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Hunter Biden’s Scandals Always Were—And Still Are—About Joe Biden's Corruption. Plus: Congress Nukes Hawley's Stock-Trading Ban
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July 26, 2023
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Good evening. It's Tuesday, July 25. Welcome to a new episode of System Update, our live nightly show that airs every Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern exclusively here on Rumble, the free speech alternative to YouTube. 

Tonight: the financial and corruption scandals surrounding Hunter Biden are now rapidly growing, and it's making it increasingly more difficult for Joe Biden's media allies to conceal the core truth that has long been at the heart of these scandals. The relevant question has never been whether Hunter Biden is corrupt – ultimately, he's just the president's son and has never been on any ballot – but what has resided at the heart of these scandals from the beginning is the question of Joe Biden's role in the sleazy and legally dubious profit trap-driven transactions pursued by Joe Biden's son Hunter.

Going all the way back to the emergence of one of the first Hunter scandals, The New York Times's 2019 examination of why a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, was paying Hunter $50,000 per month – and it turned out closer to $80,000 per month – the lurking question has always been the extent to which Joe Biden knew of and participated in these schemes. The reporter at the heart of that story, Ken Vogel, one of the New York Times reporters in the old school and classical sense of that title, was mauled and attacked by his own colleagues for the crime of doing reporting that was incriminating Joe Biden during the 2020 election. 

The central tactic of the pro-Biden media, however, was to instruct liberal voters and those leaning in that direction that they could and should just safely ignore any scandals involving Hunter Biden by falsely telling them that none of it had anything to do with Joe Biden's behavior, except to the extent that it all proved what a kind, compassionate and decent man Joe Biden was for standing so loyally and lovingly at the side of his troubled son. This same tactic was used immediately before the 2020 election when the New York Post used the contents of Hunter's laptop to document numerous business deals he was pursuing in Ukraine and China by trading on his father's name. 

The very first tactic – to lie and claim that the documents were forged “Russian disinformation” – sufficed to induce the media to ignore its contents and for Big Tech to censor the story in the lead-up to the 2020 vote – and we will never know the real impact of that suppression. But the secondary defense to that story was very similar to the one we're hearing now concerning all these other Hunter Biden scandals, namely, who cares if Hunter is corrupt? That's what Biden's media allies intoned. He's not a candidate for any office, so we really don't care. We know he's a drug addict struggling with addiction and so there's really no point in focusing on Hunter Biden and caring about whether he's corrupt. 

Over and over they deliberately concealed the core of these stories: that Joe Biden not only knew of what Hunter was doing but intended to participate in profiting in much of this. Now, in the wake of Hunter’s pleading guilty to two tax misdemeanors and the emergence of two very credible IRS whistleblowers who are testifying about the political influence invoked to protect Hunter from more serious charges, these scandals really cannot be hidden any longer. The latest development – one of Hunter's longtime business partners, is prepared to testify that Joe Biden frequently was put on the phone to speak to Hunter Biden’s business associates in these deals – goes to the root of these scandals, not for Hunter Biden, but for Joe Biden. 

Undoubtedly the media will continue to ignore these stories or when absolutely necessary mention them only on the way to maligning them. But with the House Republicans wielding the majority and thus the power of the subpoena, the ability to hold hearings, and even with the excessively cautious House Speaker Kevin McCarthy today suggesting for the first time that these corruption stories are entering the realm of impeachment investigation territory, It is becoming really difficult to see how Biden's media allies can continue to keep a lid on these rapidly emerging revelations for much longer. Tonight, will report on and dissect these latest developments with the goal of demonstrating how these scandals have always been about, and continue to be, not the integrity of Hunter Biden, but that of his father. 

Then – one of the issues in Washington that have genuinely united people across the partisan ideological divide has been watching members of Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi, but members of both political parties, enriching themselves by trading in stocks in the very company that they and their legislative initiatives most influence. The potential for corruption and conflicts of interest are so great while watching this that ordinary voters on the left and the right, Republicans and Democrats, have little trouble seeing it and becoming angered over it. Senator Josh Hawley, the Missouri Republican, just introduced a bill to ban members of Congress and their spouses from buying and trading in stocks during their tenure in Congress. He is supported in that initiative by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and many others in both parties. 

Just in the committee vote where Senator Hawley tried to have this proposal to ban stock trading fast-tracked, most committee Democrats joined with just enough Republicans to vote NO and block Hawley's amendment. We'll show you who did what and how this happened because this episode reveals so much about how Washington works. 

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