New reports surfaced late on Monday that alleged that records from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, appeared to show that Joe Biden met with foreign business associates of his son’s while he was vice president in the Obama administration.
Joe Biden reportedly met his son’s business associates from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan at a dinner in Washington, D.C., on April 16, 2015. The New York Post reported:
The next day, Hunter received an email from Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, to thank him for introducing him to his father.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” Pozharskyi wrote on April 17, 2015. “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
At the time, Burisma was paying Hunter $83,333 a month to sit on its board.
The Post reports that the guest list prepared by Hunter before the dinner included “Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, corrupt former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov,” as well as three officials from Kazakhstan, among them the then-chairman of Kazkommertsbank.
“Baturina wired $3.5 million on Feb. 14, 2014, to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a Delaware-based investment firm co-founded by Hunter and Devon Archer, a former adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry,” the Post reports.
Hunter Biden told guests that the purpose of the dinner would be to discuss food security in apparent connection to his role on the board of World Food Program USA.
“Ok – the reason for the dinner is ostensibly to discuss food security,” Hunter Biden wrote on March 26 to Michael Karloutsos, son of the then-head of the Greek Orthodox Church. “Dad will be there but keep that between us for now. Thanks.”
“Everything is between us. All good!” Karloutsos replied, “I know you mentioned your dad would probably join the dinner as well.”
The Post noted that it was not clear whether everyone on the list attended. One of Hunter Biden’s business associates emailed him the day before the event to tell him that Baturina did not want to come but her husband would attend.
Biden has previously stated that he never spoke to his son about his son’s overseas business dealings.
“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden told a Fox News reporter in September 2019. “I know Trump deserves to be investigated. He is violating every basic norm of a president. You should be asking him why is he on the phone with a foreign leader, trying to intimidate a foreign leader. You should be looking at Trump.”
However, Biden’s claims about never speaking to his son about his overseas business dealings come after his own son said in an interview that they did speak about business “just once.”
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