UPS says it has found the Hunter Biden package that Tucker Carlson suggested had been deliberately intercepted after he mailed it between his two offices, and says it will return it to the Fox host’s team.
Carlson detailed the mystery of the vanishing documents during his Wednesday evening show on Fox News, where he also aired new audio of Hunter Biden’s business partners sharing concerns that their secrets would ‘blow up big time’.
The host said his team had sent documents, via an established courier, from his main studio in Manhattan on Monday to Los Angeles.
At 3.44am on Tuesday someone in the courier company noticed that the had been opened and its contents were removed, he said.
Carlson said no one was able to explain where the documents – allegedly damaging to the Bidens – had gone. He did not say whether Fox News had any copies.
He offered no details about what the documents described, merely saying they were ‘confidential documents related to the Biden camp’ that came from ‘a source’.
‘We believe they are authentic and, at the time we received them, my executive producer and I were in Los Angeles talking to Tony Bobulinski,’ he said, referring to Hunter Biden’s business partner.
‘So we texted a producer in New York and asked him to send us those documents to LA.
But on Thursday, UPS said it had located them.
‘After an extensive search, we have found the contents of the package and are arranging for its return.
‘UPS will always focus first on our customers, and will never stop working to solve issues and make things right,’ a spokesman said.
Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, claims Joe was aware of the deals
Carlson, the most-watched person on Fox News, on Wednesday described the documents
‘Monday afternoon this week, he shipped the documents overnight to California with a large national carrier, a brand-name company that we’ve used, you’ve used countless times.
‘But the Biden documents never arrived in Los Angeles.’
Carlson said that on Tuesday morning, the day of the Bobulinski interview, they received word from the shipping company that ‘our package had been opened and the contents were missing’.
He said: ‘The documents it disappeared.’
Carlson said that the courier company, ‘to its credit, took this very seriously’ and investigated.
He said they traced the envelope until 3.44am on Tuesday, when an employee at sorting facility in another state notice that the package was ‘open and empty’.
Carlson explained: ‘The company security team interviewed every one of its employees who touched the envelope we sent.
Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world
‘They searched the plane, and the trucks that carried it; they went through the office in New York where our producers dropped that package off, they combed the entire sorting facility, they used pictures of what we had sent, so the searchers would know what to look for.
‘They went above and beyond, but found nothing.’
He said the courier company was ‘baffled and deeply bothered by this’.
‘And so are we,’ he concluded.
In his show on Wednesday, Carlson also revisited his interview the previous night with Bobulinski and aired new audio.
In the clips Rob Walker, a former Clinton official and family friend of the Bidens’ who was one of the five men in their company Sinohawk, said that he was concerned their story would ‘blow up big time’.
Sinohawk, active in 2017 and wound down in 2018, comprised of Hunter Biden, his uncle Jim – Joe’s brother – Bobulinski, Walker, and a British businessman James Gilliar.
Gilliar, a British businessman, is based in the Czech Republic.
He had known Bobulinski, Bobulinski said, for many years.
Walker, an investor in tech, was brought into the company by the Bidens. His wife Betsy used to work for Jill Biden.
Walker is heard, on the phone with Bobulinski and Gilliar, saying: ‘I just think that if somebody comes out now and verifies the story it blows up big time that’s all.’
Gilliar, in a second clip, appears equally concerned, saying: ‘We’ve got this situation now where it’s escalating again because somebody, allegedly one of us three, has qualified the story. Already it’s back on the front pages.’
Bobulinski, in a third clip, says that their company is attracting attention from the Chinese firm they wish to work with as a result of the Biden name.
‘He was there because he was selling his family’s name and that’s the whole reason why the Chinese were there,’ says Bobulinski.
‘The Chinese would’ve never been there if the Biden name wasn’t there.’
Carlson did not air anything more to give context of the conversation.
