President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden boasted of having “access to the highest level” in China, according to emails of his business contacts obtained by Business Insider and released on Thursday.
The claim was made while Hunter Biden’s father was still vice president in a January 28, 2015, email between two Democratic donors, Sam Jauhari to Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani, who were both involved in a Libya deal over billions in Libyan assets that were frozen by the Obama administration.
“According to Jauhari, Hunter Biden sought a $2 million-per-year retainer when he offered to help unlock billions of dollars in Libyan assets that were frozen by the United States in the wake of the Obama administration-backed ouster of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and the collapse of the country’s government,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“Per phone conversation I met with #2 son. He wants $2 per year retainer +++ success fees,” Jauhari wrote to Rahbani. “He wants to hire his own people – it can be close circle of people for confidentiality. His dad is deciding to run or not.”
Jauhari continued, weighing the pros and cons of Hunter Biden having “access to highest level in China” versus him being an “alcoholic, drug addict – kicked out of U.S. Army.”
Jauhari wrote: “His positives are he is Chairman of UN World Food Program, son of #2 who has Libya file, access to State, Treasury, business partner SofS [Secretary of State] J. [John] Forbes K [Kerry] son and since he travels with dad he is connected everywhere in Europe and Asia where M. Q. [Muammar Qaddafi] and LIA [Libya Investment Authority] had money frozen. He said he has access to highest level in PRC [China], he can help there.” He added: “His negatives are that he is alcoholic, drug addict – kicked [out] of U.S. Army for cocaine, chasing low class hookers, constantly needs money-liquidity problems and many more headaches. We should meet in Gstraad or London to decide next steps.”
According to Business Insider, “two people close to the negotiations” said that “$2” meant $2 million for Hunter Biden. The report says that it appears that the deal with Hunter Biden did not end up happening.
The report further cited another email from the following year sent by Washington lawyer John Sandweg, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2013 and 2014 under the Obama-Biden administration, to the two Democratic donors, Jauhari and al-Rahbani, about his discussion with Hunter Biden over the Libya deal.
“I spoke with HB’s team yesterday. They are interested in the project, but emphasized that for them to get involved, the team (lobbyists, lawyers and PR) would need to be a small group of folks they have a tight relationship with. They do not want a large group involved and they only want people with whom they have a close relationship with due to the sensitivities surrounding their involvement,” he wrote.