13 Times Joe Biden Was Involved in Family Business Corruption

Family members gather for a road naming ceremony with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, centr
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President Joe Biden was involved in his corrupt family business at least 13 times over nine years.

While Joe Biden and his staff have claimed seven times the president has had no part in the family business, overwhelming evidence suggests Joe Biden has not just been involved in the family business but has played a key role with his son Hunter and brother James.

The evidence includes photos of Joe Biden meeting family business partners, Hunter’s former business partner’s testimony about Joe Biden’s involvement, Joe Biden flying to foreign countries to meet with Hunter’s business partners, and a voice recording of Joe Biden calling Hunter about a Chinese business deal.

The evidence has convinced 58 percent of voters that Joe Biden has played a role in his family’s business. Sixty percent say Hunter Biden, a key member of the family enterprise, has sold “influence and access” to Joe Biden.


In 2019, Hunter’s “laptop from hell” revealed in texts the Biden family’s payout vehicle. The mechanism includes a collection of 50 percent of familial salaries for 30 years. For instance, Hunter has reportedly paid thousands of dollars for Joe Biden’s house repairs from the money obtained from selling access to Joe Biden.

“I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years,” Hunter described in texts to his daughter. “It’s really hard. But don’t worry, unlike Pop [Joe], I won’t make you give me half your salary.”


In 2018, Joe Biden left Hunter Biden a voicemail about a business deal with Chinese energy giant CEFC. The voicemail detailed Joe Biden’s worry that sensitive information was included in a New York Times article about Hunter’s involvement with CEFC’s chairman Ye Jianming, who was arrested in China on bribery charges.

“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you,” Joe Biden said. “I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance give me a call, I love you,” the message concluded.


Between 2009 and 2017, according to White House visitor logs obtained by the New York Post, Hunter’s corrupt business partner, Eric Schwerin, met with Joe Biden at the White House 19 times between 2009 and 2015. Joe Biden was vice president during this time. Schwerin was the president of the infamous but now-dissolved investment fund Rosemont Seneca Partners.

In 2017, Tony Bobulinski, Hunter’s former business partner,

met twice with Joe Biden to discuss a business deal with China. “I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden,” Bobulinski stated.


After Bobulinski met with Joe Biden, brother Jim Biden, and Hunter to discuss their deal in China, Bobulinski messaged James, telling him to “thank Joe for his time.”


In 2017, Hunter described Joe Biden as one of his “new office mates” after he “went into business with the CEFC executive,” the Washington Post reported. Hunter had a key made for Joe Biden to use at the House of Sweden in Georgetown. The Post reported:

On Sept. 21, 2017, Hunter Biden wrote to a building manager requesting new office signage to reflect a new family enterprise and a new business relationship: “The Biden Foundation and Hudson West (CEFC-US),” he wrote in emails to the property manager.

He also requested keys for his new office mates: his father, Joe; his mother, Jill; his uncle James; and the Chinese executive, Gongwen Dong.

As part of the request, he provided what he said was his father’s cellphone number, saying an office representative could use it to contact his new office mates.


In 2017, Joe Biden wrote a college recommendation letter for a child of Hunter’s Chinese business partner, Jonathan Li, with whom Joe Biden met in China. Li is CEO of BHR, the same company linked to Chinese oil interests and in which the Biden administration reportedly sold 950,000 barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Hunter’s attorney told the Times that Joe Biden’s son left BHR’s board in 2020.

In 2016, Joe and Hunter Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to Mexico, where Hunter met with his business associates from Mexico City. On the trip, Jeff Cooper, who ran a large litigation firm, SimmonsCooper, invested $1 million in Hunter and James’ now defunct hedge fund. The New York Post reported:

SimmonsCooper also put up $1 million in investment capital for Hunter and his uncle Jim [James] Biden’s abortive attempt to run a hedge fund in 2009. When the venture ended, the Bidens returned the money.

Cooper joined the VP’s entourage on Air Force Two to Mexico in 2016, when he and Hunter were trying to negotiate an ill-fated petroleum deal with Aleman Magnani.

At 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2016, about an hour after “wheels up” from Joint Base Andrews on the five-hour flight to Mexico City, Hunter wrote a plaintive email to Aleman Magnani using Air Force Two’s secure, high-speed satellite communications channel. He blind-copied Cooper.


In 2015, Hunter brought Joe Biden to dinner with his business associates from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan to a popular Washington, DC, restaurant. Joe Biden was vice president at the time. The New York Post reported:

Online photos of the interior of Cafe Milano match the background of the shot that shows the Bidens smiling while flanked by Kazakhstani oligarch Kenes Rakishev and Karim Massimov, a former prime minister of Kazakhstan.


In 2015, the day after Joe Biden met with Hunter’s foreign business partners at Cafe Milano from Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan, one of the men emailed Hunter his thanks for the “opportunity to meet your father.” The New York Post reported:

The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.

An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.


In 2014, a photo reveals Joe Biden golfing with his son Hunter and Devon Archer, Hunter’s fellow board member at Ukrainian gas company Burisma. Archer is now in prison for fraud. “The photograph includes a fourth man who has not been identified. However, he is not Burisma’s top executive Taras Burdeinyi or founder Mykola Zlochevsky. Photographs of both men can be seen here and here,” Reuters reported.


In 2014, photos show Joe Biden meeting with Hunter’s Mexican business associates, billionaire Miguel Alemán Velasco and his son Miguel Aleman Magnani, in the vice president’s office. “The then-vice president also flew Hunter and his partner Jeff Cooper on Air Force 2 to Mexico City in 2016 where Hunter arranged to meet Alemán’s son for meetings over a ‘flippin gigantic’ business deal,” the Daily Mail reported.


In 2013, Hunter flew to China with his father aboard Air Force Two. During the excursion, Hunter introduced Joe Biden to his Chinese business partner Li, who is the CEO of the same company linked to Chinese oil interests and in which the Biden administration reportedly sold 950,000 barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Ten days later after the visit, China issued Hunter’s firm a business license and the firm won an investment worth $1 billion. The New York Post reported:

Ten days later, Hunter’s company inked a deal with the state-owned Bank of China and created the $1 billion investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR), according to reporting by Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and the best-selling author of “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends.”

A representative for BHR told The New Yorker in July 2019 that Hunter Biden introduced his father to Chinese private equity executive Jonathan Li during the trip. Li later became the CEO of BHR.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter and Gettr @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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