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December 11, 2020

AG Barr Was Briefed About the Hunter Biden Investigation "Before the Spring"

And everyone kept it secret -- including keeping it secret from Trump.

Weird how confidential information only remains secret if it might benefit a Republican.

Attorney General William Barr knew months ago about investigations into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, but kept the information from spilling into public view even as President Donald Trump publicly called for investigations into the son of the president-elect.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Barr was briefed before the spring about investigations into Biden, which Biden revealed in a statement on Wednesday issued through his father’s presidential transition team.

Biden said that prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware had contacted his attorney regarding an investigation into his "tax affairs."

A source familiar with the investigation told the Daily Caller News Foundation that it began in 2018, and that the U.S. attorneys' contact with Biden's lawyers signals that the investigation has moved from a "covert" to an "overt" stage.

Other reports suggest that Biden is also a target or subject of money laundering investigations. CNN reported that the investigations are scrutinizing Biden's business deals with CEFC China Energy, a major Chinese energy conglomerate that paid Biden approximately $6 million in 2017 and 2018.

Shipwreckedcrew writes that it's yet another media lie that this is about a "tax matter."

First, Hunter Biden's public statement claims that his taxes are under investigation. That is likely true, but the fact that the investigation is located in the US Attorney's Office for Delaware means this is not just a tax case.

Cases that are limited to issues of tax evasion -- failure to report income, or inappropriate use of tax avoidance schemes or other filing crimes -- are normally handled by the Tax Division of the Justice Department. The reason for this is to promote consistency across the country in the criminal prosecution of tax crimes. If decisions on tax cases were left in the hands of the 93 US Attorneys in federal judicial districts across the country, it is almost a certainty that taxpayers in different parts of the country would receive different treatment at the hands of prosecutors. Centralizing the decision-making and handling of tax cases in one Division of DOJ provides consistent application of prosecutorial standards.

The fact that Biden is being investigated in the District of Delaware means the case involves more than just tax issues. Tax Division attorneys, and the IRS Criminal Division Special Agents who investigate the cases, have very limited authority to bring non-tax charges. Cases that involve both potential tax crimes and other financial crimes are usually handled jointly -- a combined effort of a Tax Division attorney and an Assistant United States Attorney in the district where there is venue for the charges. The fact that Biden announced that his attorney was contacted by the US Attorney for the District of Delaware confirms that this is a joint-investigation and that the investigation is based in Delaware.

Bonchie notes that Tater is demanding that people stop covering Hunter Biden.

What is this, the month before the election?

@brianstelter

A.M. leads on MSNBC and CNN: Gutting covid death toll, vaccine updates, Trump's attempt to overturn the election.

Over on Fox, the banner: "TRUMP SLAMS MINIMAL COVERAGE OF HUNTER BIDEN PROBE." 11 straight minutes of Hunter rage. Doocy: "What did Joe know & when did he know it?"

To put it simply: Fox News producers believe that their viewers do not want to hear about depressing pandemic deaths. They believe pandemic news doesn't "rate." They believe that they need to focus on culture war battles, anti-Democrat narratives, and pro-Trump stories. The end.

He links Jake Tapper from October 22nd, stating flatly, as a fact, that a story he had not investigated for more than five minutes on Twitter was obviously a Russian Disinformation Op.


This post has the video and a partial transcript of Tucker Carlson from last night.

He talked about the Christian Amanapour "interview" of Liz Harrington I linked yesterday (among other things).

"I'm a journalist and a reporter," says Christiane Amanpour, who of course is neither of those things and never has been. She is a celebrity script reader, a half-wit whose self-esteem far outpaces her accomplishments. She is also, it turns out, the personal flak for the Biden family international finance corporation.

And so it went across the entire American news media until the presidential election. Now, six weeks later, it is finally safe to speak freely. We now know the New York Post was right all along, and so was poor Liz Harrington of the RNC.

[...]

What's interesting is how we found this out. The media didn't tell us, and neither did the Justice Department. Hunter Biden has far better connections than, say, Roger Stone. Hunter Biden was allowed to tell his own story. He wasn't rousted from bed at 5 a.m. by dozens of armed paramilitaries in front of a live CNN audience. He's a prominent Democrat, so he was spared those humiliations.

Instead, the Biden-Harris transition team broke the news in the form of a bizarre press release that informed us with a straight face that Joe Biden was "deeply proud" of his boy Hunter, who, by the way, may have had some minor tax trouble that he will clear up the minute his account returns from Cabo. No big deal, and Happy Holidays.

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