Report revives questions of ethics surrounding Joe Biden’s son-in-law

Breitbart revealed Tuesday that ABC News had confirmed reporting from Breitbart senior contributor Peter Schweizer regarding alleged “corruption” on the part of Joe Biden’s family.

Schweizer was first to report on what Breitbart described as a questionable “connection between the president and his son-in-law Howard Krein” in his recent book, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.

Krein, a physician based in Philadelphia, serves as the chief medical officer for StartUp Health and “is married to Biden’s daughter, Ashley,” Breitbart reports.

“Fresh ethical challenges”

He also served as an adviser to his father-in-law’s campaign on the coronavirus crisis — and herein lies the problem. As StartUp Health’s chief medical officer, Krein oversees the company’s investments, including investments related to COVID-19.

Now, some are wondering whether he may have used his relationship with the now-president to his — or his company’s — financial advantage.

Indeed, while many have been focused on the president’s son, even ABC has been forced to admit that “it is the president’s son-in-law who could present fresh ethical challenges for the new administration.”

ABC explained in a Tuesday article:

When the boutique tech firm Yosi Health developed software aimed at streamlining the nation’s coronavirus vaccine effort, CEO Hari Prasad sought help from one of its earliest investors — a company with a special government connection.

“The investor was StartUp Health,” ABC said, “and that special connection came through…Howard Krein.”

“Playing with fire”

It all has experts and ethicists asking questions. Among them, according to ABC:

Should Krein advise companies backed by StartUp Health in their efforts to win lucrative government contracts? Should he weigh in with his father-in-law on policy decisions that may benefit those companies? And will he obtain sensitive government information that may help inform investment decisions?

Either way, the perception of corruption could prove devastating for Biden’s administration — and it’s only just beginning.

“Howard Krein is playing with fire,” one of ABC’s sources said.

“If he gets too close to that flame — if he is trying to either cash in on his relationship with the president, or he is trying to influence policy — the flame is going to get him,” they added. “And it is not worth it to him or to Biden.”

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