Pete Riehm
We know they lied, so they can’t be trusted!
By Pete Riehm
April 25, 2023

The salacious sensational saga of Hunter Biden continues to drag on, teasing with corruption at the highest levels and titillating with outright sleazy homemade pornography. However, like a long running soap opera, there is endless drama and suspense, but no climax or conclusion. Despite the breath-taking investigative roller coaster and incredible influence peddling, the Hunter Biden story is tawdry and tedious, so it has become puzzling that nothing has been done, and boring that nothing will be done. But that’s the second goal. Grind out the story until Americans lose interest or just give up on any hope of justice.

After lying about the Hunter Biden laptop, the first goal was to make Americans believe this scandal is just about Hunter Biden. Poor hapless Hunter is just a bit player is this epic tale of presidential corruption and deep state intrigue. The real questions are: who in the government actively covered up and lied about this scandal and why? How much did Joe Biden benefit from this corruption and to whom is he beholden?!

The FBI has had Hunter’s laptop for over three years, but despite ample demonstrable evidence of myriad criminal activity on that laptop, the FBI has yet to charge Hunter with anything. It’s old news now, but it’s back in the news again, because an IRS whistleblower has come forward claiming a Biden political appointee, thought to be Attorney General Merrick Garland, misled Congress about any pending indictments and worse has prevented any indictments by the DOJ.

Garland swears the DOJ is apolitical and independent, so how does he explain over three years of inaction while sitting on plainly incriminating evidence that has been the butt of late-night TV jokes for years? The House Oversight and Accountability Committee gave us a clue last month when they uncovered a $3 million payment to Biden family members from a Chinese Energy Company controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). We know from Hunter’s emails that the “Big Guy” is Joe Biden, and he gets 10%, so there is an obvious trail that Joe Biden has in some way sold out to the CCP at least once. A corrupt then Vice President is disturbing, but much more troubling is a DOJ decidedly deceiving Americans about it.

When Hunter’s laptop started smoking about three years ago, Americans instinctively knew there was fire there. The Democrat Media Complex rushed to extinguish that rational notion, but they needed a viable explanation from a credible source. And voila, a letter signed by 51 former intelligence officials suddenly appeared claiming the Hunter laptop was simply “Russian disinformation” to manipulate the 2020 election and should be disregarded.

The Democrat Media Complex unsurprisingly ran with that lie, but to ensure the truth was suppressed, the FBI warned Facebook and Twitter that the Hunter laptop story was Russian disinformation and asked them to censor it. They gladly did and went on to cancel any account that persisted in dissent. We have come to expect the Democrat Media Complex to blatantly lie to us, but Americans should be thoroughly shaken that the FBI also brazenly promoted that lie and sought to hide the provable evidence they had in their possession!

Last week, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Intelligence Committee Chairman Michael Turner (R-OH) revealed that former CIA Deputy Director, Michael Morrell, testified to Congress that it was Antony Blinken that contacted him and essentially orchestrated the production and promulgation of the entirely deceptive letter signed by 51 former intelligence officials to mislead the American people.

In addition to an Attorney General obstructing justice and an FBI colluding with social media to censor the truth, we also have a Secretary of State who knowingly perpetrated a fraud on the American people to win an election and earn his appointment. How can any of these people objectively serve the American people with such an abject gross lack of integrity?

Hunter Biden’s hedonistic antics and self-serving shenanigans are nothing more than a side show, an elaborate diversion to distract Americans from the real gravely serious questions. It’s clear that at least the CIA, DOJ, FBI, and State Department have been compromised. They cannot be trusted in anything. They knowingly lied to the American people, but to what end?

At best, these rogue agencies have abandoned their duty to the Constitution to become hyper partisan hacks manipulating our elections for their chosen candidate, but at worst the reasons could be much more sinister. Could all these people simply be died in the wool Democrats devoted to the feckless lackluster Joe Biden?

It’s hard to believe that bumbling Biden could command such loyalty. There is growing evidence that Joe Biden has a financially beneficial relationship with China, and all his policies certainly seem to favor China. He has stunted our economy, but aided China’s economy with his reckless climate change policies. He has ceded the international stage to his pal, President Xi Jinping, who is gathering our allies and enemies into his tent. And Biden has weakened our military while China embarks on an unabated military buildup.

Hunter Biden should surely be investigated and indicted as appropriate, but the evidence must be followed to all involved. A thoroughly disconcerting thought, Americans should be asking if our president has sold out to China, but much worse, the real question is where do the loyalties of the deep state lie?! Folks, there is real trouble in Washington.

“Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead” (Psalm 144:8).

Pete Riehm is a conservative activist and columnist in south Alabama. Email him at or read all his columns at

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Pete Riehm

Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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