During the first impeachment inquiry hearing, forensic accountant witness Bruce Dubinsky confirmed that code names like President Joe Biden’s alleged alias “the big guy” are often used in financial crimes to cover up the identities of criminals.
Thus far, House Republicans have found at least six people using the nickname “the big guy” to refer to Joe Biden — including Mykola Zlochevsky, owner of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings; the president’s son Hunter Biden; the president’s brother Frank Biden; Biden family business associates James Gilliar and Geoff Roger; and IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley.
The nickname was first uncovered by the New York Post, which obtained an email from Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop where Gilliar outlined the proposed percentage distribution of equity in their joint venture with CEFC China Energy Co. In the email conversation in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election, the proposed plan included “10 held by H for the big guy.”
IRS whistleblowers have also alleged that Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf refused to allow investigators in the probe into Hunter Biden to ask if Joe Biden was “the big guy.” The House Ways and Means Committee released an email last week showing that Wolf had ordered investigators to remove any reference to “Political Figure 1” from a FARA search warrant. It has since been confirmed that “Political Figure 1” was Joe Biden.
Political Figure 1. Aka “The Big Guy.” pic.twitter.com/5rChlxB6C4
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) September 28, 2023
While being questioned by Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Dubinsky explained that the use of nicknames is common in financial crimes.
“Typically, you’ll see codenames used and money is being paid to someone under that codename. That’s how these processes work,” Dubinsky said
“Mr. Dubinsky, you have extensive experience as an expert witness and consultant in the areas of white-collar crime, financial fraud, and corruption. Is it characteristic of these types of crimes that actors hide behind nicknames or other pseudonyms to mask their identity?” LaTurner asked.
“It’s very common,” the witness responded.
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Codenames like “THE BIG GUY” are often used in financial crimes.
“Typically, you’ll see codenames used and money is being paid to someone under that codename. That’s how these processes work.”
Witness Bruce Dubinsky, a forensic accountant, breaks down how fraudsters… pic.twitter.com/Jnw8bxiK8g
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) September 28, 2023
House Republicans are now gearing up for the next stage in the impeachment inquiry hearings, where they reportedly plan to call “firsthand witnesses and whistleblowers” to testify about the Biden family’s influence peddling, according to Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC).