Afghans Brought to U.S. Charged with Child Sex Crimes, Strangling Wife

Two Afghan men, brought to the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation out of Afghanistan, have been charged with child sex crimes and domestic abuse while temporarily living at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced federal charges against Afghans Bahrullah Noori, 20-years-old, and Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32-years-old.

According to prosecutors, Noori is accused of trying to forcefully engage in sexual acts with a minor while temporarily living at Fort McCoy since being brought to the U.S. with tens of thousands of other Afghans. Noori has also been charged with three counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor and one count alleging the use of force.

An indictment against Noori states that his victims were under the age of 16 and were at least four years younger than him.

In a separate incident, Imaad is accused by prosecutors of strangling and suffocating his wife while temporarily living at Fort McCoy after arriving in the U.S. from Afghanistan. The alleged assault apparently took place on September 7.

Both Noori and Imaad appeared in court in Madison, Wisconsin, on September 16 to face the charges against them and are currently being detained at the Dane County Jail. Their immigration statuses, whether they arrived as refugees, Special Immigrant Visa-holders (SIVs), P-2 visa-holders, or parolees remains unclear.

Noori is facing a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Imaad is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here.





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Cricket-British PM Johnson asks Australia to help resolve Ashes stand-off

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on as Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks in the garden of 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, June 15, 2021. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS

September 23, 2021

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to help ease strict quarantine rules to allow the families of England’s cricketers to tour with the players during the upcoming Ashes series.

England players are seeking assurances their family members will be allowed to join them in Australia during the five-test series in December and January.

Australia’s borders are effectively shut in an effort to control COVID-19, with caps on international arrivals and limited places available in the country’s mandatory hotel quarantine regime.

Johnson said he had discussed the Ashes with Morrison in Washington this week when the pair met for dinner.

“I raised it and he said he was going to do his best for the families,” Johnson told reporters in Washington.

“He totally got the point that for cricketers it is very tough to ask people to be away from their families over Christmas.

“He merely undertook to come back and see if he could find a solution.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board said last month it was “very confident” the Ashes, starting in Brisbane on Dec. 8, would go ahead as planned despite England players saying they may skip the tour if families are unable to travel to Australia.

Australia plans to ease border and quarantine restrictions by the end of 2021, when at least 80% of adults are expected to have received two COVID-19 vaccination shots.

However, officials in the COVID-free states of Western Australia and Queensland have said they will set their own timetables for opening up and may keep their borders shut for longer.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)





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European business group calls for China to end self-reliance strategy

FILE PHOTO: A man takes a call next to a poster stating “China meets Europe in Florence” at China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China, May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

September 23, 2021

BEIJING (Reuters) – China should abandon a top-level strategy promoted by President Xi Jinping to increase self-reliance, or risk harming innovation and growth prospects, said a European business group on Thursday.

“There are troubling signs that China is increasingly turning inwards … and this tendency is casting considerable doubts over the country’s future growth trajectory,” the report from the European Chamber of Commerce said.

A desire for political control and a “fear of volatility” are to blame, Chamber president Joerg Wuttke said at a briefing.

China has been trying to cut its dependence on overseas markets and technology in its long-term development, a shift brought on by a deepening rift with the United States, in a so-called “dual-circulation” strategy.

Continuing policy support for state-owned companies, the “unsettling” influence of national security concerns on economic policy and efforts to increase control over the private sector, will drag on innovation and efficiency, said the report.

“Although the costs of such an approach may not be felt for several years, they are considerable and should not be overlooked.”

Dual circulation will require China to “deviate from the spirit” of the 1970s reforms that opened up the country’s economy and spurred decades of rapid growth, it said, resulting in less foreign investment, misallocation of resources and growing push-back abroad.

“China runs the risk of punching below its weight,” said Wuttke.

‘MARKET EXIT’

China’s policymakers have stressed the country will continue to open up and welcomes foreign firms.

While some foreign companies, such as those in the chemicals sector, which have technology China needs, are encouraged, others are not, the Chamber report said.

