As the UkraineGate impeachment scandal draws to a close, one of its central figures is facing renewed criticism over his involvement in his son’s affairs.
President Trump got exactly what he wanted in impeachment: The entire nation is now fixated on the possibility that former Vice President Joe Biden is just another crooked politician who used his office in order to make a buck for himself and his family. In the case of the impeachment investigation, this corrupt behavior was allegedly perpetrated in the Ukrainian natural gas industry, with son Hunter Biden finding himself with a cushy board position at a company named Burisma.
Now, a new book is claiming to have uncovered more evidence of the Biden family’s nepotism problem…just in time for voters to have their voices heard in the 2020 primaries.
Former Vice President Joe Biden went to great lengths to boost his son-in-law’s health care company while in the White House, briefing investors on the firm’s merits and even arranging access to the Oval Office. The bombshell revelations are detailed in Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite— a new book by Peter Schweizer, a senior contributor at Breitbart News and the president of the Government Accountability Institute.
In June 2011, Biden arranged a private meeting for two StartUp Health executives with then-President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. At the time of the meeting, the company had been around for only a few weeks. It had yet to finalize its business plan, let alone develop a website.
The meeting was all the more surprising since StartUp Health was not proposing any new or radical ideas for health care, at least not to the degree of warranting a meeting with the nation’s commander-in-chief.
“Their status as a health care incubator was hardly unique,” Schweizer writes in Profiles in Corruption. “In fact, there were thirty-one similar companies operating in the state of California alone, and another eleven in the state of New York.”
And there’s more…
The former vice president’s efforts on his son-in-law’s behalf were not just confined to the company’s launch. As Profiles in Corruption details, Biden went out of his way to ensure StartUp Health executives were given unparalleled access to the White House during the Obama presidency. The company’s leadership, which mostly consisted of Krein’s family and friends, frequently met with administration officials not only in private but also in public.
“According to 2011 White House visitors’ logs, Howard Krein attended the China State Dinner, a White House Staff barbecue, and President Obama’s Motown event,” Schweizer writes. “His brother, Steven, had half a dozen other meetings with White House officials.”
Democrats are already wary of Biden, whose longstanding connections to the DC establishment stand in stark contrast to the “revolutionary” vision of the party’s liberal wing.
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