Appoint a special counsel to look into Hunter Biden deals: Goodwin

Tuesday’s hearing starring the masters of the universe offered another reminder that Big Tech meddled in the election by blocking The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s business schemes. As Sen. Lindsey Graham put it to Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, “What I want to try to find out is . . . why do you have editorial control over the New York Post?”

Their yada yada yada answers don’t change the fact that Dorsey and Zuckerberg abused their enormous power to fit their partisan bias. Protecting Joe Biden was their goal, and their actions, combined with left-wing media outlets’ decision to ignaore the revelations, prevented most Americans from learning about the scandal for two weeks in late October, when millions of people were voting.

Yet something worse than a news blackout looms if Joe Biden becomes president. The complete truth about his family’s lucrative and suspect connections with foreign powers would never see the light of day because a Biden Department of Justice would almost certainly deep six evidence of wrongdoing.

That evidence includes the messages, documents and emails presented by whistleblower Tony Bobulinski, a former partner of Hunter and Jim Biden. Bobulinski says Joe Biden was slated to get a 10 percent cut of a big deal with a Chinese conglomerate whose owners were close to the Communist government and military.

There is no absolute way to prevent the FBI from burying the case. But there is one way to make that step more difficult to take and impossible to take secretly.

While he still has the job, Attorney General Bill Barr should name a special counsel to take over the Biden probe. The move would guarantee that any decision to squash the investigation or fire the investigators after the change of administrations would instantly become known, and could be contested by congress and the public.

Barr’s authority is the same one the Justice Department used to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate President Trump and allegations his team colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign. Although Trump could have fired Mueller, a bipartisan firestorm of condemnation would have resulted. Moreover, making him special counsel shielded the probe from the ordinary chain of command in the Justice Department and FBI.

That same dynamic exists with the Bidens now. As it stands, the Chinese government knows more about payments to the Biden family than the American public does, which would make a President Biden a potential target for blackmail.

Similarly, forcing the FBI to go public with its probe would prevent it from secretly holding information against Biden. Recall that J. Edgar Hoover was fond of collecting dirt on politicians to keep them under his thumb. There is no reason on Earth to recreate that sinister dynamic.

In fact, a special counsel is even more appropriate now because the FBI has had a money laundering probe of Hunter and Jim Biden dating to 2019. The existing probe could be expanded to include the information uncovered by The Post and Bobulinski.

Agents already have a copy of the hard drive of the Hunter Biden laptop that contained the e-mails showing Joe Biden’s involvement. One e-mail was a thank-you note to Hunter from an advisor to Ukranian energy company Burisma for setting up a meeting with his father, who was then vice president. The corrupt company was paying Hunter up to $83,000 a month to be a director despite his having no experience in Ukraine or the energy field.

Among other things, the e-mail about the meeting puts the lie to Joe Biden’s claim that he never discussed with Hunter his son’s business dealings. The claim was never credible given that Hunter flew to China on Air Force Two with his father in 2013 and landed a commitment of $1.5 billion as an investment from a Chinese bank.

According to records obtained by Judicial Watch, Hunter Biden flew to 29 different countries, including five trips to China, with Secret Service protection during the first five-and-one-half years of the Obama- Biden administration. Hunter, who has admitted to drug problems, had business deals in many of those countries, and acknowledged that his last name was a reason why he was hired.

Actually, his name was the only reason he was hired, which means he was getting rich off his father’s official power. Joe Biden has some explaining to do, and it is disgraceful that the left-wing media never demanded answers during the campaign.

Another e-mail on the laptop outlined payments and equity stakes in a joint venture with the Chinese energy conglomerate. It said Hunter was holding a 10 percent stake for the “big guy,” whom Bobulinski identified as Joe Biden.

Bobulinski, a former wrestler at Penn State, also told the FBI he met twice with Joe Biden to discuss the family’s businesses because he was to be the CEO in the joint venture. Bobulinski told me that at the second meeting, the former vice president, asked him to “Keep an eye on my son and brother and look out for my family.”

Evidence of potential wrongdoing also emerged in a Senate investigation led by Republicans Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Their September report showed Hunter Biden getting $3.5 million from the Russian ex-wife of a Moscow mayor and millions more from Chinese officials. Hunter wired a total of $1.4 million to Jim Biden from the same account, the report says.

Grassley, in a letter to Barr last week, suggested Hunter and Jim Biden were acting as agents for China despite not being registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. He also demanded to know whether the FBI was investigating them for that or other criminal matters.

Absent court reversals of election results, time is running out and Barr must move soon. If Democrats protest, he can remind them of their determination to probe Trump about Russia.

Turnabout is not just fair play. A special counsel could provide the sunlight to reveal the truth about the Biden family business.

NYC’s decline, by the numbers

Three numbers tell the tale of the city’s decline under Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo:

Nearly 300,000 residents filed change of address forms outside the five boroughs from March to October.

Through last week, the city recorded 399 murders this year, an increase of 110 or 38 percent over the same period last year.

So far, 2,400 cops have put in for retirement this year, against 2000 in all of 2019. Many cite a thankless public and no support from City Hall.

Big city vote-rigging

Reader Pascal Baglivi is certain the election was rigged, writing: “Big city Democrats have been stealing elections for the last 150 years, since boss Tweed. This year is no different. Have we forgotten 1960 and Chicago, Nixon and JFK? I am 91 years old and the country I grew up in and love is gone.”

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