Uh-oh, Joe. Looks like you’ve found yourself in a bit of a sticky situation.
A new report shows Hunter Biden did, in fact, introduce his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than one year before Joe pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
In one of several emails obtained by the New York Post, the meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, around one year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving [me] an opportunity to meet your father and spen[d] some time together. It’s real[l]y an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.
The discovery of these emails come at a very inconvenient time for Democratic nominee Joe Biden – just 20 days before the election – after he claimed he’d “never spoken to [his] son about [his] overseas business dealings.”
According to the Post, the emails were part of a “massive trove” of data recovered from a laptop computer that was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April of 2019.
But these emails were not all that was found on the computer.
Other materials includes a 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images, according to the report.
The laptop has had quite the journey since it was first dropped off – and never picked up – from the repair shop a year ago. The computer and the hard drive were first seized by the FBI in December after the shop’s owner alerted the feds about their existence. Before turning over the gear, the shop owner says he made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, according to the Post.
Less than eight months after the email between Pozharskyi and Hunter Biden – in which Pozharskyi thanked Biden for the introduction to his dad – the then-vice president admittedly pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into getting rid of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee during a December 2015 trip to Kiev.
“I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.
“Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
Biden has several times denied any awareness of his son’s overseas business dealings. Last February, when asked by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie whether it was “wrong for [Hunter] to take that position knowing that it was really because that company wanted access to [him],” he replied, “Well that’s not true. You’re saying things you do not know what you’re talking about.”
And again in December, Biden lashed out during a Democatic primary town hall event in Iowa when a man accused him of sending Hunter to Ukraine despite having no experience with gas. Biden feistily replied “You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true and no one has ever said that,” according to the Post.
With the election less than 3 weeks away, this discovery comes at a critical time. And as Biden continues to center his campaign around his personal honesty and Trump’s “lies,” it looks like he has quite some explaining to do.