Some foreign suppliers of network equipment and services have told the Chamber that “market exit is inevitable” due to increased scrutiny on the grounds of national security. Suppliers of health equipment, for example, are sometimes unable to sell as hospitals try to “buy Chinese”, said Wuttke.

The report also urged China to de-escalate tit-for-tat sanctions against Europeans that are holding back the ratification of a key investment agreement with the European Union.

The bloc had imposed sanctions on Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in the western region of Xinjiang, to which Beijing responded with its own sanctions on Europeans including European lawmakers.

The bloc’s executive arm, the European Commission, unveiled plans in May to cut dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in six strategic areas.

Foreign companies contribute to significant chunks of China’s tax revenue, trade and employment, said Wuttke, and in turn China remains a key market for European companies which helped prop up operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In many cases…the China operations are the ones that stabilize headquarters and basically bring business to the group,” he said.

(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Alex Richardson)





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New York Panhandler Throws Brick at Bagel Shop Worker’s Face


A panhandler allegedly threw a brick at a 63-year-old handyman outside of a bagel shop in the lower east side of New York the morning of September 15.

Video of the attack, which took place around 8 a.m., shows the man holding a chair menacingly over the victim before he put the chair down and punched the victim with a right hook. He then appears to wrestle to the ground the victim, who works as a handyman for the bagel shop Kossar’s Bagel & Bialys.

The surveillance video cut to another angle in which the 63-year-old was protecting himself from the panhandler while wielding a stick at which point, the assailant apparently grabbed a brick and hurled it at the man from a point-blank distance. After striking the victim in the face, the panhandler walked away from the scene.

A baseball team gathers outside Kossar’s Bagels and Bialys store, Thursday, May 26, 2016, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The “suspect has actually come around many times before, asking for money,” according to Natalie Duddridge of CBS New York. The manager “says she’s even given him food to appease him, but this time he was harassing customers, so a staff member asked him to leave and that’s when he attacked.”

The handyman, “approached him and said, ‘You should move on. We can get you a bagel, can get you a coffee,’” the shop’s manager told the New York Daily News. “Because we normally do that when you see a homeless person out there. … The guy took offense, it seems, to it and he attacked, unfortunately, one of my guys.”

“He was really shaken up about it because nobody expects that, you know?” the manager explained. “He went to the hospital and got checked on to make sure everything is OK.”

The assault comes as New York has seen a rise in violent crimes as of late. A man kicked a woman down an escalator at a subway station in Brooklyn on September 9. A 77-year-old woman was assaulted before her purse and bible were stolen on September 12.

Anyone with information regarding the attack is encouraged to contact NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).



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Optimistic on John Durham Probe of Russia Hoax


Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said he was “optimistic” about special counsel John Durham’s investigation of the “Russia hoax” in an interview on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

“I’ve been probably the only guy in America who’s actually had confidence in John Durham,” Nunes remarked. “I’ve been saying this for a very long time, and that’s largely because he’s run a very closed investigation, unlike what you saw with [Robert] Mueller’s, and it’s an investigation like they should be, where you don’t have leaks to the fake news companies.”

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

He added, “I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Durham’s investigation led to a grand jury’s indictment of Michael Sussman — a lawyer who recently resigned from Perkins Coie — for making a false statement to the Fderal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Sussman is alleged to have lied about his representation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign when he requested a meeting with the FBI’s general counsel to accuse the Trump Organization of “covert communications” with a Russian bank.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the 45th edition of the annual "The European House Ambrosetti" forum on economy on September 7, 2019 at Villa D'Este in Cernobbio, near Como, northern Italy. - The annual event, which runs this year through September 6-8 and dubbed "Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy", gathers heads of state and government, top representatives of European institutions, ministers, Nobel prize winners, businessmen, managers and experts from around the world to discuss current issues of impact for the world economy and society. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the 45th edition of the annual “The European House Ambrosetti” forum on economy on September 7, 2019 at Villa D’Este in Cernobbio, near Como, northern Italy. – The annual event, which runs this year through September 6-8 and dubbed “Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy”, gathers heads of state and government, top representatives of European institutions, ministers, Nobel prize winners, businessmen, managers and experts from around the world to discuss current issues of impact for the world economy and society. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

“Democrat election lawyer Marc Elias, a key figure in the ‘Russia collusion’ hoax, has parted ways with the Perkins Coie law firm, ahead of the anticipated release of Special Counsel John Durham’s report into the origins of the Russia inquiry,” Breitbart News reported August 22.

