Report: Biden's financial disclosures skip over free vacations

August 28, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Joe Biden already has been caught with classified material illegally stored in a garage at his luxury home and in several other locations.

He's also being caught up in the rapidly expanding investigation into his family's influence-peddling operations, with reports that Congress is investigating what decisions he may have influenced because of payments to his family. The FBI has confirmed there was a report from a trusted confidential source about a $5 million bribe for him.

And now there's a report that he's been taking free vacations at the homes of wealthy interests – and failing to report them on his annual financial disclosures.

A report at Just the News says Travel Noire, a travel magazine, recently declared "Biden Has Been on Vacation for 40% of His Presidency."

Phillip Bump of The Washington Post explained, "Biden stayed at the homes of donors. His Virgin Islands trip was to a home owned by billionaire Democratic donors Bill and Connie Neville. Twice, he’s stayed at a Martha’s Vineyard compound owned by billionaire David Rubenstein."

He said those freebies make up "only 24 of the 250-plus days Biden has been away from the White House" already.

Reports confirm Biden has taken three beach vacations at the homes belonging to various owners in the recent reporting period and did not pay for two, and probably not the third.

Just the News explained Walter Shaub, an ethics expert who worked in the Barack Obama administration, and Richard Painter, the top ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush White House, both concluded those free stays should be disclosed if the homeowner isn't there with the president.

That could be considered a visit to friends, or "personal hospitality," but not when the homeowner is gone and simply turns over a luxury property for Biden's use, reported the New York Post.

Painter, in fact, warned, "The homeowner has to be a personal friend of the president or first lady and be present during the stay — otherwise that goes on the form. There’s no excuse not to have it on the form. You can’t have the president just going around using people’s houses for free without disclosure. That’s no better than a Supreme Court justice staying on a yacht for free without disclosure."

His comment referenced the claims by leftists that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas accepted trips from friends.

"The left-leaning ProPublica has published almost a dozen stories about Thomas' trips and relationships with the wealthy. A search of ProPublica's archives found no stories about Biden's stays at billionaire homes," Just the News said.

Painter said such gifts to the president must be reported, by law, and "if it’s intentionally left off, then you get into the [criminal] false statements law … and that could be a felony."

He continued, "If you have multiple disclosure lapses, particularly involving the same donor or friend, that’s where you get into a situation where Clarence Thomas has been criticized. Once you might say it is a really careless mistake. You start to get into the second and third times and you start to wonder, ‘What the heck is going on here?'"

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., chief of the House Oversight Committee, is leading the investigation into Biden's alleged financial improprieties, and said, "President Biden has stayed at donors’ lavish vacation homes and he’s not being honest with the American people."

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