Hunter Biden ex-partner asked to 'get Joe involved' with Chinese firm and make it look like 'family business', texts say
HUNTER Biden's former business associate suggested trying to "get Joe involved" in a joint venture with a Chinese energy firm and make it look like a "family business", text messages show.
The texts, sent in 2017, were part of an exchange between James Gilliar and Tony Bobulinski about a proposed project with now-defunct energy giant CEFC named SinoHawk Holdings.
During the 2020 election campaign, Hunter's business dealings received attention as a frequent attack line for President Trump against now-president-elect Joe Biden.
Hunter insists all his affairs were handled "legally and appropriately", while Joe Biden has said he has "never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever".
In a text to sent Bobulinski on May 11, 2017, Gilliar wrote: "Man U are right let's get the company set up, then tell H and family the high stakes and get Joe involved."
It is not clear exactly what Gilliar was proposing.
In an earlier exchange, on April 30, the pair also appear to discuss involving Jim Biden, Joe's younger brother, in the project.
"What is the deal w Jim Biden as he wasn’t part of the discussion but now seems a focal point," Bobulinski wrote.
Gilliar replied: "With H demons, could be good to have a back up, he strengthens our USP to Chinese as it looks like a truly family business, and I like the dude."
Hunter Biden has spoken publicly in the past about a decades-long struggle with alcohol and drug addiction.
In a later conversation ahead of a meeting with CEFC executives, thought to have been held on May 7 2017, Gilliar asked Bobulinski if he could arrange for an "A lister to meet [the chairman of CEFC on] Sunday."
Bobulinski replied: "Ok. A ‘lister’?"
Gilliar said: "Top person at same level as chairman, who would like to access China or money.
"It’s the way it works culturally for them."
There is no suggestion that Joe Biden attended the meeting.
The venture was ultimately not pursued and no transfer of funds from CEFC, one of the largest companies in China before it declared bankruptcy earlier this year, to SinoHawk Holdings ever took place.
Last week, CNN reported that federal authorities had launched an investigation into whether Hunter Biden had violated tax and money laundering laws in his dealings abroad, chiefly in China.
Joe Biden was not implicated in the probe.
In a statement on December 10, Hunter Biden said: "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.
"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."
Joe Biden's campaign was also approached for comment about alleged misconduct by Fox News in October.
A spokesperson said: "Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever.
"He has never held stock in any such business arrangements nor has any family member or any other person ever held stock for him."
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