President Joe Biden has claimed that he is unaware of his son Hunter’s business dealings and was never involved in them. However, a new email reveals that before he came to the White House, Biden paid more than $800,000 in bills that pertained to his son, including legal expenses for overseas business.
A report published by the Daily Mail shows an email between Hunter’s personal assistant, Katie Dodge, and Biden’s accountant, Linda Shapero, trying to define a plan to pay some legal fees that Hunter had to pay.
The email, sent on Jan. 19, 2019, read, “I spoke with Hunter today regarding his bills. It is my understanding that Hunt’s dad will cover these bills in the short-term as Hunter transitions in his career. I have a list of the current bills of which I am aware. I have attached the list below. I am sure we will need to go over all of this to make a smooth transition. Many I can log into and change bank accounts or I can give you the logins. At any rate, I wanted to get the ball rolling,” Dodge wrote.
The spreadsheet shows Hunter Biden’s debts included more than $130,000 in legal fees owed “as soon as possible” to the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, with $28,382 owed for the “BHR restructuring.”
“BHR” appears to be a reference to the Chinese company Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management, in which Hunter Biden held a 10% stake through a company called Skaneateles LLC.
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BHR is owned primarily by Chinese investors, including the state-controlled Bank of China. According to The New York Times, Chinese records show that Hunter Biden was no longer on the board of BHR as of April 2020.
Other expenses disclosed in the email show $412,309.23 in unpaid taxes by Hunter dating back to 2015.
This information, along with lists of additional bills owed by Biden, were found on a laptop obtained by the New York Post after its owner dropped it off at a Delaware repair shop and never retrieved it.
“Evidence of the president’s financial and business connections to Hunter continues to grow. It’s imperative for the first family to show the American people the transparency that they deserve.,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told the Daily Mail.
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This is not the first time a financial relationship between Hunter and Joe Biden has come to light; in fact, last April 11 it was revealed that the two had commingled finances and shared bank accounts.
According to the Post, a witness told a grand jury that “the big man” behind Hunter Biden’s deal with a Chinese energy conglomerate is President Biden.
The investigation involving Hunter Biden is led by the U.S. attorney in Wilmington, Delaware; it began in 2018 and involves multiple financial and business activities in foreign countries dating back to when Joe Biden was vice president.
Investigators are examining whether Hunter Biden and some of his associates violated money laundering, tax and foreign lobbying laws, as well as regulations on firearms and others.