Hunter Biden, the son of President Biden who leveraged his father’s position when he was Vice President to secure overseas business deals and is currently under federal investigation for his “tax affairs,” plans to release a memoir about his battle with substance abuse.
The embattled son who last year declared himself an unemployed artist signed a secret deal contract for a tell-all memoir titled “Beautiful Things,” about his famous family and his drug abuse with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster back in 2019. According to a statement by the publishing house imprint, it included A-list blurbs, including a famous horror and sci-fi author Stephen King, who called “Beautiful Things” a “harrowing” and “compulsively readable.”
“In his harrowing and compulsively readable memoir, Hunter Biden proves again that anybody — even the son of a United States President — can take a ride on the pink horse down nightmare alley,” King writes in his blurb. “Biden remembers it all and tells it all with a bravery that is both heartbreaking and quite gorgeous. He starts with a question: Where’s Hunter? The answer is he’s in this book, the good, the bad, and the beautiful.”
During Thursday’s daily White House Press Briefing, Jen Psaki told reporter she had a statement from the president and First Lady Jill Biden regarding Hunter’s book.
“For those of you who had not seen the news — it was announced, I believe, by Simon & Schuster this morning. I do have a statement from Joe and Jill Biden in their personal capacity as his parents: “We admire our son Hunter’s strength and courage to talk openly about his addiction so that others might see themselves in his journey and find hope.” This is a personal book about his own personal journey, and I will leave it at that,” Psaki relayed the personal statement on governmental time and pay.
Plans for the book were kept under wraps despite the fact Hunter was embattled for his foreign business dealings that became the subject of a federal investigation. Hunter inked the hush-hush contract around the same time the FBI began examining the younger Biden multiple financial issues that revealed some of those transactions involved people that sparked counterintelligence concerns.
Hints of these investigation emerged in the public eye after the New York Post in their in-depth respectable coverage of Hunter’s abandoned laptop revealed a slew of illegal and criminal business documents as well as personal sexual materials. The New York Post also reported that the FBI seized both a computer and a hard drive believed to be Hunter’s in December 2019 and had already opened a criminal investigation into the president’s son.
After a year and a half learning that Hunter is under investigation for numerous potential crimes including money laundering that potentially is connected to his father Simon & Schuster didn’t cancel the book deal. In fact, Hunter is being praised and celebrated for the ghostwritten book and will likely be rewarded high six figures for the hush-hush deal. Sources told The Daily Mail that Hunter will likely receive as high as $2 million for the book advance and could earn millions more if the book turns into a film.
But when it comes to a Republican lawmaker with just less than 24 hours after the Jan 6 Capitol event, the same publishing house decided to cancel a book deal with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), accusing him of being “a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom,” in his role for constitutionally challenging the electoral college votes on Jan 6.
According to Jennifer Bergstrom, the senior vice president and publisher of Gallery Books, the memoir by Hunter “will be more of a personal narrative about addiction and recovery rather than a political memoir.”
“I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,” Hunter writes in a snippet released by Gallery Books in what they cite is a “deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss and survival.”
Hunter personal memoir is set to be released on April 6, less than 100 days into his father’s presidency. The details of the book release emerged after Biden pledged during his first exclusive interview as President with People Magazine that none of his family members would benefit from his presidency or be involved in “any government undertaking or foreign policy.”
“We’re going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration. No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in this place,” Biden told People Magazine.
However, Biden recently installed a Justice Department official charged with the agency’s criminal division — is from the same law firm representing Hunter in his recently announced slew of legal troubles. Chris Clark, a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP was hired by Hunter in December, after revealing in a statement using his father’s taxpayer transition team that his “tax affairs” are under federal investigation for possible tax fraud and money laundering activities, with a potential counterintelligence component.
After being sworn in on Inauguration Day, Biden after signing his slew of executive actions tapped Nicholas McQuaid in an acting capacity to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, the main branch of the department involved in Hunter investigation. Prior to being appointed by Biden one of a handful of acting AAGs, McQuaid was a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP
McQuaid in his new acting role with the Justice Department will oversee the department’s 600 federal prosecutors, including those involved in the Biden case. Although the investigation is being run by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware, it doesn’t necessarily prevent any sort of involvement by Justice Department sections in Washington.
When asked specifically whether McQuaid would recuse himself from matters involving Hunter, the Justice Department declined to respond.
Since his dad was declared the winner of the presidential election by the media, Hunter still has his business company Skaneateles LLC active and also retains a 10% equity stake in a Chinese private equity firm — BHR Patterns, according to Chinese and Americans business records.