joe and hunter biden
© REUTERS
Joe Biden and Hunter Biden
Thanks to three brave Americans, we now know that Joe Biden has long misled the public about his involvement with his family's foreign business entanglements while he served as vice president.

At considerable personal risk, former Biden family business partners Tony Bobulinski and Bevan Cooney, and computer shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, have come forward with tens of thousands of primary-source documents — internal corporate records, emails, and text messages — detailing years of business dealings that centered on trading on the Biden name. This material suggests that, despite Joe Biden's insistence that he knew nothing about his family's business deals, he was well aware of his son Hunter Biden's business ventures in China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere.

These new troves constitute hard evidence of Biden family corruption, and confirm our reporting dating back to our 2018 book "Secret Empires."

In 2018, when we first broke the foreign influence scandals that have now engulfed the former vice president, it seemed apparent that China and Ukraine were not paying Biden's family members for their expertise, they were buying access to the vice president of the United States. This was never a scandal solely about Hunter or Joe's brothers, James and Frank. It was, and has always been, a Joe Biden scandal.

For nearly three years, Biden and his surrogates have responded to the scandal with an increasingly unconvincing series of denials — including another from the former Vice President in his last debate with President Trump.

In response to "Secret Empires," one of Joe Biden's aides said "we aren't going to engage on a politically motivated hit pieces ..." Team Biden did not bother to respond to specific allegations that the Biden family vacuumed up millions, in the exact locales where Biden was Obama's policy "point man."

When the issue reemerged during the campaign, Team Biden continued to call it a "conspiracy theory" but this time, Joe Biden firmly put himself on record. "I have never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses — period," he told reporters in August 2019.

"I never talk with my son or my brother or anyone else in the distant family about their business interests, period." He repeated similar blanket denials on numerous occasions.

These denials all proved to be untruthful. Period.

We now know that Joe Biden met directly with his son's Chinese business partner, Jonathan Li, in a Chinese hotel lobby on a fateful trip in 2013 (a trip that allowed Hunter to spend hours with his father, the vice president, on a transoceanic flight to Beijing aboard Air Force Two). Ten days later, Hunter landed an unprecedented $1 billion private equity deal, bankrolled by the Chinese government.

But this was not the only meeting Joe Biden had with Biden family business partners. As the New York Post reported, e-mails on Hunter Biden's hard drive reveal that on April 16, 2015, Joe Biden met with a high-level official of a controversial Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, which had put Hunter on its board. And a recently unearthed photo shows that Vice President Biden met with Hunter's Kazakh business associate in Washington D.C.

Hunter Joe Biden Kenes Rakishev Karim Massimov
© KIAR
Hunter and Joe Biden with Kenes Rakishev, far left, and Kazakhstan’s former prime minister, Karim Massimov, far right.
After first dismissing the gathering scandal as a "conspiracy theory," the Biden team shifted to the position that Joe had never talked with his family about their business dealings, then shifted again to the position that he'd never met with his family's business partners. Now, with the latest document revelations, Joe Biden unveiled his latest defense in the recent debate: "I have not taken a single penny from any country whatsoever, ever."


Comment: Talk about a shifting narrative...


Team Biden points to Joe and Jill Biden's tax returns as evidence that Joe did nothing improper. It is worth noting that the family members upon whom foreign entities showered money are not required to disclose their finances.

We now know the Biden paydays were anything but conspiracy theories. Hunter was getting roughly $1 million per year from Burisma. Treasury Department alerts reveal that Russian oligarch Elena Baturina wired $3.5 million to Biden's interests. New text messages reveal that China Energy Company Ltd (CEFC) apparently paid $5 million to the Biden family. Another e-mail indicates Hunter demanded a $10 million per year "fee" from one of his Chinese business partners. There is no more doubt.

The New York Post broke news last week that Joe Biden himself may have benefited from his son's dealings. The Post quoted a cryptic message from one of Hunter's partners, saying that "10 [percent] held by H for the big guy?" The recipient of that message, Tony Bobulinski, says "there is no question" that "H" stands for Hunter and the "Big Guy" is Joe Biden.

We gain further insight into the operations of Biden Inc. in emails provided to us by Bevan Cooney, a former business associate of Hunter Biden. Cooney, who is currently in prison for his role in the Indian Bond Scheme that is sending Hunter Biden business partner Devon Archer also to jail, shared 26,000 emails that show what Hunter's role was in their business ventures. The Biden name was considered "currency" for their foreign business ventures, and was a "direct...pipeline" to the Obama-Biden Administration. Deals involving Hunter benefited from the "Biden lift," the help that the name would provide in overseas dealings.

What might the Bidens' foreign benefactors have expected in return for all this largesse? We can't say. But some may see a correlation between that foreign money and Joe Biden's policy posture toward the sources of that money.

Consider the case of the Penn Biden Center, a D.C. think tank named after Joe Biden. According to the Center, its mission is to "Address Threats to the Liberal International Order." The Center analyzes the threats of "Russia" and "climate change" in detail. But China — the largest violator of basic human rights on the planet — does not make the list. Why?

Perhaps we now know why.

Peter Schweizer is the author of Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite. Seamus Bruner is the author of Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties.