(Daily Mail) President Joe Biden faces an impeachment vote over his alleged ties to his son Hunter’s business dealings – many of which have been uncovered by DailyMail.com.
Emails, texts, photos and documents unearthed by this publication have added to a still-growing body of evidence suggesting that Joe may have been improperly involved in Hunter‘s shady foreign deals, including when he was Vice President.
That evidence has now prompted an impeachment inquiry that begins on Thursday with the House Oversight Committee’s first hearing.
For years, President Biden has lied to the American people about his knowledge of and participation in his family’s corrupt business schemes,’ Rep James Comer will say in his opening statement obtained by DailyMail.com.
‘To date, the House Oversight Committee has uncovered how the Bidens and their associates created over 20 shell companies and raked in over $24 million dollars. We’ve also identified nine members of the Biden family who have participated in or benefited from these business schemes.
‘What were the Bidens selling to make all this money? Joe Biden himself.’
Impeachment could give GOP investigators more powers to obtain bank statements and other documents to root out any possible financial links Joe had with his son.
Emails, texts, photos and documents unearthed by DailyMail.com have added to a still-growing body of evidence suggesting Joe had ties to his son Hunter’s shady business dealings
Speaker Kevin McCarthy, facing heavy pressure from the right wing of the Republican Party, announced earlier this month that he will launch an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden
Documents, texts and videos obtained by DailyMail.com show Hunter Biden spent a staggering $30,000 on escorts in a five-month period
It could also see Hunter hauled in front of Congress to testify under oath.
In the past two years, DailyMail.com has revealed whistleblower allegations that Joe was acting as a ‘chairman of the board’ in his son’s Latin American online gambling firm; that he shared bills with Hunter; discussed his son’s business dealings with an alleged Chinese spy; collected up to $5.2 million in unexplained income; met with 15 of Hunter’s business associates; and was named in multiple emails as a partner in the First Son’s schemes.
The evidence uncovered by DailyMail.com has been used by chairs of the House Oversight, Ways and Means, and Judiciary committees to probe the Biden family further since Republicans took control of the House in January.
And according to a CNN poll released earlier this month, 61 percent of Americans now believe that then-VP Biden ‘had some involvement’ in Hunter’s business dealings and 42 percent responded that Joe acted ‘illegally.’
Some of the Congressional lines of investigation involve alleged criminal actions by Hunter – including apparent illicit transportation of prostitutes across state lines, revealed by DailyMail.com in July last year.
House Oversight Chair James Comer says he is now probing Hunter’s alleged links to trafficking.
Other areas involve the President’s alleged involvement with Hunter’s shady dealings – a probe which could be ramped up using the special powers afforded by an impeachment – if a majority of House members vote in favor.
Read on for a summary of the key elements of the GOP probe, many unearthed by DailyMail.com.
Joe’s Share of Chinese Millions
One of the most compelling pieces of evidence tying Joe to his son’s shady businesses is the ’10 for the big guy’ email found on the laptop Hunter dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop and failed to return to pick up.
Tony Bobulinski, who came forward in October 2020, says he met with Joe in 2017 and discussed the CEFC deal. Text messages he shared with Congress allude to the alleged meeting
In 2017 when the First Son and his business partners were setting up a multi-million-dollar deal with Chinese oil giant CEFC, Hunter’s partner James Gilliar sent an email laying out the proposed ownership of their joint venture suggesting that Hunter would hold 10% on Joe’s behalf.
In the list of owners, Gilliar wrote ’10 held by H for the big guy?’
Another partner in Hunter’s CEFC deal, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed that ‘the big guy’ was Joe Biden, and other emails on Hunter’s laptop refer to Joe using the same nickname.
Prosecutors have cast CEFC as a Beijing government-backed foreign influence operation, run by two men jailed for their shady dealings.
Executive Patrick Ho, who Hunter called the ‘f***ing spy chief of China’, was convicted of bribery in the US in 2018, after being surveilled by the FBI under anti-spying laws.
Text messages Bobulinski shared with Congress show both Gilliar and another partner, Biden family friend Rob Walker, describing Joe’s involvement in the Chinese deal.
After Hunter mentioned ‘my chairman’ in a group text with his co-investors in May 2017, Walker wrote to Bobulisnki: ‘When he said his chairman he was talking about his dad’.
Gilliar wrote to Bobulinski in another text: ‘Don’t mention Joe being involved, it’s only when u are face to face, I know u know that but they are paranoid.’
