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Disbarred attorney jailed for bribery testifies he gave James Biden $800K in loans, only got half back in new twist

WASHINGTON — A disbarred Mississippi lawyer who served time and was disbarred on bribery charges told investigators in the House impeachment inquiry on Thursday that he gave an $800,000 loan to his eldest son, James Biden, but is now back. said it cost only $400,000, creating a new twist in a wide-ranging investigation.

“He has no documents or records of any such loan,” Joey Langston said in private testimony, according to a person familiar with his testimony.

Langston said he made four loans to James in 2016, one in 2017 and possibly other loans at additional times.

Langston is tried and failed It is unclear whether he sought a federal pardon from then-President Barack Obama in the final year of his term.

Langston’s massive financial aid to his then-second brother brings a new element of intrigue to the impeachment inquiry into corruption allegations in the Biden family.

Langston pled guilty in 2008 He was sentenced to three years in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to bribe a judge in an asbestos legal fees dispute by promising a state jurist favorable consideration for a federal judgeship.

A disbarred lawyer said Thursday that he gave his eldest son, James Biden, an $800,000 loan but only got back $400,000. AP

Mr. Langston’s co-conspirator in the case, Mississippi attorney Dickie Scruggs, is involved in a second indictment alleging he tried to bribe another judge with $40,000, also to cover legal costs. It was a dispute.

James Biden was wiretapped by the FBI in 2007, while his brother was still a senator, as part of a second Washington Post bribery investigation. report During December.

Amid the bribery conspiracy, James Biden, who was not indicted in the case, revealed that he and Scruggs and co-conspirator Tim were involved in establishing a law firm that employed him, his nephew Hunter Biden, and James’ wife Sarah.・I had discussions with Mr. Balducci and others.

James Biden was in negotiations to form a law firm that would employ him and Hunter Biden. AP

James Biden’s relationship with an unscrupulous Mississippi lawyer has raised eyebrows in the past.

Then Sen. After Scruggs, the architect of a multibillion-dollar litigation scheme, paid James Biden’s lobbying firm $100,000 in 1998, Biden lied about the addictive nature of its products, according to The Washington Post. He went from being an opponent of a federal law that would have sanctioned tobacco companies for violating the law to a supporter of the idea. The Post reported.

“If he wasn’t the senator’s brother, I probably wouldn’t have hired him,” Scruggs told the newspaper.

Langston, who testified before Congress on Thursday, hosted a fundraiser for Joe Biden. ProPublica reported.

The Washington Post reported that Scruggs took Joe Biden on a private plane to a fundraiser.

Mississippi lawyer Dickie Scruggs flew Joe Biden to a fundraiser in his private plane. Annabel Gordon/CNP/SplashNews.com

The Biden family’s blurring of political and personal business in Mississippi resembles a familiar aspect of the impeachment inquiry. The impeachment inquiry is primarily focused on Joe Biden’s overseas operations during his time as Vice President and what two IRS whistleblowers say was a Justice Department cover-up. Joe and his eldest son Hunter were involved in investigations into tax evasion, money laundering, and unregistered foreign lobbying.

Joe Biden has consistently maintained that he “never” discusses business with his son and brother, and in December said he “hasn’t” interacted with their partners. Evidence including photos, emails and witness testimony shows that Biden did indeed interact with his son and brother’s colleagues at two Chinese government-linked business companies, as well as their patrons from Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine. It is shown that.

James Biden, who sent $240,000 to Joe Biden in 2017 and 2018 over opaque loan repayment allegations, was allegedly vague about what business services he provided. .

Mr. James Comer is the Chairman of the Oversight Committee. CQ-Roll Call, Inc (via Getty Images)

According to a 2021 book by Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger, James said in the early 2000s, when he and his nephew Hunter took over the failed investment bank Paradigm, “there were people all over the world who wanted to invest in Joe Biden. “There is,” he said.

James Biden’s attorney did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.