Former Vice President Joe Biden may be in legal hot water again — but this time, it doesn’t involve Ukraine.
The Democrat frontrunner for the presidential nomination may have broken federal law by offering an opponent a government position in exchange for an endorsement, columnist Matt Margolis argued in a piece for PJ Media.
According to Margolis, the timing of former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s exit from the Democratic primary race points to bribery on the part of Biden.
The latest controversy started on Monday when Biden said, according to the Washington Examiner, “I did speak to Pete Buttigieg a couple of days ago to encourage him to stay engaged because he has enormous talent, and I indicated to him that if I became the nominee, I’d come and ask him to be part of an administration. He’d be engaged in moving things forward.”
Buttigieg dropped out of the race the day before Biden said he wanted the former mayor in his administration.
However, Biden said the conversation in which he offered Buttigieg a spot in his administration had occurred “a couple of days ago,” which means it is very likely Biden promised Buttigieg a job in return for his endorsement.
Such action is strictly prohibited by US code, which, according to Cornell Law School, states:
Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
It is a long shot to expect legal consequences for any of this, of course. The last two election cycles have been rife with backroom deals and shady deals by Democrats.
Indeed, the latest drama around what Biden is doing ultimately comes back to the real corruption in the Democratic National Committee (DNC). According to The Hill, many believe that Joe Biden and the DNC are rigging the primary against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — again.
Although some would designate the speculation as a conspiracy theory, the historic comeback of Biden on Super Tuesday, coupled with Buttigieg’s unexpected exit from the race right before Super Tuesday, lends credence to the rumors.
Bernie Sanders went into Super Tuesday riding high after sweeping almost all of the early primaries. It’s very suspicious that Biden, whose campaign was on the verge of demise, was able to mount such a shocking comeback in the face of Sanders’ clear momentum.
What has become clear in this primary race is that the DNC is corrupt. The most active part of the Democrat voter base wanted Sanders, but it looks as though they are going to get Joe Biden instead. Now, Biden is open to bribery accusations. The upcoming debates will be a sight to see.