President Biden and the White House have repeatedly denied that he and Hunter Biden ever discussed the first son’s controversial overseas business dealings – yet there are at least a dozen times Joe Biden must have known this what his son was doing.
1. Joe “recommends”
The latest example emerged on Wednesday, when it was revealed that Hunter Biden asked his father to write a letter of recommendation to Brown University for the son of a powerful Chinese associate, Jonathan Li.
“Jonathan, Hunter asked me to send you a copy of the letter of recommendation he asked his father to write on Christopher’s behalf for Brown University,” wrote Eric Schwerin, Hunter’s then business partner. Biden, to Li on Feb. 18, 2017, in an email first revealed by Fox News.
Schwerin told Li that the “original” was shipped by FedEx to university president Christina Paxson “directly to Brown.”
Li is the CEO of Chinese investment firm BHR Partners and in 2013 established a subsidiary – Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Co., known as BHR – where Hunter Biden was a founding board member. administration and held a 10% capital share. through a company called Skaneateles LLC.
After the White House declined to say whether the first son remained a co-owner after stepping down from the board in 2019, Hunter Biden’s attorney ultimately told The New York Times that Hunter “no longer holds any interest, directly or indirectly, in BHR or Skaneateles”. .”
2. The other child too
Hunter Biden also arranged for her father to write a letter to Georgetown University – Hunter’s alma mater – on behalf of Li’s daughter, but none of the children entered the elite institutions. , according to The Post.
During Wednesday’s briefing at the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki said: “I have no confirmation of a letter of recommendation written by the president – when he was a private citizen, by the way. by the way, and that he held no public office.”
3. Joe’s “hopes”
Hunter Biden acknowledged in a 2019 New Yorker magazine article that he and his father had previously discussed Hunter’s work on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, which paid him up to $83,333 a month when Joe Biden was vice president under President Barack Obama.
“Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you’re doing’ and I said, ‘I know,'” he recalled.
4. Air Force Trip 2
In December 2013, Hunter and his daughter, Finnegan Biden, traveled to China on Air Force Two with then-Vice President Joe Biden on a six-day official trip to Asia. Joe Biden met Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials – and was also introduced to Li by his son in the lobby of the hotel where the US delegation was staying.
Then Hunter Biden sat down with Li for what both parties claimed was a social gathering, with Hunter Biden telling the New Yorker, “How can I go to Beijing, halfway around the world, and not see them for a cup of coffee?”
5. Half his salary?
In a 2019 text message to his daughter Naomi, Hunter Biden bitterly wrote, “I hope you can all do what I did and pay it all for this whole family for 30 years.” He added: “It’s really difficult. But don’t worry, unlike Pop [Joe]I won’t force you to give me half your salary.
Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain was revealed this week to have reached out to Hunter Biden to help raise $20,000 for the foundation that runs the vice president’s official residence.
6. Meet the partners
As vice president, Joe Biden met Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, in April 2014, around the same time Archer joined Burisma’s board of directors and shortly before Hunter Biden. don’t, according to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
A photo that surfaced more than five years later reportedly shows Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and Archer posing with golf clubs on a course in the Hamptons in August 2014.
In February, Archer was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in connection with an unrelated bond fraud scheme that targeted the impoverished Oglala Sioux tribe of American Indians.
7. Meet the Ukrainians
Vadym Pozharskyi, a Burisma executive and adviser to its board, sent Hunter Biden an April 17, 2015 email that read, “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving the opportunity to meet your father and past [sic] some time together. It is reality [sic] an honor and a pleasure.
8. Meet the Kazakhs
A day earlier, Joe Biden had attended a dinner at Cafe Milano in Washington DC with some of his son’s business associates from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.
An unverified photo apparently shows the Bidens posing between two of the guests who attended that night, Kazakh banking oligarch Kenes “Kenges” Rakishev and Karim Massimov, a former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.
In January, Massimov was arrested in connection with a plot to overthrow the government of the former Soviet republic, after he was ousted as head of its counterintelligence and counterterrorism agency.
9. Meet Bobulinski
Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski revealed in October 2020 that he spoke with Joe Biden in May 2017 after being introduced by Hunter, who reportedly described Bobulinski as “the one who helps us with the business we let’s do with the Chinese”.
According to Bobulinski – who identified Joe Biden as “the big guy” with a 10% stake in a planned deal with CEFC China Energy – the former vice president told him: “Keep an eye on my son and my brother and take care of my family.”
Bobulinksi also said he later asked Joe’s brother, James Biden, about the possibility of Joe running for president in 2020. “He looks at me and kind of laughs and says, ‘Plausible deniability,'” Bobulinski said.
10. Get an office
Emails show that in September 2017, Hunter Biden requested a new sign and additional keys for an office he was renting in Washington DC’s House of Sweden office building, which houses the Swedish Embassy.
The sign was to say “The Biden Foundation and Hudson West (CEFC-US)” and the keys were for his father, stepmother Jill Biden, uncle James Biden and a Chinese executive named Gongwen Dong.
The building manager replied, “We are very happy and honored to welcome your new colleagues! but a spokeswoman for the Swedish agency that oversees the property told the Washington Post that the sign was never changed and the keys were not collected.
11. Meet the Mexicans
In 2015, then-Vice President Joe Biden hosted a group of his son’s Mexican associates at the Vice President’s official residence and posed for a photo with Hunter Biden and a group of possible business partners. , including Mexican billionaires Carlos Slim and Miguel Alemán Velasco.
12. Quid but not what?
In 2016, emails indicate that Hunter Biden messaged Velasco’s son from Air Force Two, which was en route to Mexico for an official visit. Hunter complained to young Velasco that he had not received reciprocal business favors after “I brought every person you ever asked me to bring to the F’ing White House and to the house of the vice-president and at the inauguration.”