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When Hunter Biden came before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in June 2006 for his nomination hearing for a seat on Amtrak’s board of directors, he was paired with a second nominee, career transportation official Donna McLean.
McLean, a Republican, and Biden, a Democrat, were both nominated by President George W. Bush. At that point, McLean had been an analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation and for six years worked on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She would go on to be a high-ranking Transportation Department official in the Obama administration.
The article goes on to state the following:
Biden, by comparison, was a lobbyist with the firm Oldaker, Biden & Belair, with no transportation experience to speak of. But his name was more than familiar to senators — his father, Sen. Joe Biden, was into his 33rd year representing Delaware and would become vice president two-and-a-half years later. Hunter Biden, then 36, was also a frequent train rider from his home state to Washington, D.C.
In their report, the Washington Examiner exposes the reasoning that was given for why Hunter should be awarded the prestigious role:
“Hunter Biden has spent a lot of time on Amtrak trains. Like his father, like our congressman, Mike Castle, and myself, Hunter Biden has lived in Delaware while using Amtrak to commute to his job as we commute to our job in Washington almost every day of the week,” said Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware. “You know, you learn a lot about what could work and what would work better at Amtrak by riding trains and talking to the passengers, the commuters, the passengers, the folks who work on the trains and make them work every day.”
Both Biden and McLean were confirmed to the Amtrak board, where Biden served from 2006 to 2009.
“Hunter Biden has spent a lot of time on Amtrak trains.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 21, 2019
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