WHO’S WHO IN THE HUNTER FILES
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
Bill Clinton administration official who is now co-founder of a technology-focused private equity firm, Pilot Growth. His wife Betsy Massey Walker was Jill Biden’s assistant when she was Second Lady
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
Joe Biden’s younger brother and a serial entrepreneur who has long faced claims of profiting from his brother’s political career. He and Hunter were in business together in 2006 when they bought investment firm Paradigm Global Advisors which they unwound in 2010 after connections to a Ponzi fraudster emerged
The Chairman and The Big Guy
Said to be Joe Biden in many of the text exchanges although Hunter’s messages do not state this directly
Tony Bobulinski releases audio of ‘Biden family friend imploring him not to go public’ – and claims Joe’s brother chuckled and said ‘plausible deniability’ allows the family to ‘get away with it’
Tony Bobulinski came forward this week with an audio recording from earlier this month which he claimed showed an associate of Hunter Biden, Rob Walker, trying to silence him.
Bobulinski, a former Navy lieutenant spent six months in business with Hunter and Walker in 2017, trying unsuccessfully to get a joint venture called Sinohawk with a Chinese firm off the ground.
He appeared on Carlson’s Fox News show on Tuesday night, where an audio clip was played of Walker allegedly warning Bobulinski not to go public with information about their business.
‘If he doesn’t come out on record I am providing the facts,’ Bobulinski told Walker, whose wife works for Jill Biden.
‘You’re just going to bury all of us, man,’ Walker, described on the show as a Biden family representative, allegedly replied in the October 18 conversation.
During the interview, Bobulinski also claimed that in 2017, he asked Joe Biden’s brother Jim – who was part of their business consortium – how he could ‘get away with’ all their business dealings.
Bobulinski claimed that Jim replied: ‘Plausible deniability.’
Bobulinski further claimed during the interview that he had met Joe twice – both times in Los Angeles, on the night of May 2, 2017, and the morning of May 3, 2017.
Bobulinski previously said he had only met Joe once – on the night of May 2.
Tony Bobulinski spoke to Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night in an interview from Los Angeles
Joe Biden, pictured with his son Hunter in 2009, says he was unaware of Hunter’s businesses
Bobulinski calls Joe a liar
Bobulinski has since early October been pushing the story of his time in business with Hunter, 50, and his claims that Joe was involved in the attempts to make deals with their Chinese partners.
Bobulinski and Hunter formed a company in 2017, specializing in infrastructure investment. No deals appear to have been completed, and the firm folded in 2018.
Joe had left the White House and was a private citizen at the time.
Nevertheless, he has insisted he and his son never discussed business – which Bobulinski claims is untrue.
‘That’s a blatant lie when he states that,’ Bobulinski told Carlson.
‘It’s a blatant lie.’
Tucker Carlson devoted the full hour of his show on Tuesday to the interview with Bobulinski
Bobulinski held a press conference ahead of the final presidential debate last week, but did not take questions.
‘It was made clear to me that Joe Biden’s involvement was not to be made in writing, but only face to face.’
Bobulinski is listed as one of the recipients of a May 13, 2017, email detailing their business deal, and he claims that ‘the big guy’ mentioned is a reference to Joe, whom he claims Hunter regularly asked for business advice.
Joe has always insisted he was not involved in Hunter’s numerous business ventures.
His team and Hunter’s lawyers have not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
On Friday Bobulinski reportedly spoke to the FBI and handed over three cell phones which he said contained ‘evidence’. He did not say of what.
‘Obviously the world is aware that I attended the debate last Thursday and in that debate, he made a specific statement around questions around us from the president and I’ll be honest with you, I almost stood up and screamed a liar and walked out because I was shocked that after four days that they prepped for this at the Biden family is taking that position to the world,’ Bobulinski told Carlson.
Two meetings with Joe Biden
Bobulinski, in Tuesday night’s interview, told in additional detail how he had allegedly met Joe in Los Angeles.
‘I first met with Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, and just had a light discussion where they briefed me that my dad’s on the way, and we won’t go into too much detail on the business front, but we will spend time talking at a high level about you, your background, the Biden family and then he’s got to get some rest because he is speaking at the conference in the morning,’ Bobulinaki said.
Joe was coming to Los Angeles to speak at the Milken Conference and discuss his ‘moonshot’ efforts to find a cure for cancer.
Asked by Carlson why Joe would meet him, Bobulinski emphasized that Hunter and Jim wanted him to meet Joe – it was not Bobulinski wanting to meet the former vice president.
