Headline RoundupFebruary 14th, 2024

Former Biden Family Business Associate Says Joe Biden Was 'The Family Business'

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former Biden family business associate Tony Bobulinski testified to the House Oversight Committee about Joe Biden's involvement in his family's business affairs in a closed-door hearing on Tuesday.

key Quotes: "The Biden family business was Joe Biden, period," Bobulinski said. "Joe Biden was more than a participant in and beneficiary of his family’s business; he was an enabler, despite being buffered by a complex scheme to maintain plausible deniability."

For Context: Bobulinski, a U.S. Navy veteran, founded the investment firm Sinohawk Holdings with Hunter and James Biden in 2017. They then moved to enact a joint venture with private banking company CEFC China Energy. Bobulisnki and another former family business associate, Rob Walker, say Joe Biden attended several meetings regarding the CEFC deal, including one in 2017 with CEFC's chairman.

How the Media Covered It: Left-rated media often painted Bobulinski and his statements as uncredible. Some highlighted his connections to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and lawsuits Bobulinski has been involved in. Center- and right-rated media were generally less critical of Bobulinski and focused more on the specifics of his claims. Many described him as a Navy veteran, which left-rated sources were less likely to do. 

Why the Difference: Especially in an election year, liberals and Democrats are more likely to question the motivations of a source who criticizes their leader, while others might be less skeptical.

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