First son Hunter Biden joined his father Monday, July 4 amid ongoing federal criminal investigations into possible tax fraud, money laundering and foreign lobbying crimes related to his overseas operations.
The younger Biden, 52, joined his father aboard Marine One as the presidential helicopter returned to DC from Camp David, Maryland. He was previously seen with his young son Beau at the Easter Egg Roll at the White House in mid-April.
The White House does not release visitor logs from the president’s residences in Delaware, where he routinely spends weekends, or from Camp David — making it difficult to know how often Hunter Biden and his business associates see his father.
US Attorneys in Delaware are investigating Hunter Biden’s finances. In acknowledgment that he didn’t pay taxes, the first son reportedly recently wrote the IRS a check for about $2 million. The funds were reportedly provided by Hollywood attorney Kevin Morris, but it’s unclear what strings attached.
The first son’s overseas deals drew significant attention this year when in March the Washington Post and New York Times belatedly verified documents from a former Hunter Biden laptop, first reported by The Post in October 2020.
Republicans in the House and Senate, meanwhile, plan to open investigations into President Biden’s possible involvement in his son’s business activities if they retake Congress in November’s midterm elections.
The White House said this year President Biden is standing by his 2019 claim that he “never spoke to Hunter Biden about ‘his foreign business'” — despite mounting evidence to the contrary, including a recently released 2018 voicemail in which Joe Biden mentioned a New York Times article about his son’s Chinese business partner.
Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop also indicate that while Joe Biden was still vice president, he attended a DC dinner in 2015 with a group of his son’s associates from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.
A photo shows Joe Biden posing at dinner with the Kazakh group. A day after the meeting, Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, emailed the then-second son to thank him for the opportunity to meet his father. Hunter Biden was reportedly making $1 million a year to sit on Burisma’s board of directors while his father managed the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.
The guest list also included Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, according to an email. 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 has not yet faced US sanctions in response to Russia’s more than four-month-old invasion of Ukraine, although Biden has sanctioned many other members of Russia’s elite.
Joe Biden was also allegedly linked to his son’s deals with CEFC China Energy, which The Washington Post reported paid Hunter Biden and his first brother 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 more keys in September 2017 for an office he rented in DC’s House of Sweden office building. 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 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 summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November that the first son divested a 10 percent stake in BHR Partners. Hunter Biden and the White House did not provide any further details as to who might have acquired his stake and for how much money.
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.”
Hunter Biden’s business partner Eric Schwerin visited the White House and the vice president’s residence at least 19 times while Joe Biden was vice president, visitor logs show, casting further doubt on Joe Biden’s claim that he was ignorant of his son’s business ventures.
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 that same month, weeks before Biden’s son.
Since his father became president, Hunter Biden has embarked on an art career that has seen him aim for up to $500,000 for his fledgling works.
The White House devised a plan whereby, in theory, these sales would be anonymous to discourage potential influencers, but ethics experts say the arrangement actually raises larger corruption problems. 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. It’s unclear how many additional sales he might have made.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/04/hunter-biden-joins-dad-for-july-4-as-investigation-grinds-on/ Hunter Biden is coming to his father’s home on July 4 as the investigation continues