Presidential son Hunter Biden bragged about smoking crack with then-Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry while the former was a student at Georgetown University, according to a recorded phone call obtained by the Daily Mail.
In a 2019 conversation Biden recorded and saved to a laptop computer he abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop, he is heard allegedly telling a friend, “I actually smoked crack with Marion Barry, I swear to f**king god.”
The 51-year-old Biden also reportedly told the friend that he regularly smoked crack with the late Barry in the bathroom of a Georgetown bar when he was a Georgetown undergrad student, the Daily Mail noted further.
The recorded call’s discovery contradicts a claim Biden made in his recently released memoir that an arrest while he was a teenager frightened him away from drugs until after he graduated college.
The outlet said that Hunter recorded many phone calls and stored them on the abandoned laptop.
But in the call regarding Barry, he jokingly chastised his friend as a “racist” for trying to claim Martin Luther King Jr. did cocaine before he claimed to have smoked crack with the former D.C. mayor, who was famously arrested by the FBI and DC Police in 1990 while smoking crack with Rahsheeda Moore, who agreed to set him up for a reduced sentence on an earlier drug conviction.
“Did Martin Luther King do coke? I don’t know,” the friend said on the call. “With an Indian and a black man.”
“Oh, see, you are such a racist, I swear to god,” Biden responded. “No, he didn’t. Jesus Christ. You’re so f**king funny.”
“That mayor from D.C. did, Marion Barry,” the friend said next.
“You know what, I actually smoked crack with Marion Barry, I swear to f**king god,” said Biden. “That was in Georgetown. And he used to go to a place right next to The Guards (a local bar). And I was a sophomore, I guess, I was a junior when that happened.
“But he used to come there and drink like, late, late. And I would be there, and he would go to the bathroom.”
In his memoir, “Beautiful Things,” Biden wrote that an arrest for possession of cocaine when he was 18 “scared him straight” until after college.
“I ended up doing a pretrial intervention with six months of probation, after which the arrest was expunged from my record. (I disclosed it voluntarily during a 2006 Senate committee hearing as part of my nomination to the Amtrak board of directors.),” he wrote, adding: “It scared me straight – for a while. I owned up to it and didn’t do coke again that summer or, really, more than a couple of times in college.”
As for Barry, who passed away at the age of 78 in 2014, he had an extensive history of drug abuse and arrests. Before first being elected as DC mayor in 1979 he had already served six months in federal prison. After his 1990 arrest, he was sentenced to another six months in jail, emerging to re-enter D.C. politics once again. He was elected to the city council and then managed to be re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term as mayor of the Capitol city in 1994.
Five years later, however, Congress voted to end so-called “home rule” in the District and return its governance to pre-1974 status where it was governed mostly by federal administrators, thereby stripping Barry of most of how power.
He retired in 1999 but came back to run for Ward 8 councilman and won handily in 2004.
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