Hunter Biden would infamously have his father on the phone during business meetings. Or dad would show up at a restaurant during a chat with clients. Joe Biden supposedly wouldn’t actually discuss business at these meetings, providing plausible deniability, but it would make it clear that Hunter had his father on call and that Joe was in.
How common was this practice?
It appears to have extended beyond Hunter according to this Wall Street Journal report.
Family members would take phone calls from Joe Biden during their business meetings and occasionally include him in the conversations, a practice that was interpreted by some who witnessed it as an attempt to show off the connection to power, according to former business associates. The conversations that involved Joe Biden were largely limited to pleasantries, according to those who heard them. White House officials have said that Joe Biden regularly calls members of his family to check in.
What are the odds of Joe Biden calling to randomly exchange pleasantries’ during business meetings? When a family member calls you during a business meeting, unless it’s urgent, you politely say that you’ll have to call him back. And you certainly don’t bring him into the conversation during a business meeting.
Other times, family members engaged in more conventional name-dropping. Frank Biden, as the president’s youngest brother Francis is known, was hired by the Illinois-based industrial manufacturing firm Federal Signal Corp. to help connect the company with Florida lawmakers. During a weekly call, Frank Biden, 69 years old, would frequently interrupt the meeting and say he had to take a call from “the Big Guy,” as he put it.
The then-vice president’s brother would say: “I’ve got to put you on hold, the Big Guy is calling me,” recalled Matthew Brady, then working at Federal Signal. “I thought, ‘OK, great, your brother is the vice president.’ ”
Weekly calls are generally held around the same time. Quite a coincidence that Joe Biden would be calling around the same time. But it is another confirmation that ‘Big Guy’ was Joe Biden’s moniker.
When James and Hunter asked Wall Street veteran Charles Provini to serve as the fund’s president, he saw the business model up close. While the uncle and nephew team knew little about running a hedge fund, “the story was that they had relationships with different unions and that they would anticipate being able to get union funding or union investments into the fund,” Provini said in an interview with the Journal. The pair said these relationships flowed from Joe Biden’s political career, Provini said.
Joe Biden would occasionally join business calls Provini had with James and Hunter Biden. “I was a little star-struck at the time perhaps,” Provini said. “I think most of the things that he was saying were just pleasantries,” he said. “It might have been for credibility.” Topics included Provini’s work running the fund and a lawsuit that had been filed against James and Hunter Biden related to the company, he said.
Again, not normal behavior.
Why is Joe Biden joining a business phone call and then exchanging pleasantries. It makes no sense at all except as a tacit form of participation combined with plausible deniability.
There’s a very blatant pattern here.