Quantcast

COMEY: ‘I Would Be Concerned’ About Hunter Biden’s National Security Threats

'I would be concerned about any effort to exert leverage over a government official, potential government official or someone close to them in an effort to influence them...'

With 34 days to go until the November election, Democrats sought during Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with former FBI Director James Comey to denounce the probe into FBI’s mishandling of “Crossfire Hurricane” as ‘old news’ while scoring their own fresh political barbs.

But the talking points backfired on them when an attempt to smear President Donald Trump with vague innuendo led Comey to agree that Democrat nominee Joe Biden would pose a security threat due to his family members’ well-documented foreign conflicts of interest.

Several senators—including Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.—asked private citizen Comey to speculate on a recent New York Times report that cast aspersions on Trump’s finances.

Experts have since noted that the Times‘s supposed bottom lines—that Trump underpaid in taxes and faced a massive amount of loan debt—were both misleading when taking into account his actual portfolio of real-estate holdings and other assets like branding agreements.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

Nonetheless, Comey played along with the attempts to suggest that Trump posed a threat to national security as a result of the unspecified, hypothetical risk that he might be compromised by a foreign entity.

No evidence exists—despite Democrats’ relentless efforts to find it—that Trump’s pre-presidential business deals had been used as leverage to influence his policies.

But Comey acknowledged—presumably based on his vast prior human-resources experience —that Trump’s level of debt might cause him to think twice about granting a security clearance to a new hire, if not a duly elected president.

Following Blumenthal’s grandstanding, Graham used his power as chair to interject a significant counterpoint: that Trump is not the only candidate with potential financial entanglements.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

“Just to follow up on some of Sen. Blumenthal’s questions—uh, would you be concerned about a counterintelligence threat or compromise if a candidate’s family member was receiving millions of dollars from a corrupt company in the Ukraine?” Graham asked Comey.

He went on to raise some of the other serious allegations raised about Hunter Biden in a recently released report from the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Although the report drew extensively from witness testimony, recorded evidence and documents to expose millions of dollars in foreign government payoffs that Biden’s family members accepted during his time as vice president, Democrats have repeatedly dismissed it.

During Tuesday night’s debate, in fact, Biden deflected from Trump’s efforts to grill him over Hunter’s corrupt business ties by falsely insisting the evidence had been “discredited.”

But Comey effectively discredited Biden’s dubious dismissal, confirming that he would be concerned by it.

“If I were still in the FBI, I would be concerned about any effort to exert leverage over a government official, potential government official or someone close to them in an effort to influence them,” he said.

Blumenthal attempted to retort by suggesting that the Biden allegations were made up and irrelevant.

“The question you just raised is a hypothetical relating to a non-government—current non-government—official,” he huffed, while ignoring the fact that the abuses happened during Biden’s term as vice president with the Obama administration.

“What we have here and what the records reveal quite starkly is that the president of the United States—our commander in chief—is vulnerable to leverage, manipulation and even possible blackmail,” Blumenthal continued.

Graham responded by validating Blumenthal’s right to make his point before adding, “The point I was making is very real. It’s not a hypothetical. These things happen.”

- Advertisement -

TRENDING NOW

Biden Admin Admits to Secretly Smuggling Immigrant Kids into NY, Other States

President Joe Biden's administration was forced to admit it has been smuggling illegal immigrant minors into New York by plane at night, following a...

Sheriffs Reject Lightfoot’s Call for Backup as Chicago Police Quit over Vax Mandate

Two Illinois sheriffs said they would not send their deputies to fill in Chicago’s staffing shortages as Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot tries to force...

Illegal Immigration Arrests Highest They’ve Been Since 1986

Under the Biden administration, US Border Patrol arrests reached the highest levels this past year since 1986, according to recently released data from US...

McAuliffe Has Mid-Interview Meltdown, Tells Reporter to Ask ‘Better Questions’

With his once dominant lead in rapid decline against a political newcomer, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe---also the state's current Democratic gubernatorial candidate---stormed out...

CRAPO: Dems Attempting Bait-and-Switch w/ ‘Revised’ IRS Spying Scheme

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho blasted a revised Democrat proposal that would allow the IRS to track bank accounts of virtually every American by establishing...

Dems Block Bill to Protect Vax Holdouts from Losing Social Security, Gov’t Benefits

Democrats in the Senate this week blocked a bill by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., that would have prevented the government from mandating vaccines for...

Texas Gov. Abbott Splits w/ Conservatives over Property Tax Reform

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) After the third special legislative session ended, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement praising the accomplishments of the...

Poll Gives Mixed Report on NY Gov. Hochul’s Early Favorability, Re-Election Prospects

(Steve Bittenbender, The Center Square) A new Siena College poll that came out Tuesday shows mostly good news for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. However,...

NJ Launches Program to Give Tax Dollars to Illegals

(T.A. DeFeo, The Center Square) New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for $40 million in one-time payments for undocumented people living in the...
- Advertisement -