For passionate Republican voters, the news that emails have emerged showing President Biden personally helped draft responses to his son’s controversial business deals in 2015 is a bombshell.
For years, Biden has maintained a Sgt. Schultz’s defense (“I know nothing, nothing!”) to counter allegations that his family has profiteered on influence peddling with foreign countries and companies.
Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, Biden has continued to deny any knowledge or involvement in his son’s business dealings, even denying that family members received money from foreign sources.
Now, however, the National Archives has released emails that show that then-Vice President Biden approved an official statement in December 2015 about Hunter Biden’s position on a Ukrainian energy company’s board.
This contradicts Biden’s repeated claims that he had no knowledge or involvement in these business dealings, both as a presidential candidate and as president.
For years, the media has continued to report President Biden’s repeated claim that “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”
At the outset, the media only had to suspend any disbelief that the president could fly to China as vice president with his son on Air Force Two without discussing his planned business dealings on the trip.
Of course, the emails on the laptop quickly refuted this claim. However, the media buried the laptop story before the election or pushed the false claim that it was fake Russian disinformation.
Some in the media have repeated those denials, including most recently The Associated Press, which in 2022 falsely stated that there was no evidence Biden ever discussed the deals with his son despite an actual audiotape proving that claim to be false. The audiotape showed President Biden leaving a message for Hunter specifically discussing coverage of those dealings.
People apparently were told to avoid directly referring to President Biden. Instead, the emails apparently refer to President Biden with code names such as “Celtic” or “the big guy.”
In one, “the big guy” is discussed as possibly receiving a 10 percent cut on a deal with a Chinese energy firm; other emails reportedly refer to Hunter Biden paying portions of his father’s expenses and taxes.
Bobulinski has given multiple interviews in which he stated that he met twice with Joe Biden to discuss a business deal in China with CEFC China Energy Co.
That would seem obvious evidence. In addition, the New York Post reported on a key email that discussed “the proposed percentage distribution of equity in a company created for a joint venture with CEFC China Energy Co.”
That was the email on March 13, 2017, that included references to “10 held by H for the big guy.”
The new emails show that, as early as 2015, Biden’s communications office knew of his role in his son’s business dealings. Yet, for years, Biden’s communications office repeated his denial of any involvement or knowledge. That stands in contradiction to an email from former White House communications director Kate Bedingfield in 2015 acknowledging that “VP signed off on this – will give this quote to reporters in my name shortly.” Bedingfield left the White House earlier this year.
Despite the striking lack of interest from many in the media, this is about millions of dollars paid to the first family by foreign sources, including some with foreign intelligence ties. Influence peddling has long been the favored form of corruption in Washington.
While many Democrats repeatedly stress that influence peddling is not criminal, it is corrupt, and the Bidens appear to be a class in themselves.
Yet, even with the clear contradiction of the president’s repeated statements to the public, Democrats still oppose any investigation into the alleged influence peddling.