‘The Biden Five’: Here’s what you need to know about what some call “one of America’s most corrupt families”

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and senior contributor at Breitbart News, explained how several of Joe Biden’s family members — who he dubbed the “Biden Five” — monetized political connections and influence in an interview aired on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Marlow described Schweizer’s investigation of the Biden family as yielding “indisputable evidence that Joe Biden is running a crime-like syndicate where he is, if nothing else, enabling his family members to get rich, without really any noticeable skill, using the American people’s good name.”

Schweizer noted the internationalization of the Biden family’s business dealings following Joe Biden becoming vice president:

“There’s no question about it. Joe Biden is the planet around which the moons of his family travel, and the gravitational pull is Joe Biden’s power and his position, and the family has enriched themselves based on the positions he has.”

The Biden Five is composed of Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden; his younger brothers Frank Biden and James Biden; his sister Valerie Biden; and his daughter Ashley Biden, according to Schweizer, who also said:

“Before Joe Biden is vice president of the United States, they’re really not doing many international deals, but once Joe Biden becomes vice president of the United States, suddenly, they’ve got foreign governments and foreign entities falling over themselves to cut them in on deals that they have no background or no expertise in.

“There’s a direct link between the corrupt acts of the family and the policy positions and power that Joe Biden has.”

Next, Schweizer analyzed each family member of the Biden Five and explained their role. He discussed Hunter first and noted his lack of expertise related to either private equity or China as indicative of the Chinese government’s rationale for funding BHR:

“Before Joe Biden becomes vice president of the United States, Hunter is a lobbyist for online gambling companies in Europe. That’s what he’s doing. That’s his professional background.

“Once his dad becomes vice president of the United States, he suddenly starts doing a whole host of global deals beginning with China. He flies with his dad on Air Force Two to Beijing China in December 2013.

“Within 10 days of that trip, Hunter Biden joins the board of directors and gets an equity stake in a Chinese government-financed investment firm called BHR Partners, Bohai Harvest RST.

“He has no background in private equity. He has no background in China. They put him on the board precisely because his father is vice president and precisely because his father is taking pro-China positions on the global stage.”

In 2015, the Obama administration approved the sale of a strategically sensitive American company, Henniges Automotive, in a joint-purchase shared by a Chinese military contractor and BHR, according to Breitbart.

The foreign acquisition required special approval from the Committee of Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) due to the company’s manufacturing of technology with military applications.

Schweizer pointed out that despite Hunter’s lack of expertise, the Chinese Communist Party viewed him as an asset because he was a conduit through which political influence with the Obama administration could be procured:

“Hunter Biden’s business partners were quite explicit that he doesn’t bring anything to the table. He’s not bringing any money. He’s not bringing any expertise. He was the, quote, ‘pipeline to the administration,’ meaning the Obama-Biden administration.

“There’s a very clear reason why the Chinese government wants the son of the vice president sitting on their board involved in these deals because they need the approval of the Obama-Biden administration, which is, of course, what they get when they start acquiring these companies.”

Joe Biden has denied several times having discussions with Hunter about his son’s foreign financial dealings, and in 2019 said:

“I’ve never discussed my business or their business, my sons’ or daughter’s, and I’ve never discussed them because they know where I have to do my job and that’s it and they have to make their own judgments.”

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Joe Biden also previously claimed the existence of an “absolute wall” between himself and his family members’ business and “never discussed” their dealings.

Schweizer referred to a photograph of Joe Biden posing with oligarch Kenes Rakishev of Kazakhstan, who once reportedly explored business with Hunter as further evidence of the former vice president’s deception in denying knowledge of his family’s financial dealings.

Schweizer also identified Hunter’s previous position on the board of directors for Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, as further evidence of Joe Biden’s monetization of political influence through his son:

“[Hunter] was getting a million dollars a year from a corrupt Ukrainian energy company. He had no background energy. He had no background in Ukraine.

“We now know with emails that have been released that he was working at Burisma’s direction to try to deflect investigations into Burisma, which is a very corrupt company run by corrupt oligarchs.”

In 2018, Joe admitted he pressured Ukraine to terminate Viktor Shokin during his vice presidential tenure. At the time, Shokin was a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating corruption at Burisma.

The Biden family’s lack of expertise in fields within which they have been paid millions of dollars from foreign governments and interests reveals their sale of political influence through Joe Biden, Schweizer suggested:

“What are the Bidens selling? What product or what service are they providing these Chinese companies [or] a Ukrainian energy company? They don’t know anything about the energy business.

“They don’t know anything about private finance [or] equity companies. They don’t know anything about that, so the point is these foreign entities are paying the Bidens money — millions of dollars. The question is, what are they getting in return?

“These are not charities. These are not philanthropies. They are expecting and they are getting something in return, or they would stop paying.”

Schweizer also discussed four other family members. Regarding Joe’s youngest brother, Frank, he said:

“[Frank] basically was a real estate agent — not very successful — in Florida. Suddenly decides he’s going to go into the renewable energy business. [He had] no background in any of that.

He set up companies in Costa Rica [and] sets up another company in Jamaica, and lo and behold, gets involved in deals that get taxpayer-backed loans from the U.S. government — or more specifically, from the Obama-Biden administration, to do renewable energy projects in Costa Rica and Jamaica.”

Frank’s business interests also received millions of dollars in grants from the Department of Education towards the construction of charter schools.

 ABC News noted that Frank “leveraged” his family name as a “tremendous asset” that delivered “automatic acceptance” for government approvals of school projects and securing public funding.

Schweizer said:

“These are our grants that are discretionary, which means the Department of Education can decide who they want to give them to. [Frank] took in millions of dollars from the Education Department while his brother was vice president of the United States.

“[Frank] actually had a meeting involving his companies in the Oval Office with Barack Obama and just a couple of other individuals. If his name had been Frank Jones instead of Frank Biden, I doubt any of that would have happened.”

Joe’s other younger brother is James, who worked as the executive vice president of HillStone International, a firm that received $1.5 billion in government contracts during the Obama administrations, including a contract to build 100,000 homes in Iraq as part of an international development project, according to Breitbart.

Conflicts of interest were noted by Schweizer since Joe had oversight of presumably humanitarian government-funded development projects in Iraq during his vice presidency.

Kevin Justice, founder and president of Hillstone International, visited the White House in 2010 and met with Michele Smith, a top aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden who worked as a liaison to “global government officials and business executives.”

 

Like Hunter and Frank, James Biden had no background in construction or international development when he joined the company. Hillstone International’s company profile of James Biden touted his familial connection to Joe as a professional attribute. Schweizer said:

“Within six months [of HillStone’s founding], they land these billion-dollar contracts to build homes in Iraq. This is part of the Iraqi reconstruction after the war, and who is in charge of the Iraqi reconstruction at the time? Joe Biden, his brother.

Now we have a third member of the family, who because of Joe’s position, is cashing in. In this case, taxpayer money is flowing to a member of the Biden family.”

Biden’s sister and daughter were also implicated by Schweizer in taking money for the benefit of the Biden family. Joe’s sister, Valerie Biden, previously managed Joe’s senatorial campaigns in Delaware, and Breitbart reported she financially benefited from donations to her brother’s later presidential campaigns. In 2008, she sent $2.5 million to her political communications firm from Citizens for Biden and Biden for President Inc.

Schweizer described Valerie’s enrichment via Joe’s campaign funding as “legal graft” and said:

“When Joe Biden ran for the senate in Delaware — obviously a very safe for him, there hasn’t been a Republican in there for 40 years — what does Joe do? Joe hires his sister to run his campaigns [and] hires her firm as a consultant. As a result, millions of dollars flow to Valerie Biden.

“It speaks to the pattern [of] the Bidens looking at opportunities to take money, whether it’s taxpayer money, political money, or business money, and steer it to their family members for their benefit.”

Finally, Schweizer spoke how Joe assisted his daughter, Ashley Biden, by helping her husband, Howard Krein, launch the healthcare company StartUp Health in 2011. He arranged a meeting with former President Barack Obama in the Oval Office weeks after the company’s founding.

StartUp Health’s meeting with Barack Obama was a “huge hookup,” Schweizer explained, noting StartUp Health’s securing of an invitation to Health Data-Palooza, a joint conference run by federal government and health industry:

“Health Data-Palooza is very prestigious and very hard to get into. They get hooked up and they are put front and center in this very important conference, and that’s the beginning of the favors that happen.”

Breitbart reported that Joe gave several private speeches and briefings to the partners and investors of Howard Krein’s business and that his inside knowledge regarding the Obama administration’s planned healthcare policies gave Ashley’s husband a competitive advantage over competing healthcare companies.

Politico noted that Krein is now advising Joe’s campaign on coronavirus matters while StartUp Health plans to invest $1 million in companies developing goods and services pertaining to the virus:

“Krein simultaneously advising the campaign and venturing into Covid investing could pose conflict-of-interest concerns for a Biden administration or simply create the awkward appearance of Krein profiting off his father-in-law’s policies.”

Schweizer summarized his thoughts on the Biden family and their incredible access to huge amounts of money:

“The Bidens, to me, are unprecedented in the extent and scope of the corruption, because I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve exposed Republicans and Democrats. The most that I’ve ever seen up to this point was a Republican senator from Missouri that had three family members engaged in this kind of behavior.

“The Bidens now have five, making the Biden Five, in my mind, the the reigning champs when it comes to corrupt behavior in Washington, D.C.”

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