2007 FBI Investigation Resurfaces, James Biden Heard On ‘Bribery’ Tapes

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The Washington Post’s Sunday edition included a story that was sure to have been unwelcome at the Joe Biden White House. The headline read, “James Biden’s dealmaking caught on FBI tapes in unrelated bribery probe.”

The article featured recordings from the late 1990s of President Joe Biden’s brother James attempting to leverage his family name for personal gain.

It has now come to light that these recordings were part of an archive compiled by an author working on a book about Richard “Dickie” Scruggs—a prominent lawyer who orchestrated the 1998 tobacco industry settlement with the U.S. government over its sale of cancer-causing products—which was obtained by The Washington Post with permission from the University of Mississippi.

Scruggs had become acquainted with the Bidens while he was lobbying for Congress’ approval of the settlement and turned to James in need of then-Senator Joe Biden’s support.

As revealed in the Post story, it was during Scruggs’ eventual conviction for bribing a Mississippi judge that James’ voice recordings came into play, demonstrating how his surname could be used as a tool for those seeking favorability in Washington D.C..

“I probably wouldn’t have hired him if he wasn’t the senator’s brother,” Scruggs told the Post, echoing similar words that would later be spoken about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

“Jim was never untoward about his influence,” Scruggs said, according to the Post. “He didn’t brag about it or talk about it. He didn’t have to. He was the man’s brother.”

It is important to note that the FBI recordings of James Biden were obtained as part of an investigation into Scruggs and his associates, not directly related to James Biden. However, they do provide insight into the kind of influence peddling that occurred during his brother’s time as senator, prior to becoming vice president. The two tapes referenced in the post are related to Tim Balducci, a lawyer and associate of Scruggs who was intending to go into business with James Biden and another individual as partners in a consulting firm. In them, Balducci explains how he had discussed his hopes for this venture with Scruggs.

“I told him we had formalized our relationship with you guys,” Balducci told Biden in the Sept. 27, 2007 conversation, according to the Post.

“I told him about the real Washington presence, that this was not going to be a bulls***, you know, a shingle hung somewhere in the window. That this was a real deal, that Sara was coming on, you know, as a named partner, an equity share in the venture, that we were changing the name of the firm to include her. … Hunter was going to be involved, and you were going to be involved.”

Yep. With Hunter and James Biden — along with James’ wife, Sara — this was going to be the “real deal,” all right.

On October 15, 2007, James Biden spoke with Balducci regarding his potential role as a consultant for the Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

The purpose of this consultancy was to assist in obtaining approval from state and federal levels for the use of 100 acres of tribal land to open a $375 million casino.

“You know my hesitancy to be a, you know, an opportunist if everybody is jumping on” the Choctaw leader, James Biden said. “There’s nothing wrong with opportunist. Sara just rolled her eyes at me. So, but being a whore about it, OK, you know, like everybody just jumping in, like, ‘Let me do your insurance, let me do your legal.’”

Well, heaven forbid anyone should think of the word “whore” in relation to any Biden. (It’s more polite to refer to Hunter’s doxies as “prostitutes.”)

When Joe Biden met Steve Patterson through his Senate colleague segregationist Democratic Sen. John Stennis, the three of them formed a “consultant” firm of Balducci, James Biden and Steve Patterson.

However, their business plans were quickly disrupted after Balducci had an unpleasant discussion with the FBI who accused him of attempting to bribe a judge on Scruggs’ behalf. Although Patterson was caught in the snare and eventually served two years in prison, according to the Post, James Biden’s attorney downplayed any interaction between the Biden brothers in a business sense.

In addition, Scruggs received about five years for his role in both cases while Balducci got two years according to WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi.

Unfortunately, there was no comment from White House when asked questions about this case. Nevertheless, these events should make Americans feel assured that the Biden family is beyond reproach.

“Jim Biden’s consulting work has never involved speaking with or providing access to his brother for this or any other client,” the attorney, Paul J. Fishman told the Post, presumably by email.

Regarding the conversation that included the “whore” line, Fishman told the Post that James Biden was exploring a potential opportunity to sell insurance to the Choctaw tribe but ultimately never pursued it.

On top of this, Fishman stated that more than fifteen years ago Jim and Sara Biden had discussed setting up a firm offering legal and consulting services, but this venture never materialized.

According to Fishman, Jim and Sara were not aware of any unethical or illegal behavior on behalf of Balducci and Patterson.

The Washington Post is now examining this issue which raises questions as to why they are doing so after downplaying the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020.

It is likely not what the Biden White House wanted appearing in Sunday’s newspapers.

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