President Donald Trump is seizing on a New York Post exposé of emails alleging that presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter pursued multi-million dollar deals with energy companies in China and the Ukraine to enrich the family.
“Joe Biden must immediately release all emails, meetings, phone calls, transcripts, and records related to his involvement in his family’s business dealings, influence peddlings around the world, including China and including Russia,” Trump told a raucous crowd at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday.
“These e-mails show that Biden’s repeated claim that he has never spoken to Hunter about his business dealings were a complete lie,” Trump said. “It was a total lie. He lied to you over and over because he’s trying to cover up a massive pay-to-play scandal at the heart of his vice presidency.”
“The Bidens got rich and America got robbed,” Trump said. “I cannot sit idly by and watch career politicians like Joe Biden continue bleeding this country dry.”
The newspaper broke the bombshell story Wednesday after receiving a treasure trove of emails that the owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware said he recovered from a MacBook Pro laptop that was dropped off in April 2019. The customer never came back to retrieve it.
The computer was seized by the FBI, but the shop owner had already copied its contents which former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani obtained and shared with the newspaper.
In a 2015 email Burisma energy executive Vadym Pozharskyi effusively thanked Hunter Biden for “giving an opportunity to meet your father.”
Joe Biden has denied involvement in his son’s overseas dealings. He told reporters in Iowa last year, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”
Hunter Biden wrote in one email that a deal with CEFC China Energy Company would be “interesting for me and my family.”
“One email sent to Biden on May 13, 2017, with the subject line “Expectations,” included details of “remuneration packages” for six people involved in an unspecified business venture,” the New York Post reported Thursday.
“Biden was identified as “Chair/Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,” an apparent reference to the former Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co.,” the report continued. “His pay was pegged at “850” and the email also noted that “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.”
“In addition, the email 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.
Both Twitter and Facebook moved quickly Wednesday to restrict the sharing of documents and links related to the report in an unprecedented effort to censure news that could potentially damage the Biden campaign.