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Hunter Biden’s Legal Work in Romania Now Raises Eyebrows of Ethics Experts

New reporting is coming to light about his efforts connected to a real estate tycoon who was convicted and sentenced to prison for seven years

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Here we go again — there’s another new Hunter Biden story being reported and this one’s a doozy, as I see it.

We’re now heading to Romania, where Hunter Biden (shown above) apparently did some work with a real estate tycoon who cooked up corrupt land deals.

The individual was eventually convicted and sentenced to prison for seven years, but is said to be hiding out in London, avoiding extradition to Romania.

The Biden family reportedly has “deep ties” to the country of Romania — just as they have “deep ties” to Ukraine and China.

Ethics experts are suggesting we’re likely looking at yet another “inappropriate, conflict-of-interest” situation with former Vice President Joe Biden, just as we have in Ukraine and China.

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Hunter Biden’s work in Romania went unreported for the most part; but the work was done, apparently, at the same time the then-vice president was heavily involved in issues with that country.

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“In the final year of the Obama administration,” NBC News reported, “an American lawyer traveled to Romania to meet with a businessman accused of orchestrating a corrupt land deal.”

“The businessman was Gabriel ‘Puiu’ Popoviciu, a wealthy Romanian real estate tycoon. The lawyer brought in to advise him was Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, according to two people familiar with the matter,” NBC News also noted.

Biden’s work for Popoviciu in 2016 “went unreported at the time, but Joe Biden’s involvement in Romania was very much public. The vice president was among the leading voices pushing the government to crack down on corruption.”

Sure — sounds perfectly legit.

As NBC also pointed out, “There’s no evidence that Hunter or his father acted improperly or violated any laws. But the arrangement, government ethics experts say, raises concerns that Hunter Biden was used as a prop in Popoviciu’s effort to dodge criminal prosecution.”

“’We don’t know what [Hunter Biden] was paid or what he was paid for, but it does raise questions of whether this Romanian individual facing criminal charges was actually paying for a connection to the American vice president,’ said Kathleen Clark, a Washington University law professor who specializes in government ethics.”

The Romanian government had declined to prosecute the tycoon; then the country’s National Anti-Corruption Protection Service took over the case. In 2016, the tycoon put together a “dream legal team” — which included Hunter Biden to fight the charges.

NBC shared more: “The businessman claimed Popoviciu had purchased the land for ‘significantly less money than it was actually worth,’ the documents say. Further, the businessman alleged the plot wasn’t the property of the University of Agronomy, but was instead owned by the Romanian government, according to the documents.”

“Romanian prosecutors initially declined to investigate citing a lack of evidence. But in July 2008, the country’s National Anti-Corruption Protection Service took over the case.”

“The university rector was charged in March 2009 with abusing his position and Popoviciu was charged with ‘complicity in abuse of position,’ the documents show. Two months later, Popoviciu was hit with a bribery charge.”

“Popoviciu was convicted in 2016 but launched an appeal.”

Read more here about how “Romania was by then a familiar place to the Biden family.”

Last month, Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and now a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, signaled he was planning to broaden his attacks against Hunter Biden.

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“We haven’t moved to Romania yet. Wait ‘til we get to Romania,” Giuliani told Fox News host Howard Kurtz.

Stay tuned, folks. 

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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