Hunter Biden reportedly pushed CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming to “quickly” wire $10 million to “properly fund and operate” a Biden joint venture with the Chinese energy company in 2017, and sent his “best wishes from the entire Biden family” to the chairman, according to a new report.
In a June 18, 2017 email obtained by Fox News, Biden requested the transfer, which was never completed, and asked Zhao Runlong at CEFC to please “translate my letter to Chairman Ye, please extend my warmest best wishes and that I hope to see the Chairman soon.”
“I hope my letter finds you well. I regret missing you on your last visit to the United States,” Hunter Biden wrote in the attached letter, dated June 17, 2017. “Please accept the best wishes from the entire Biden family as well as my partners.”
“We are all hoping to see you here again soon, or in Shanghai,” he continued.
Biden added that they had “concluded the establishment of Sinohawk Holdings,” the joint venture between the Bidens and CEFC, and that Tony Bobulinski, “a very close friend of James Gilliar and the Biden family” would “act as the CEO.”
“He has invested capital all over the world for some of the world’s wealthiest families,” Biden wrote of Bobulinski.
Biden wrote that Bobulinski had “sent a request to Dong Gongwen [Gongwen Dong] and Director Zang for the funding of the $10 MM USD wire.”
“I would appreciate if you will send that quickly so we can properly fund and operate Sinohawk,” Biden wrote.
“I am sure you have been well briefed by our dear friend Director Zang on the political and economic connections we have established in countries where you are interested in expanding during the coming months and years,” he said. “I look forward to our next meeting.”
Ye Jianming and Gongwen Dong were linked to the Chinese Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army, according to a September report by the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Senate Finance Committee on its investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.
“Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in questionable transactions/cash flow,” the report stated.
More than a dozen text messages between Bobulinski, Biden business associates, and Chinese representatives of CEFC from June 25, 2017 to mid-July 2017 show that the $10 million transfer was delayed for weeks, potentially due to visa issues.
“Just got off the phone with Zaho[sp], Still dealing with Visa issues, they still haven’t filled out proper paperwork submissions, re entry. Still want my personal advise,” President-elect Joe Biden’s brother Jim Biden reportedly wrote in an email to Bobulinski on July 10, 2017.
A July 18, 2017 message shows Bobulinski asking Zhao whether the transfer would be “$10 MM or 2x $5MM,” claiming they “asked that $10 MM be sent in 2 $5 MM tranches but @ the same time, $5 MM to savings and $5 MM to checking. That is what we prefer.”
The transfer was never completed, though the Senate report shows that the CEFC wired nearly $5 million to the bank account for Hudson West III, a firm that Hunter Biden opened with Chinese associates, less than one month later
“These funds may have originated from a loan issued from the account of a company called Northern International Capital Holdings, a Hong Kong-based investment company identified at one time as a ‘substantial shareholder’ in CEFC International Limited along with Ye,” the report said. “It is unclear whether Hunter Biden was a half-owner of Hudson West III at the time.”
The report adds, “the same day the $5 million was received, and continuing through Sept. 25, 2018, Hudson West III sent request payments to Owasco, Hunter Biden’s firm.” The payments were described as consulting fees and reached “$4,790,375.25 in just over a year,” according to the report.
Another email to the general manager of the House of Sweden shows Hunter Biden asking for keys for his new “office mates,” his father, Joe Biden, Jill Biden and Jim Biden at the Washington, D.C. building that houses multiple office suites and a number of embassies.
Biden also requested keys for Gongwen Dong, whom he calls an “emissary” for Chairman Ye Jianming.
He issued directions for the lease to remain under the name of his company, Rosemont Seneca, but for the office sign to say “The Biden Foundation” and “Hudson West (CEFC US).”
A source told Fox News that the Biden Foundation used another office space at the time and there was no relation to the office space within the House of Sweden.
The report comes after Biden last week confirmed he was under federal investigation for his “tax affairs.”
Last week Hunter Biden said in a statement that he had learned “for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel” of an investigation into his 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,” he said.
President-elect Biden on Wednesday said he is “confident” Hunter Biden did nothing wrong when asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy about the investigation.
Joe Biden’s tax documents and returns, which were previously released by his campaign, do not show any involvement with Chinese investments.