While President Biden has repeatedly denied claims that he has never discussed business with his son Hunter Biden, an email recently surfaced that says otherwise.
The email, dated 2019, said that the then-former Vice President Biden agreed to cover almost $800,000 in bills that piled up before the 2020 election.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, the younger Biden’s bills included legal fees tied to his controversial overseas business dealings. A spreadsheet with debt details was attached to the email.
The email, dated January 17, 2019, began with “Hello VP team” and was reportedly written by Katie Dodge, then Hunter Biden’s personal assistant, and sent to the founder of Global DEEZ firm in Leesburg, Virginia, accountant Linda Shapero.
Both Hunter Biden and Richard Ruffner, then a personal aide to Joe Biden, were cc’ed on the email.
Dodge wrote, “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.”
The attached spreadsheet included $28,382 owed for “BHR Restructuring” and more than $130,000 in legal fees to the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm, due “ASAP.”
The entries reference a Chinese company called Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management. Hunter Biden held a 10% stake in the company through another company called Skaneateles LLC.
Joe Biden spoke about his family business relationships in 2019, saying that “no one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country.”
Witness asked about the identity of ‘the big guy’
The New York Post reported that a witness in the grand jury proceedings focused on Hunter Biden was asked about the younger Biden’s business deal with a Chinese energy conglomerate.
The witness was also asked about “the big guy” during sworn testimony given in Wilmington, Delaware.
While the identity of “the big guy” has not yet been publicly verified, in October 2020, former Hunter Biden business partner and U.S. Navy veteran Tony Bobulinski claimed that Joe Biden was “the big guy.”
According to reports, text messages found on Hunter Biden’s old laptop revealed the younger Biden complaining about sending up to 50% of his earnings to his father over the years.
He also told his daughter that he would have to “pay for everything” for three decades.
Other debts included on the attached spreadsheet included insurance and payments for a Porsche, a boat, and a Ford truck; $37,000 per month to his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle; and tuition for Hunter’s daughters to attend the private Sidwell Friends School and the University of Pennsylvania.
A separate section titled “Credit Cards” included an outstanding balance of $157,033 and another section titled “Other Expenses.” Under “Other Expenses,” listed monthly dues of $60 and $320, respectively, to the 116 Club and the Yale Club in Washington D.C., favored by lobbyists and politicians.
State and local taxes totaling $412,309 out of the combined total of $818,665 in debts were listed on the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet and email were first reported by the Daily Mail. They were both stored on Hunter Biden’s laptop, which he abandoned at a computer repair shop in Delaware in 2019.
The Post published the laptop’s existence after receiving a copy of the hard drive in October 2020, before the 2020 election. Key emails continued on it were recently authenticated by the Washington Post and the Times.