Hunter Biden reportedly referred to his father and Chinese business partner as ‘office mates’ in 2017 email
A Sept. 20, 2017 email has surfaced where Hunter Biden requested keys be made for his new “office mates.” He listed his father, President-elect Joe Biden, Jill Biden, and his uncle, Jim Biden, for space he planned to share with an “emissary” for a chairman of a Chinese energy company.
The Daily Caller first broke the story and Fox News subsequently obtained the email. In it, Hunter requests keys for Joe and Jill Biden, along with his uncle, Jim Biden, from the general manager, Cecilia Browning, at the House of Sweden which is a building in Washington, D.C. that contains multiple office suites, as well as a number of embassies.
“[P]lease have keys made available for new office mates: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Jim Biden,” said the email, with the subject “507.”
A key was also asked for Gongwen Dong, who is described as an “emissary” for Chairman Ye Jianming… the chairman of CEFC Chinese Energy Co.
“I would like the office sign to reflect the following,” he stated, requesting “The Biden Foundation” and “Hudson West (CEFC US).”
“The lease will remain under my company’s name Rosemont Seneca,” he continued, providing details about Dong and Ye, whom he referred to as “my partner,” as well as their contact information. Joe and Jim Biden’s personal cell phone numbers were also listed.
Hunter Biden’s dealings with CEFC in 2017 were the focus of allegations from his ex-business partner, Tony Bobulinksi, who said in October that Joe Biden was “plainly familiar” with his family’s business dealings in China. Bobulinski was one of the recipients of a May 2017 email referencing Joe Biden as the “big guy” who would hold 10% in a joint-venture deal with Hunter Biden and CEFC.
CEFC wired $5 million to Hunter Biden’s company, Hudson West III, less than two months prior to Hunter Biden’s request to Browning that office keys be made for his father and the CEFC emissary. Hudson West sent a total of $4.79 million to Hunter Biden’s law firm, Owasco, for consulting fees.
U.S. regulators flagged the first wire transfer to Owasco, dated Aug. 4, 2017, for “potential criminal financial activity.”
Also between August 2017 and August 2018, Owasco wired a total of $1.4 million to James Biden’s consulting firm, the Lion Hall Group. Those transactions were also flagged for potential criminal financial activity.
Hunter also represented Patrick Ho, who served as chairman of the China Energy Fund Committee, a U.S.-based think tank fully funded by CEFC China Energy.
Ho was arrested in November 2017 and later convicted on charges that he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for paying bribes to top officials in Uganda and Chad for oil rights in those countries.
CEFC paid Hunter Biden $1 million to represent Ho, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the scheme.
Hunter is not listed as an attorney on any of Ho’s court filings.
In another email, the manager writes: “[w]e are very excited and honored to welcome your new colleagues.” The manager then asks for confirmation that Hunter Biden wants four more keys and a “[c]hange of names on the doors and in the north entrance.”
“House of Sweden is owned and managed by National Property Board Sweden,” general manager Cecilia Browning said in a statement. “We have tenants who rent office space, and it is correct that Rosemont Seneca LLC rented an office at House of Sweden between February 2017 – February 2018.”
Browning added: “However, please note that we do not share information about current and previous tenants.”
This exchange is pertinent because President-elect Joe Biden has repeatedly denied being involved with his son’s business dealings. The emails would allegedly indicate otherwise.
Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Chairman Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals, according to the Senate Homeland Security and Finance committees, “resulted in millions of dollars in questionable transactions.”
Hunter also opened a bank account with Dong which financed a $100,000 global spending spree with his uncle, Jim Biden, and Jim Biden’s wife, Sara.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware is investigating Hunter Biden’s “tax affairs,” and he said that he is taking the matter “very seriously” and is “confident” he handled his affairs “legally and appropriately.”
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter Biden said in a statement. “I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
Hunter Biden is also allegedly a subject/target of the grand jury investigation. The investigation was triggered, in part, by Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regarding suspicious foreign transactions. The SARs are related to funds from “China and other foreign nations.”
The investigation into his financial dealings began in 2018. It involves Hunter Biden’s laptop as well.
In October, the FBI subpoenaed a laptop and hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden in connection with a money-laundering investigation in late 2019.