As questions about Hunter Biden’s business dealings abroad remain unanswered, a Senate investigation into Hunter Biden and his business dealings in China and other countries released new findings that a pair of leading GOP senators said bolsters allegations of problems involving President-elect Joe Biden’s son.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson unveiled what they called a “supplemental” to the report they published in late September, in the thick of the 2020 election, an effort that was panned by critics as a partisan attempt to damage the elder Biden’s image and led to claims that the Republicans were dabbling in Russian disinformation, which the GOP investigators denied as baseless, insisting their effort was grounded in documented facts and had uncovered troubling connections.
“These new records confirm the connections between the Biden family and the communist Chinese government, as well as the links between Hunter Biden’s business associates and the Russian government, and further support the Committees’ September 23, 2020 report’s finding that such relationships created counterintelligence and extortion concerns,” the senators wrote in the five-page report, which was followed by 65 pages of evidence.
“After the report was issued, new sources went public with additional information about business relationships and financial arrangements among and between the Biden family and their business associates, including several foreign nationals,” stated the supplemental report released Tuesday by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson.
Of particular concern were links between a Hunter Biden business partner named Rob Walker, who was involved in three companies with Hunter Biden and who received money from Chinese sources.
“The new information is consistent with other records within the Committees’ possession which show millions of dollars being transferred from a Chinese entity linked to the communist party to Robinson Walker LLC,” the report stated.
Bobulinski produced emails and text messages that showed that he expected to get $10 million in startup capital from China. It never materialized, although there would be subsequent transactions from CEFC to accounts linked with James and Hunter Biden.
“According to records on file with the Committees, on February 23, 2017, and March 1, 2017, a Shanghai-based company called State Energy HK Limited sent two wires, each in the amount of $3,000,000, to a bank account for Robinson Walker LLC,” the supplemental report stated. “The records note that ‘[i]t is unclear what the true purpose is behind these transactions and who the ultimate beneficiary is.’
“These transactions are a direct link between Walker and the communist Chinese government and, because of his close association with Hunter Biden, yet another tie between Hunter Biden’s financial arrangements and the communist Chinese government,” the report continued.
“At the time of the transfers, State Energy HK Limited was affiliated with CEFC China Energy, which was under the leadership of Ye Jianming. In the past, State Energy HK Limited transferred funds to at least one company associated with Hunter Biden’s business associate, Gongwen Dong.
“As detailed in the Committees’ September 23, 2020 report, Hunter Biden’s business partner, Ye Jianming, had established ties to the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army. So, too, did Gongwen Dong, in light of his relationship with Ye.”
In May of 2017, for instance, Hunter Biden texted Bobulinski regarding Hunter Biden’s desire to avoid having to register as a foreign agent or falling afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with the China deal.
“No matter what it will need to be a U.S. company at some level in order for us to make bids on federal and state-funded projects. Also we don’t want to have to register as foreign agents under the FCPA [Foreign Corrupt Practices Act] which is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know. James has very particular opinions about this so I would ask him about the foreign entity,” Biden wrote in a text to Bobulinski.
“Regardless, we should have a DE [Delaware] come (sic) called CEFC America and ownership should be 50 me 50 them. We then cut up our 50 in a separate entity between the 4 of us. Create that company call it BWBG or whatever it’s just a pass through.”
There’s the strange $3.5 million wire transfer from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow, Elena Baturina, to Hunter Biden.
There’s the email on Hunter Biden’s hard drive from an executive with Burisma — the Ukrainian energy firm that put Hunter on its board and paid him $50,000 a month despite the fact he had limited experience in Eastern Europe — thanking him for an introduction to Joe Biden.