This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Hunter Biden has been a reliable provider of controversy and scandal for Joe Biden for years now.
When Joe Biden was vice president, Hunter, according to critics, developed a massive pay-for-access program when he took in millions essentially for providing access to his father.
Then evidence from the laptop he abandoned at a repair shop provided details that the "big guy," identified as Joe Biden, even was in line for a percentage of one of those deals, which often were made with those from America's enemies, Russia and China.
Then there was that evidence, including photographic, of Hunter's drug dealings, lies on a federal form during a gun purchase, the prostitutes, and more.
So there has been a multitude of campaigns to rehab him.
Constitutional expert and George Washington University Jonathan Turley, who has testified before Congress multiple times, cited the newest effort as the "Dark Biden."
"Hunter’s handlers are reinventing Hunter in a more combative image. He is an edgy and aggressive antagonist ready to fight fire with fire against Republicans. A team was assembled to reportedly attack potential witnesses and critics. With a possible criminal indictment and congressional investigations looming, Hunter the businessman or recovering addict or victim will not do," Turley explained.
That follows campaigns he cited as "Hunter: the wrongly accused international businessman," "Hunter Biden: the victim of Russian Disinformation," and "Hunter Biden: Heroic recovering addict."
Hunter Biden already is known to be under federal investigation over tax issues, and GOP members in the House, now in the majority, have promised Congress will be looking into his activities as well.
In response, Turley explained, "Hunter appears to have acquired lawyers by the gross, including former Clinton counsel Abbe Lowell. Lowell recently sent out a letter that caused a stir by not only seemingly confirming the authenticity of the laptop but threatening a host of critics. Biden called for groups to be stripped of tax exemptions, suggested a host of possible defamation actions, and even demanded criminal investigations against critics."
He noted Lowell recently defied a demand for evidence from the House Oversight Committee, thumbing his nose at Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky.
"Peddling your own inaccurate and baseless conclusions under the guise of a real investigation, turns the Committee into ‘Wonderland’ and you into the Queen of Hearts shouting, ‘sentence first, verdict afterward,'" he charged in a response to Congress.
"Lowell categorically refused to turn over a single document to House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.), saying there was no 'legitimate legislative purpose' for the investigation into Hunter," Turley said.
"The message is 'fear us' but it could not be less convincing than if Lowell put black tights and an eared mask on his client. It just does not fit. Congress has a legitimate interest in investigating whether millions of dollars from foreign interests, including some connected to foreign intelligence, were funneled to the Biden family to influence President Biden," Turley wrote.
He continued, "Emails repeated references not only Joe Biden and suggest knowledge of the dealings despite his repeated denials of any knowledge or involvement. There is also a clear effort to hide Joe Biden’s involvement. In one email, Biden associate James Gilliar instructed Tony Bobulinski, then Hunter’s business partner: 'Don’t mention Joe being involved, it’s only when u [sic] are face to face, I know u [sic] know that but they are paranoid.' Bobulinski has given sworn statements that he personally met with Joe Biden to discuss these dealings.
"Emails used code names for Joe Biden such as 'Celtic' or 'the big guy.' In one, 'the big guy' is mentioned as possibly receiving a 10% cut on a deal with a Chinese energy firm. There are also references to Hunter paying off his father’s bills from shared accounts," he noted.
He said, "Code names, cuts for 'the big guy' and millions in mysterious foreign transactions are ample reasons for a congressional inquiry."