This is not rocket science: the Bidens were selling their name and Joe’s position to interested parties in at the least, Ukraine and China. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
In a Tuesday interview, former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that there was no basis “whatsoever” to claims that his son, Hunter, profited off the family name.
When asked local Wisconsin TV station WISN if there was any legitimacy to comments by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) that Hunter “together with other Biden family members, profited off the Biden name,” the former Vice President replied “None whatsoever,” adding (without finishing the sentence) “This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman…“
“It’s the last ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.”
Almost all foreign aid carries an implicit bribe. From Jacob G. Hornberger at fff.org:
Amidst all the political brouhaha regarding foreign aid, it is important that we keep in mind the nature and purposes of this particular federal program, as well as its related program, sanctions.
Foreign aid is money that the U.S. government sends to certain foreign regimes. The purpose of the money is to secure loyalty to the U.S. Empire. That loyalty comes in the form of votes in the United Nations or support for U.S. imperialist escapades abroad.
There is hardly ever a formal quid pro quo involved in foreign aid. That is, U.S. officials do not expressly say to a foreign leader, “If you will agree to become a loyal member of the U.S. Empire and support whatever the Empire does, we will send you hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars.”
Instead, foreign aid is based on an implied bribery agreement. Everyone understands what the core term of the agreement is: “We will give you this money and you, in return, will do as we dictate. If you fail to do so, your foreign aid will be terminated.”