District of Corruption

The financial shenanigans of the Clintons are well documented and there is no reason to plow that ground here again. To say that the Clintons are above the law is like saying that the top of the Empire State Building is above ground. Those who control the law are above the law.

We recently learned that New York 27th District Congressman Chris Collins has been charged with insider trading. The indictment charges Collins, his son, and the father of his son’s fiancée with conspiracy, wire fraud and felonies. In America everyone should enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. When listening to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York outline the case against Collins at a press conference, either the greatest coincidences in modern history occurred or Collins fed inside information concerning a biotechnology company to his relatives. It seems Collins became aware that a new drug had failed testing before the information was made public. Acting on this inside information, his son and others were able to dump their stock before it crashed.

The problem with stock trading is that when someone wins, someone else loses because in order to sell a stock, someone has to buy that stock. So when Collins’ son dumped the stock to avoid the loss, others bought the stock and suffered that same loss. While the charges are insider trading and lying to federal authorities, the real crime is theft. If the charges are true, the Collins clan stole money from those who bought the soon to be worthless stock just as surely as if they had personally taken it from their bank accounts; which in effect they did.

California 50th District Congressman Duncan Hunter has been charged with several counts of campaign-finance fraud. Hunter and his wife are charged with using campaign coffers to purchase housing supplies, tuition and dental services for their children, a $14,000.00 family vacation to Italy–all while accumulating personal overdraft fees totaling $37,000.00. Hunter has blamed his wife Margaret for causing the mess and pled ignorance. I was left wondering how a man who can’t handle his own finances could possibly handle taxpayer money.

While the media is in a feeding frenzy concerning the misdeeds of Collins and Hunter, here is a story they won’t discuss. It has long been presumed that former senator and Vice-president Joe Biden was a nice decent fellow who just got his tongue going before engaging his brain. Now we discover that Biden made several trips to China while he was VP, accompanied by his son Hunter on Air Force Two. Hunter Biden was in control of Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC, a private equity firm that just mysteriously struck a deal with the Chinese to create a $1 billion joint investment fund shortly after their trip. There is some evidence that Chris Heinz, John Kerry’s step-son,* also had his fingers in the deal.

Joe Biden made five formal trips to Ukraine while VP. During one of those visits in early 2016, a criminal investigation into stolen IMF credits to the tune of $1.8 billion was closed down by Ukraine’s prosecutor’s office. Burisma, a gas & oil company in Ukraine hired Hunter Biden, an undistinguished corporate lawyer with no previous Ukraine experience to represent them. The younger Biden’s hiring smells of pay-back for the senior Biden’s influence.

So why are Biden’s suspicious dealings listed here with Collins and Hunter? Because, like Clinton, former VP Biden’s shenanigans will never be investigated by the Inspector Clouseau crowd in the FBI or Justice Departments. After getting their magnifying glasses out, they will decide “Nope, we see no sign of wrong-doing here.”

Collins and Hunter are lowly congressmen, two amongst 435 other house members. Clinton and Biden, however, breathed rarified air as Secretary of State and Vice-president when they got their fingers in the sugar bowl. In the collective minds of those who run our criminal justice system, there is a vast difference in application of our laws.

Have a good week. Bill Shuey is a freelance writer in Murphy, North Carolina.

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