James Biden, the younger brother of United States President Joe Biden, has been caught up in a federal bribery investigation due to taped recordings of his involvement in shady business dealings.
The recordings, acquired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of their investigation into an unrelated bribery case, have demonstrated James Biden’s extensive involvement in a complex process of arranging and negotiating deals between entities and individuals connected to the business industry. According to reports, the deals included “seriously lucrative real estate investments” and coal ventures.
The FBI has released only snippets of a few conversations that had James Biden as a key player. In the recordings, he can be heard discussing various financial aspects of a deal and attempting to do so in a “secret” fashion. He also appears to make demands of actors on both sides of the deal that may be interpreted as a form of coercion in exchange for a lucrative benefit once the deal is finalized.
James Biden’s involvement in the deal making activities came to light after the FBI seized a number of documents, including emails and other digital files, from an unnamed individual in connection with the unrelated bribery case. The documents, which contained evidence of his deal-making activities, became part of a public record due to the investigation and allowed the bureau to identify James Biden as one of the primary parties involved in the process.
At this point in time, there does not appear to be any evidence that President Joe Biden was aware of the activities of his younger brother. However, the continued investigation could potentially reveal further information that could implicate the President.
Until further evidence is discovered, it is still unknown if any of the deals made by James Biden were illegal or if he acted ethically as a negotiator. It is also unclear if there will be any legal ramifications for James Biden as a result of his involvement in the types of deals that were uncovered by the FBI tapes.
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the revelations regarding James Biden’s deal-making activities are a concerning development that could potentially cause a major scandal for the Biden family. It remains to be seen what further information the FBI can discover and how the Biden Administration will respond to the situation.