President Donald called the Bidens a ‘crime family’ and termed his rival ‘totally corrupt’ as he prepared to take part in dueling town hall-style interviews against rival Joe Biden Thursday night.
With new Hunter Biden emails amid swirling questions about how his laptop made it into the hands of the FBI and Rudy Giuliani, the president retweeted his lawyer saying Joe Biden ‘can’t stand up to China.’
‘They own him,’ Giuliani wrote, claiming records paid $30 million to the ‘#BidenCrimeFamily’ – a moniker seeking to compare the Bidens to the mob.
President Donald Trump called Joe Biden ‘corrupt’ in a call-in with the Fox Business Network
Trump blasted Biden in a call-in interview on Fox Business Network, where he expressed astonishment at how the son of his rival’s business emails and personal information became public.
‘All you have to do is look at the son’s server. I can’t believe they found his laptop – it’s incredible!’ Trump said.
He called Joe Biden a ‘totally corrupt politician’ and suggested Biden couldn’t stand up to scrutiny if confronted with a Mueller investigation – which Trump countered after the Justice Department started a probe of Russian election interference in the 2016 elections and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.
‘The whole thing is insane. Joe Biden is a corrupt politician. I’ve been saying it for a long time,’ Trump said.
Trump also went after Hunter Biden at his Wednesday night rally
Trump retweeted his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who provided the materials to the New York Post
Trump retweeted a post that accused Facebook of ‘meddling’ in the election
Trump complained about the Mueller probe, which he calls the ‘Witch-Hunt’
At one point interviewer Stuart Varney asked Trump how he could be sure the Hunter Biden situation isn’t a ‘set-up.’
‘Oh I don’t know what set-up is. Look they have the guy’s laptop. Hey, Hunter was a disaster. Hunter didn’t have a job … he was thrown out of the military,’ Trump continued.
WHO’S WHO IN THE HUNTER CHINESE EMAILS
Vice president’s son was well-known to be seeking business deals in China. He traveled there in 2013 on Air Force Two and introduced his father to a business partner, Jonathan Li. In 2017, after his father left office, he pursued a relationship with Ye Jianming
Chairman and founder of CEFC China Energy, 43. A wunderkind of the Chinese energy world. Gave Hunter a diamond in 2017 as they pursued a business relationship. But in November 2017 company was accused of bribery in Africa by the DOJ, and in March 2018 he was arrested in China, reportedly on the orders of Xi Jinping. Has not been seen or heard from since but a prosecution in 2018 saw a senior Communist leader accused of taking bribes from him
Zang Jian Jun
Senior executive at CEFC and also a senior figure in the China Chamber of International Commerce
Penn State wrestler and Navy veteran turned-California businessman, 48, who appears to have done other business in China. Unclear how he and Gilliar know each other. Other business ventures include an investment in a Chinese men’s clothing company called VLOV
British-born 56-year-old businessman based in the Czech Republic. Set up jc2r, the company which is in the emails, in 2015. It is no longer active. Gilliar appears to breed race horses with his wife, Erika and appears to also be an adviser to a holding company run by the leader of Abu Dhabi’s son
The Big Guy and Jim
Unidentified – and certain to set off a string of conspiracy theories.
‘His father becomes VP and then Hunter starts making millions and millions of dollars a year. And the father gets some of that too,’ Trump said, without providing evidence. ‘You check him out,’ he told interviewer Stuart Varney.
‘If he went through a Mueller investigation like I did, they would have found – how about me, I go through a Mueller investigation, $48 million, no collusion, no nothing. Put him through a Mueller investigation, they’d find – Day One, 24 hours they’d find out,’ Trump said.
Trump suggested. ‘Look at the way he lives, Joe Biden,’ said Trump, suggesting improper profiting.
The Biden camp, asked about Trump’s claim, responded by sending his financial disclosures and tax returns, which do not show any such earnings.
In other tweets, Trump complained about having to go through a ‘Totally Discredited Witch-Hunt,’ and attacked social media companies for holding back the new Hunter Biden information by saying it had not been verified.
The emails were contained in trove of information that Giuliani, who has been investigating the Bidens in Ukraine, provided to the paper. A shop owner who gave it to Giuliani’s lawyer and the FBI says he couldn’t identify the person who brought three Mac laptops into his store, then went through the information while conducting a repair. He says he turned it over in part because he feared for his safety.
Trump’s claims came after a new email release in the New York Post containing emails purporting to show Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China, including one showing ‘remuneration packages.’