‘They were sort of wining and dining me and presenting the strength of the Biden family to get me more engaged and taking on the CEO role and develop it both in the United States and around the world in partnership,’ he told Carlson.
‘And as you can imagine, I’ve been asked by a hundred people over the past month why would you be meeting with Joe Biden, and sort of turn the question around to people that ask me, why that 10:38 on the night of May 2nd would Joe Biden take time out of his schedule to sit down with me in a dark bar at the Beverly Hilton’s position – behind a column so people couldn’t see us – to have a discussion about his family and my family?’
Bobulinski was in business with Hunter, and the pair tried to set up Chinese investments
Bobulinski, pictured at a press conference ahead of Thursday’s debate, spoke on Tuesday
In Bobulinski’s telling, when Joe arrived with his security detail, Bobulinski ‘stood up out of respect to shake his hand.’
He continued: ‘And Hunter introduced me as: “this is Tony, the individual I told you about that’s helping us with the business we are working on in the Chinese.”‘
The group sat down.
Asked what they discussed, Bobulinski said that Jim ordered some food; they all ordered drinks; and Joe asked Bobulinski about his background and family.
‘He thanked me for my service, I’m obviously very proud of that,’ Bobulinski said.
‘Then he walked through his family, obviously some of the tragedies they’ve dealt with, his political career on a high level.
‘We didn’t go into too much detail on business because prior to Joe showing up, Hunter and Jim had approached me and said this is a high-level discussion meeting.
‘So it’s not like I was drilling down with Joe about details.’
Bobulinski told Carlson that, the following day, he had a second meeting with Joe.
‘I met with Joe Biden the morning of May 3rd at that conference, and then was taken backstage after Joe had spoken,’ he recalled.
‘We joked around for 10 minutes and then I walked out to his car, I think they referenced he was off to see lieutenant governor.’
Bobulinski said that, when they spoke, Joe ‘just asked how I did and what I thought of the speech.’
Bobulinski said: ‘I said great job in the speech, and obviously it’s a very serious thing we should all be working together to solve. I lost a sister-in-law to cancer.
‘And he just sort of asked me to keep an eye on his son and his brother.’
When Carlson asked what he meant, Bobulinski replied: ‘I think he was conscious of things and I can’t speak for him.’
Joe has never denied meeting Bobulinski, but neither has he explained the circumstances.
Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know
After Bobiulinski said goodbye to Joe on May 3, he went to meet Jim at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, he said.
Jim Biden, seven years younger than Joe, spent two hours discussing the family’s story, and their careers.
Bobulinski told Carlson: ‘I know Joe decided not to run in 2016, but what if he ran in the future – aren’t they taking political risk or headline risk?
‘And I remember looking at Jim Biden and saying: “how are you guys getting away with this? Aren’t you concerned?”
‘And he looked at me and he laughed a little bit and said: “plausible deniability”.
‘He said it directly to me at the cabana at the Peninsula Hotel, after an hour and a half or two-hour meeting, with me asking out of concern how are you guys doing this, aren’t you concerned you will put your future presidential campaign at risk, the Chinese, the stuff you guys have been doing already in 2015 and 2016 around the world.
‘And I can almost picture his face where he sort of chuckles and says plausible deniability.’
Jim has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Joe Biden, pictured with his younger brother Jim, a businessman, in 2008
Jim Biden (pictured with wife Sara) formed a company with his nephew Hunter to work on infrastructure
Bobulinski told Carlson that he felt compelled to come forward following Joe’s repeated insistence that he had no involvement in Hunter and Jim’s businesses.
Bobulinski’s account of his dealings with Hunter, and his allegations about Joe was provided to the Wall Street Journal in late October.
The Journal began investigating the documents Bobulinski provided, and concluded, in a report published on the night of the debate, October 22, that there was no evidence Joe had any role in their company.
The New York Post had by that point published their own story involving Hunter’s emails, after Rudy Giuliani – Donald Trump’s lawyer – gave the paper a laptop he claimed belonged to Hunter.
The first story, on October 14, claimed that Hunter leveraged his father’s name to secure business deals in Ukraine. It did not mention Bobulinski’s name.
