Thursday, June 30, 2022

Biden Family and the Wheels of Justice

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Yesterday The Federalist published this: "In 2018, while Hunter Biden was reportedly under investigation for his dealings with Chinese businessmen, Joe Biden left a voicemail message telling Hunter: 'I think you’re clear.' This latest development in the Biden family pay-to-play scandal provides further proof a special counsel is needed to oversee the ongoing criminal probe."

We've all heard the proverb: "The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine."

Referring to the ancient Greek proverb, the Greek biographer Plutarch paraphrased it in frustration.   

Then he said this: "Thus, I do not see what use there is in those mills of the gods said to grind so late as to render punishment hard to be recognized and make wickedness fearless."

Solomon expressed the same frustrations about 3000 years ago.

A good part of America is wondering if the Biden family syndicate will ever be held accountable.

Be informed, not misled.

The Federalist is calling for a formal investigation into the Biden family's business dealings. It is messy, to say the least. And appears corrupt.

Millions of Americans agree but are wondering why there have been no consequences to the Biden family's activities.

The Daily Mail actually broke the story Monday with this: 

A voicemail recovered “from a backup of Hunter’s iPhone XS,” stored on his abandoned MacBook laptop, captured Joe Biden leaving this message for Hunter on December 12, 2018: “Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you. I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”

This was during a time when Hunter was supposedly "under investigation," according to CNN.

At the time CNN said this: 

After going quiet in the months before the election, federal authorities are now actively investigating the business dealings of Hunter Biden, a person with knowledge of the probe said. His father, President-elect Joe Biden, is not implicated.

Now that the election is over, the investigation is entering a new phase. Federal prosecutors in Delaware, working with the IRS Criminal Investigation agency and the FBI, are taking overt steps such as issuing subpoenas and seeking interviews, the person with knowledge said.

Activity in the investigation had gone covert in recent months due to Justice Department guidelines prohibiting overt actions that could affect an election, the person said.

The wheels continue to turn---slowly.

The discovery of Joe's voice mail to his son Hunter, assuring him the New York Times is covering him, hardly sounds like someone who, as CNN said, "is not implicated."

The Times story Joe Biden references had to do with, "the dealings of two corrupt Chinese businessmen, Ye Jianming and Patrick Ho—both of whom had connections to the Biden family through CEFC China Energy."

The Times reported, "Ye acquired CEFC in 2006, according to the Times article, with the business focused on securing the rights to overseas oil fields in strife-torn places like Chad, South Sudan, and Iraq. From 2009 to 2017, CEFC’s revenues jumped from $48 million to $37 billion,” the Times reported, noting that Ye’s first outreach to the Biden family came in 2015.

The Washington Post also published the same information.

The Federalist says: 

"In early August 2017, Hunter executed a consulting agreement with CEFC. It provided him a retainer of $500,000 and a monthly stipend of $100,000 while James Biden, Joe’s brother and Hunter’s uncle, pocketed $65,000 a month. According to the Washington Post, “over the course of 14 months, the Chinese energy conglomerate and its executives paid $4.8 million to entities controlled by Hunter Biden and his uncle.”

Then in November 2017, Ho, the CEFC vice-chairman and secretary-general, transferred to one of Hunter Biden’s entities $1 million, ostensibly for “representation.” Hunter, however, seemed to have no role in defending Ho, who was charged that month for crimes related to alleged bribes to officials in Chad and Uganda and attempting to arrange for CEFC to serve as a middleman with Iran to avoid sanctions. Following his arrest, Ho also called James Biden, although James believed the call was likely meant for Hunter.

There's more in the Federalist story, but it concludes with this:

A related question concerns the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act wiretapping of Ho. According to The Daily Mail article that broke the news of Joe Biden’s voicemail message, the outlet had obtained a copy of a FISA surveillance order that “revealed that federal agents were monitoring Ho as a potential spy for China.” That surveillance likely continued, at a minimum, until Ho’s arrest in late 2017, meaning that the FISA surveillance likely swept up some communications with or about Hunter Biden.

Even if not, the evidence continues to mount against the Biden family, leaving two fundamental questions: What is taking the Delaware U.S. attorney so long? And why hasn’t a special counsel been appointed yet?

Will the Biden family ever face any consequences for this?  Will there be any justice?

About justice.

CS Lewis said "My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But just how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?"

What CS Lewis was comparing the universe with was God. The words "just" and "unjust" carry meaning only because HE exists.

In our secularized culture just and unjust have become blurred by humanism and godlessness.

Will the Biden family ever be held accountable? They should be. I certainly hope they are. What about the Clintons? And others entrusted with the vote of the people?

They too should be held accountable for breaking the trust of the citizens.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, my all-time favorite poet, came across a little German poem that picks up on that ancient Greek proverb about the millstones of the gods. But unlike Plutarch, this poem had a much more positive message. Longfellow translated it into English and called it "Retribution." 

It goes like this.

"Though the mills of God grind slowly,

Yet they grind exceedingly small;

Though with patience he stands waiting,

With exactness grinds He all."

The Bible we believe to be the inspired, infallible Word of God speaks of the final justice. It also speaks of His grace.

Whether or not people in this life "get what they deserve" ---hopefully they will in this and other cases, the wheels of man's justice come off sometimes.

Ultimately, it is written, "It's appointed unto man once to die..and after death the judgment."  

Thank God for His justice. And perhaps even more so for His grace that is greater than all our sins---if we accept  Him as Savior and Lord. 

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.