It has been fairly obvious over the course of the last few weeks that the Democratic Party is preparing to anoint former Vice President Joe Biden as their 2020 nominee, possibly looking to railroad him into the nomination much like they did with Hillary Clinton back in 2016.
Of course, in that election, the collusion between Clinton and the DNC was revealed by Wikileaks, and it created a mass exodus among Democrats who supported Bernie Sanders’ run for the White House. This disillusionment was then cited as one of the myriad of reasons for Clinton’s eventual loss to Donald Trump in the general election.
In 2020, Biden is the chosen one among the Dems, but new revelations in a blockbuster best seller appear ready to spoil the soup.
The latest controversy surrounds Joe Biden’s brother James, and a hefty helping of purported nepotism.
In 2010, shortly after a disastrous attempt at running a hedge fund with his nephew Hunter, James Biden entered the construction and international development industry. Even though he lacked background in either, James secured a position as executive vice president at the newly formed HillStone International, LLC. The firm, which was a subsidiary of the long struggling Hill International, was unique for a multitude of reasons.
“The president of HillStone International was Kevin Justice, who grew up in Delaware and was a longtime Biden family friend,” Schweizer writes in his book. “He was friends with lots of Bidens, especially Joe’s sons Hunter and Beau.”
Under Justice’s leadership, the company was setting out to pursue technology and construction projects in the Middle East. Of particular interest to the company were the millions being given to government contractors for the rebuilding of war-torn Iraq—an endeavor Joe Biden was tasked to oversee by President Barack Obama.
Here’s where things get downright diabolical:
It was likely with such projects in mind that Justice headed to the White House in November 2010. During the visit, the HillStone executive met with Michele Smith, a top aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden. Smith, a fellow Delaware native, was serving as the vice president’s liaison to “global government officials and business executives.”
Although the confines of that meeting have not been made public, the subsequent events seem to imply it was beneficial for both HillStone and the Bidens.
“Less than three weeks later, HillStone announced that the vice president’s brother James would be joining the firm as executive vice president,” Schweizer notes.
When announcing the hire, the company lauded James’s professional career as much as it did his political ties.
“At the age of 22, [James] Biden was the finance chairman of his then 29-year-old brother’s bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware and successfully enlisted the support of national unions, political leaders and financiers across the country,” James’s biography read on the firm’s website.
Six months after James joined HillStone, the firm received a contract to build more than 100,000 homes in Iraq. The deal, which was estimated to be worth upwards of $1.5 billion, was part of a larger $35 billion contract awarded to a South Korean company. At the time it went public, both HillStone and the Obama White House denied Joe Biden had played any role.
The news comes as the Senate begins an impeachment trial centered around President Trump’s attempts to uncover corruption within the Ukraine, some of which revolved around the employment of Joe Biden’s son Hunter by Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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