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Secret Service security for Hunter Biden on 400-plus trips
The son of the vice president went on 29 international trips with Secret Service in tow, according to records released under FOIA to Judicial Watch.
BY: John Solomon
Hunter Biden has already made headlines with his pursuit of global business, raising questions about conflicts of interests by landing lucrative deals in Ukraine and China while his father Joe was vice president.
And now it’s his proclivity for globetrotting travel that is garnering attention.
The son of the former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee in waiting used Secret Service protection on at least 411 international and domestic trips during the Obama years, according to records released this month under the Freedom of Information Act to the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.
The records show Hunter Biden made at least 29 international trips between January 2009 and July 2014 and hundreds more criss-crossing the United States.
Five of the trips were to China, where the Bidens raised eyebrows in December 2013 as Hunter joined his father on an official government trip and pursued an investment opportunity in the shadows of his father’s work.
Six months later, Hunter Biden landed on the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings at a time when his father oversaw U.S.-Ukraine policy and the company was under investigation.
State Department officials testified at last fall’s impeachment proceedings that the Ukraine arrangement created the appearance of a conflict of interest.
While it is normal for the Secret Service to provide family members of a president and vice president with security details, Hunter Biden’s security logs stand out for the sheer volume of travel.
The FOIA covered 1,987 days of the Obama presidency (July 1, 2014 thru Jan. 19, 2017 have not yet been produced), meaning Hunter Biden averaged a trip once every five days or so during the covered period.
The Secret Service did not provide the cost figures for providing security for those trips, but it is likely to run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars since Hunter Biden went to places like Kenya, London, France, Spain and China, the newly released records show.
“Given the Burisma-Ukraine-China influence peddling scandals, Hunter Biden’s extensive international travel during the Obama-Biden presidency, including at least 5 trips to China, will raise additional questions,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said after releasing the records.
Indeed, the travel is under additional scrutiny. As part of the FOIA, the Secret service revealed that Senate committee chairmen Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) requested the same records as part of their investigations into possible conflicts of interests in the Biden family.
The Secret Service did not indicate whether Hunter Biden’s travel was on private airliners or on Air Force One, Air Force Two or other government aircraft.
Among the international travel:
- Ethiopia and India — June 14-22, 2009
- Argentina on September — 14-17, 2009
- France and Spain — November 9-13, 2009
- Canada — February 12-15, 2010
- Dominican Republic — February 18-22, 2010
- Puerto Rico — March 20-27, 2010
- China — April 6-9, 2010
- Belgium, Spain, and the United Kingdom — May 5-8, 2010
- U.K., Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Ascension Island, U.S. Virgin Islands — June 6-13, 2010
- Denmark and South Africa — August 9-24, 2010
- Hong Kong, Taiwan and China — April 16-22, 2011
- Mexico — May 15-17, 2011
- Colombia, France, United Arab Emirates — November 1-11, 2011
- U.K. and Russia — February 15-18, 2012
- Germany, France and U.K. — on February 1-5, 2013
- U.K. and Ireland — March 20-22, 2013
- China — June 13-15, 2013
- Switzerland and Italy — July 26-August 7, 2013
- Japan, China, South Korea and the Philippines — December 2-9, 2013
- China and Qatar — May 7-14, 2014
Trump World residents live in an alternate reality bubble, where facts, the truth, and perspective are irrelevant. How can a member of Trump World complain about SOP Secret Service family protection when Trump is the overall king of NEPOTISM in the White House? As usual, big time HYPOCRISY from Trump Lovers.
CriticalThinking: How can a member of Trump World complain about SOP Secret Service family protection when Trump is the all time king of NEPOTISM in the White House? As usual, big time HYPOCRISY from Trump Lovers.
As I said, just the name "Hunter Biden" is a trigger. They hear it and it's like Graham going outdoors and seeing a squirrel in the yard.......all brain functions shut down except to chase the squirrel and nothing else gets through until the chase is over.
I see there is support for the protection of Hunter Biden. From everything I read about him the protection he needs is from himself and his really bad habits like cocaine, alcohol, and bad relationships like those one finds on a web site that is for married people who want to cheat. Yeah, yeah, he is not running for the Presidency, but Papa bear is very protective of him and no telling what he would do to protect him. The thought of what he will set him up with again should he win the Presidency is a scary thought.