Hunter Biden pursued deals with a major Chinese energy company including one that would be ‘interesting for me and my family’, new secret emails said to be from the presidential candidate’s son claim.
He also struck a deal for $30 million plus bonuses ‘based on introductions alone’ over three years after his father left office, then was offered a ‘much more lasting and lucrative arrangement.’
The son of the Democratic presidential nominee communicated with China‘s largest private energy company, CEFC, according to the latest trove of messages unearthed by the New York Post from what is said to be Hunter’s personal laptop.
The trove of emails have set of a series of political shockwaves including:
- A picture of Hunter with what appears to be a crack pipe, and disclosure that that they include an 11-minute sex and drug video, as well as a
- Senate Republicans saying they will investigate the first tranche of emails, from Hunter’s Ukrainian business partners, which appear to show the Burisma energy aide being introduced to Joe Biden when he was vice president;
- A row over ‘censorship’ as Twitter and Facebook disallowed sharing of the original New York Post story;
- Donald Trump seizing on the release – orchestrated by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani – to call his rival ‘a corrupt politician’;
- Democrats accusing Giuliuani of peddling ‘misinformation’ and ‘parading around with a Russian agent’;
The latest emails, published again early in the morning, focus on Hunter’s dealings with Ye Jianming, the former chairman of CEFC in 2017, after his father had left office and when it was thought he would not run in 2020.
Ye has not been seen since he was taken into custody by Chinese authorities in 2018 amid rumored links to the Chinese military and intelligence services.
CEFC went bankrupt earlier this year after it was unable to repay its huge debts after warnings over its lack of transparency and dealings with sanctioned Russian firms.
In one email sent to Hunter in May 2017 titled ‘Expectations’, details of ‘remuneration packages’ for six people in a business venture were discussed.
He was identified as the ‘chair/vice chair depending on agreement with CEFC’, an apparent reference to the now bankrupt Shanghai conglomerate China Energy Co.
Hunter’s pay was ‘850’ and the correspondence also noted how he ‘has some office expectations he will elaborate’.
New leaked emails said to be from Hunter Biden show his apparent involvement with major Chinese firms as he discussed lucrative deals that would be ‘interesting for me and my family’
Hunter is said to have struck deals with Ye Jianming, the former chairman of CEFC, who has not been seen since his arrest in 2018
How it would work? An image from Hunter’s laptop appears to show the way in which his deal with Jianming would be structured
Extracts from one email published Thursday by the New York Post show how Hunter Biden was to be paid $850,000 in part of his arrangement with the Chines firm
Another email outlines a ‘provisional agreement’ where 80 per cent of the ‘equity’ would be shared equally among four people whose initials appear to relate to Hunter and three other recipients.
The sender of the email, James Gilliar, from consulting firm J2cR, said: ‘I am happy to raise any detail with Zang if there is shortfalls?’
The email divides the equity into ’20 H’ – meaning 20 per cent equity to Hunter; 20 per cent to RW, meaning Rob Walker, also of the jc2r consultancy; 20 per cent to another man called Tony Bubulinski.
The remaining 20 per cent was split with 10 per cent going to ‘Jim’ who is otherwise unnamed, and then ’10 held by H for the big guy?’
The big guy is unnamaed.
Zang appears to be a reference to Zang Jian Jun who was the former executive director of CEFC.
In another 2017 email, Hunted reportedly discussed a deal with Ye. According to the leaked emails, Biden wrote that Ye had been influential in improving a three-year consulting contract with CEFC that would pay him $10million annually just for introductions.
He was given half ownership of a holding company to sweeten the deal, with Ye owning the other half.
According to the leaked emails, Biden wrote: ‘Consulting fees is one piece of our income stream but the reason this proposal by the chairman was so much more interesting to me and my family is that we would also be partners inn the equity and profits of the JV’s [joint venture’s] investments.’
His email was sent to Gongwen Dong who has been linked to the purchase of two luxury Manhattan apartments for a total of $83million, which were bought by companies linked to Ye, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A photo from August 2017 appears to show a flowchart of the ownership of Hudson West which is split equally between Hunter Biden and ‘Chairman’.
A report on Biden’s business dealings released last month found Hudson West III opened a line of credit in September 2017.
Credit cards issued against the account were used by Hunter, his uncle James and James’s wife Sara.
They purchased more than $100,000 worth of items including airline tickets, Apple products, hotel and restaurant bookings, according to the report released by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Hudson West has since been dissolved and Hunter’s law firm Owaco PC was one of its two owners the report said.