Amid all the shocking messages involving Joe Biden, possibly the most important email of the 154,000 on Hunter’s abandoned laptop is the infamous ‘big guy’ email, written by Hunter’s partner James Gilliar, which suggested that the president was secretly involved in, and set to profit from, an alleged Chinese influence operation
In a transcript of a December 2020 FBI interview with Walker, given to Congress by IRS whistleblowers who investigated Hunter for tax crimes, the business partner and Biden family friend admitted Joe even met with CEFC executives.
‘Did the VP ever show up at any CEFC meeting or anything like that, even once he was out of office?’ Special Agent Joshua Wilson asked.
‘Yes. It was out-of-office. We were in DC at the Four Seasons. We were having lunch and he stopped in, then he’d leave. That was it,’ Walker said.
‘He literally sat down. I don’t even think he drank water. I think Hunter said, I may be trying to start a company, or tried to do something with these guys and could you, and think he was like ‘if I’m around’, and he’d show up.’
Emails from Hunter’s laptop even show that he got keys for Joe to his shared Washington DC office with CEFC.
In September 2017 he wrote to the building manager at the House of Sweden: ‘please have keys made available for new office mates: Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Jim Biden, Gongwen Dong (Chairman Ye CEFC emissary).
‘I would like the office sign ton [sic] reflect the following: The Biden Foundation, Hudson West (CEFC US).’
A representative for the building, which houses the Swedish embassy, said the keys were never picked up.
Two whistleblowers have come forward claiming direct, first-hand knowledge of Joe’s involvement in Hunter’s foreign deals.
Bobulinski says he met with Joe in 2017 and discussed the CEFC deal. Text messages he shared with Congress allude to the alleged meeting.
Bobulisnki confirmed that ‘the big guy’ was Joe Biden, and other emails on Hunter’s laptop uncovered by DailyMail.com refer to Joe using the same nickname.
A second whistleblower came forward to DailyMail.com in November last year.
The source told DailyMail.com that in 2012 he worked closely with Biden family friend Jeff Cooper on a Latin American online gambling company he ran with Hunter, Ocho Global.
The whistleblower said they were on an Ocho conference call joined by Hunter, Joe, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his son Key Reid.
They claimed Joe was active on the alleged call asking about Ocho’s revenue projections and other details, and appeared to be acting like ‘chairman of the board’.
Cooper, who is also a longtime Biden donor, has denied Joe’s involvement.
Two senior IRS investigators, Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, have also blown the whistle to Congress, claiming their criminal investigation of Hunter was obstructed by Justice officials and they were prevented from pursuing leads involving Joe Biden.
Among evidence they gave to the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this year were transcripts of July 30, 2017 WhatsApp messages between Hunter and one of his Chinese business partners, where Hunter said: ‘I am sitting here with my father’ and attempted a $10 million shakedown.
Photos uncovered by DailyMail.com from Hunter’s laptop dated that day show him at Joe’s Wilmington home.
DailyMail.com obtained a photo of Hunter Biden outside his dad Joe’s Delaware home the day he sent damning texts to his Chinese business partner
The president’s son was staying at the guest house of Biden’s Delaware home when he wrote to Communist Party official Henry Zhao on July 30, 2017, threatening him to follow his ‘orders’
The Shocking Voicemail and the DC Dinner
Joe has repeatedly denied even speaking to his son about his overseas business. But DailyMail.com found a voicemail from a backup of Hunter’s phone saved on his abandoned laptop that flies in the face of his claims.
Unearthed text messages between Jim Biden and Hunter Biden suggest President Joe Biden may have been involved in their business deals with the Chinese
After the New York Times published a piece about Hunter’s links to CEFC in 2018, Joe called his son and said: ‘I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear.’
‘This can work, you need a safe harbor’ Jim wrote on December 29, 2018, telling Hunter to spend some time away at a ski retreat. ‘I can work with you[r] father alone!’
‘I want to help, all the deals are still alive! […] I’ve spoken to your father, he says he doesn’t know where you are but that you have been speaking.’
In another example of Joe’s links with Hunter’s foreign business partners, the then-Vice President attended a dinner with Hunter’s Ukrainian, Kazakh and Russian business associates in 2015 at Cafe Milano in DC.
Hunter told one of his guests in an email that the dinner was ‘ostensibly to discuss food security’, but was in fact an opportunity to introduce his potential clients and partners to his powerful father.
The White House at first denied Joe’s attendance, then when photographs emerged of Joe there, it claimed it was only a brief stop by.
