Hunter Biden reportedly asked for $2 million to help recover Libyan assets frozen by Barack Obama.
A Business Insider report revealed information from two emails unrelated to Hunter’s laptop; one of the emails is dated January 28, 2015, and was written by Democratic donor Sam Jauhari addressed to Saudi business tycoon Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani. The two were trying to put together a plan to free Libya’s many billions in frozen funds.
“Per phone conversation I met with #2 son, he wants $2 per year retainer,” Jauhari wrote. “He wants to hire his own people – it can be close circle of people for confidentiality. His dad is deciding to run or not,” he added.
In the email, Jauhari commented that Hunter’s “positives” are that “he is Chairman of UN World Food Program, son of #2 who has Libya file, access to State, Treasury, business partner SofS [Secretary of State] J. [John] Forbes K [Kerry] son and since he travels with dad he is connected everywhere in Europe and Asia where M. Q. [Muammar Qaddafi] and LIA [Libya Investment Authority] had money frozen.”
In the same email, Jauhari notes that Hunter Biden said he had access at the highest level in China.
Joe Biden’s headache
The email also notes that Hunter Biden has his “negative aspects”: “he is alcoholic, drug addict – kicked [out] of U.S. Army for cocaine, chasing low-class hookers, constantly needs money-liquidity problems and many more headaches. We should meet in Gstaad or London to decide next steps,” the email notes.
The new Business Insider report pointed to another email from the following year, corresponding to Feb. 26, 2016, where Washington lawyer John Sandweg, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2013 and 2014 under Obama, said he had spoken with Hunter and his team about the effort to unlock Libya funds.
“I spoke with HB’s team yesterday. They are interested in the project but emphasized that for them to get involved, the team (lobbyists, lawyers, and PR) would need to be a small group of folks they have a tight relationship with. They do not want a large group involved and they only want people with whom they have a close relationship due to the sensitivities surrounding their involvement,” he wrote.
U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to federal campaigns, but prosecutors said Rahbani and a business associate gave Imaad Zuberi $850,000 to donate to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election inauguration.
Zuberi, a California venture capitalist, and campaign fundraiser, was sentenced to a dozen years in prison for illegal donations and foreign-agent lobbying schemes in early 2021.
Neither Hunter nor the White House has commented on the newly surfaced emails. And the Insider said the emails, as well as other documents it had obtained, appeared to suggest that the Libya deal did not go through.