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Biden insists he didn’t interact with Hunter, James biz partners

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday again denied any interactions with business associates of his brother James Biden and son Hunter Biden. Hunter himself acknowledged to Congress this week that his father attended two Washington, D.C., dinners with various foreign patrons as vice president.

The 81-year-old president slammed House Speaker Mike Johnson’s claims that Biden was “lying” about these interactions as the Republican-led impeachment inquiry into corruption allegations progresses.

“Tell them to read the transcript of all the witnesses,” Biden told a Post reporter on the White House lawn as he departed for Camp David after his son’s testimony in the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

“They have to stop this,” Biden added.

President Biden again denied that his brother James and son Hunter had any interactions with business associates, although the latter admitted to Congress this week that their father had done so. AFP (via Getty Images)

When pursued, he claimed, “I don’t interact with their partners.”

Biden answered “no” to a follow-up question about whether he attended dinners or lunches with his son or brother’s overseas business associates, as mentioned in his testimony.

Johnson (R-Louisiana) I replied with X: “Another lie by the President about his involvement in a family influence project. Let me remind you, Mr. President.” Link to Oversight Committee Overview Regarding the alleged exchange.

Biden previously claimed in an Associated Press poll on Dec. 6 that he had “never interacted” with his brother or son’s foreign partners, calling that suggestion a “lie.” 68% of AmericansMany people, including 40% of Democrats, believe that he acted illegally or unethically in his son’s business dealings.

Emails, witness testimony, and even photos show that Joe Biden, in addition to many of his U.S. business partners, has involved his son and brother in Mexico, Kazakhstan, and others who participated in two different business deals related to the Chinese government. It is shown that he encountered Russian and Ukrainian officials.

Mr. Hunter, 54, acknowledged Wednesday that his father had socialized with employees from Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine during two dinners at D.C.’s Cafe Milano restaurant in 2014 and 2015.

Vadim Pozharskyi, an executive at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, had been paying Hunter an annual salary of $1 million since 2014 because his father led the United States’ policy toward Kiev, but at a dinner party Mr Hunter admitted his attendance to the committee investigating his father.

“I believe Vadim was present at one of these dinners, yes,” the eldest son said, referring to the Post’s first October 2020 report on documents from Hunter’s abandoned laptop. “A letter of thanks from Pozharskyi for the opportunity has been revealed,” he said. At a social gathering on April 16, 2015.

Mr Hunter said the dinner was attended by a Russian billionaire and former Moscow businessman who allegedly transferred $3.5 million to a company co-owned by Mr Hunter and business partner Devon Archer on February 14, 2014. The first lady, Elena Baturina, and Kazakh businessman Kenneth Rakishev, who bought Hunter, were also confirmed to be involved. A $142,000 sports car.

Joe Biden even posed for a photo with Rakishev.

Emails, eyewitness testimony, and even photos reveal that Joe Biden participated in two different business deals related to the Chinese government with associates of his son and brother, as well as other associates in Mexico, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine. is shown to have been encountered. Rod Lambkey / CNP for NY Post / SplashNews.com

“I think he probably had a Coca-Cola and a bowl of spaghetti,” Hunter said of his father’s attendance at the Café Milano gathering. However, other witnesses said Joe Biden ate a full meal while in attendance.

“I don’t think I ever introduced him. [Joe Biden] to her [Baturina]. “During the period that Devon was engaged to Elena Baturina, I believe she attended the dinner as well,” Hunter said in the deposition.

Hunter testified, “I have never received a single penny from Ms. Baturina.” Baturina has so far avoided her father’s sanctions against Russia’s business elite over the Kremlin’s two-year invasion of Ukraine.

House Republicans haven’t disclosed the exact flow of the $3.5 million, but $2.75 million went to Rosemont Seneca Bohai, which Archer said was managed 50-50 by himself and Hunter Biden. He said that

Separately, Baturina invested more than $100 million in Archers Rosemont Realty, a company that Hunter Biden was also associated with at one point.

Hunter Biden had a lunch with Ye in early 2017, during which James Biden allegedly described Ye to IRS investigators in 2022 as a “disciple” of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He claimed that he could not remember his father’s alleged attendance at the event. AP

Joe Biden also reportedly interacted with leaders of both of his family’s large businesses in China.

In bombshell testimony last month, Rob Walker, a former business partner of the Biden family, revealed that Joe Biden was at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., just before $3 million in funds from CEFC flowed to him in March 2017. He testified that he met Ye Jianming, chairman of CEFC China Energy, at the hotel. Hunter and James Biden.

Hunter Biden had a lunch with Ye in early 2017, during which James Biden allegedly described Ye to IRS investigators in 2022 as a “disciple” of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He claimed that he could not remember his father’s alleged attendance at the event.

The first brother testified last week that he “misspoke” on that point.

In his testimony Wednesday, Hunter acknowledged that Joe Biden met with his business partner Jonathan Li, the incoming CEO of Chinese state-backed BHR Partners, in Beijing in December 2013.

In his testimony Wednesday, Hunter acknowledged that Joe Biden met with his business partner Jonathan Li, the incoming CEO of Chinese state-backed BHR Partners, in Beijing in December 2013. Getty Images

The Wall Street Journal reported that Hunter traveled to Beijing with his father on Air Force Flight 2, Joe Biden met with Li, and BHR was registered within two weeks of the visit. Reported.

Archer told Congress on July 31 that Joe Biden and Lee had coffee, but Hunter said otherwise.

“There was a rope up and Jonathan Lee was in the lobby of the hotel, where he was going to get coffee,” Hunter testified.

“In that line, I introduced my father to Jonathan Lee and his friend, and they shook hands and probably took a picture. Then my father went to his room, and I introduced him to Jonathan Lee and his friend. I went for coffee.”

Joe Biden later wrote college recommendation letters for Li’s children and greeted Hunter Biden on speakerphone during his subsequent visit to China, Archer testified on July 31.

Archer said Joe Biden greeted his son’s foreign business partners about 20 times on speakerphone.

Then-Vice President Biden also hosted the Vice Presidential Residence in November 2015, including members of billionaire Carlos Slim and Hunter Biden’s wealthy Mexican Alemán family, including his son and brother’s Mexican family. Business people were invited to tour the White House. And his colleague Jeff Cooper pitched energy and technology.

Joe Biden is pictured with his son Cooper and a Mexican guest at the vice president’s residence.

Domestic Biden family members involved in international business, including Archer and former colleagues Eric Schwerin and Tony Bobulinski, also met with Joe Biden, according to witness testimony and President Obama’s White House visitor log. There was an exchange.

Last year, Archer released a letter he received from Joe Biden in 2011, thanking him for attending an official Chinese luncheon in Washington and saying he was happy for Archer to work with his son on business. expressed.

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