Bo Dietl, the explosive private investigator, was on a mission. Unfortunately for him, the Amtrak announcer did not want to be silent about the passengers putting on their masks.
“This fucking guy wants to be an actor,” Dietl muttered as his Acela train idled at New York’s Penn Station Thursday morning.
The former NYPD detective turned eccentric media figure was on his way to Washington to meet with one of the greatest financial whistleblowers of all time. And he was eager to preview the dirt he hoped to get: information about former Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son Hunter, allegedly obtained through a laptop and diary the younger Biden had. left in Massachusetts from his former shrink. , a disgraced Fox News former pop psychiatrist who recently had his medical license revoked and his office raided by federal agents.
On the tracks to DC, Dietl told the Daily Beast that he was briefed on the Biden saga by his friend and longtime associate Rudy Giuliani. The former New York mayor and personal lawyer for President Donald Trump had obtained three computer hard drives apparently belonging to Hunter Biden, which he said contained evidence that Biden attempted to use his father’s position to conclude lucrative business abroad.
Dietl thought it was a bomb. But, even worse, he claimed that the hard drives contained compromising images of underage women – an allegation Giuliani himself made, but for which he has so far provided no evidence. “I saw a photo of a 14 year old girl. It was not a nice photo of the young woman, ”said Dietl. When asked how he knew her age, he replied, “She was 14, she was definitely a child.
Why Dietl is involved in all of this is not entirely clear. He has known Giuliani for years and says they were working together on a separate project when Giuliani stumbled across these alleged Hunter Biden hard drives. And so, he is now providing aid, joining what has become a makeshift team of investigators, cynical political operatives, and loyal Trump boosters who have clung to the Hunter Biden saga as a miracle cure for the woes of the re-election of the president.
Among this motley crew, according to Dietl, is Bernie Kerik. The former NYPD commissioner, he said, was with Giuliani when Giuliani traveled to Wilmington, Delaware to get the hard drives from a computer repair shop.
“Bobby Costello, he’s been involved with us as well,” Dietl said, referring to the white shoe lawyer Giuliani hired last year to push back investigations into his suspicious business relationship and lead efforts to unearth the Bidens in Ukraine.
In the days since the laptop’s existence was announced, its contents became fodder for countless stories about young Biden’s business ventures overseas, as well as speculation and innuendo that Elder Biden knew about it and, perhaps, took advantage of it. . This last point was disputed Thursday evening by the the Wall Street newspaper—One of the outlets that received a copy of Biden’s emails and reported that there was no evidence the former vice president profited from overseas transactions.
But at the same time as the newspaper was working on his story, Dietl was working on another source of potentially incriminating information about Hunter Biden. He was traveling to Washington, he said, to meet Bradley Birkenfeld, a native of the Boston area who now lives in Malta. A former executive at Swiss banking giant UBS, Birkenfeld until recently held the record for the largest financial award given to a whistleblower; the IRS gave him $ 104 million in 2012 after exposing a massive international tax evasion scheme.
“He’s the best whistleblower,” Dietl said.
Birkenfeld was in DC to promote his new book, Lucifer’s Banker Uncensored, following its debut in 2016, Lucifer’s Banker. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dietl and about two dozen others – not one wearing a face mask – gathered at the Capitol Hill Club, a restaurant and event space owned and adjacent to the headquarters of the Republican National Committee.
Guests mingled at an open bar, drinking mid-range alcohol and a sparse selection of beers and wines. The crowd was older and included other notable names besides Dietl. Also present was John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer who served time in prison after revealing details of the CIA’s torture program.
But the star of the evening was Birkenfeld, and at the pre-event reception the modest crowd buzzed with information he had apparently gathered about Trump’s political opponents. Of the 332 pages of his new book, only two contained details about Hunter Biden. But Birkenfeld seemed to recognize what the audience wanted to hear. And so, he kicked off his event with a thread on the son of the former vice president.
The story, Birkenfeld said, began when he received a call from a friend in Boston in October 2019. The friend, a corporate legal consultant and Forbes The columnist named Walt Pavlo, wanted to tell him about a psychiatrist named Keith Ablow.
(An aside here: Cable watchers are probably familiar with Ablow. He is a former contributor to Fox News, where he has frequently spoken out on the mental health of various public figures. Well ahead of his time, he accused Joe Biden to suffer from dementia after the 2012. Vice Presidential Debate.)