‘I cannot find you, believe it or not I have been looking,’ Joe’s brother Jim texted Hunter on December 28, 2018. ‘I [have] driven by [Hunter’s lover and his brother’s widow] Hallie’s, you fathers. Called texted you…I want to help all the deals are still alive’
Hunter told his Uncle Jim that he was broke, relying on his father to pay his bills – though First Lady Jill Biden had drawn the line at paying Hunter’s alimony to his ex-wife Kathleen
But Hunter’s friend and business partner Devon Archer told Congress, in a July 2023 interview under penalty of perjury, that Joe stayed for hours – and attended another similar dinner a year earlier with Hunter’s business partners.
Archer said Joe arrived late, ‘shook everybody’s hand’, then they ‘ate and kind of talked about the world, I guess, and the weather,’ over the course of an hour or two.
Among other bombshell revelations, Archer said Hunter would regularly call his father and put him on speakerphone during business meetings, to show off his influence.
Archer told Congressional investigators that during the calls he witnessed, Joe only spoke about the weather and other small talk, not business.
He also said he had no knowledge of Joe being directly in business with Hunter.
The Dodgy Partners
DailyMail.com has revealed that two of Hunter’s business associates discussed setting up a consultancy with Joe after he left the White House in 2017.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh, with whom Hunter represented a Romanian fraudster, and Biden donor and family friend Jeff Cooper, both emailed Hunter separately with ideas for firms serving overseas clients, pitching Joe as a partner.
Cooper was even given rides on Air Force 2 and invited to the White House and VP’s residence with Hunter and their Mexican billionaire business partners Carlos Slim and Miguel Aleman, in 2014 and 2015.
Since DailyMail.com revealed Cooper’s involvement, House Oversight Chair James Comer has requested communications and documents from the White House involving Cooper.
In a startlingly frank email from February 2016, Hunter described an apparent quid pro quo with Aleman constituting White House access in exchange for greasing the wheels of their Mexican oil deal.
‘We are arriving late tonight on Air Force 2 to MX City… I’m attending meeting w/ President N[ieto of Mexico] w/ Dad. Jeff is with me on [the p]lane and we will be with us all day… I want you at the plane when the the VP lands,’ he wrote.
‘We have been talking about business deals and partnerships for 7 years. And I really appreciate you letting me stay at your resort villa…but I have brought every single person you have ever asked me to bring to the F’ing WHite House and the Vice President’s house and the inauguration.’
Joe met another of Hunter’s Chinese business partners, Jonathan Li, when he took his son on a 2013 Air Force 2 trip to China.
In total Joe met with fifteen of Hunter’s business associates according to White House visitor logs and records from the First Son’s laptop.
Hunter managed to get his business partner Jeff Cooper, Mexican billionaires Carlos Slim, Miguel Aleman Velasco and his son Miguel Aleman Magnani a private ‘meeting’ with then-vice president Joe Biden in the VP’s office. Emails show the men also met Joe at the White House
Joe Biden flew to Mexico on February 25 to 26, 2016 for trade talks with then-president Enrique Peña Nieto. ‘We are arriving late tonight on Air Force 2 to MX City. We will be there for Thursday – I’m attending meeting w/ President N w/ Dad. Jeff is with me on lane [sic] and we will be with us all day,’ Hunter wrote to his business partner Miguel Magnani on February 24, 2016
Shared Money, Shared Phones
Emails on Hunter’s abandoned laptop published by DailyMail.com show that Hunter and Joe paid each other’s bills, and Hunter’s business partner Eric Schwerin did Joe’s taxes and visited the then-VP at the White House at least 27 times.
Inexplicably, a White House lawyer included Hunter as a recipient in her 2010 emails to Schwerin about Joe receiving an ‘audit letter’ from the IRS regarding his 2008 tax return.
Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter told DailyMail.com that Cynthia Hogan, then-Counsel to the Vice President, would have reason to write to Hunter about Joe’s taxes ‘only if the son is doing business with the vice president.’
In March 2010, counsel to the vice president Cynthia Hogan emailed the VP’s son Hunter and his business partner Eric Schwerin about Joe’s ‘tax audit letter’ from the IRS
Counsel to the Vice President Cynthia Hogan sent Hunter and his Rosemont Seneca consultancy business partner Eric Schwerin an email in March 2010 discussing issues with Joe’s taxes
Texts from Hunter to his daughter Naomi in 2019 where he complained about having to give Joe half of his salary. He also threatened to never give her a ‘dime’ again
In a text to his daughter, Hunter claimed he gave Joe half his income.
