How Joe Biden clearly benefited from ‘Biden family business’

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You’re not supposed to care about the Hunter Biden scandals because Joe Biden argues he never profited from his son’s and brother’s plans. “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life,” the former veep claimed in the last debate.

Yet Joe plainly did benefit — and he’d have to be an utter idiot not to notice the signs of sleaze over the decades that these family members cashed in on his name and connections.

Heck, in a July 2019 New Yorker piece based on extensive interviews with Hunter, Adam Entous reported, “Hunter saw himself as a provider for the Biden family; he even helped to pay off [brother] Beau’s law-school debts.” Even if Joe never directly received a dime from all the folks who made his brother and son rich, he without doubt benefited indirectly.

And, yes: Jim and Hunter without question made their money by trading on their influence with Joe: that’s obvious from investigations over the years by ProPublica, Politico and other left-of-center outfits, not to mention reporting by Peter Schweizer, The Wall Street Journal and The Post, as well as Entous’ New Yorker piece. Even Hunter has admitted that he “probably” wouldn’t have gotten that multimillion-dollar payoff from Burisma if his last name weren’t Biden.

But Joe Biden doesn’t want to hear about it. Entous asked Biden staffers about raising Hunter’s behavior with Joe: “Several of them said that they had been too intimidated to do so,” he reports. On this issue, “ ‘Everyone who works for him has been screamed at,’ a former adviser told me.”

Also: “One business associate told me that Biden, during difficult conversations about his family, ‘got deeply melancholy, which, to me, is more painful than if someone yelled and screamed at me. It’s like you’ve hurt him terribly.’ ”

So maybe the 10 percent of that China deal that Hunter was to hold for “the big guy,” and which later got put down as going to Jim Biden, was never meant to be a direct payment for the former vice president. Perhaps “Biden family business” like that deal — which did clear Hunter $5 million, even if the ongoing enterprise fell through — simply enriches the whole Biden family, with Joe carefully not thinking about exactly where money that his brother and son pass along comes from.

All of which makes Joe’s farewell words to Tony Bobulinski pretty telling: “Keep an eye on my son and brother and look out for my family.”

Where the money comes from? Joe doesn’t want anyone to think about it — himself included.

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