The following day, October 15, the Post published a second story, marking the first time Bobulinski’s name was mentioned.
The Post story looked at Bobulinski’s business dealings with Hunter, his uncle Jim and two other men – James Gilliar, a long-time friend of Bobulinski’s, and Rob Walker, a friend of the Bidens.
Walker’s wife Betsy is Jill Biden’s personal assistant.
Bobulinski said that, when people started speculating that he was some sort of Russian pawn, being played to discredit the Bidens so close to the election, he felt compelled to clear his name and publicly tell all he knew.
‘They brought in Russian disinformation and basically associated my name with that, which is absolutely disgusting to me and I had to go on the record,’ Bobulinski told Carlson.
‘We went through three years of every day Russia, Russia, Russia. It’s just absurd. The Cold War is over.’
‘Bury us all’
Bobulinski concluded that he had to make his case public, and clear his name.
Carlson said: ‘The Biden family knew that you were going public with this and you spoke to Rob Walker about it, the self-described Biden family representative. What was his response when you let him know that you were going public with this?’
Bobulinski replied: ‘Trying to coach me, trying to say we don’t want to do that, we don’t want press trucks out in front of our house and we have to move because it’s my job and all of that.
‘I’m not trying to cause any harm to anyone in this situation, let alone Rob Walker and his family, but basically, his position was if you go on record, you will bury all of us.’
Carlson broadcast the audio of Walker saying ‘bury all of us’, which had been recorded on October 18.
‘If he doesn’t come out on record I am providing the facts,’ Bobulinski told Walker.
Walker warns him: ‘Tony, you’re just going to bury all of us, man.’
Walker has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Rob Walker, one of the five in the business – Hunter and Jim, Bobulinski and James Gilliar
How it all ended
Bobulinski on Tuesday night provided an extremely complicated story as to how his business dealings with Hunter and Jim, Walker and Gilliar came to an end.
He said that the Chinese partners in the deal promised $10 million – $5 million as their capital funding, and $5 million as a loan to the Bidens.
But as the summer of 2017 dragged on, the money was not forthcoming, and the Chinese company began speaking to Russian investors – a development which worried Bobulinski, as he felt they would miss out to the Russians.
‘I did reach out to Hunter Biden in October 2017 asking him if they haven’t funded the $10 million to have you done something that I am no,’ he said, suggesting that Hunter Biden received money but used it for other purposes.
No evidence was provided of the Chinese ever paying money in to the company, and it was wound up officially in 2018.
What it means
Bobulinski on Tuesday night repeatedly stressed that he was ‘irrelevant’ in the story; that he had not wanted to appear on television, but that he felt the story needed to be told.
Asked what he thought this all meant, Bobulinski replied: ‘I think they are compromised.
‘I just don’t see, given the history here, and the facts, how Joe can’t be influenced in some manner based on the history that they have with stuff like that.’
Bobulinski said he had received death threats, and had a team of former Navy Seals stationed outside his family’s house.
Hunter Biden, left, has long been known for his failed business deals. He is pictured with his father
Joe Biden insists that he was never aware of what Hunter was doing in business
Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world
Trump has seized upon the emails from Bobulinski, and others from a laptop that Hunter reportedly took to be repaired, as supposed evidence of the Biden family’s corruption.
Joe during Thursday night’s debate vehemently denied having ever taken any money from foreign governments.
The Biden campaign insists that Trump is attempting to divert attention away from his own shortcomings, and Trump critics have suggested that it is part of a Russian-orchestrated disinformation plot.
On Sunday night, in a 60 Minutes interview, Biden spoke out about the laptop scandal and the emails that have been found detailing plans for business ventures involving China and Ukraine.
Joe said he believed that Giuliani, who has touted the laptop around various media outlets seeking publicity, was being used by Russia.
‘From what I’ve read and know, the intelligence community warned the president that Giuliani was being fed disinformation from the Russians,’ Biden said.
‘And we also know that Putin is trying very hard to spread disinformation about Joe Biden.
‘And so when you put the combination of Russia, Giuliani, the president, together – it’s just what it is.
‘It’s a smear campaign because he has nothing he wants to talk about. What is he running on? What is he running on?’