Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed recovering journalist Clint Brewer in studio to comment on Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s new House caucus as the Biden family’s financial reports come under scrutiny.
Leahy: We are broadcasting live from our studios on Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee. Clint Brewer, recovering journalists, and all around. Good guy. Our good friend and all-star panelist is in studio. Clint, just to get warmed up here on this let’s talk a little bit about the Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy. It was the most bizarre election in modern political history.
Brewer: Remarkable political theater.
Leahy: Remarkable political theater.
Brewer: It was after 15 ballots.
Leahy: Elected speaker.
Brewer: I felt like we should all start speaking British or Italian or something. A British accent or Italian. It was like parliamentary shenanigans. It was really interesting.
Leahy: And in the end, though, he is now speaker. He seems to have consolidated his position as speaker, and he seems to be making a lot of, from a conservative point of view, good decisions. Your thoughts?
Brewer: Yes. I think he is, just in a very broad sense. He seems to have effectively tamped down some of the less effective wings of the House caucus.
Leahy: That’s funny. That’s funny. Clint has a smile when he says less effective wings. (Chuckles) Translate that into what you really mean.
Brewer: I’m getting ready to translate for you.
Leahy: Translate for us. (Laughs)
Brewer: He’s got some of the wing nuts pushed to the side. We’re not running out into traffic espousing too many conspiracy theories. (Leahy chuckles) I think the look of the party’s a little better than it was during the Speaker’s race. At the same time, I think there are some substantive things happening.
This is one of my pet peeves. I think a lot of Americans probably in some way care about this. I read about a set of hearings that are being had on the origins of the Coronavirus.
Leahy: Very important.
Brewer: And this lab leak theory that many in the mainstream media like to denigrate. It is just a remarkably huge coincidence that you have a virus that breaks out miles from a virology lab that’s studying the same kind of virus. You probably should ask some questions about that.
Leahy: I think asking questions is very legitimate.
Brewer: I think it’s a great thing.
Leahy: You framed it as a theory.
Brewer: But they’re all theories.
Leahy: It’s a theory that is perhaps gaining credence everywhere.
Brewer: It’s a theory that frankly makes some sense.
Leahy: It makes a lot of sense.
Brewer: But there are other theories that also make sense, but the very fact that the House is willing to have the conversation. I think is, that’s just one example, but Republicans wanted the House to come in and ask a bunch of these questions about any number of topics that just were not addressed and wouldn’t be addressed under a Democratic majority. I think there’s some substantive work being done. It’s nice to see, and there’s a lot less noise.
Leahy: He’s made some really good selections for committee chairs. Mark Green is doing a fabulous job as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
Brewer: I’m not sure people in the state and in his district perhaps understand the gravity of what Congressman Green has been asked to do. His chairmanship of Homeland Security is an incredibly important job in this country, and he’s doing very well with it now.
Leahy: Also in our neighboring state of Kentucky, a congressman of whom I’d heard very little before, James Comer, is heading up an oversight committee that’s looking into questions surrounding the financial conduct of Hunter Biden.
There’s something called a suspicious activity report that banks are required to provide when big piles of money come in from overseas. And reportedly there were about 150 that were related to Hunter Biden. And now the Treasury Department was not providing those to the House Oversight Committee, but now they’ve started to provide access to those reports.
And the first one that came out said that in March of 2017, $3 million bucks came into a fellow whose last name is Walker. And here’s what he said. This is from The New York Post. According to bank documents we’ve already obtained, we know one company owned by a Biden associate.
This fellow Walker received a $3 million wire from a Chinese energy company two months after Joe Biden left the vice presidency. Soon after, hundreds of thousands of dollars in payouts went to members of the Biden family. We’re gonna continue to use bank accounts and suspicious activity reports to follow the money trail. And apparently, those members of the Biden family were hunter Biden, James Biden, and a mysterious Biden.
Brewer: Is that a first name?
Brewer: Mysterious Biden. (Chuckles)
Leahy: Mysterious Biden. This all kind of confirms what Tony Bobulinski said way back in October 2020. He was on Tucker Carlson, but nobody in the mainstream media paid a lot of attention to it.
Clint, what would’ve happened if $3 million of dollars went to an associate of oh, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, and then there’s a record of them getting hundreds of thousands of dollars, and if this money came from a Chinese energy company controlled by the Chinese Communist Party? How would the press have reported something like that?
Brewer: It would’ve been remarkable that it didn’t come from Russia if it had gone to the Trumps.
Leahy: That’s a joke, folks. (Laughter)
Brewer: Joke, everybody. When you go into the White House and this, this goes back as far as what the Clintons possibly, and your family, and this is just part of the political landscape in this country. You can either applaud it or bemoan it. You’re under a constant state of scrutiny at the media level and eventually at the legal level.
I think a lot of these families who rise to power like this have broad business interests and entanglements, and they’re going to begin investigated and the opposition is going to investigate them. The media used to investigate them.
I think it’s part of the due course of being in office and the Trumps are being investigated all across the East coast. They’ve been subjected to an extreme amount of scrutiny. I think some of it due, some of it not. And for the Bidens, it’s your turn. And there’s a lot of smoke there.
Leahy: A lot. And of course, James Comer, the congressman, is turning out to be pretty good. Basically, he said why did all this money go to various Bidens? He said, “They don’t manufacture anything. They don’t sell anything. They don’t own any real estate. We don’t know what the business is.” My theory, he says, is its influence peddling, and if so, that’s wrong. Well, yes.
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