WASHINGTON – House Republicans on Wednesday asked Hunter Biden’s business partner Eric Schwerin to turn over documents they believe would reveal President Biden’s involvement in his son’s foreign dealings.
Schwerin met frequently with Joe Biden and his vice presidential staff, according to Obama administration visitation logs first reported by The Post, and emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop indicate his apparent involvement in Joe Biden’s personal finances.
The invite signals that Schwerin, who was president of Hunter Biden’s Rosemont Seneca Partners, faces a subpoena if Republicans take back the house next year.
“We expect Eric Schwerin to give us answers to our questions,” a Republican adviser to the House of Representatives told the Post.
“When Americans trust Republicans with the majority in 2023, we will use the tools at our disposal to ensure we discover the truth about whether Joe Biden benefited financially and helped facilitate Hunter Biden’s businesses .”
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, wrote the letter, which was signed by 14 of his peers.
“On June 10, 2010, an email you sent to Hunter said, ‘Your father’s tax refund in Delaware
Check came today. I’ll transfer it to his account and deposit a check for that amount as he owes you.” This email reveals an intertwined financial relationship between President Biden and his son, the latter of whom has benefited from America’s losses to foreign adversaries ‘ the letter said.
“The subsequent appointment of you by the Obama-Biden administration as a member of the Commission on Preserving American Heritage Abroad further complicates the private and public affairs of the Biden family. If President Biden and Hunter share funds, or if President Biden owes his son, the American people deserve to know, especially given the millions of dollars Hunter’s companies have received from countries opposed to US interests.”
Representatives Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) are among the signers of the letter.
The letter asked Schwerin to divulge all communications between President Biden and Hunter Biden since 2009, when Biden took office as vice president. It also asks for a list of Schwerin’s positions in Biden family companies.
Schwerin and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“Insofar as President Biden owed gratitude to Hunter – a man whose livelihood depended on foreign nations – he might also owe gratitude to countries that are not aligned with US interests. It is paramount that the committee investigate whether Hunter Biden’s funding of his father has any national security implications,” the letter said.
Joe Biden claimed in 2019 that he “never spoke to Hunter Biden about ‘his foreign business’,” and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said twice this month that the president stands by that claim despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
The Post reported Saturday that Schwerin visited the White House and the vice president’s residence at least 19 times while Joe Biden was vice president. Eight more visits were later discovered in visitor logs.
Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), a former U.S. ambassador to Japan, on Tuesday pressed Attorney General Merrick Garland on what appeared to be President Biden “involved in his son’s foreign affairs,” but Garland declined to comment.
“Have you any reason to contest the evidence suggesting that President Biden was involved in Hunter Biden’s business deals and used money from those deals?” Hagerty said, noting, “We have a text message from Hunter Biden to his daughter , which says don’t worry, unlike Pop – meaning Joe Biden – I’m not going to force you to give me half your salary.
“So it appears that President Biden served as vice president and directed US foreign policy while his son, Hunter Biden, simultaneously raked in money from shady foreign deals. And that was money that was diverted in favor of Vice President Biden.”
Documents and photos reported by the Post indicate Hunter Biden has introduced his father to business associates from China, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine — including at the vice president’s residence in Washington.
US Attorney in Delaware David Weiss, a holdover from the Trump administration, is conducting a criminal investigation into the first son. The probe is believed to be considering charges of possible tax fraud, money laundering and unregistered lobbying for foreign clients.
Hunter Biden’s overseas deals are gaining broader attention after the Washington Post and The New York Times last month verified belated emails from Hunter’s laptop, first reported by The Post in October 2020.
Emails from the laptop indicate that Joe Biden attended a dinner in DC in 2015 with a group of his son’s associates — including Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi of Ukraine, a trio of Kazakhs, and Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband , the ex-mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov.
One photo shows Joe Biden posing at dinner with the Kazakh group, and a day after the meeting, Pozharskyi emailed the then second son to thank him for the opportunity to meet his father.
A report prepared by Republican-led Senate committees in 2020 says Baturina paid $3.5 million to a Hunter Biden-affiliated firm in 2014. Baturina is considered Russia’s richest woman but doesn’t face US sanctions that have hit other Russian billionaires in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
At his 2020 impeachment trial, President Donald Trump’s defense team cited visitor logs showing that Biden had met with his son’s partner, Devon Archer, on April 16, 2014, around the time Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma, founded by corrupt pro-Russian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky.
Trump attorney Pam Bondi argued that Trump was right to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens because Joe Biden may have been implicated in the Burisma arrangement. Archer joined Burisma before Hunter Biden did.
In China, Joe Biden was allegedly involved in his son’s work with CEFC China Energy, which The Washington Post reported last month paid Hunter Biden and his uncle Jim Biden $4.8 million in 2017 and 2018.
Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, said he spoke to Joe Biden about the Chinese company in May 2017. An email dated May 13, 2017 indicated that the “Big One” would receive a 10 percent equity stake in a business entity formed with CEFC.
Bobulinski claims the President is the “Big One,” and emails show Hunter Biden asked for a new sign and keys to an office he rented in DC’s House of Sweden office building in September 2017. The sign read “The Biden Foundation and Hudson West (CEFC-US)” and the keys were for his father, Jill and Jim Biden, and a Chinese executive named Gongwen Dong. However, a spokeswoman for the agency that oversees the property said the sign was never changed and the keys were not collected.
Also in China, Hunter Biden co-founded an investment firm called BHR Partners in 2013, less than two weeks after he flew to Beijing with his father aboard Air Force Two. Hunter introduced Joe Biden to BHR CEO Jonathan Li in the lobby of a hotel in China’s capital. The fund is partially controlled by state-owned companies and enabled a US company to sell a Congolese cobalt mine to China Molybdenum in 2016 for US$3.8 billion. Cobalt is a key component in electric car batteries.
Hunter Biden’s attorney Chris Clark said less than a week after President Biden’s November summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the first son divested a 10 percent stake in BHR Partners. Hunter Biden and the White House did not provide any further information.
Photos and emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop further indicate that in 2015, Joe Biden hosted his son and a group of Mexican business associates at the Vice President’s official residence. The elder Biden posed for a photo with Hunter and a group that included Mexican billionaires Carlos Slim and Miguel Alemán Velasco.
In 2016, Hunter Biden apparently emailed one of his Mexican associates aboard Air Force Two on an official visit to Mexico and complained that he had not received any mutual business favors after “I brought every single person, to.” you ever asked me the f’ing white house and the vice president’s house and the inauguration.”
Since his father became president, Hunter Biden embarked on an art career seeking up to $500,000 for his beginner works. The White House has developed a plan whereby these sales would theoretically be anonymous to deter possible influence, but ethics experts say the deal actually raises larger corruption issues. Hunter received at least $375,000 for five prints at a Hollywood art show last year attended by one of his father’s nominated ambassadors, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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