Sometimes you need to do things in the right order.
First, you make sure that the government isn’t going to take you to trial. Then you write a memoir. And if you decide to do it in the reverse order, have your lawyers vet every single word and comma in that memoir to make sure you’re not confessing to things.
Hunter Biden’s 2021 memoir, “Beautiful Things,” was cited repeatedly in a California indictment detailing tax charges against him this week, outlining how he talked about lavish spending at a time when prosecutors say he should have been paying taxes.
The indictment also highlights how Hunter described stays in luxury hotels and private rentals and the related expenses. It quotes the memoir at length in reference to his stays in Malibu, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
“An ant trail of dealers and their sidekicks rolled in and out, day and night. They pulled up in late-series Mercedes-Benzes, decked out in oversized Raiders or Lakers jerseys and flashing fake Rolexes. Their stripper girlfriends invited their girlfriends, who invited their boyfriends,” Hunter is quoted as saying. “They’d drink up the entire minibar, call room service for filet mignon and a bottle of Dom Pérignon. One of the women even ordered an additional filet for her purse-sized dog.”
The indictment then notes there was no indication of any business taking place at the luxury hotels at which Hunter stayed. Later in the indictment, it mentions expenses “specifically identified in the Defendant’s memoir” but that he never disclosed that his time spent there was not for business purposes.
The indictment says Lamborghini rentals, luxury hotel stays and the flying of an exotic dancer from LA to New York were not for business.
The memoir was written to rehab his image ahead of a presidential election, but did not foresee that the sham investigation would develop at least some teeth. Not real teeth. The only thing that is likely to happen here is that Hunter Biden will face a fine that will be paid by his dad’s donors. If his dad is not in the race, this will be a problem. So while some are speculating that Democrats will use Hunter as leverage to get Joe to drop out, it’s arguably the opposite. Those expensive lawyers and favors for Hunter will disappear the moment that Joe goes the way of Jimmy Carter. Hunter’s best bet is for Joe Biden to stay in the race.