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For a guy who ran on a blatant ‘Soul of America’ message, cutting victims of terror out of the process in a way that just happens to enrich some old cronies is a bad look.
Whatever happened to the guy who walks around with a list of all the names of the war-dead he supposedly carried around in his jacket pocket?
Biden learned a lot from his mentor, especially that bit about the Pen and the Phone.
Who needs Constitutionally-granted legislative powers when you can just rule by fiat like a king? That brings us to the problem with his latest Executive Order.
In February, Biden issued an Executive order concerning $3.5 Billion in assets seized from Afghanistan’s central bank. That order directed the seized funds to be allocated to 9/11 victims.
Sounds pretty benign on its face, right? Sure. Until you look more closely.
Boies Schiller Flexner, a firm Hunter once worked with, is one of the firms representing these families, one of the firms that could receive tens of millions of dollars in legal fees as a direct result of this executive order.
Further complicating the story are two factors: (1) direct personal gain Biden has received from this firm. Specifically, these same partners contributed a total of $174k to Biden’s Campaign and Victory fund and (2) the other worth victims such an order would cut out of compensation.
Several factions—American military veterans, the families of other 9/11 victims, human rights groups, and Republican lawmakers—have blasted the executive order. They say Biden improperly bypassed the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, which Congress created to compensate all terrorism victims. Instead, critics say Biden’s plan will compensate a few select families with high-powered lawyers. More than 400 veterans and military families this month called on Biden to reverse the executive order and distribute the Afghan money through the Victims Fund.
Critics of the executive order have focused on the role of Lee Wolosky, a lawyer for the 9/11 families who recently served as White House counsel on Afghanistan issues. Wolosky, a partner at the firm Jenner & Block, in February signed a court brief urging a federal judge to lift a hold on the $3.5 billion payment to the 9/11 families. Two Boies Schiller Flexner partners, Stuart Singer and David Barrett, also signed the brief as co-counsel for the families. Wolosky was a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner until 2020.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) said the Biden connections to both Wolosky and Boies Schiller Flexner raise concerns about the executive order.
“The conflicts of interest here show how Democrats are all connected in the ‘Swamp,'” Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon. Jordan has asked the White House for records about Wolosky, saying the lawyer’s stint in the administration creates the “perception of impropriety.” –FreeBeacon
In the six years Hunter worked with the firm (2011 to 2017) Hunter brought in a client whose name our readers will certainly recognize. It’s an energy company from Ukraine: Burisma Holdings.
The Biden family has got an interesting choice of friends, to say the least. This is the same firm that helped Harvey Weinstein investigate the women who had accused him of sexual wrongdoing.
Will the party who tried to invoke the emoluments clause any time a foreigner spent a night in a Trump Hotel have nothing to say about such blatant and obvious examples of nepotism or pay-for-play?
If they don’t care about that, how about the 400 veterans and victims’ families? Names that Biden surely knows by heart after carrying them around for so long in his jacket pocket?
One closing thought: does that list he carries include the thirteen killed as a direct result of Biden abandoning Baghram Airbase?
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.