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The message was clear at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday, two days after the FBI raid the home of former President Donald Trump in Florida.
Hunter Biden got on Air Force One at 1:20 p.m., right next to his father, the president. His home had never been searched before.
Even though the US attorney in Joe Biden's home state of Delaware was investigating his questionable business dealings at a snail's pace and there was plenty of evidence that he took millions of dollars from America's enemies in exchange for influencing his father, who was then vice president, and even though he worked with Communist China to spread "belt-and-road" imperialism around the world to hurt America, Hunter, 52, didn't look like he cared.
Dressed in a suit and tie and accompanied by his wife Melissa Cohen and toddler son Beau Biden, he walked slowly up the stairs of the presidential jet with Joe, cracking jokes behind closed doors before stopping at the top to turn and face the waiting cameras, father and son, giving the world a last look at their brazen smiles before taking off for a seven-day vacation to Kiawah Island, SC, a favorite family spot.
The unspoken message was, "We can't be hurt."
They might as well have flipped off half the country.
Political hit job
Since the raid at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, Democrats and media outlets that support them have been high-fiving and back-slapping on MSNBC and CNN. Already, magazine covers are being made that show Trump in a photoshopped orange jumpsuit and behind bars.
They laugh and say, "No one is above the law." Unless you're a Democrat.
The fact that neither President Biden nor his handpicked Attorney General Merrick Garland has bothered to explain the raid shows that they don't care about how it looks.
They haven't tried to reassure the American people that this isn't a political hit job to kill the most likely Republican candidate for president in 2024.
Polls show that half of the country thinks the FBI has become the Democrats' own Gestapo. This doesn't bother them.
They don't care about the political firestorm they've started because they think they control the corrupt institutions that have all the power.
“They don’t even hide it anymore,” says Professor Nicholas Giordano, ex-catastrophic-planning official in New York state’s Office of Emergency Management and host of “The P.A.S. Report” podcast, which offers deep insights into the security state.
“But at this point why do they have to hide it because no one’s held accountable? It’s indisputable that when Democrats do wrong there are no arrests or charges and they are handled with kid gloves . . . Yet everyone in Trump’s orbit gets charged.”
He says that reports that the FBI used information from a confidential human source who told them where to look for classified documents at Mar-a-Lago suggest that the feds have been watching Trump for a long time.
"Why are they asking people close to Trump to look into him? It seems like they are watching him again, as if it were the Russia collusion hoax."
It's a joke that the government suddenly cares about classified documents.
Adam Schiff, who is in charge of the House Intelligence Committee, is always leaking classified information and making things up, like saying that Hunter's laptop was Russian disinformation. This would have to bother them.
They would have to be concerned about Hillary Clinton's private server and the emails that have gone missing.
They would have to care that former FBI Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, lied to officials and gave out classified information.
They would have to be interested in Hunter's laptop and who the Big Guy is.
"Let's be honest," said Giordano. "In the United States, there are a lot of people who are above the law."
But not Trump, who has been looked into more than anyone else in U.S. history.
Every part of the former president's life has been looked into by the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Southern District of New York, special counsel Robert Mueller, the Manhattan district attorney, the New York state attorney general, officials in Georgia, and now the January 6 Committee.
He must be a very good criminal to have made it this far.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, was given a secret warrant so that the FBI could spy on his cloud for months before raiding him early in the morning and taking all of his devices except for the Hunter Biden hard drive.
They didn't charge him with anything, gave him all of his things back 15 months later, and then quietly ended the investigation into alleged violations of foreign lobbying laws.
The punishment is what happens.
Now, almost exactly 90 days before the midterms, we're supposed to believe that dozens of FBI agents spent nine hours tearing Trump's house apart because they think he broke the Presidential Records Act.
Giuliani thinks the FBI was looking for evidence that would help Nancy Pelosi's January 6 Committee find Trump guilty of starting the Capitol riot.
"What are you doing tearing apart his wife's bedroom? It had better be for a really good reason.
"I think they're hoping there's something there, like a piece of paper that says, 'Make sure you make it to the rally,' or something they can take out of context, like 'We're going to blow this up.'"
He doesn't think Garland didn't know about the raid. He doesn't think the White House didn't know either.
Giordano says most retired FBI agents he talks to say the agency has become “nothing more than a political machine and thoroughly corrupt [meaning] ideologically corrupted, where people put their ideology before the actual mission . . . It is an arm of the Democratic National Committee.
"The FBI can't be saved at this point. You can't turn a powerful organization like the FBI into a political weapon."
But he warns that the Democrats have "opened Pandora's box," so they should be careful about what they want.
Giuliani says Biden will get the boomerang back.
"Breaking into the home of a former president is a political act, especially since you're going against what has always been done.
"All of a sudden, you're the first president of the United States to bring your predecessor to court like it's a banana republic. We've been putting it off for 240 years. Hillary wasn't hurt by Trump. Ford didn't do it.
"If Trump becomes president, the first thing he'll do is raid all of Biden's homes."
This is something the president should think about while he is on Kiawah Island this week.