WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, America First Legal (AFL) released the first production of records obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in our lawsuit against the National Archives and Records Administration regarding Hunter Biden and his corrupt foreign business dealings and records from Joe Biden’s time as Vice President in the Obama Administration.
This is just the initial production and we anticipate obtaining more documents in the coming months ahead as the result of our litigation.
- Confirms that then-Vice President Biden used a personal email address for official government business;
- Hunter Biden should have registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and the Obama Administration had concerns about Hunter Biden’s appointment to Burisma;
- That the Office of the Vice President (OVP) coordinated directly with Hunter Biden for media responses.
Use of Personal Email Addresses for Official Business as Vice President
The documents confirm the long-suspected fact that Joe Biden used a personal email address for at least some official government business ([email protected]). This email address was used to receive sensitive information about his son, Hunter Biden, from his then-Assistant for Communications Shailagh Murray:
The National Archives provided the following reason for withholding the rest of the email: “P5 Release would disclose confidential advice between the President and his advisors, or between such advisors.” This definitively establishes that the email address in question belonged to then Vice-President Biden.
Hunter Biden Should Have Registered Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Regarding His Activities with Burisma
Hunter was both a board member of Burisma, a “foreign principal” under 22 U.S.C. § 611(b), and an attorney at the law firm representing it. Hunter Biden was arguably Burisma’s agent and subject to FARA registration because he was an officer of Burisma and appears to have represented Burisma’s interests to the Office of the Vice President.
The Obama Administration and Biden’s National Security Council (NSC) staff took concerns seriously that Hunter Biden’s appointment to Burisma raised a conflict of interest.
The State Department staff alerted Vice President Biden’s staff that Burisma controlled “rights to hydrocarbon reserves in Ukraine” to explain why Russian political elites viewed Hunter Biden’s appointment at Busima as a threat:
Current Biden-appointed Deputy to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Jeffrey Prescott was then-Vice President Biden’s Deputy National Security Advisor. Prescott was being alerted about the conflict of interest by the Obama NSC and Biden’s own lawyers.
Biden’s Chief of Staff, Counsel and other high-level officials were alerted to allegations that Hunter Biden’s appointment to Burisma raised conflict of interest issues.
Biden’s Counsel had sufficient concerns that she reached out directly to national security advisor Jeffrey Prescott asking, “Do you have a minute to talk about this?”
The Office of the Vice President Coordinated Directly with Hunter Biden On Press Inquiries
Emails reveal that Hunter Biden had a close relationship with his father’s Vice Presidential staff and advised them on how to respond to the media. There appeared to be no separation between the official business of the Office of the Vice President and Hunter’s private business dealings:
Vice-President Biden’s Press Secretary Kenda Barkoff directly emailed Hunter statements that the Office of the Vice President was giving out to the press:
America First Legal will continue to release more documents as they are obtained as the result of our litigation. You can review highlights from this initial set of documents here, and find the full set of documents on AFL’s website here and NARA’s website here. Let us know what you find and what stands out to you by emailing us at [email protected].
Statement from America First Legal President Stephen Miller:
“This first set of alarming documents received as a result of AFL’s litigation contains a number of important revelations about the Biden family’s business dealings, including then Vice President Biden’s use of a personal email address for government business, ethical red-flags about the Biden family’s conduct being ignored, and the use of official government resources to manage public relations regarding Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealing scheme. Clearly, this is the tip of a very large iceberg – with more records to come – and AFL is committed to uncovering the Biden family influence peddling and corruption. We urge Congress to continue its important investigations into this situation, and we also urge the DOJ to cease its partisanship and to open a formal investigation into the Biden family’s public corruption and illicit foreign dealings.” said Stephen Miller.
Read the entire production here.
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