That, or something like it, might be how the subject line of the FBI's opening EC would have read:
Investigations of this sort are like pulling on a loose thread to see what it connects to. The interesting question is: Who are those "associates"? Jim Biden? I'd bet on that. "The Big Guy?" Why not? Quite possibly Tony Bobulinski, although that may now have changed.
But then there's that email that Fox News obtained, that is said to be unrelated to Hunter's laptop. You can read all about it here: Email Reveals Joe Biden Would Get Cut Of China Deal. The idea behind the email--which is titled 'Phase one domestic contacts/projects'--is that Biden Inc. would steer lucrative infrastructure projects to the Chinese side, represented by CEFC. Sounds corrupt to me. Or potentially corrupt.
Follow the link for the full email, but here's the headers and the contacts:
From: Jim Biden <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 12:56 PM
To: James Gilliar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Tony Bobulinski <TBobulinski@nazent.com>; Hunter <email@example.com>; Rob Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Phase one domestic contacts/projects
1. New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Howard Zemsky, Commissioner of the New York Department of Economic Development and CEO of Empire State Development (ESD).
New York Senior Senator Chuck Schumer (D)
Junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)
2.New York City
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Maria Torres-Springer, President of New York City Economic Development Corporation
(Former) Governor Terry McAuliffe, previous head of the DNC and former Clinton Campaign chair.
Todd Haymore, former Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry now serves as Secretary of Commerce and Trade.
Governor Mark Dayton (D)
(Former) Senior Senator Al Franken (D)
Junior Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)
[Former, now Senator] Governor Rick Scott (R)
(Former) Governor Jerry Brown (long time friend from his first term as governor).
Senior Senator Dianne Feinstein (D)
Junior Senator Kamala Harris (D)
(Former, now Governor) Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsome (Hunter’s friend)
Mayor of Los Angelos Eric Garcetti
Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer
Obviously, there's no way for us to know, just from this email, how deeply involved and how witting these contacts were regarding this whole business. I cite it just to give some idea of the scope the investigation might take on. And why it would still be ongoing, rather than having terminated, say, in the first week of January.
Bill Barr might be a very busy man in a second Trump term. As if he weren't busy enough already.
UPDATE: Note that Bobulinski says he was interviewed as a material witness and that he was questioned about Biden Inc. activities in multiple countries around the world--not just Ukraine and China. A five hour interview, a "very cooperative and deep dive" into all the facts during the relevant time period, and Bobulinski will be brought back for additional debriefing.
EXCLUSIVE: Tony Bobulinski tells @WeAreSinclair he was questioned by six @FBI agents, with counsel present, for five hours on October 23, listing him as a "material witness" in an ongoing investigation focused on Hunter Biden and his associates. His cell phones were examined. pic.twitter.com/5lPzRTREJN— James Rosen (@JamesRosenTV) October 29, 2020