President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he supports his administration scrutinizing billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter but laughed off the idea of congressional Republicans investigating his younger son’s illicit activities.
During a White House press conference, he was first asked about the prospect of investigating Musk’s purchase.
“Mr. President, do you think Elon Musk is a threat to U.S. national security? And should the U.S. — and with the tools you have — investigate his joint acquisition of Twitter with foreign governments, which include the Saudis?” a reporter said.
“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at. Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate, I’m not suggesting that. I’m suggesting that it’s worth being looked at. But that’s all I’ll say,” the president replied.
CBS News notes that although “Musk financed much of the purchase through his own fortune,” an estimated $7.1 billion “was provided by equity investors including fellow billionaire Larry Ellison as well as foreign sources,” including Saudi Arabia.
That said, there’s no evidence suggesting that there’s anything nefarious about his equity relationship with “foreign sources,” as noted by critics.
“Where’s the alleged wrongdoing justifying this? It’s bad enough that we investigate people without cause now, but having the President label people threats in public? And people are okay with this?” one critic, journalist Matt Taibbi, tweeted.
Another critic, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, accused the president of “personally” targeting Musk:
Breaking Abuse of Power: Joe Biden personally targets @ElonMusk, his political opponent, with national security investigation — Musk’s “cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at.” https://t.co/e1yU2XhaO1
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 10, 2022
Ironically, several critics asked about the president’s son.
Kinda like Hunter’s unusual relationships with China & Ukraine?
— MamaBear2 (@Beautyjunkie21) November 9, 2022
@POTUS WHAT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SON’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES!?
— Bobby (@Bobbybangski) November 9, 2022
ayo, lets check out your sons activities in Ukraine too
— Imperium of Mankind (@cointards) November 9, 2022
Oh….what about his and Hunter’s relationship with other countries? Is that worthy looking at as well?
— Cristiano (@Cristia40740445) November 9, 2022
How about Biden’s business relationships with other countries? @elonmusk should investigate Biden while he tries to investigate Musk. Those starlinks in Ukraine should allow access to some info on Hunter and Joes business in Ukraine
— Carltini (@44___down) November 9, 2022
It’s ironic because during the same press conference in which the president suggested Musk may be up to no good, he turned around and dismissed congressional Republicans’ concerns about his crack-smoking son Hunter’s history of shady business dealings.
“What’s your message to Republicans who are considering investigating your family and, particularly, your son Hunter’s business dealings?” a reporter asked him.
“Lots of luck in your senior year, as my coach used to say. Look, I think the American public want us to move on and get things done for them. And, you know, I heard that it was reported … many times that Republicans were saying, and the former president said, ‘How many times are you going to impeach Biden?'” the president replied.
“I mean, I think the — I think the American people will look at all of that for what it is. It’s just almost comedy. I mean, it’s — but, you know, look, I can’t control what they’re going to do. All I can do is continue to try to make life better for the American people,” he added.
This set of remarks prompted even more criticism, with critics rightly noting that the evidence demonstrating wrongdoing by his son outweighs the evidence (none) of Musk doing something nefarious by a ton.
Umm no we don’t. We want due diligence.
— CCapps (@CCapps18) November 9, 2022
We will move on..when you and your cronies are gone
— Carlito (@godzilla85) November 9, 2022
No, we don’t want to move on, there’s too much corruption with these establishment politicians.
— (@maddieNamerica) November 9, 2022
How about we properly investigate corruption and hold our government accountable no matter the party?
— Raffaldo (@Raffaldo) November 10, 2022
Oh really now. It’ll be a big *comedy* when the truth comes out..and it will whether he likes it or not.
— Daniel Weltlinger (@weltlingermusik) November 9, 2022
The evidence includes Hunter’s infamous laptop, which was found to contain an endless treasure trove of bombshell revelations about the younger Biden’s business activities.
Indeed, according to a forensic investigation conducted by the right-wing nonprofit research group Marco Polo, the laptop contains proof of at at least 459 crimes committed by Hunter and even some crimes committed by the president.
This proof was outlined in a report published last month by the group.
“The 634-page report (plus 2,020 footnotes) lists six alleged crimes committed by Joe Biden – including tax evasion and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) – alongside 459 crimes it alleges were committed by Hunter, including illegal foreign lobbying and money laundering,” the New York Post reported.
Also included among the 459 alleged crimes were influence peddling, prostitution, human trafficking, non-consensual pornography, distribution of drugs, operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence, etc.
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