Hunter Biden’s WhatsApp message of July 2017 has become the latest topic of discussion after the announcement of the plea deal recently. Let’s understand what was there in the message & why it fuels GOP assertions of corruption against Hunter Biden & President Joe Biden.
What is Hunter Biden Whatsapp Message
Hunter Biden’s alleged WhatsApp message is a text message he allegedly texted to Raymond Zhao, a Chinese business associate & executive working with CEFC China Energy, in July 2017. He was assisting Hunter Biden in expanding his business with CEFC China.
The message is: “I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight.”
The commitment that Hunter Biden has referred to in this message needs to be explicitly stated. The exchange indicates that Hunter Biden was worried he would be removed from a lucrative chance with the CEFC chairman where huge money was at stake.
However, it still needs to be determined what was the commitment & proposed energy deal mentioned in the message. Also, what happened after Hunter Biden sent the message needs to be clarified, but President Biden has refused to be a part of this conversation.
Why It Fuels Gop Assertions of Corruption
After 5 years of investigation, The Justice Department concluded Hunter Biden’s case by announcing a plea deal. It means the President’s son’s chances of going to prison have been reduced.
GOP assertions of corruption were fueled after two IRS whistleblowers released transcripts that alleged wrongdoing in the Hunter Biden tax investigation.
This issue has become a trending topic because the above message indicates that Hunter Biden was using his father’s political ties to pressure the Chinese associate into completing a commitment as soon as possible.
According to Devine, Hunter Biden set numerous business deals with close partners of Chinese President Xi Jinping, extorting $6 million through this relationship.
GOP lawmakers & two IRS whistleblowers have complained about the Justice Department sabotaging their actions on putting harsher punishments against Hunter Biden.
These allegations have provided congressional Republicans a new opportunity to put corruption accusations against Joe Biden & his family.
Till now, Hunter Biden has not responded to these allegations. His attorney strongly reacted to these allegations & criticized the IRS whistleblower’s actions as illegal.
Further, a White House spokesperson supported President Joe Biden by denying his role in this case & other business operations of his son.
Further, the spokesperson added, “As we have said many times before, the President was not in business with his son. As we have also said many times before, the Justice Department makes decisions in its criminal investigations independently, and in this case, the White House has not been involved.”
On June 20, 2023, The federal Department announced Hunter Biden’s plea deal that pleads him guilty of two misdemeanors on tax charges. He has been blamed for possessing a handgun & being a drug user.
The gun charge can be dropped if he doesn’t consume drugs for two years. A federal judge has ordered Hunter Biden to appear in court on July 26, 2023, connected to this plea deal.