President Joe Biden’s son-in-law’s involvement in a company that invests in companies seeking federal government contracts has raised more questions about ethics and nepotism which follow previous questions about his son’s business dealings.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that Biden’s family members, in this case his daughter Ashley and son-in-law Howard Krein, are benefiting from their relation to the president.
"The president has made clear there will be an absolute wall between him and any business connected with his family members," Psaki said. "We’ve put in place stringent policies."
However, both ABC and Fox News reported that a small tech firm, Yosi Health, which has developed software to improve COVID-19 vaccination distribution, in December contacted StartUp Health, a company where Krein serves as the chief medical officer, specifically because of its government contacts.
"Our goal with StartUp Health is to leverage their relationships and work with state and federal agencies," Yosi CEO Hari Prasad told with ABC News.
Ethics accusations against Biden have largely focused on his son Hunter, particularly after a laptop reportedly belonging to him was left unclaimed at a Delaware computer repair shop that contained emails that suggested influence peddling. They also appeared to contradict Joe Biden’s claims that he had no knowledge of his son’s business affairs.
Tony Bobulinski, a business associate of both Hunter Biden and Joe Biden’s brother, Jim Biden, in a firm that was a joint venture with CEFC China Energy, rebuked Joe Biden’s claims, saying the former vice president and now president was well aware of his son’s activities.
"Howard Krein is playing with fire," ABC quoted the executive director of the ethics watchdog group Issue One, Meredith McGehee. "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.”
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