By the time Pavlo called Birkenfeld, Ablow had just settled the lawsuits of three former patients who accused him of sexual misconduct, allegations Ablow flatly denied. He had also just had his medical license suspended by a Massachusetts state medical board, which called it an “immediate and serious threat to public health, safety and welfare.”
But that wasn’t what Pavlo wanted to discuss. Instead, he told Birkenfeld that a friend of his had informed him that Hunter Biden had actually lived with Ablow for three months in the summer of 2018. Meanwhile, Pavlo claimed that Biden had been Ablow’s patient and told him about many of the same business relationships under the Obama administration that are now at the center of Team Trump’s allegations against the Biden family.
“He had information on money laundering and tax evasion,” Birkenfeld said of Ablow at Thursday’s event. To reinforce his point, Birkenfeld’s book even included a photo of Ablow and Biden together, which he said was taken in the town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, where Ablow lives and works. The photo is credited to Pavlo.
At this point, the Birkenfield story is catching up with the news. In a now familiar refrain, he says Pavlo told him that Hunter Biden left a laptop and diary with Ablow. “It was potentially a bomb,” writes Birkenfeld in his new book. He said he and Pavlo had tried to arrange a number of meetings with Ablow, but Ablow was holding them up. After consulting Dietl – whom Birkenfeld called “my friend” on Thursday – he and Pavlo decided to just show up at Ablow’s home. In December 2019, they knocked on his door and chatted with him for about an hour.
Birkenfeld says he tried to encourage Ablow to donate the material in his possession to law enforcement, but to no avail. Birkenfeld therefore decided to take the initiative himself. On February 11, he said, he traveled to Washington DC and met with two investigators from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who Birkenfeld said was investigating the allegations of Hunter Biden at the time.
Birkenfeld says he told investigators they should subpoena Ablow’s files as part of their investigation. But, three days later, the Drug Enforcement Administration raided Ablow’s office and, according to contemporary reports, removed the computers and paperwork (Ablow has not been charged with a crime).
And here’s the catch: Birkenfeld says those materials included Biden’s laptop and journal. In his book, he suggests that the raid may have been an effort to prevent the material from being exposed.
At this point Birkenfeld seemed to recognize how surreal it all sounds: that Hunter Biden would not only see professionally, but live with a psychiatrist in a condition hundreds of miles from home – a psychiatrist who accused his father of being living with dementia – that he confided in the intricate details of international corruption during those therapy sessions, that he would still leave ANOTHER LAPTOP at this TV doctor’s residence; and that the DEA surreptitiously grabbed that laptop as Senate investigators swarmed.
“I’m not a Deep State conspiracy nut, but draw your own conclusions,” Birkenfeld written in his book. “I tried to warn Ablow that it would happen that way.”
He elaborated on this in his remarks on Thursday. “Why did they attack his house? I don’t know, ”he says. “Someone said because I went to the Grassley team. May be. Someone is typing on my phone? CIA? NSA? Knuckleheads? Who knows.”
The Daily Beast attempted to confirm the details of the story at the end of Ablow. Reached by phone Thursday, he said he was not speaking to the press and quickly hung up. Likewise, a Grassley spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the Birkenfeld account of the events.
But according to Pavlo, who spoke briefly with The Daily Beast after Thursday’s event, Ablow himself shared his story with the New York Post, who first published details of hard drives obtained by Giuliani in Wilmington. Pavlo said he spoke with the Publish as well as.
By the end of Birkenfeld’s discussion, it was clear where his electoral sympathies lay. “I think Donald Trump, like me, is a whistleblower,” he said. The crowd picked up the same spirit at the front of the room, and began to take an interest in – what they saw as – the potentially doomsday situation the country faced in November.
If Donald Trump wins next week, a speaker at the event said: “It will be war. And we have to be ready for it. Not with violence, he added quickly. “I’m sure everyone in the room has armed themselves and made us murderers when they come for us,” he said, declining to clarify who “they” are. But “that’s not the answer at all … We have to be extremely active” politically, he said.
For Dietl, the stakes are not so dire, but just as imminent. If Trump is defeated next month, he said, the story he, Giuliani and Birkenfeld are trying to come up with may never see the light of day.
“If Biden is elected, this is all canceled,” he predicted. “Even if you don’t like Donald Trump… we know what we have. He doesn’t have the greatest personality in the world, but we know what we have.
At the end of Thursday’s event, about an hour before the start of the final presidential debate, Dietl and other attendees scampered off to the only place suitable for a group of committed conservatives to watch the president take on the Deep State: the Trump International Hotel.
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