A former US lawmaker says that there is “direct evidence” that President Joe Biden “took direct benefit” from his son Hunter’s business dealings.
The claim was made Wednesday by former House Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who now works as a Fox News contributor and fellow at the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative think tank founded by Steve Bannon and Peter Schweizer.
In October last year, a New York Post article exposed Hunter’s shady dealings in Ukraine, which were found on a laptop that he apparently left in a Delaware repair shop in 2019.
The water-damaged MacBook Pro with a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation was never picked up by the person who had dropped it off there. Later, in December of that year, it was seized by the FBI.
Hunter was a director on the board of Burisma - a Ukrainian-owned private energy company while his father was the Obama administration's pointman on US-Ukrainian relations.
Speaking on Fox News about Schweizer’s investigative work on the younger Biden’s foreign deals, Chaffetz said the materials Schweizer found on the laptop prove the current president directly benefited from his son’s work.
“I do work with Peter, and what he’s done is he’s cross-referenced some of the data from Hunter Biden’s laptop with the Secret Service records released by [Sen. Ron] Johnson [R-Wis.] and another business associate of Hunter Biden. So they are very careful about what they’re looking at here,” Chaffetz said.
“But there is direct evidence that Joe Biden himself — Joe and Jill Biden — took direct benefit by using assets and things that were purchased based on the transaction that Hunter Biden was involved in and engaged with these foreign entities,” he added.
The trove of emails revealed by The Post in the final months of the heated 2020 presidential race raised questions about his then-candidate father’s ties to his son’s foreign business ventures, including Burisma.
The emails showed the younger Biden introduced a top Burisma executive to his father, who was the US vice president at the time, less than a year before the elder Biden pressured Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
Apart from his Ukrainian connections, other emails on the computer revealed that Hunter had discussions about potential business deals with China’s largest private energy company.
Senate Republicans’ investigation into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings showed the Obama administration ignored “glaring warning signs” when the then-vice president’s son joined the board of Burisma when he had no energy experience.
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