Also seen in the emails was an agreement from one of Ye’s associates to pay Biden a retainer of $1million for counsel on US law.
The offer was made by former Hong Kong government official Chi Ping Patrick Ho, who has been convicted in Manhattan for two schemes to pay $3million in bribes to African government officials for oil rights.
He served a prison sentence of three years and was deported to Hong Kong in June.
Hunter Biden and his father Joe Biden in 2016. Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine were at the center of the Trump impeachment case
Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been probing Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine
The Democratic candidate’s son’s photos were part of the laptop which was obtained by Rudy Giuliani’s attorney and has now been released by the president’s lawyer
The revelations come after emails come from Hunter’s laptop appeared to show him making an introduction between his powerful father and a Ukrainian energy firm on Wednesday.
Gas company Burisma’ adviser Vadym Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for ‘an opportunity to meet your father’ in an email sent in 2015, according to the stash of data given to the New York Post by Rudy Giuliani.
Biden dismissed the findings, and his spokesman Andrew Bates said the paper ‘ never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story…moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.’
The emails are among a trove being referenced by Giuliani and his team after the owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware recovered data from a MacBook pro laptop that was dropped off and never retrieved.
The computer was seized by the FBI and its contents shared with the Post by Giuliani.
Giuliani’s lawyer Bob Costello said there are some 40,000 emails on the hard drive including thousands of texts. It also includes images of Hunter ‘in very compromising positions,’ Costello told Fox News.
There has been no comment on the new emails from Biden’s campaign, his lawyer, nor the Chinese businessman.
But Biden’s lawyer has previously dismissed the stories, accusing Giuliani of dishonesty.
HOW HUNTER’S EMAILS EXPLODED AS TWO WORLDS COLLIDED
January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become vice president, and sets up investment and advisory firm firm Rosemont Seneca with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry’s stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry aide
July 2010: Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns its biggest natural gas company Burisma joins the government of its president Viktor Yanukovych
February 2014: Yanukovych is deposed in a revolution which claims scores of lives and Burisma Zlochevsky is thrown out of government too
April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money-laundering by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later Archer joins the board of Burisma
April 28: Britain’s Serious Fraud Office freeze $23 million of Burisma’s cash, every dollar which exists in the UK’s banking system
May 12: Hunter joins the board of Burisma to improve ‘corporate governance.’ Hunter’s salary is later revealed to be $50,000-a-month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi who had met Hunter in Lake Como, Italy, days earlier, emails him asking to ‘use his influence’ to stop prosecutions. During the summer, the new prosecutor-general of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma
February 2015: Senior diplomat George Kent, on temporary assignment to Kyiv, learns of Hunter’s role. He phones a staffer at Biden’s office to it could ‘create perception of a conflict of interest.’ That month Viktor Shokin takes office as Ukraine’s prosecutor general, despite already being the subject of questions about his own links to corruption
April 17: Email from Hunter’s laptop shows Pozharskyi writing Hunter: ‘thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some together.’
Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormant
January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Biden tells Poroshenko he needs to go. He later boasts: ‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’ Shokin in fact is finally removed from office in March after internal turmoil in Kyiv
2018: Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani starts ‘investigating’ the Bidens’ links to Ukraine, enlisting the help of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now indicted on fraud charges. Ukraine’s latest prosecutor general announces he will investigate Burisma early the next year
April 12, 2019: Hunter takes three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac’s Apple repair shop in WIlmington, Delaware. MacIsaac puts data from one on a new hard drive
April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential run
Summer: MacIsaac claims he becomes worried that Hunter has not picked up his laptops he has seen some of what is on them, and thinks he might be killed by a Biden associate for having it in his shop
Fall: MacIsaac either contacts the FBI or is contacted by them; he has said both
December 9 or 19: The FBI pick up the laptop, but MacIsaac has made a copy for himself. They give him a grand jury subpoena to hand it over, even though he was going to anyway
Early January 2020: The FBI tell MacIsaac not to talk to anyone and to stall if a Biden representative comes to get the laptop back
February: Trump is acquitted at end of his impeachment trial
September: Steve Bannon, Trump’s ex-aide and now indicted on fraud charges, tells New York Post about existence of laptop
October 11: Giuliani gives Post the hard drive
October 14: Post publishes emails and partially-clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one of them with an apparent crack pipe – and says it has an 11-minute sex-and-drugs video. Giuliani promises there is ‘more to come,’ Republican senators promise to investigate but Democrats say the former New York mayor has ‘paraded with Russian agents’