Nunes said FBI indictments for making false statements are typically “used as a secondary charge” due to insufficient confidence in evidence to successfully convicting a suspect on other charges. Sussman’s alleged deception in presenting himself as a concerned citizen in his request for a meeting with the FBI, Nunes assessed, was a textbook example of making false statements to the Bureau.

“In this case, it is a quintessential definition of an indictment of lying to the FBI that I think is really a slam dunk,” Nunes determined,  “and now the question becomes, can Durham get the next set of charges, which would be the larger conspiracy? No one believes that Sussman and all these cats at the FBI and the Clinton campaign … didn’t know about this, right?”

Nunes said Sussman presented himself as “just some guy that happens to be a political lawyer [who] in there and says, ‘Oh my god, I’m just a good citizen. You can’t believe that all this evidence that we have of Trump and Russia.’”

“This is the first step, hopefully, of many,” Nunes added. 

Nunes warned of “two big impediments” to Durham’s investigation, with the first being the overwhelmingly partisan Democrat and left-wing political composition of Washington, D.C., from which grand jury members will be selected for Durham’s pursuit of indictment.

Nunes said the Durham probe’s second obstacle is Attorney General Merrick Garland heading the Department of Justice, who he described as “very dangerous” and “a hack for the Obama-Biden-Harris team.”

“[The Durham investigation] has implications for the Democratic Party,” Nunes stated. “Their top lawyers have been erased from the Perkins Coie law firm, so clearly the partners of Perkins Coie know there’s a problem. These are characters that misled us and didn’t give us all the information in Congress. They slow-rolled us, and I’m talking about all of them, all the [intelligence community] people, all the Clinton people.”

He concluded, “It was very, very difficult to for us to unpeel and unravel this mystery on how they were trying to tie Russia to Republicans, and then ultimately it led to the impeachment of Trump and a lots of phony and fake prosecutions.”

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BlackBerry beats quarterly revenue expectations on cybersecurity boost

FILE PHOTO: The Blackberry logo is seen on a smartphone in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration taken February 5, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

September 23, 2021

(Reuters) -Canada’s BlackBerry Ltd beat Wall Street estimates for second-quarter revenue on Wednesday amid strong demand for its cybersecurity and Internet of Things software products.

U.S.-listed shares of the company, which rose 9.1% to $10.43 in extended trading, had already risen 8% ahead of the results.

Firms such as BlackBerry are benefiting from an uptick in demand for cybersecurity and IoT products as more businesses and government organizations shift their operations to the cloud in order to support hybrid working.

As a result, the company was able to offset weakness from sluggish demand for its QNX software from automakers like Volkswagen, BMW and Ford Motor, as the auto industry struggled to maintain production amid a persistent chip shortage crisis.

BlackBerry was dubbed a “meme stock” after a social media driven retail trading frenzy that began earlier this year sent its shares soaring. BlackBerry’s stock has surged 40% so far this year.

However, the company warned that a drop in automobile production volumes due to COVID-19 closures and chip shortages will continue to adversely affect the company in the next two quarters this fiscal year.

BlackBerry also appointed John Giamatteo, formerly of cybersecurity firm McAfee, as the President of its cybersecurity business.

Revenue fell to $175 million for the quarter ended Aug. 31, from $259 million a year earlier, but beat analysts’ expectation of $163.5 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Net loss widened to $144 million, or 25 cents per share, from $23 million, or 4 cents per share, a year earlier. The company said a non-cash accounting adjustment to the fair value of convertible debentures, due to market and trading conditions, accounted for approximately $0.12 loss per share.

Excluding items, the company posted a loss of 6 cents per share, nudging past analysts’ expectations of loss of 7 cents.

(Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)





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As debt limit looms, U.S. Senate Democrats see showdown vote next week

FILE PHOTO: The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is seen as the sun sets on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

September 22, 2021

By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate aims to vote next week on raising Washington’s borrowing authority and keeping the government funded, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat said on Wednesday, as a House Democrat warned that Republican opposition could lead to a historic default on the nation’s debt.

Senator Dick Durbin said the chamber sometime next week would take up the bill passed in a party-line House of Representatives vote. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said his caucus will sink the emergency legislation to suspend the $28.4 trillion federal debt ceiling.

Republicans have said Democrats should act alone to raise the debt ceiling, using a maneuver called “budget reconciliation.”

Time is short as funding for federal agencies expires on Oct. 1 and the U.S. Treasury has warned it could run out of money to pay the government’s bills by some time in October, potentially triggering a default.

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth said “parliamentary obstacles” prevent Democrats from including language to raise the debt ceiling in a social spending bill moving through Congress under the budget reconciliation maneuver that circumvents the need for Republican votes.

“The ball is now in Senator McConnell’s court. If he doesn’t support this (House-passed) bill – or at least ensure it is not filibustered – our country will default and our government will shut down,” Yarmuth said in a statement. “The decision is now his.”

It further complicates a messy picture for Congress, where talks aimed at police reform collapsed https://www.reuters.com/world/us/republicans-are-refusing-back-police-reforms-trump-supported-white-house-2021-09-22 on Wednesday and the moderate and progressive wings of President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party are deeply divided https://www.reuters.com/world/us/splits-among-democrats-plague-effort-pass-bidens-domestic-agenda-2021-09-21 on the size of a proposed $3.5 trillion social spending bill that is at the core of the White House’s domestic legislative agenda.

Republicans are betting that dragging out the debt debate will further stymie https://www.reuters.com/world/us/republicans-see-opportunity-us-debt-ceiling-standoff-2021-09-22 Democrats.

Republicans say they support additional spending to keep the government operating with the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year and to help communities recover from recent natural disasters.

But they refuse to vote for it, saying raising the nation’s borrowing authority is Democrats’ problem because of the $3.5 trillion spending plan to invest in expanded social services and address climate change.

Democrats note that they voted to raise the nation’s debt limit during Republican Donald Trump’s administration even though they opposed deep tax cuts that added to the debt.

‘ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY’

Durbin said: “There comes a point where you have to accept responsibility” for avoiding a U.S. government default on its debt in coming weeks and provide temporary federal funding for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1 to avoid the third partial U.S. government shutdown in a decade.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Wednesday it is “very important” for Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling in a timely fashion and that no one should assume the central bank can fully protect the economy or financial markets in the event of a U.S. debt default.

Biden met on Wednesday with a number of Democratic lawmakers in an attempt to heal divisions over his $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan of climate and social spending measures that Democrats aim to pass in coming weeks using special procedures that do not require Republican support.

Moderate Democrats see the price tag as too high, while some House progressives are threatening to vote down a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill backed by the president, and set for a Monday vote, unless the $3.5 trillion bill is also nailed down.

Biden met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, then held separate sessions with moderate and more liberal lawmakers from his party.

There was a “robust” discussion of the top line for the budget reconciliation plan, Senator Mark Warner, one of the moderate lawmakers, told reporters after the meeting.

“He (Biden) just basically said: ‘Find a number you’re comfortable with, based on the needs that we still have, and how we deliver to the American people,’” said Senator Joe Manchin, another moderate. Manchin has urged the price tag be no more than $1.5 trillion.

A third Democratic moderate, Senator Jon Tester, said: “I think he (Biden) wants to get something by the first part of next week” in terms of agreement on the reconciliation plan.

But there were fresh signs of Democratic infighting as 11 liberal senators supported the House progressives who want the planned Monday vote on infrastructure delayed.

Senator Bernie Sanders and the other 10 senators said in a statement they had voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill with the understanding that the two bills would move together.

“Passing the infrastructure bill first would be in violation of that agreement,” they said. “That is what we agreed to, it’s what the American people want, and it’s the only path forward for this Congress.”

