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House Republicans demand evidence collected against former Hunter Biden business associate convicted of bribery

Leaders of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Tuesday asked the Justice Department for access to evidence collected against former business associates of Hunter Biden who were convicted of bribery.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the chairs of the Judiciary and Oversight committees, respectively, are the chairs of the Judiciary and Oversight committees, Rep. Requested records regarding the prosecution of “Patrick” Ho. Letter to Attorney General Merrick Garlandas part of President Biden’s impeachment inquiry.

Mr Ho, a former head of a US-based non-governmental organization funded by the Chinese energy giant CEFC, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2019 on international bribery and money laundering charges. He was released in June 2020 and deported to Hong Kong.

Both CEFC and Mr Ho are said to have ties to the 54-year-old’s eldest son through his various overseas business dealings.

Representatives Jim Jordan and James Comer requested evidence collected by the Justice Department regarding former business associates of Hunter Biden who were convicted of bribery. Alison Bailey/NurPhoto/Shutterstock
Qi Ping “Patrick” Ho is the former head of a US-based non-governmental organization that receives funding from the Chinese energy giant CEFC. AP

In the letter to Garland, Ho was described as a “close business associate of Hunter Biden,” and the two Republicans also said the Justice Department tried to keep Ho’s eldest son out of the proceedings. claims.

“Information obtained by the committee indicates that prosecutors sought to keep Biden’s name out of Mr. Ho’s trial,” Jordan and Comer wrote. “This material is directly relevant to the House impeachment inquiry.”

In the letter to Garland, Ho was described as a “close business associate of Hunter Biden,” and the two Republicans also said the Justice Department tried to keep Ho’s eldest son out of the proceedings. claims. AFP (via Getty Images)

The committee chairs told the Ministry of Justice that Mr. Ho and Serbian politician Vuk Jeremić had a conversation with CEFC Chairman Yeh Jianming, and that “Jeremic was willing to take him out to dinner.” They are demanding that unedited emails regarding a person be turned over.

Lawmakers allege that the individuals’ names were redacted in court because the Justice Department claimed the names could “bring a political dimension to this case.”

“Other communications and documents obtained by the committee strongly suggest that the person in question is Hunter Biden,” the letter states.

Mr Jordan and Mr Comer also requested access to the contents of Mr Ho’s confiscated iPad.

Documents obtained by the Post from Hunter Biden’s discarded laptop show the president’s son reached an agreement with Ye for half ownership of a holding company and paid more than $10 million a year for “introductions.” It is shown that it was expected to provide.

Another document includes an “attorney agreement” signed in September 2017 in which Ho, one of Mr. Ye’s top executives, was “an attorney on matters relating to U.S. law. Agreed to pay Hunter Biden $1 million for advice on employment and legal analysis. of a U.S. law firm or attorney. ”

In a separate letter between Hunter Biden and CEFC, he said any deal “would be interesting to me and my family.”

Mr Jordan and Mr Comer also requested access to the contents of Mr Ho’s confiscated iPad. Getty Images

The Republican senators noted that Hunter Biden “is not a certified New York attorney” and said it was “not clear what kind of work Mr. Biden actually performed” on Ho.

They are asking the Justice Department to respond to the request by March 5th.

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