President Joe Biden’s often-repeated humble brag about his ranking as the “poorest man in Congress” — along with his claim that people should not make money while holding public office — appeared to be at odds with some of the alleged lucrative business deals mentioned in emails and texts tied to his son Hunter.
Biden brought up the topic on Tuesday at Port Authority in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, during a speech touting the impact of his bipartisan infrastructure deal.
“The recently completed Piscataqua River turning basin project, led by the Army Corps of Engineers, received $1.6 million from the infrastructure law, topping off the $18.2 million the Army Corps had allocated for the project in fiscal year 2021,” Seacoastonline reported.
BIDEN: "I had the great pleasure of being listed as the poorest man in Congress… I didn't think you should make money while you're in office." pic.twitter.com/2n6hutBOlV
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 19, 2022
“I was listed — I had the great pleasure of being listed as the poorest man in Congress for 36 years,” Biden said. “I still had — was making a hell of a lot more money than anybody else because I was getting a senator’s salary. No kidding.”
“I didn’t think you should make money while you’re in office,” he continued, adding, “But at any rate, the point of it is this: an awful lot of people are hurting. It makes a big difference.”
Biden’s claim that politicians should not make money while serving the people appeared to fly in the face of reports — and even Hunter Biden’s own admission — that the family name was used to secure meetings and possibly even grease the wheels of foreign business transactions.
Hunter Biden admits he used his father’s office for personal gain:
“It is impossible for me to be on any boards without saying that I’m the son of the vice president of the United States — lots of things would not happen in my life if my name wasn’t Biden.”
— Benny “Libs Of Tik Tok” Aficionado (@bennyjohnson) October 15, 2019
“It is impossible for me to be on any boards without saying that I’m the son of the vice president of the United States — lots of things would not happen in my life if my name wasn’t Biden,” Hunter Biden told ABC News in late 2019.
Monica Crowley noticed the connection, tweeting about Hunter Biden’s communications stating that 10% of profits from foreign business dealings were to be “held by H [Hunter] for the big guy” — and the claim made by Tony Bobulinski that then-Vice President Joe Biden was the aforementioned “Big Guy.”
Unless you mean tens of millions from China, Russia and Ukraine, in which case it's [at least] 10% for the Big Guy! https://t.co/BCOaJhWWj0
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) April 19, 2022
“Unless you mean tens of millions from China, Russia and Ukraine, in which case it’s [at least] 10% for the Big Guy!” Crowley tweeted.
The contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, which were passed off by legacy media and numerous former intelligence officials as Russian misinformation in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election, have recently returned to the forefront – and a number of outlets are beginning to concede their veracity.
“It seems pretty clear that Hunter Biden was trading on his father’s name to make a lot of money,” CNN’s John Harwood said.
“It seems pretty clear that Hunter Biden was trading on his father's name to make a lot of money."
I never thought I would hear this on CNN
— Benny “Libs Of Tik Tok” Aficionado (@bennyjohnson) March 30, 2022