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The son also rises (Joe Biden influence alert)
powerline ^ | 9/8/2008 | powerline

Posted on 09/08/2008 2:49:13 PM PDT by milwguy

Perhaps the MSM will scrutinize the rise of Beau Biden, son of Joe Biden, to a career position as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney's office.

As I understand the facts, Biden, a graduate of Syracuse University law school, began his DOJ career in 1995 in the Office of Policy Development. Two years later, he obtained the far more prestigious and high profile position of Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Philadelphia office. This is a career position, so politics should not come into play in the selection process.

AUSAs litigate cases on behalf of the U.S. government.

The suspicion arises, therefore, that Beau Biden got his AUSA job with the help of his father. It's only a suspicion, but one that perhaps merits scrutiny from a few of the MSM correspondents currently on assignment in Alaska.

But the issue here isn't really young Biden; it's his father, the candidate for vice president. If Joe Biden used his political influence (he is, of course, a powerful member of the Senate Judiciary Committee) to help his son land a position he otherwise would not have obtained, then Beau's elevation reeks of the insider-influence that John McCain is making a centerpiece of his campaign. It also exposes the elder Biden as a hypocrite on the question of the politicization of the DOJ.

UPDATE: Beau Biden apparently failed to pass the Delaware bar exam three times before finally passing in 2001. He did pass the Maryland bar on his first attempt. Typically membership in the bar of the state where the U.S. Attorney's Office is located is considered desirable, although to my knowledge not a requirement, to be an AUSA. I've found no indication that Beau Biden was a member of the Pennsylvania bar

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Delaware; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; beaubiden; biden; bidenfamily; doj; mccain; mccainpalin; obama; obamabiden; palin
Failed the Bar THREE times, has no litigation experience and is promoted to prestigous position as AUSA for Philly. I am sure Plugs never made a call on behalf of his son. Joe is so modest, I can't imagine him strong arming the Justice Dept to get his son this job.
1 posted on 09/08/2008 2:49:14 PM PDT by milwguy
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To: milwguy

Was this his lobbyist son or was that another?

2 posted on 09/08/2008 2:51:44 PM PDT by Harry Wurzbach
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To: milwguy

I thought Biden’s son was a wealthy lobbyist living in DC. Am I wrong? Is that another son?

3 posted on 09/08/2008 2:52:37 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: Harry Wurzbach

Hedge fund executive Hunter Biden has had anything but a quiet introduction to his career in finance.

The 38-year-old son of Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden is caught up in several lawsuits regarding the acquisition and operation of Paradigm Companies, an investment firm that operates a fund of funds - a hedge fund that invests in other hedge funds.

Biden also appears to be feuding with partner James Park, the son-in-law of the Rev. Sun Myoung Moon, Court papers show.

Biden, also a Washington lobbyist, took control of Paradigm in August 2006 and was, for a brief period, its president - getting paid $1.2 million a year despite no experience in the sector, according to charges in one of the suits.


4 posted on 09/08/2008 2:56:41 PM PDT by maggief (Difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull ... lipstick!)
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To: milwguy

Joe stays “fit” using a key exercise for the Biden family,

...influence peddling.

5 posted on 09/08/2008 3:01:18 PM PDT by rod1
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To: maggief; pissant
You really can't talk about Beau Biden with out talking about Larry Sinclair. As disgusting as the story is, and as slimy as Larry Sinclair is, Beau Biden was DEAD WRONG in trumping up charges, falsely accusing Sinclair, falsely arresting Sinclair, then dropping of all the phony charges as a smoke screen leading up to Joe Biden's selection as VP candidate.

I know many FReepers don't want to hear about, or discuss Larry Sinclair, but the Obama-Biden-Biden tactics are the highest form of corruption you can find. The Karaoke Media Machine won't touch this story, but if this is how Barry and Plugs treat detractors, the icky story needs to be told.

6 posted on 09/08/2008 3:07:56 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: milwguy

As I posted before, the recent report of the DOJ Inspector General (Clinton appointee) investigating improper hiring of career DOJ attorneys went only as far back as the current Bush administration.


7 posted on 09/08/2008 3:09:22 PM PDT by afortiori
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To: milwguy

Don’t be holding your breath waiting for this to be investigated.

8 posted on 09/08/2008 3:11:45 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Conservatives say, 'Seeing is believing.' - - - Liberals say, 'Believing is seeing'.)
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I agree. There is no doubt that the Biden Family was tapped to dispose of Mr. Sinclair.

9 posted on 09/08/2008 3:12:26 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party:
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To: milwguy

Beau is a lightweight alright. I have heard from people who know him personally that Joe pretty much forced him into the family biz. Not cut out for public office at all. The funny thing is, it’s pretty obvious that he knows it. For a politician he is really uncomfortable with people, even in small groups. Terrible public speaker. Check out his convention speech (which he must have been puking over) and watch how he stares at the teleprompter. Imagine if your Dad made you AG when you didn’t want the job and had know idea what to do. That’s Beau. He has this nervous air about like he’s always glancing at his handlers to make sure he’s not screwing up. Kind of guy who needs a cue card to read two sentences. Sad thing is he could end up in the Senate.

10 posted on 09/08/2008 3:24:55 PM PDT by Callahan
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