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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Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Senior Editor-At-Large at The Epoch Times Roger Simon and Mayor Andy Ogles to the studio and welcomed Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line to discuss the up and coming Hunter Biden PowerPoint and the Chinese Communist strategy of loan and debt in their strategical takeover of the global economy.
Leahy: In studio a good friend, Roger Simon, the newest all-star panelist and the Senior Editor-at-Large at The Epoch Times, Andy Ogles the mayor of Maury County. We’ve been talking about a lot of things having a party.
We’ll get to our good friend and Washington correspondent Neil McCabe in just a minute. I want to set this up, Roger, for you with the following. Os Guinness is a great writer. He’s written A Suicide of the West.
He’s a Christian philosopher who has an understanding of politics. He’s the guy behind the concept that the United States was founded on the Golden Triangle of Freedom. And in essence, it says, freedom requires virtue.
Virtue requires faith. Faith, in turn, requires freedom. We’re in trouble in all those areas right now in the United States. And his argument is we are suffering from the rise of the left. He was a kid, he is 70 years old and he was born in China.
His parents were medical missionaries. He’s English. He was there in 1949 when the long March began and with the rise of Communist China, his argument is that here in the United States, we’ve seen a long March of Marxism through the institutions. And he thinks we got to fix that. Roger, you had some thoughts about that. Will we be able to fix it?
Simon: I have a piece coming out later today on The Epoch Times, in which I essentially say that what we used to call the Silent Majority is about to go un-silent. And the reason that’s happening is that the moms are finally getting upset, really upset because of the infiltration of Marxism into the educational system in our country.
It may be almost a biological thing of don’t fool with our children. Do what you want but you start to fool with our kids. And it’s over. And we’re going to say something. And I think in a hard way, we got three guys sitting here at the table but the women are going to lead the way in this a bit. I mean, there are a lot of men speaking out, too, but, I mean…
Leahy: The moms are not happy.
Simon: They’re not happy. And there’s a good reason not to be happy.
Ogles: Anecdotally just the other night in Williamson County, you have Moms for Liberty through together an event. And basically, in a two-week, 16 day time period, you had almost 400 upset mothers show up at this event and recoiling against the school system in Williamson County.
And I’ve been traveling to the state here aggressively these last few weeks. People will book me last minute, seven days out. And on a Tuesday night in Lenoir City, and you have standing room, only 120 people show up because they are frustrated. They are angry. And I can only speak for Tennessee. But there’s the potential for a wave election to come up.
Leahy: I want to bring in our good friend, the Washington Correspondent for the Star News Network, and The Tennessee Star, Neil McCabe. Neil had a breaking, exclusive story about sort of institutional hypocrisy having to do with Hunter Biden.
Simon: No kidding?
Leahy: Yeah, no kidding. I know what a shock. Neil McCabe, welcome to The Tennessee Star Report. You’re early this week, but it’s an important story, and we wanted to get you in early and you’ll be on tomorrow as well. But tell us about your breaking story.
McCabe: What’s happening is Fisher who was for a while he was the producer of Steve Bannon’s War Room-Pandemic, and now he’s a senior staffer on Capitol Hill. But he’s also the vice president of New York City-New York Young Republicans Club, which is founded in 1911.
It’s one of the oldest Republican clubs in the country. And he will be giving tonight a full-frontal expose of the Hunter Biden laptop with PowerPoint slides that aren’t like your usual PowerPoint slide presentations. (Leahy laughs)
People complain about your death by PowerPoint. I think people are going to be focused on what’s going on in this PowerPoint slide.
Leahy: Mayor of Maury County Andy Ogles has a question for you.
Ogles: When you say Hunter Biden in full frontal in the same sentence, it makes me nervous. (Laughter)
Simon: Are they going to put this online, by the way?
McCabe: I don’t know if it’s going to be online, but it’s actually going to be a fundraiser for the New York Republicans Club at their clubhouse in Manhattan. And Vish was one of the first guys who did the deep dive into the hard drive because he was working for Bannon when Rudy Giuliani brought it to Bannon.
And Jack Maxey, who for a long time was Bannon’s co-host on War Room. So Bish and Jack Maxey really the ones who went into the folders and all the different files, and they’re still digging through it. But rarely what comes out is there are policy problems, because to what degree was U.S. policy being crafted to profit the Biden family?
But there’s also this thread all through the laptop hard drive of Hunter Biden as a son, craving his father’s attention and craving his father’s love. And his father’s only interest seems to be to just keep Hunter in the game because Hunter is the bagman for all the other family operations.
Simon: Sounds like H.L. Mencken all over again. That famous quote when somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.
McCabe: (Laughs) Yeah, it’s scary and it’s sad. And they’ll be going through some of the crazy relationships that Hunter had. And really, there’s the business with the Chinese. I talked to Vish, of course, for my Tennessee Star article and he really made the point that Ukraine was almost a distraction, that it could have been the Chinese who actually set him up in Ukraine. But China was where the real money was, and that’s where the real sort of policy perversions were.
Leahy: And then also related to that, I don’t know if you saw this story. Alex Marlow, editor in chief of Breitbart, has a new book out called Breaking the News. One of the revelations is that while his father was Vice President and subsequently Hunter Biden flew out of Andrews Air Force Base 23 times as a private citizen.
McCabe: Hunter was sort of operating in that sort of dual space where he’s almost like an emissary from his father. And we’ve seen other family members do that. Usually, there are times when even George W. Bush was the one who told Sununu to resign as his father’s chief of staff sort of in the shadows kind of operator.
But Hunter Biden was just about the money, and he was really going after he was going around the world trying to vie for the Chinese, Mexican oil fields, Romanian oil fields. It’s really outrageous.
Simon: That’s the method of the Chinese Communist Party who is no longer really strictly Communist in the old sense. They’re more like powerful oligarchs trying to buy the world with their belt and road system. And they’re doing a good job because we’re all suckers for it.
McCabe: They’re buying up all the coal and all the oil, and then they’re telling us to have solar cars. (Laughter)
Leahy: Victor Davis Hanson had a great commentary about that we publish at The Tennessee Star. Basically, they’re really about the elite, shall we say, the oligarchs, they want to basically make a lot of money for themselves and do whatever they want. But tell you that you’ve got to have solar cars and do all that kind of craziness.
McCabe: And you talk about old Chinese techniques. It’s a very old Chinese technique to allow someone to run up incredible amounts of debt that they have no means of ever repaying. And then finally reaching a point where you take their house and take their farm. And with the belt and road loans, we saw.
Simon: Or you take their ports, which is what are the things they are really trying to do.
McCabe: Yes. In Africa, we see it where they come in and they say, okay, now we lend you the money for the generator and a generation plant. Now that plant is ours. We lent you the money for the port, and now the port is ours. And I think we owe a lot of money to the Chinese, too.
Leahy: It’s a little bit like the old mercantilism of the 16th and 17th centuries that America revolted against.
McCabe: And we laughed at them when they said they were going to build an industrial society. We laughed at them and we said, we’re so smart, we’re going to be an information economy. And now they make three times as many cars as we do.
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