Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden abused his office as Senator and vice president to benefit his son’s business, again and again, a new report from the Washington Examiner alleges.
According to the report, Biden had—on more than one instance—asked federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to comply with the same issues that his son, Hunter, was lobbying. This reportedly earned his son hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.
Despite the older Biden’s repeated claims to not know about his son’s business dealings, the Washington Examiner reports that “on at least two occasions, Biden contacted federal departments to discuss issues related to Hunter’s firm’s lobbying clients.”
Here’s one example, per the Washington Examiner:
On Feb. 28, 2007, Biden contacted DHS to express that he was “concerned about the Department’s proposed chemical security regulations authorized by Section 550 of DHS Appropriations Act of 2007,” according to the department’s log of its contacts with members of Congress.
Section 550, which was passed in 2006 as part of the DHS appropriations bill, requires high-risk chemical plants to submit site safety plans to DHS for approval, including security credentialing and training for employees.
Eight weeks earlier, the Industrial Safety Training Council had hired Hunter Biden’s firm to lobby DHS on the issue. The trade group, which represents companies that provide safety training for chemical facility employees, was mounting a heavy lobbying campaign over section 550, submitting congressional testimony about the need to expand background checks for chemical plant employees.
Biden also sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Jan. 31, 2007 requesting a meeting with the Department of Justice to discuss expanding the federal fingerprint background check system.
“I write to request your assistance in implementing an expanded background check system for our nation’s volunteer organizations,” wrote Biden. “If we can work together to expand the number of volunteer organizations that have access to fast, accurate, and inexpensive fingerprint background checks, we will make significant and important strides in our ongoing effort to protect kids across our country.”
Biden added, “I would like to convene a small meeting with key representatives” from DOJ, the FBI, members of Congress and volunteer groups.
One of Hunter’s firm’s lobbying clients at the time, a coalition of state-level criminal justice advocates called SEARCH, was also lobbying the federal government for a broader fingerprint screening system at the time.
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