Yet the president still insists he never talked business with Hunter
Despite repeated denials that he ever told his son Hunter about the latter’s overseas business dealings, Fox News reported Thursday that President Joe Biden had met with at least 14 of Hunter’s business associates from the United States, from Mexico, Ukraine, China and Kazakhstan.
Abandoned in a Delaware computer repair shop sometime before the 2020 election and unearthed by the New York Post weeks before the vote, Hunter’s laptop contained alleged evidence of numerous foreign deals in which businessmen cases have offered tens of millions of dollars for presentations to Joe Biden, as well as graphic evidence of Hunter’s drug use and relationships with prostitutes.
“I never spoke to my son about his business relations abroad,” Biden insisted in 2019. When Britain’s Daily Mail published a voicemail from 2018 last month in which Biden spoke to Hunter about a deal with Chinese oil company CEFC, the official line remained the same, the secretary of White House press Karine Jean-Pierre saying that “What the president said still stands.”
Fox News’ latest report casts serious doubt on Biden’s denial. According to the news site, Joe Biden met with Mexican businessmen Miguel Aleman Velasco and Miguel Aleman Magnani in 2014, showing them around the White House. A year later, Biden reportedly spoke by video with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and the three Mexicans – who Hunter was either doing business with or negotiating at the time – visited them at the vice-presidential residence in Washington DC.
In a text message found on the laptop, Hunter told his business partner, Jeff Cooper, that he had spoken to his father about the deal involving Slim.
Joe Biden also reportedly met with former Colombian President Andres Pastrana Arango and Eric Schwerin, another Hunter business partner, in 2012, before having dinner with Arango and Juan Esteban Orduz, a Colombian businessman, later the same day.
Laptop files show that during a single dinner in 2015, Joe Biden met with Hunter’s business associates from Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia, including an executive from Burisma Holdings, the company of Ukrainian energy company, which paid Hunter $50,000 a month from 2014 to 2018 to serve on its board. The next day, the Burisma executive emailed Hunter, thanking him for “Giving the opportunity to meet your father.”
The same leader, Vadim Pozharski, had contacted Hunter in 2014 to ask him “tips on how you could use your influence” to thwart a government investigation into the company, The New York Post reported in 2020.
At dinner time, Hunter was working on an oil deal between Burisma and a Chinese energy company in Kazakhstan, the Daily Mail reported.
Other contacts who met Joe Biden were reportedly Francis Person, a former adviser to the then vice president who in 2015 lobbied the Biden family on behalf of a Chinese real estate company. Person was also running for Congress in South Carolina at the time, with Biden senior traveling to the state to raise money for him.
Tony Bobulinski, the former CEO of a joint venture between Hunter and a Chinese energy company, told Fox in 2020 that Joe Biden spoke to his son about this deal and others.
“I saw Vice President Biden say he never told Hunter about his business,” Bobulinski told Fox that in October. “I’ve seen first hand that’s not true because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and his legacy on the line.”
Some of the information in Fox’s latest report has already been made public by other outlets, while some is new. Republican lawmakers obtained the contents of the laptop and promised to launch investigations if they resume Congress in November. Hunter is also being questioned by federal prosecutors for alleged tax violations and foreign lobbying. He has not been charged with a crime.