A source who was part of an email chain thrashing out a business deal with Hunter Biden and associates of a now-bankrupt energy company in China has confirmed that presidential candidate Joe Biden is “the big guy” who was slated to receive a 10 per cent cut.
The Biden campaign is trying hard to sidestep the alleged pay-to-play scandal now engulfing the former vice president as social media oligarchs and cable news surrogates run interference.
The New York Post’s Twitter account was still locked on Saturday, four days after it was shut down for posting links to the bombshell exposé. Twitter continues to demand that the newspaper delete six tweets linking to its stories on the emails.
A Twitter representative told the newspaper that while restrictions banning users from circulating the link to the Biden story have been lifted, the Post is still required to remove the tweets before it can use its account.
The explosive emails were found among a batch of about 40,000 which originated from a MacBook Pro laptop that the former vice president’s son allegedly dropped off at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019 and then abandoned.
Attorney Jonathan Turley wrote in a opinion piece for The Hill Saturday: “If thousands of emails and images were fabricated, then serious crimes were committed. But if the emails and images are genuine, then the Bidens appear to have lied for years as a raw influence-peddling scheme worth millions stretched from China to Ukraine to Russia. Moreover, these countries likely have had the compromising information all along while the Bidens — and the media — were denying reports of illicit activities.”
The Post reported on the intriguing email Thursday from international consultant James Gilliar dated May 2017. He outlined the manner in which Shanghai-based CEFC would divide payments for an unnamed company for which Hunter would be “Chair/Vice Chair.”
Biden was to be paid a coded “850” and “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate,” according to the email.
It also outlined a “provisional agreement” under which 80 percent of the “equity,” or shares in the new company, would be split equally among four people whose initials correspond to the sender and three recipients, with “H” apparently referring to Biden,” the Post reported.
The email said Hunter would receive a 20% equity, plus a 10% stake “held by H for the big guy?”
The former vice president’s son also sent an email on Aug. 2, 2017 to Gongwen Dong, an associate of Ye Jianming, founder of Shanghai-based CEFC China Energy about a deal they negotiated. The alleged deal included $10 million per year for three years for “consulting fees based on introductions alone.”
“My Understanding is that the original agreement with the Director was for consulting fees based on introductions alone a rate of $10M per year for a three year guarantee total of $30M,” Biden wrote.
“The chairman changed that deal after we me [sic] in MIAMI TO A MUCH MORE LASTING AND LUCRATIVE ARRANGEMENT to create a holding company 50% owned by ME and 50% owned by him,” Biden explained.
“Consulting fees is one piece of our income stream but the reason this proposal by the chairman was so much more interesting to me and my family is that we would also be partners inn [sic] the equity and profits of the JV’s investments. Hence I assumed the reason for our discussion today in which you made clear that the Chaireman [sic] would first get his investment capital returned in the profits would then be split 50/50. If you saying that is not the case then please return us to the original deal 10M per year a guaranteed 3 years plus bonus payments for any successful deal we introduce. Let’s discuss thank you.”
The hard drive also allegedly contained a video showing Hunter smoking from a pipe associated with crack use while having sex with an unidentified female prostitute. The laptop also contained dozens of other sexually explicit images.
Both Twitter and Facebook restricted the sharing of documents and links related to the report in an unprecedented effort to censure news that could potentially damage the Biden campaign.
Surrogates for the campaign have dismissed the shocking details of influence peddling exposed in the emails as “Russian disinformation” obtained through “hacking.”