(Politico) A younger brother of Joe Biden invoked his political clout as part of a fraudulent scheme to bankrupt two medical firms and steal their business model, according to a lawsuit filed by the firms in federal court in Tennessee.

The allegations further a decades-long pattern, detailed in a POLITICO investigation published Friday, in which relatives of Joe Biden have attempted or appeared to benefit from the former vice president’s name and political connections.

Former White House ethics czar Richard Painter told POLITICO that the former vice president should pledge that he will ask his relatives to refrain from business activities that present potential conflicts of interest. Biden, who is not implicated in this suit or in other allegations made against his relatives, has not done so. Neither the Biden campaign nor a lawyer for his brother James Biden and his associates immediately responded to a request for comment for this story.

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