WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, America First Legal (AFL) released its fourth tranche of emails received from the National Archives in response to AFL’s request and lawsuit for records from Joe Biden’s time as Vice President in the Obama Administration and Hunter Biden’s corrupt foreign business dealings.
According to the National Archives, this tranche consists of “email messages from December 2009 through June 2010 that includes the company name ‘Rosemont Seneca.’” The National Archives initially proposed withholding “142 email messages in whole and 54 email messages in part” under the Presidential Records Act, but after Stuart Delery, Counsel to the President, and Robert Lenhard, former Vice President Biden’s representative, weighed in, the National Archives ultimately withheld “148 email messages in whole and 52 email messages in part.”
These new emails continue to reveal how the Bidens shared influence and access to the Obama White House with their family and friends.
An email from Biden’s former Deputy Chief of Staff in the Senate, Dennis Toner, to VP Biden’s then-Deputy Chief of Staff, Alan Hoffman, reveals direct access and more influence peddling.
As reported by The Nation, Dennis Toner was a leading promoter of the Delaware Board of Trade (DBOT), which was ultimately sold to Ideanomics. Ideonomics was a project of Bruno Wu, who had an investment partnership with Shanghai’s Harvest Fund Management, the “H” in BHR Partners. As reported by The New York Times, BHR Partners was the investment firm Hunter co-founded with CCP-backed investors. The National Archives redacted the email because its “[r]elease would disclose confidential advice between the President and his advisors, or between such advisors.”
Hunter’s business partner, Eric Schwerin, emailed the Office of the Vice President about a “China Lunch” a couple of months before President Hu’s official visit to the United States. Despite Joe Biden’s denial that he was aware of Hunter’s business dealings with China, the National Archives redacted this email because its “Release would disclose confidential advice between the President and his advisors, or between such advisors.”
Two days before then-Vice President Joe and then-Second Lady Jill Biden departed for Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa in June 2010, their White House staff brainstormed with Hunter “to talk about africa.”
Sometime after the call, Hunter emailed Jill Biden’s advisor, Anthony Bernal, about “Nairobi ideas,” and the National Archives redacted it entirely because its “Release would disclose confidential advice between the President and his advisors, or between such advisors.”
Later that evening, Joe Biden’s White House staff sent Hunter an email entitled “Summary Africa,” and the National Archives redacted it entirely because its “Release would disclose confidential advice between the President and his advisors, or between such advisors.”
Two months later, as reported in Senators Grassley and Johnson’s Majority Staff Report, Hunter traveled to South Africa as a Secret Service protectee in August 2010.
Hunter Had Influence Over the Vice President’s Official Correspondence
Hunter used his access to his father to pressure OVP staff to write a letter. Larry Rasky, who is mentioned, ran communications for Biden’s 1988 and 2008 presidential campaigns. Anne Marie Person at Rosemont Seneca Partners (Hunter Biden’s firm) was able to influence her brother, Fran, who was hired by the Biden VP team. Rick Vitali is a longtime Biden campaign supporter. It is unclear what the letter’s purpose was as the link is broken.
The Biden Family Was Asked to Leave the White House 5 Times
An email from Hunter Biden reveals that Kathleen Biden, Naomi Biden, Finnegan Biden, and Maisy Biden were “asked to leave [the White House] at least 5 times.”
Read AFL’s request and all of the National Archives’ responses here.
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Statement from Gene Hamilton, America First Legal Vice President and General Counsel:
“These records–which are only a small portion of the actual records that the National Archives possess–demonstrate for the American people, yet again, continued evidence of influence peddling and personal enrichment by the Biden family. The full extent has yet to be seen, but with each release, we are painting a fuller picture for the American people of the extent to which the Biden family business was intertwined with the official business of the United States,” said Gene Hamilton.
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