What does the Hunter Biden trial really tell us?

What does the Hunter Biden trial really tell us?

“I first learned yesterday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware had instructed my legal adviser to investigate my tax matters yesterday,” Hunter Biden said Wednesday. “I take this matter very seriously, but I hope these matters prove that I have handled my affairs legally and properly, including the benefit of a professional and objective review professional tax advisor.”

Republicans – led by President Donald Trump – have argued that the trial, which has been going on since 2018, was evidence that Hunter Biden should have been a major issue in the campaign that ended in 2020.

Go aside, it’s worth asking the question: How much trouble can Hunter Biden really be in?

We do not yet know the short answer. The reason is, at least in part, because it is very difficult to distinguish the cycle from the facts. (Note: Joe Biden was not involved in the investigation at all.)

What we do know Hunter Biden traded with Chinese companies during and after his father’s tenure as vice president. Note:

* In 2013, he was on the board of directors of a Chinese investment finance management company called PHR. He resigned from the post in October 2019, In a letter sent to the middle by his lawyer, Insisted that he did not receive any compensation for his part.
* In 2017, Hunter Biden worked on securing a contract with CEFC China Energy to invest in US energy companies. That same year, the founder of CEFC gave Hunter a 2.8 carat diamond during a business meeting in Miami. Hunter Biden Told the New Yorker in 2019 That he did not possess the diamond. “I know it’s not a good idea to take it,” he told the New Yorker. “I felt it was different.”

What about us Know That is, in 2019, the FBI seized a laptop allegedly owned by Hunter Biden and allegedly contained business documents and other personal items.

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave that information to the media in the final days of the 2020 presidential election, again, without any evidence – insisting that the laptop Hunter Biden was evidence of bad dealings with China and other countries.

As CNN’s Evan Perez and Pamela Brown wrote back and forth:

“The involvement of Trump’s lawyers in the news on Biden’s laptops led to the activism of Republican lawmakers and Trump’s campaign to escalate allegations of corruption before the election. , ‘As a general matter of communication, the FBI reviews information from the public to consider any violations of applicable federal law.’

Well, about that. (Yes, we know that too Hunter Biden is addicted to drugs, But this is far from the case with his business dealings in China.)

So, what can we conclude from those facts?

Well, first and foremost, being the subject of a federal investigation is never a good thing. As you like No. Be under federal scrutiny – all other things being equal. (For those who think they see the Attorney General’s hidden hand – and Trump’s adviser – Bill Barr at trial, Barr considers Country Time to be the nation’s top guard.)

We know that Hunter Biden sitting on the boards of foreign companies is a bad look – we know (Hunter was also on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma) the President of the United States while his father was sitting.

Hunter agreed in an interview with ABC News in October 2019.

“I did nothing wrong,” Hunter Biden said. “However, being in the middle of something was a bad judgment – it was a swamp, in so many ways? Yes. Did I do anything wrong? No, by no means. By no means.” Then in the interview he added: “What do you know? I’m a human being. What do you know, I did wrong? Well, in the enormous scheme of things, yes. But I made a mistake based on that.

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That is the point on which all this rests. Hunter Biden sitting on foreign boards may have been a mistake from a point of view, it No. Which means that no laws were broken. What happens for a crime in public opinion court often makes you laugh from a court of law.

So are we. The investigation is ongoing. We’ll have to wait and see what it is – if anything. Only then can we know for sure how much trouble Hunter Biden is really in.

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About the Author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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