In a random act of journalism ABC News has uncovered an ethics scandal that government watchdogs say is very concerning.
Hunter Biden isn’t the only Biden family member raising ethical concerns, Biden’s son-in-law, Howard Krein also seems to be cashing in.
“Howard Krein is playing with fire,” said Meredith McGehee, the executive director of Issue One, a nonpartisan ethics watchdog group. “If he gets too close to that flame — if he is trying to either cash in on his relationship with the president, or he is trying to influence policy — the flame is going to get him. And it is not worth it to him or to Biden.”
Krein oversee’s StartUp Health software developed by Yosi Health which is designed to help health agencies, companies, healthcare systems, and governments manage and keep track of the vaccine effort. Krein is the chief medical officer for the StartUp Health and is married to President Joe Biden’s daughter.
Yosi was very aware of Krein’s connection to Biden and wanted StartUp Health to start lobbying the federal government.
“Our goal with StartUp Health is to leverage their relationships and work with state and federal agencies,” he explained in an interview with ABC News.
Krein and the President Biden have profited together before in 2011. With the help of then Vice President Biden Krein founded a firm with his brother Steven Krein and tech entrepreneur Unity Stoakes, Biden has supported the firm speaking at conferences and giving the company executives access to meet with then-President Barack Obama.
From ABC News:
When the COVID-19 crisis emerged during Biden’s bid for the White House, Krein stepped up in the spring to advise his father-in-law’s campaign in an unofficial role on potential pandemic response plans — an arrangement that garnered scrutiny at the time, given StartUp Health’s push to invest in firms that were looking to tailor products to help the pandemic response.
Now, with Biden in office, Krein’s involvement with StartUp Health has prompted more tough questions, ethicists and tech industry experts told ABC News. Among them: Should Krein advise companies backed by StartUp Health in their efforts to win lucrative government contracts? Should he weigh in with his father-in-law on policy decisions that may benefit those companies? And will he obtain sensitive government information that may help inform investment decisions?
“Dr. Krein presents an ethical dilemma because he’s being placed in a position where people want him to deliver access and information that will provide them with a competitive advantage,” said Scott Amey, general counsel at the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight, which investigates possible conflicts of interest and allegations of waste or fraud in federal government.
Biden recently said in an interview he will keep family business and the federal government separate.
“We’re going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration,” he told People Magazine last week. “No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy.”
Right, meaning they are going to spy on members of congress, spy on Americans, let an embassy fall to cover up an international scandal, and spy on their political enemies to try to win an election.
Even Obama made sure during his presidency isolated himself from Biden because he felt some of the stuff his family was involved in was sketchy.
The report from ABC News is extensive and goes into the further ethical issues concerning the Biden Administration you can read the full report here.