The Biden Family Business

Happy Tuesday! If you thought you might have held the world record for longest time living underwater without depressurization, think again.

Joseph Dituri has been at the bottom of a lagoon in Key Largo, Florida, since March 1—and “Dr. Deep Sea” isn’t planning on surfacing anytime soon. “The record is a small bump, and I really appreciate it,” the retired U.S. Naval officer said. “I’m honored to have it, but we still have more science to do.”

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Special Counsel John Durham—appointed during former President Donald Trump’s administration—issued a 306-page report criticizing the FBI’s investigation into allegations linking the Trump campaign and Russia ahead of the 2016 election. Durham found the collusion probe was opened based on “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence” and that investigators placed too much stock in supposed evidence provided by Trump’s political rivals. The report also alleges the FBI was far more hesitant to investigate claims Hillary Clinton’s campaign had similar foreign ties. GOP Rep. Jim Jordan—chair of the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government—said yesterday he’d invited Durham to testify next week.
  • President Joe Biden announced Monday his intent to nominate cancer surgeon Dr. Monica Bertagnolli to lead the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Bertagnolli has led the National Cancer Institute since October, and if confirmed by the Senate, would fill a role at the NIH that has been vacant since December 2021, when Dr. Francis Collins retired. Bertagnolli said in December she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer herself, but that her prognosis was good due to early detection.
  • The Department of Energy announced plans on Monday to purchase up to 3 million barrels of U.S.-produced sour crude oil in the coming months, with the sales awarded in June and oil delivered to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in August. The Biden administration sold off more than 200 million barrels from the SPR last year in an effort to bring down gas prices, and officials said last fall the Energy Department would begin restocking the reserve once costs had come down.
  • A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a 78-year-old U.S. citizen to life in prison on espionage charges and seized more than $70,000 worth of the man’s personal property. John Shing-Wan Leung—who lives in Hong Kong—was first detained in April 2021, but the circumstances surrounding his arrest remain murky. The State Department declined to comment with any specifics, citing privacy concerns.
  • Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia confirmed yesterday a man armed with a metal baseball bat attacked his district office in Fairfax, Virginia, on Monday, sending two staffers to the hospital with “non-life threatening injuries.” The 49-year-old assailant—who Connolly said asked to see the congressman before bludgeoning the staffers—was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated malicious wounding and another count of malicious wounding. His motive is not yet clear, but the assailant’s father said he suffers from schizophrenia.
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence took another step toward launching a presidential campaign on Monday, blessing the creation of a super PAC that would support such a bid. Pence is widely expected to get in the race in the coming weeks, and the PAC—Committed to America—will be led by former GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling and longtime Republican operative Scott Reed. “People know Mike Pence, they just don’t know him well,” Reed told reporters yesterday. “This campaign is going to reintroduce Mike Pence to the country as his own man, not as vice president, but as a true economic, social, and national security conservative—a Reagan conservative.”

Where There’s Smoke?

Joe Biden hugs his wife Dr. Jill Biden, son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley Biden after being sworn in as U.S. president. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Joe Biden hugs his wife Dr. Jill Biden, son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley Biden after being sworn in as U.S. president. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In October 2020—just days before the presidential election—NBC News’ Kristen Welker had a question for Joe Biden about the allegations swirling around his son Hunter’s work in China and for a Ukrainian energy company while he was vice president: “In retrospect, was anything about those relationships inappropriate or unethical?”

“Nothing was unethical,” the Democratic nominee replied. Whether Biden truly believed that or not is anyone’s guess, but nearly three years later, it’s increasingly clear a whole lot of Americans have questions about the Biden family business. And as congressional Republicans continue to dig into the activities of the president’s brother and son, those questions are likely only going to grow louder. 

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