People were very angry about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, and his business dealings in Ukraine, in the months before the November 2020 election.
President Trump’s son signed a deal with a person from the Chinese energy company CEFC in August 2017, according to a report from the Washington Post last week.
Hunter Biden’s uncle and Hunter Biden’s businesses were paid $4.8 million over 14 months by a Chinese energy company and its executives. Hunter Biden’s emails were found on a laptop hard drive that was copied from one that was supposed to have belonged to him, as well as in government records, court documents, and new bank statements.
His uncle James Biden is the president’s brother. According to the New York Post, the contract in question gave Hunter Biden a one-time retainer of $500,000, as well as $100,000 for him and $65,000 for his uncle.
Hunter Biden and his lawyer didn’t answer a lot of messages from the Post, and when James Biden was called on his cell phone and asked about the CEFC deal, he said he didn’t want to talk about it.
It says that CEFC, which gets money from Chinese government development banks, is linked to the Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army, which is run by the government.
In its review, the newspaper said that it didn’t find any evidence that President Biden personally benefitted from or knew anything about his son’s and his brother’s CEFC dealings.
After Joe Biden was vice president and before he said he was running for president, he made a deal. It says that the White House didn’t say anything on the record.
But it pointed to previous statements that said the president “has never even thought about being in business with his family, or in any business outside of the United States.”
Far-right Trump supporters quickly called for a special prosecutor to look into the Biden family after the Post report came out. Even though that request is politically motivated, it’s still a good idea to have a special prosecutor look into the Biden family.
Every single American should be wondering why we don’t require candidates for high office to report not only their own foreign financial interests but also those of their immediate family.
This kind of financial disclosure would allow the public to more thoroughly check candidates for national security risks during the time of former President Trump. I said this during Trump’s time in office.
Hunter Biden’s contract with CEFC is questionable not only because he was paid a lot of money for services he doesn’t seem to be able to provide, but also because of the people he met because of it.
There were “verified emails from a purported copy of the laptop hard drive reviewed by outside experts for The Post,” according to the newspaper. In 2015, while his father was vice president, he worked for the newspaper.
Intermediary Hunter Biden was asked to set up a meeting between him and the chairman of CEFC, Ye Jianming, but he didn’t know how to set it up. Yao used to be a deputy secretary of a group called the China Association for International Friendly Contact, which was named by the United States as one of the best groups in 2011.
It was called “a front” by a congressional report. Whether CEFC says they are private or not, when it comes to big Chinese companies, CEFC isn’t private at all
In China, there is no such thing as privacy, and there is no way you can politely say “no” to the power of the Chinese intelligence services. In the newspaper’s report, Hunter Biden was asked to see if another CEFC official was being investigated by the government, according to the report.
According to court records, the FBI was indeed looking into that official. The official was under electronic surveillance, and the FBI was looking into him or her, too. A lawyer named Biden agreed to help that official in exchange for a $1 million retainer.
As soon as the FBI took his client into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, he called James Biden just nine minutes later.
By the start of 2018, Reuters had said that Ye had been taken in for questioning about possible economic crimes. A report in the New York Post said that Ye couldn’t be reached for comment and that the Chinese Embassy wouldn’t comment on Ye’s arrest.
Every time the U.S. and China meet, the Chinese government tries to get near people who have power or influence before, during, and after the meeting.
Elections are held at the city, state, and federal levels every four years. All about access and influence. If you can get someone to give up either access or influence, that’s even better.
There is no such thing as a “private” company when it comes to big Chinese businesses. CEFC may say that it is. We may never know for sure what the Bidens could do for people who said they worked for the Chinese government.
So, anyone who has worked in counterintelligence knows that the facts in The Post’s review aren’t unique to the Biden family or any one political party.
From George W. Bush’s brother Neil, who had a lot of money in China, to Jeb Bush’s super PAC, which got a lot of money, but not intentionally. Illegal donations from China, to the huge “Chinagate” scandal, show that China isn’t partisan when it comes to trying to get into politics and have an impact.
That’s why, even though his father hasn’t been found guilty of anything, we should be thinking about Hunter Biden and not just Hunter Biden.
The American voter needs to know far more about how candidates, their businesses, and their families spend money in other countries if we are ever going to stop people from getting into politics.
That’s not what you’ll hear from people who support Trump and are only interested in Hunter Biden and his laptop at the moment. That’s because they don’t want to find out bad things about their own guy and his family if they try to make them disclose their money in other countries.
Unless, of course, you have something to hide. The hypocrisy is to only think about Hunter Biden. It’s possible that the president’s son may have broken the law with taxes, and he’ll have to pay for any consequences that come from that. That’s very clear.
When it comes to talking about this in a nonpartisan way and making sure that the families of our top officials aren’t targeted by foreigners, it’s not clear how willing we are.