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A close friend of the Biden family — one who even referred to Hunter Biden, on occasion, as “brother” — appears to have worked in the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s office at the time that the probe into the president’s embattled son began.
According to a new report published Tuesday by The Washington Examiner, Alexander Mackler was employed by the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s office from August 2016 to May 2019 — and according to IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler, the investigation into Hunter Biden’s financial dealings began sometime prior to January of 2019.
Mackler’s ties to the Bidens run deep – going all the way back to President Joe Biden’s time in the U.S. Senate, where he served as the Delaware senator’s press secretary. He managed the late Beau Biden’s campaign for Delaware Attorney General. And he later served as deputy legal counsel to Vice President Joe Biden and was part of the Biden-Harris transition team in 2020.
In addition, Mackler corresponded regularly with Hunter Biden and other business associates – and a number of emails to and from Mackler were found on Hunter Biden’s now infamous laptop. Among them was an email to Hunter Biden and business partner Eric Schwerin – sent August 22, 2016 – in which he informed the others of the email retention policy at the U.S. Attorney’s office. The response, from Schwerin: “And that’s why this will be the last email you ever receive from me …”
Another email from Mackler appeared to suggest that the Biden family could continue to make money off Joe Biden’s political service even after he left office. The email was sent August 31 of 2016 – just a few months before Biden’s tenure as vice president ended – and included an article comparing the charitable foundations run by former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton.
The article suggested that because the Clintons had garnered a reputation that include allegations of corruption, people were more wary of their charitable efforts – but Mackler argued that there was a different point to be made.
“When someone leaves public life and they or their spouse no longer hold prominent government positions (Powell, Blair, Albright) they can do almost whatever they want and take money from almost anyone they can personally stomach and who passes their personal barometer. That’s the point (and the good news for us),” he wrote.