Turley: Monetary benefits to Biden family implicate Joe, as impeachment hearings begin

by WorldTribune Staff, September 28, 2023

Monetary benefits to Biden family members legally are also benefits to Joe Biden and therefore implicate him in wrongdoing, law professor and legal scholar Jonathan Turley said during Thursday’s impeachment inquiry hearing.

“Can a benefit to your family be a benefit to you?” Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan asked Turley regarding Joe Biden and his family’s alleged influence peddling.

‘The strongest case is if you have a direct payment, but this idea that you can have millions going to a politician’s family. And that’s not a benefit. I think it’s pretty fallacious.’

“It is,” Turley replied.

Turley said Democrats claim that it must be proven that Joe Biden accepted direct money in order for him to be implicated in Biden family wrongdoing. The legal scholar called that claim “fallacious.”

“There’s been a repeated [Democrat] statements that you need to show that President Biden accepted direct money in order for this to constitute a benefit even under criminal cases that deal with bribery, extortion, the Hobbs Act,” Turley said. “The courts actually have rejected that. They’ve said that money going to family members is, in fact, a benefit.”

“I don’t really see any legal basis for that,” he said, referring to the Democrats’ claim. “Obviously, the strongest case is if you have a direct payment, but this idea that you can have millions going to a politician’s family. And that’s not a benefit. I think it’s pretty fallacious.”

Turley later added to his opinion in response to Alabama Republican Rep. Gary Palmer’s question about Joe Biden potentially using his former office of the vice presidency to benefit his family.

“In your view, could the promise of foreign access to any official government official, whether it’s the vice president or anybody else — that only materially benefited a family member — could that be influence peddling?” Palmer asked.

Turley responded: “Yes, and as I point out in the testimony, courts have found that various benefits to family members can be attributed as a benefit to the principle. That has included everything from throwing a golf contest in the favor of a son of a politician to paying for gifts. In fact, I was lead counsel in the last…impeachment trial for a judge, and that was the trial in the U.S. Senate. My client, Judge [Thomas] Porteous, was accused, among other things, of benefits going to his family. And so there’s there’s certainly precedent, not only in criminal cases, but in impeachment cases for making that next [claim].

“In fact, it’s [influence peddling] perhaps the most quintessential violation of the public trust because you’re not acting in the public’s interest. It’s a form of public corruption that this government, this country, has declared as corrupt in other countries around the world.”

Republicans said their investigation into the Biden family could prove the Biden business took in more than $50 million, about $30 million more than bank records show thus far.

“Based on the evidence I’ve seen so far, I think the number is going to be north of $50 million that we’re talking about here,” South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace told Fox News in July.

Nine Biden family members received payments from the family foreign business ventures:

• Hunter Biden
• James Biden, Joe Biden’s Brother
• Sara Jones Biden, Joe Biden’s Brother’s Wife
• Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s Widow and Hunter Biden’s Ex-Lover
• Kathleen Buhle, Hunter Biden’s Ex-Wife
• Melissa Cohen, Hunter Biden’s Current Wife
• Two Children of Joe Biden’s Son [Names Unknown] • Joe Biden’s Brother’s Child [Names Unknown]

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