On Saturday, 4Chan users announced that they had managed to crack a backup of Hunter Biden’s iPhone. They also got access to an iPad that he shared with another member of his family.
There were a lot of things to wade through — from sex and drugs, with Hunter Biden allegedly examining his perineum, to a ton of arguments with Hallie Biden, his dead brother’s wife with whom he was having a relationship at one point.
There are some things that we have reported on before that are now getting a wider airing after the 4Chan drop, such as a conversation with his cousin Caroline Biden, where she’s talking about setting him up with women and he says “no yellow” (seemingly meaning no Asian women). That’s not only offensive but more than a little ironic given the money he’s made from Chinese connections.
But I wanted to look at some of the things released so far that may relate to Joe Biden and/or foreign interactions. We will likely have more, but here are some of the highlights that we’ve seen so far.
Hunter sent out a ton of money to other members of the family. While he may have been bringing in a lot of money, most of it seems to have been pouring out to family or for his various issues. As we previously wrote, at various points, Joe Biden was sending him money to bail him out. Here’s a voicemail that appears to be one example of that.
Matter of legitimate public interest. Joe Biden asks his son Hunter Biden about money/accounting. “Accountant said the money went through.” pic.twitter.com/H0mkdGycL0
— Crab Man (@crabcrawler1) July 10, 2022
There’s a conversation with Hallie Biden on December 14, 2018
Hunter says the following:
[V]ery alone in dealing with rebuilding an income that can support the enormous alimony and my kids costs and myself, dealing with the aftermath of the abduction and likely assassination (that’s what the NYT’s suspects) of my business partner the richest man in the world and the arrest and conviction of my client the chief of intelligence of the people’s republic of China by the US government, the retaliation of the Chinese in the ouster and arrest of US suspected CIA operatives inside China, my suspected involvement in brokering a deal with Vladimir Putin directly for the largest sale of oil gas assets inside Russia to China, a tax bill that Eric left hanging over my business and…And Dads running for president.
Now to unravel some of that.
The “abduction and assassination” of his business partner appears to apply to CEFC chair Ye Jianming. As we noted back in May, citing an NBC report:
Biden’s most lucrative business relationship was acting as a consultant in a project with a company that belongs to a once-powerful Chinese businessman who is now thought to be detained in his homeland.
According to business records referred to in the Senate report, Hudson West III, a venture funded by the Chinese oil and natural gas company CEFC and its chairman, Ye Jianming, paid $4,790,375.25 to Owasco PC over about one year.
Filings with the Washington, DC, government show Owasco PC is controlled by Hunter Biden. [….]
In 2018, Chinese prosecutors accused Ye Jianming of “economic crimes,” including alleged fraud and bribery, and detained him for questioning. He hasn’t been seen in public since.
Then the “chief of intelligence” is the guy Hunter Biden previously referred to as “spy chief of China” — that’s Patrick Ho, who we have reported on before, who was sentenced to three years in prison for international bribery and money laundering offenses in March, 2019. Biden was paid $1 million to represent Ho, but it’s not clear what legal work, if any, he performed for him.
The part about Putin of course raises more questions, if true. We’ve written a lot about his involvement with China and specifically his involvement in BHR, a Chinese private equity firm. Here’s what the Free Beacon reported in March, 2022 about Biden’s relationship with Chinese government-connected energy companies and Gazprom, the energy giant which is majority-owned by the Russian government.
Sinopec and China National Petroleum Corporation are in discussions with Beijing to invest in Russian gas giant Gazprom, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Biden has done business with both Chinese firms, which hope to take advantage of deep discounts in the company’s shares in order to shore up their energy and commodity stockpiles. [….]
The connections highlight longstanding concerns that Biden’s foreign entanglements help America’s adversaries. Biden met in 2011 with an executive from China National Petroleum Corporation to discuss the potential purchase of an oil field in Africa, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Biden met with the executive, Ge Aiji, even after he was told that the company had helped Iran, Sudan, and others evade US sanctions.
Biden is connected to Sinopec through BHR Partners, a private equity firm he cofounded in 2013. BHR bought a $1.7 billion stake in Sinopec Marketing in 2015. Biden at one point owned a 10 percent stake in BHR Partners through his wholly owned firm, Skaneateles, LLC.
His lawyer has claimed that Hunter Biden no longer owns a stake in BHR.
Then Joe Biden just sold almost a million barrels from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Chinese government-controlled Sinopec, raising additional questions about why he’s depleting our stores, not using it here, and why it’s going to help a hostile country to build up their reserves .
Then there’s a voice mail from Francis Person to Hunter about China business — “right there in Tiananmen square for our beijing site.”
Francis Person was a Biden aide who worked very closely with Joe Biden when he was vice president.
One of Joe Biden’s closest aides as vice president, who later joined a Washington-based firm founded by an executive with ties to China’s Communist Party and did deals with Biden’s son Hunter — visited the White House at least seven times over a two-year period .
Francis Person — better known as “Franny” to the Biden family, whom Jill Biden has said is “like a son” to her and Joe — visited the White House multiple times in 2015 and 2016, including a holiday reception in December 2015 with Chinese executive Bo Zhang, official logs viewed by The Post show.
Person, who left his role as then-Vice President Biden’s personal aide in 2014, went on to work with Hunter Biden and his business partner Eric Schwerin in deals with the Harves Group and later became president of the Washington-based firm.
But sure, Joe Biden knew nothing about his son’s business dealings, right?
Memo to Republicans: This all needs to be investigated – thoroughly.