‘Unlike Pop [Joe] I won’t make you give me half your salary,’ he wrote to his eldest Naomi on January 3, 2019.
In April 2022 DailyMail.com published an analysis of Joe’s tax and government transparency reports, showing a discrepancy of up to $5.2 million in unexplained income between 2017 and 2019.
Bills Hunter footed included a phone line for his father.
In a September 20, 2016 email, Hunter’s colleague at his Rosemont Seneca consultancy, Joan Mayer, asked about his phone bills, and described one number ending 3313 paid for by Hunter as belonging to ‘dad’.
Hunter wrote in a text to his assistant Katie Dodge: ‘My dad has been using most lines on this account which I’ve through the gracious offerings of Eric have paid for past 11 years.’
Records from his laptop show Hunter kept 13 phone numbers active on his AT&T account – and even told his partner Archer to get a burner phone from CVS, just as the two were about to join the board of allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas firm Burisma.
White House Meetings
Joe met with at least 15 of Hunter’s business partners and associates, including at the White House.
Two Chinese businessmen with ties to Hunter’s company met with VP Joe in the West Wing in July 2014, visitor records show, and followed up with the VP’s son days later with a fawning email and invitation, records reveal. The meeting was scheduled with just 24 hours notice.
A client of Hunter Biden’s company Seneca Global Advisors partnered with Chinese conglomerate Wanxiang in 2012 on a $1.25billion natural gas plant in China.
The company also owned electric sports car maker Fisker, and its executive Pin Ni wrote to Hunter about his car four days after the July 25 meeting with Joe.
‘Last Friday when we visited DC, I heard that your Fisker is out of order and could not get serviced. Sorry,’ Ni wrote. ‘It would be our honor to get your Fisker fixed… I would like to give you a call to see what we could do as next step.
‘It would be our great honor to welcome you to visit Fisker or Wanxiang at any time.’
Devon Archer, pictured far left, is seen golfing in the Hamptons with former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, far right, in 2014
Devon Archer’s testimony could be key to the investigation into Hunter’s business dealings and whether he and other members of the Biden family improperly traded on their connections
Joe also hosted Hunter’s best friend, business partner and now convicted fraudster Devon Archer at the White House just days before Archer and Hunter were appointed to the Burisma board in 2014.
Archer was entertained at the West Wing on April 16, 2014 according to visitor logs. Joe traveled to Kyiv five days later on April 21. The next day, Archer joined the Ukrainian gas company’s board. On April 28, British officials froze $23million in accounts belonging to Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky, accusing him of fraud. The following month Hunter also joined the gas firm’s board.
In 2015 Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi wrote to Hunter thanking him for arranging a meeting with Joe.
Photos previously published by DailyMail.com show Joe golfing in the Hamptons with Archer and Hunter in 2014.
Joe had dozens of meetings with Hunter’s consultancy partner Schwerin, Hunter’s venture partner Cooper, and met his Chinese business partner Li during a 2013 trip to Beijing. He also had a June 2014 meeting with Manuel Estrella, who partnered with Hunter on Latin American startups.
The Obama administration visitor logs show more White House meetings with Francis Person, a former Biden aide who later pitched Hunter on business in China. Hunter’s former Rosemont Seneca partner and stepson of former senator John Kerry, Chris Heinz, also met Joe in the West Wing in April 2011.
Hunter took a $1 million-per-year job on the board of Burisma in 2014 while his father was responsible for foreign relations with Ukraine.
Joe pressured then-President Petro Poroshenko to fire the Ukrainian top prosecutor, who was investigating Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky for alleged corruption offenses at the time.
Republicans claim this is one of the starkest examples of a quid-pro-quo between Hunter’s paymasters and his father.
Earlier this year Congress published an FBI write-up of a 2020 interview with a trusted confidential informant, who claimed Zlochevsky bragged about bribing Joe and Hunter with $5 million each, routed through a complex web of offshore accounts, in exchange for ensuring favorable treatment for Burisma.
In July, DailyMail.com revealed that the claims were corroborated in part by a Pennsylvania FBI office in 2020, which found the informant was in the locations they claimed when these alleged overseas meetings with Zlochevsky took place.
The informant claimed Mykola Zlochevsky, owner of allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas firm Burisma, told them of his scheme to bribe Hunter and Joe with $10m