(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Susan Cornwell, David Lawder and David Morgan; Editing by Scott Malone and Peter Cooney)





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‘I Miss this Guy … Pray for Him’


Reverend Franklin Graham offered a tribute to former President Trump on Wednesday, posting a picture of himself with the former president while urging the nation to pray for both Trump and “all of our leaders in Washington.”

“With the chaos in our world today and the lack of leadership we see, I miss this guy,” Graham wrote alongside a picture of himself and Trump, who was donning a red USA baseball cap and flashing his iconic thumbs up.

“Pray for him—and let him know you’re praying in the comments below. Also continue to pray every day for all of our leaders in Washington,” Graham added:

Indeed, thousands commented on Graham’s post, letting the former president know that he has their prayers.

“Miss him…we need him back to straighten out this mess our country is in. Praying for leaders in office and for President Trump,” one user said.

“I sure do miss him. Greatest President in my lifetime! Stay strong Mr President! God Bless!” another chimed in.

“I pray for good Christian leadership and for the removal and destruction of ungodly, evil people,” one other added.

As of 12:35 p.m. Eastern, Graham’s post had over 10,000 comments, 35,000 reactions, and 3,000 shares.

This is far from the first time Graham has expressed support for the former president, expressing grave disappointment in the ten Republicans who voted to impeach him in January.

“After all that he has done for our country, you would turn your back and betray him so quickly?” he said before listing Trump’s accomplishments:

We have never had a president like him in my lifetime. He gave us lower taxes, a strong economy, and low unemployment. He made NATO take notice and pay their own way. He had the guts to take on North Korea and meet with their leader personally. He didn’t let China walk all over us. Just his Mideast peace initiatives in the last couple of months deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. He has defended religious liberty like no president before him, and that matters to all people of faith. He has worked to bring prison reform and secured our southern border. He defeated the ISIS caliphate in Syria, and he strengthened our military. He was also the most pro-life president we have ever had.

“And these ten, from his own party, joined in the feeding frenzy. It makes you wonder what the thirty pieces of silver were that Speaker Pelosi promised for this betrayal,” he added at the time:

Shame, shame on the ten Republicans who joined with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in impeaching President Trump…

Posted by Franklin Graham on Thursday, January 14, 2021

Graham has remained an active voice throughout Biden’s presidency, praising Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in July over remarks she made in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, in which she framed the culture war in the United States as a fight between Judeo-Christian values and Marxism.

“She is absolutely right,” he said. “I applaud her for calling it what it is and for working to preserve, as she put it, ‘our American values of faith, family, freedom.’”





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Hunter’s $500,000 ‘Artwork Isn’t Bad, Per Se’


Atlantic Magazine on Tuesday gave Hunter Biden positive reviews for his novice “artwork,” which shows a certain “base-level” of skill.

“Hunter’s artwork isn’t bad, per se. A certain base-level skill is evident in the paintings,” the publication wrote, citing a Washington Post art critic who has called Hunter’s art as comparable to “a cafe painter.”

“By which I mean,” the critic continued, “You see a certain kind of art in coffee shops, and some of it is OK and a lot of it is bad, and sometimes it’s surprisingly good. But you wouldn’t, unless you were related to the artist, spend more than $1,000 on it.”

Hunter’s art, which will debut in September at Los Angeles and New York art shows, will be sold to anonymous buyers for up to $500,000 by an art dealer who has close ties to Chinese buyers. The dates of the shows have not been divulged due to the sensitive nature of the president’s son personally showcasing his art to prospective in-person buyers at the art events.

Breitbart News senior contributor and Profiles in Corruption author Peter Schweizer said the entire business venture is utterly “absurd.”

“The only way to address these issues is with greater transparency — not less,” he told Breitbart News. “Their proposed solution is greater secrecy, not transparency. And they are essentially saying, ‘Trust Us.’ Joe and Hunter Biden’s track record on such matters gives us no reason to trust them.”

But Hunter has defended his new career choice, sneering at art and watchdog critics alike.

