Joe Biden's brother used his name to promote a hospital chain accused of fraud

In 2018, James wrote a $200,000 check to President Biden to pay off a loan, which is under scrutiny again.

The $200,000 check sent by James Biden to his brother, Joe Biden, in 2018 is once again in the eye of the storm after Politico reported on Sunday that the president's brother used his name to promote a hospital chain accused of fraud by the Department of Justice.

According to the report, James Biden provided consulting services for Americore, a company that operated rural hospitals, and focused his work on his influence on Biden as a family member.

In particular, the company believed that James, who was loaned $600,000, was going to raise financing rounds from the Middle East for Americore thanks to his influential position within the Biden family. However, the brother of the now-Democratic president never managed to obtain or complete the promised financing, and the company ended up collapsing, later being accused of defrauding the federal government.

Despite James' failure as a consultant or lobbyist, the one who did benefit indirectly is President Biden, who, on the same day that Americore deposited James Biden's $600,000 into his personal bank account, received a check for $200,000 from James' same account for an alleged loan payment.

According to Politico, James' work for Americore "did not find that Joe Biden involved himself in the firm or took actions on its behalf," but "did benefit indirectly from his brother's work with the firm."

The White House, meanwhile, denies that James Biden's payment to the president goes beyond a repayment on a loan the Democrat made to James as a private citizen, apparently weeks before the Americore deposit.

However, House Republicans, who are conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, say the $200,000 check is evidence of how Joe Biden profited from his family's shady dealings through influence trafficking. 

According to the report, several former Americore executives said that James Biden wanted to give his brother stakes in the company in addition to putting him on its board of directors.

Likewise, he also had the idea of ​​promoting his success in a future presidential campaign. Plans that were frustrated by the hospital company's fall from grace.

Americore is currently facing a $100 million federal lawsuit after the DOJ allegedly discovered that one of its rural hospitals undertook a scheme to defraud Medicare by billing for unnecessary lab tests.

However, James Biden, who is expected to be interviewed on February 21 in Congress, has not been accused of any crime to date.