Burisma, Facebook censorship, Gropin' Joe Biden, influence pedaling, political leverage, President Trump, Section 230, Senator Josh Hawley, Senator Ted Cruz, Snortin' Hunter biden, Twitter censorship, Ukraine
Imagine, if you will gentle readers, in the waning days of the presidential campaign, e-mails were discovered on a computer belonging to a close relative of President Trump. Imagine those e-mails demonstrated the President used his office to enrich his family—and surely himself—by engaging in shameless influence pedaling. Unlike the fake narratives that pass for news these days, this would be genuine news, and it would and should legitimately be the top story of any and every broadcast, podcast, on social media and every edition of a newspaper.
Imagine once more that this actually happened, and instead of running with what is an actual “bombshell” story rather than the usual popcorn farts, the media is working to bury it, and Facebook and Twitter are handing out the shovels. Impossible! You assert. Not if the e-mails relate to Gropin’ Joe Biden. The New York Post has the story:
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.
Do you recall, gentle readers, Joe Biden bragging—he really isn’t very bright—about that?
Less than eight months after Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for the introduction to his dad, the then-vice president admittedly pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into getting rid of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee during a December 2015 trip to Kiev.
‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’ Biden infamously bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.
‘Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’
“Son of a bitch” indeed. Biden was bragging about how, when Vice President, he essentially blackmailed the Ukrainians—always hard pressed by the Russians—to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma and Hunter Biden. Imagine the media firestorm if Donald Trump had ever done anything lremotely ike that.
The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.
Keep in mind Hunter Biden did not speak Ukrainian, had no education or experience in the business of Burisma or in that part of the world–which he probably could not find on a map–had no connections to Ukraine, such as a home or business, and no skills of any kind that would be useful to anyone in the oil or gas business. The only possible reason for him to get a dime from Burisma—or China—was Joe Biden’s responsibility and potential influence on matters of importance to them.
The computer was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner.
Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.
The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.
The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.
Keep in mind that the laws of virtually every state make unclaimed repairs the property of the business as long as certain conditions are met, such as the passage of a given amount of time. Some states require attempts to contact the owner. There seems, in this case, to be no legitimate argument about the legitimacy of the repair shop owner’s claim to the computer, drive and their contents.
Photos of a Delaware federal subpoena given to The Post show that both the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, after the shop’s owner says he alerted the feds to their existence.
But before turning over the gear, the shop owner says, he made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.
Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, told The Post about the existence of the hard drive in late September and Giuliani provided The Post with a copy of it on Sunday.
But wait, as they say on late night TV, there’s more:
Meanwhile, an email dated May 12, 2014 — shortly after Hunter Biden joined the Burisma board — shows Pozharskyi attempting to get him to use his political leverage to help the company.
The message had the subject line ‘urgent issue’ and was also sent to Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, who also sat on the Burisma board at the time.
And what “political leverage” would Hunter Biden, a wastrel kicked out of the military for cocaine use after his father pulled strings to get him an officer’s commission, have? None whatever, but Joe Biden had plenty at the time.
Hunter Biden’s lawyer refused to comment on the specifics but instead attacked Giuliani.
‘He has been pushing widely discredited conspiracy theories about the Biden family, openly relying on actors tied to Russian intelligence,’ the lawyer, George R. Mesires, said of Giuliani.
Isn’t crying RUSSIA! Getting a bit old, Mr. Mesires? But that’s only the beginning of the story. Facebook and Twitter immediately began to censor the story, not only blocking The Post’s reporting, but blocking anyone–including Trump Press Secretary Kaleigh McEnany–trying to share it. The Post again:
Sen. Josh Hawley on Wednesday demanded that the Federal Election Commission investigate Twitter and Facebook for possibly violation campaign-finance law by censoring The Post’s reporting on emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Good for him:
The Missouri Republican wrote in a letter to the FEC that the social media giants’ ‘active suppression of public speech’ regarding The Post’s article would appear to constitute a contribution to Joe Biden’s campaign under federal law.
Federal law prohibits any corporation from making a contribution to a federal candidate for office.
‘There can be no serious doubt that the Biden campaign derives extraordinary value from depriving voters access to information that, if true, would link the former Vice President to corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs,’ Hawley wrote.
No, there can’t be any doubt, which is why Twitter and Facebook are trying to bury the story.
‘This censorship manifestly will influence the presidential election.’
Only if they get away with it, and President Trump isn’t taking it lying down:
He asked that the FEC probe the potential violations by the Silicon Valley bigs and, if appropriate, ‘take immediate action to prevent further interference with the 2020 election.’
Good idea. Senator Ted Cruz is also involved, as John Hinderaker at Powerline reports:
And Ted Cruz, writing as Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote today to Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO:
Twitter’s censorship of this story is quite hypocritical, given its willingness to allow users to share less-well-sourced reporting critical of other candidates for public office. Accordingly, this can only be seen as an obvious and transparent attempt by Twitter to influence the upcoming Presidential election.
So Senator Cruz has some questions for Mr. Dorsey:
Who made the decision to prevent users from sharing this story? On what basis did they make that decision?
When was the New York Postmade aware of Twitter’s decision and what process was afforded to it to contest the censorship?
Has Twitter prevented the New York Times, Washington Post, or any other major news outlet from posting its own reporting? If so, when?
If Twitter did not prevent Buzzfeedfrom sharing its reporting on the Steele dossier or the New York Timesreporting on President Trump’s tax returns, please explain a politically neutral principle for why the reporting is treated differently?
Has Twitter ever restricted a story published by a major news outlet about Donald J. Trump during his four years as President of the United States?
Have Twitter or any of its employees involved in the decision to censor this reporting been in contact in any capacity with the Biden-Harris campaign or any of its representatives regarding this reporting or the allegations contained therein?
Good questions all, but of course, they’re essentially rhetorical. Twitter is never going to answer them honestly, because they haven’t censored any allegation against Trump, quite the opposite. And has Biden responded? Remember he has repeatedly said he knows nothing about Hunter’s foreign business dealings and has never discussed them with him. The Post again:
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign said Wednesday in a carefully worded statement there were no meetings on his ‘official schedules’ in 2015 with Burisma board adviser Vadym Pozharskyi.
Uh-huh. And why would someone engaging in international influence pedaling worth millions and millions put such meetings on the record? Even Joe Biden may not be that dense.
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Politico that the meeting was not on Biden’s ‘official schedules’ and did not take place ‘as alleged.’ The statement does not foreclose a meeting taking place in an unofficial manner.
Remember, we’re dealing with an e-mail from a Ukrainian thanking Hunter for his meeting with Joe. That’s the sole meeting “as alleged” in this situation to date.
‘[W]e have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place,’ Bates said.
The Biden campaign did not respond to five requests for comment from The Post before publication of the initial account. The candidate himself declared an early-morning lid Wednesday, meaning he will have no public events.
Now that’s a surprise: Joe disappearing for days at a time.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is working with the Delaware computer repairman, whose identity was confirmed by The Post, to verify the documents on the hard drive.
Wouldn’t you like to see the leaks from that hard drive? Then again, maybe not. There are some things you can’t unsee…
It’s possible this could all be planted information, a political dirty trick, but if so, it would be a rather stupid one. It would be easy to expose fakery, and photos of Hunter snorting and fornicating would be a bit harder to explain away. Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall when Dad–or his handlers–takes Hunter to the woodshed, yelling about why he didn’t borrow Hillary’s henchpersons with hammers and Bleachbit?
“Developing,” as they say.
UPDATE 10-14-20 2110 MT:
UPDATE, 101520 1230 MT: We have less than three weeks before the presidential election. In response to Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of the Biden revelations, President Trump’s campaign posted this:
If there was ever any doubt the social media giants are anti-American, D/S/C propaganda shills, this should erase all doubt. Twitter rescinded their block after about two hours, but they apparently believe they are above the law, and are justified in substituting their judgment for that of the American people, who might vote the wrong—right—way. If President Trump is reelected, the Congress must act to force social media companies to observe strict standards of fairness under the First Amendment. If Biden is elected, this will never, of course, happen.