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It was never really the sordid nastiness or drug addiction that made Hunter’s Laptop story newsworthy. It was important in that it gave us a Rosetta Stone into Biden Family pay-for-play corruption connections.
Sketchy business connections in China and Ukraine were a known entity long before Biden decided to run for President. But between Tony Bobulinski and Hunter’s laptop, we now know a LOT more than we used to. And that knowledge, in turn, led to other corroborating evidence.
Here are two new stories dating back to Joe’s time as Veep that add a few more data points making it seem like the whole family was cashing in on Joe Biden’s proximity to political power.
Story #1 — Hunter’s Good Buddy, Obama’s Ambassador to China.
Emails between Hunter and his (now-convicted) business partner Devon Archer explicitly show that they were working political connections. [Note Baucus was Obama’s ambassador to China.]:
On April 21, 2014, Hunter Biden sent an email to Archer insisting that he was really close with Baucus and “can ask anything we need” after Archer said he had an upcoming dinner with the then-ambassador’s “best friend.”
Hunter wrote, “On Baucus- we have a very very good relationship and I can ask anything we need- don’t need his best friend if that’s why you are mtg him.” — FoxNews
Another part of that same story explains why those relationships were useful:
Less than two months after former Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., was sworn in by then-Vice President Biden as the U.S. ambassador to China in late February 2014, Hunter and his business associates at BHR Partners began arranging meetings with Baucus.
BHR Partners, a Beijing-backed private equity firm controlled by Bank of China Limited, was formed in late 2013 when Jimmy Bulger’s Boston-based Thornton Group LLC joined forces with Hunter’s now-defunct Rosemont Seneca to launch its joint-venture with Chinese investment firm Bohai Capital.
On April 2, 2014, Hunter’s business partner, BHR co-founder Devon Archer, said in an email to Alwen Liu of Bohai Capital that he was “currently arranging a meeting with the new US Ambassador to China Max Baucus for late April / early May to meet our leadership team in Beijing.” –FoxNews
Story #2 — The brother’s role in secret negotiations with Saudi Arabia
The NYPost story closed with a significant quote:
“Evidence continues to mount that the Biden family used Joe Biden’s name to secure deals around the world to enrich themselves,” Comer told The Post Tuesday. “The Treasury Department must provide the suspicious activity reports generated for the Biden family and their associates to inform our investigation about the Biden family’s business schemes and Joe Biden’s involvement. If Joe Biden is compromised by his family’s deals, this is a national security threat.” –NYPost
What was so serious that the phrase ‘national security threat’ is being invoked in connection with Biden family deals?
National Post has court documents claiming that Joe Biden’s brother was involved in negotiating a secret deal with the Saudis during the Obama years.
The 2017 admission by James Biden, referenced in two affidavits from May 2021, is certain to draw the attention of the GOP-led House Oversight Committee as it investigates the first family’s influence-peddling dating back years. –NYPost
One affidavit was signed by a Private Investigator looking into a dispute involving former partners in a company that James Biden had past dealings with.
That firm, Lankford & Reed, claims that Hill International also hired James Biden, now 73, in 2011 to negotiate a secret deal with the Saudis to settle the dispute – and get out of paying Lankford the 40% cut outlined in their contract.
…In July 2017, Thomas Sullivan, a former Treasury Department official-turned-private investigator hired by Lankford, drove to James Biden’s home in suburban Philadelphia to discuss his role with Hill.
According to Sullivan’s sworn statement, James Biden said he was hired to handle Hill’s “business development” and had been assigned to help with the company’s interests in Saudi Arabia.
The first brother added that he was often tapped to represent Hill in meetings “because, of course, the name didn’t hurt,” Sullivan recalled.
James Biden also told Sullivan he had attended a February 2012 meeting with Saudi officials at which Hill would receive “final payment” for the desalination plant. Biden added that he had attended the meeting “because of his position and relationship” with his older brother, then Barack Obama’s No. 2 –NYPost
The affidavit went further, claiming that Jim’s wife had explained that Jim and Joe were close and ‘told each other everything’.
The other affidavit involved details about the deal negotiated with the Sauids and included the statement:
According to Lankford, Hill International CEO Irvin Richter had told him that he had retained James Biden because the Saudis “would not dare stiff the brother of the Vice-President who would be instrumental to the deal.”– NYPost
Read that last line again, slowly.
And then ask how they can sidestep serious investigations into pay-for-play corruption schemes.
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