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Peter Schweizer’s Home Run
In the Oval Office in 2010 (Wikimedia Commons)


Detail, detail, and more documented detail.

Peter Schweizer has written one best-selling book after another, in which the central focus of his ongoing war on political corruption is seriously documented detail.

Past books such as Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich and Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends were virtuoso documentation of the blatant corruption by elites of America’s political class.

Now comes Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite. And it could not possibly come at a more appropriate — not to mention necessary — time than when President Donald Trump is facing impeachment charges for calling attention to the corrupt activities of the Biden family — in Ukraine and around the world.

Here, in stunning detail, the Biden corruption is laid bare.Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite.

Yes, of course, Joe’s son Hunter and his infamous dealings in the Ukraine with Burisma, the corrupt Ukrainian energy company, are a focus. So too his China dealings. But in fact what Schweizer illustrates is the Biden family method of operation, the pattern of leveraging political power for personal financial benefit at play not only with Hunter in Ukraine but also with Hunter elsewhere and, along with Hunter, other Biden family members using the same MO.

There is Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware fighting against a bill “that would require credit card companies to provide better warnings about the perils of making only minimum monthly payments.” And lo and behold:

During the same period (between 2001 and 2005), son Hunter was receiving consulting fees from the MBNA Corporation, a major Delaware bank and credit card company.


While sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Biden also worked hard on legislation to deal with asbestos-damage lawsuits. It just so happened that son Beau was working for a Wilmington, Delaware law firm that was handling asbestos litigation cases.

On and on, in chapter and verse, Schweizer documents this game of leveraging Joe Biden’s political power for family financial gain.

  • There is sister Valerie, she who ran all Joe’s Senate campaigns as well as his presidential campaigns in 1988 and 2008. But Valerie was also a “senior partner in a political messaging firm named Joe Slade White & Company,” of which she was one of only two executives. And amazingly, somehow, in some way:

The firm received large fees from the Biden campaigns that Valerie was running. Two and a half million dollars in consulting fees flowed to her firm from Citizens for Biden and Biden For President Inc. during the 2008 presidential campaign alone.

  • There is daughter Ashley, who is married to the “chief medical officer of StartUp Health.” What is that? StartUp was a new company, “an investment consultancy based out of New York City, and in June of 2011 the company barely had a website.”


StartUp was barely up and running when, in June, 2011, two of the company’s executives were ushered into the Oval Office of the White House. They met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

From that moment on “StartUp Health would continue to enjoy access to the highest levels of the White House as they worked to build up the business.”

  • There is Biden brother James, who joined a construction firm that was created in 2010. Says Schweizer: “Six months later, they announced a (government) contract to build 100,000 homes (in ‘war torn Iraq.’)” That would be “part of a $35 billion, 500,000” project. Oh yes. There was also that “$22 million U.S. federal government contract to manage a construction project for the State Department.” It really helps, said the son of the company founder, to have “the brother of the vice president as a partner.”

No kidding.

There is more in Biden-land corruption, which Schweizer details.

But there is so much more here beyond the Bidens.

Schweizer details his probes into the finances of California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti — progressives one and all.

Notably, with Sanders, a serious player in the upcoming Iowa caucuses with a potential of winning, a Burlington, Vermont, player says this of the socialist one-time mayor of Burlington: “What he does as opposed to what he says are two entirely different things.”

Schweizer writes,

Once elected (to Congress), Sanders moved to Washington and his wife, Jane, became a top aide, serving at various times as his chief of staff, press secretary, and political analyst. After a decade in Congress, Jane and family went about setting up a company that operated under three different names to provide income tied to Bernie’s political career.

It was clearly lucrative. Schweizer writes,

The Sanders family consulting business was at the headwaters of what would become a common Sanders move: use Bernie Sanders’s political position and power to provide income stream opportunities for the Sanders family.

Curiously, Schweizer notes, having made a career of railing against “millionaires and billionaires,” Sanders has now dropped the reference to “millionaires.” Clearly because as the owner of a “vacation home” on Vermont’s Lake Champlain, plus a “four-bedroom house in Burlington and a townhouse on Capitol Hill in Washington,” Bernie is now a millionaire himself.

There is more here. So much more. Not to be missed is the chapter on Elizabeth Warren, she the left-wing progressive heroine who has made a career out of attacking corporations, all while earning a fortune “deeply dependent on those same corporations.”

What Peter Schweizer has accomplished here is adding one more detailed volume that illustrates in vivid form just how corrupt Washington, D.C., has sadly become.

Is Hunter Biden a problem? Yes. But in fairness to Hunter Biden, his and his father’s activities in places like Ukraine and China are merely symptoms of a much, much larger problem of serious corruption on the part of insider Washington elites — most particularly progressives who rail against capitalism and corporations while raking in millions.

The reason, without doubt, that Democrats like Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer and Congressman and House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff have so stoutly resisted having Hunter and Joe Biden called as witnesses in the impeachment trial is that they are acutely aware that to do so will bring even more attention to the corruption that has become the status quo of Washington, D.C., and the big government it contains.

Schweizer concludes by noting that “the progressive solution for every national problem is to give them and our political leadership more power.” Always, of course, for the benefit of the American people — you and me.

But he says, wisely, that it is more than past time for Americans to start asking, “Why trust someone with more power when you cannot even trust them with the little they already have?”


Without doubt, if you read only one book in this already tumultuous 2020 election year, that book should be Peter Schweizer’s Profiles in Corruption.

America? We have a problem. And a serious one.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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