ability to ignore the facts in favor of incredibly false narratives. Are you aware of the fact that the FBI has Hunter’s laptop as part of a laundering investigation?. That Hunter’s former business associate has already fess’d up? … And that he was present when million dollar deals were discussed with Daddy Joe? Obviously this is a case that is still developing, but it does not look good for Hunter … and maybe his dad. BTW … Biden says it was all previously investigated. Not so. Maybe you are confusing it with the investigation of the Russian investigators. AND all this is new information … not yet fleshed out. It is okay to have a political viewpoint … but it is irrelevant if you cannot be objective and and take into consideration all the information. In these little debates, you are not a worthy adversary. You are wasting my and the reader’s time.

      • Mike

        Larry, I am well aware that the FBI has the infamous laptop, but it is not for the reasons that you mention-they are investigating whether this is another Russian disinformation campaign. As I stated in commentary to an earlier rant you folks made on this subject, even if everything on the infamous laptop is true, Biden did nothing wrong in his actions as VP with regards to Ukraine. You knuckleheads cannot seem to get it through your little minds that the actions he took to get their prosecutor fired was official US policy, and the policy of our closest allies. The Republican led Senate has also investigated this matter ad nauseum and found there was no misconduct by Joe Biden, much as they did with the Clinton emails from the previous election and found no criminal activity. Just think of all that energy wasted by the MAGA’s yelling “Lock her up”. If only that energy could be channeled toward doing something constructive for the country rather than smearing a candidate. I realize that your commentary is short on facts and long on emotion, that is the way with Trumpers, but you really ought to look at facts for a change, you might find it enlightening…

  3. Dan Tyree

    Mike start whining. Retard joe is going down in defeat. Perhaps you should consider leaving the country after the election with Bruce Springsteen and other snowflakes. Our country would be better off without you pussies.