Arkansas judge in Hunter Biden’s paternity case suddenly recuses himself as claims of a stock scheme emerge, known as the “China hustle”
By JD Heyes
Things are getting stranger and stranger regarding the paternity case engulfing Hunter Biden, the son of former VP Joe Biden, the leading 2020 Democratic presidential contender. And wouldn’t you know it: The weird stuff is taking place in Bill and Hillary Clinton’s home state of Arkansas.
As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the Arkansas judge handling Hunter Biden’s paternity case suddenly recused himself earlier this week only hours after there was an attempt to make the businessman’s dealings in Ukraine the focus of the case.
Judge Don McSpadden did not give an explanation when he suddenly announced he was recusing himself.
McSpadden had presided over the case since the mother of Hunter Biden’s baby, a stripper named Lunden Roberts, 28, filed suit for child support in May. The child is 16 months old.
Roberts had been demanding that Hunter Biden provide her with five years’ worth of financial records.
The Daily Mail added:
McSpadden’s recusal came two hours after ‘defrauded investor’ Joel Caplan, who wants to be made a party in the case, filed a witness statement from ex-Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
Shokin claimed he was fired in 2016 because he was leading an investigation into Burisma and refused to shut it down, despite pressure from Hunter’s father, then-VP Joe Biden.
It should be noted that Joe Biden himself bragged about having Shokin fired during a 2018 event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations; there is video of the claim, in fact.
Hunter Biden’s finances have been in the spotlight for months — ever since the video of Joe Biden surfaced and since Democrats began their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The Donkey Party claims that Trump threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine until the government agreed to launch an investigation into Hunter Biden’s dealings with Burisma, an energy firm that was paying him a reported $83,000 per month. Shokin was investigating the company for corruption when Joe Biden says he threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Kiev unless Shokin was fired.
“The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings,” Shokin said in a witness statement in September. (Related: Scandal: Joe Biden’s son Hunter landed sweet big money deals in Ukraine while VP dad was threatening its government.)
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He also noted that after he was fired “it became clear that the real reason for the dismissal was my actions regarding in Burisma and Biden’s personal interest in that company.”
Shokin’s statement was submitted to McSpadden’s court as part of Caplan’s motion to try to become a party in Roberts’ paternity case.
Earlier this week, he claimed in a court filing that he should be in on the case because he needed to see Hunter Biden’s bank account records to prove that he allegedly was paid $1.5 billion from Chinese companies that “hustled Americans out of their life savings.”
In a 30-page filing, Caplan asked McSpadden to “follow the money,” detailing how he was allegedly swindled out of 10 years’ worth of savings in a “multi-billion dollar stock scheme known as the China Hustle.”
He also claimed that several Chinese nationals made a lot of money from the scheme, which the Daily Mail says involved the presentation of phony documents under the guise that they were genuine.
After they made their fortunes, the Chinese nationals used part of the money to influence U.S. politics and “bribe” individuals, including Hunter Biden.
Earlier reports have noted that Joe and Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China, and less than two weeks later, Hunter’s firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, which was founded with two other businessmen in June of that year, made a deal to open a fund, BHR Partners, with the government-run Bank of China as the biggest shareholder.
Since then, the firm has invested about $2.1 billion.
What McSpadden’s sudden recusal has to do with Hunter Biden’s finances is anyone’s guess. But since his dad is a former VP now running for president in Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Arkansas, anything is possible.