Sounds like you are suggesting Hunter talk to Trump and follow what Trump has done in these areas. You do know Trump has done everything you talk about except alcohol. Trump even raped his wife.
Geez, John258, you seem to make comments that I don't know if you can prove. When did Trump rape his wife? When was Trump on a website for married cheaters? When did he use cocaine? I haven't seen proof of that.
If you check the court records of his 1st divorce you will find
his wife reported that. There have been stories on the cocaine for years now. You have to ask Jeffrie for all the details.
The information I posted about Hunter Biden came from personal interviews he made where he talked about his problems. Guess we can give him credit for admitting the problems. As for Trump's wife' story about rape, she later retracted that story. As for cocaine, I have not found evidence about that story. You mention Jeffrie and I don't know who that is. Was this a close friend that gave you this information? Once again, I would love to believe all that is posted here, but have learned some of it just ain't so.
One can not retract a story from a charging document after it is filed with out facing charges of lieing to the court and facing charges for that. It is part of the final court record.
What she did after her settlement with Trump she said it was not the normal type of rape, but she considered it rape. She said this on TV. So Like it or not via court record Trump rapped his wife and that is one reason she got the divorce.
You will not find a lot of evidence for a lot Trump has done like being responsible for the killing of a small business man who made things for Trumps AC Casino and Trump refused to pay him.
Who knew there was normal and some other kind of rape?
We learn something new everyday. I lived on the east coast and followed Trump for years. Since the time he arrived in AC and people and business were really happy to see him. They thought he would be a good thing and really push AC along. They learned over time he was just a NYC Mob Boss and ran his business that way.
He just about took every bank in AC into default when he did not repay all his loans. He even bragged about that over the radio. He stiffed suppliers to the point where he had to pay up front, then a lot would not do business with him. In his bankruptcies he usually came out ok while all his creditors lost their shirts, and that is why no one would do business with him. He could only get money from foreign banks which were money laundering, and that was the start of the Russian connection.
He was not a nice person.
Another attempt to change the subject from trump’s terrible actions.
So, did Hunter cause russia to put bounties on the US Military? Or did he help cause the spread of the virus?
Perhaps Jim might want to give us an accounting of the trump family travel expenses, Secret Service expenses, all of trump’s golf trips, resort expenses for anyone connected to trump, and the cost of all of trump’s political rallies, which he tries to write off as Presidential business.
Since it was brought into this subject that was about Hunter Biden, I would like someone to explain "normal rape" to me. I bet anyone who has been raped would never think there is anything normal about it. This was such an odd term to use and I would like to know what someone thinks it is. I didn't mention anything about rape in my description of things Hunter Biden has talked about as problems he has. Another poster decided to take the post to being about Trump and said he "rapped" his wife. I think the poster was saying "He raped his wife. Then the poster mentioned something about "normal rape" and that really got my attention.
Well there is one place you can get an answer. Contact Trumps wife and ask her to explain her comment. Then you can contact Trump and see if he agrees with her.
The Secret Service ensures the safety of the president of the United States, the vice president of the United States, the president's and vice president's immediate families, former presidents, their spouses and their minor children under the age of 16, major presidential and vice-presidential candidates and their spouses, and visiting foreign heads of state.
The protection Hunter Biden got was normal SOP, so what's the problem aside from being a trigger for conservatives? Are they sanctimoniously pointing out all the trips made by Uday and Qusay? I think not, this is just another nothingburger.
Here we go again. Good old Jon Solomon with another nonsense story to divert from the real news of the day. It will give Fox something to run to counter the breaking news this evening about Trump and Russia.
Who really cares about Secret Service security for Bidens son. The SS provides security for all Presidents and their family. One thing for sure the SS was not paying twice the normal amounts for hotels stays for Hunter as they do with Trump and his family with all the stays at Trump Hotels. The SS money helps keep the Trump Hotels in business. Now that is a scandal.
Did all hear the news this evening. The Russian bounty program on American Troops ran all through 2019, and Trump was informed about it. John Bolton briefed Trump on the program. The Russians paid the bounty on the deaths of 3 marines in AFG.
Now you have the news John Solomon is trying to deflect from.
How does this diversion enhance Trump?
He has dismissed the plague in this nation as a little thing that will all go away by Easter, like a miracle!
The US has the highest death toll in the world, and here we are three months later from his hideous statements that ignored all warnings from the WHO.
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