“Fuck em… Look man,” Hunter Biden explained on the Nota Bene Podcast, “I never said my art was going to cost what it was going to cost, or how much it would be priced at. I would be amazed, you know, if my art was sold, for you know, for, umm, for ten dollars.”

“I’m [the] most famous artist in MAGA world, at least,” Hunter facetiously said before suggesting President Joe Biden believes “everything” Hunter does “should be in National Gallery” of Art.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 20: Vice-President Joe Biden and sons Hunter Biden (L) and Beau Biden walk in the Inaugural Parade January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the US. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Indeed, Hunter’s artwork reportedly hangs in Jill Biden’s taxpayer-funded White House office for any wealthy or high-ranking government official to view while visiting. It is not known if the displayed art is intended to publicize Hunter’s validity as a novice artist, or if the showcasing is meant to promote the artwork to those who may wander into Dr. Jill Biden’s office.

Such brazen promotion of Hunter’s artwork has caught the eye of lawmakers, who have introduced legislation to end Hunter’s new business scheme.

“Who wants to buy a Hunter Biden painting for $500, much less $500,000. Some of the pictures of his art have been online; it looks like a coronavirus got sick with a bacteria,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) quipped in July.

Meanwhile, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) has introduced legislation to block Hunter’s “shameless grift.” The bill is “aimed at stopping the obvious and shameless grift that’s going on with Hunter Biden’s art sales, for which he is obviously not qualified to do and is only doing to continue to profit off of his family name,” Waltz told Fox News.

The White House, however, has defended Joe Biden’s son from his critics. “I can tell you that after careful consideration, a system has been established that allows for Hunter Biden to work in his profession within reasonable safeguards,” press secretary Jen Psaki stated. “He has the right to pursue an artistic career just like any child of the president has the right to pursue a career.”

The White House’s defense has not stopped House Oversight Committee’s ranking member Rep. James Comer (R-KY) from demanding Hunter art dealer “assist” in an investigation upon “undue White House influence” over Hunter’s business scheme.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: President Joe Biden hugs his son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley Biden after being sworn in as U.S. president during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a congressional letter addressed to Hunter’s art dealer, Georges Bergès, Comer writes it “is the Oversight Committee’s responsibly to scrutinize Mr. Biden’s business activities because he [Bergès] chooses to conduct them in the most murky and corrupt corners of international affairs.” The letter also speaks to Bergès’ connections to China and the art industry’s “commodities of fluid and opaque value” that “evade sanctions.”

Art dealer Bergès, who was reportedly sued for fraud and breach of contract in 2016 by an investor in his gallery, also filed for personal bankruptcy in 1998; “his creditors included credit card companies, a bank, a jeweler and furniture retailer Pier One Imports.”

Bergès has also flouted strong ties to China, which is concerning, given Hunter’s former work history with his family. Breitbart News previously explained:

Hunter’s past work as his father served as vice president — striking deals with Chinese officials and raking in tens of thousands of dollars per month serving on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian oligarch-owned oil and gas company, despite having no experience in the energy sector. His father would later brag about threatening to withhold aid from Ukraine unless officials fired the prosecutor conducting a corruption investigation into Burisma.

Despite President Joe Biden’s son’s new venture, Hunter Biden told Artnet, “My dad loves everything that I do, and so I’ll leave it at that.”

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McCaul: Lawmakers ‘Walked Out’ of Briefing with Biden Admin. on Afghanistan


On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX) stated that lawmakers walked out of a briefing with officials from the Biden administration on Afghanistan, and that he believes “there are still hundreds of Americans still left behind enemy lines.”

McCaul said, “[T]he briefing, the intelligence briefing, everybody walked out. The fact is, I believe there are still hundreds of Americans still left behind enemy lines. The majority of the interpreters that you and I talked about for so long did not get out. And now I’m getting reports of executions, beheadings of their families and themselves, horrific stories. I don’t think they know all the answers, quite honestly. The last report I got in was that there are servicemen who have their families over there, about 125 of them, and we can’t get them.”

He added that by “servicemen” he meant “Afghans who served with us.”

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