Miranda Devine of the NEW YORK POST is working on a new book about the Hunter Biden story called (get ready)...LAPTOP FROM HELL. It’s scheduled to be out in September.
In the meantime, she’s breaking big news about Hunter’s business dealings that very much implicates his father Joe Biden when Joe was Vice President. Of course, most everyone in the media will get a bad case of whiplash from quickly looking the other way. But as we go through this, I hope you’ll stop periodically to think, “What would the reaction to this be if it involved Donald Trump and any of his kids?”
The laptop is a MacBook that Hunter Biden apparently has forgotten taking to a Delaware repair shop in April of 2019. But evidence exists that he did, and we’re safe in saying that it’s his, all right, and that claims of this story being “Russian disinformation” are very obviously not true. Records on the abandoned laptop show clearly that Hunter arranged a dinner between his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and business associates of Hunter’s from Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia at a tony restaurant in Washington, DC.
On April 16, 2015, the group met in the private “Garden Room” at Cafe Milano, a restaurant that goes by the catchphrase, “Where the world’s most powerful people go.”
The guest list was prepared by Hunter three weeks before the event. One of the guests was Vadim Pozharskiy, an executive at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, which was paying Hunter over $83,000 a month to be on its board. Recall that this company was being investigated in its home country for corruption; it was the prosecutor investigating Burisma whom VP Biden got fired by threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid to Ukraine. We KNOW this happened; Biden is on video publicly bragging about getting the prosecutor fired and telling the story of exactly how he did it. His live audience seemed to think this was very cool.
There seems to have been an underlying purpose to the meeting that the emails don’t disclose, but we all know the meaning of the word “ostensibly.” As in: “Ok --- the reason for the dinner is ostensibly to discuss food security.” That’s what Hunter wrote to one of the guests, Michael Karloutsos, son of the then-head of the Greek Orthodox Church. “Dad will be there but keep that between us for now. Thanks.”
Since Hunter was also on the board of World Food Program USA, the American fundraising arm of a U.N.-affiliated nonprofit, he could easily use “food security” as cover. They were gathering at this fine restaurant where all the power brokers go to talk about food security for the poor. Ostensibly.
Obviously, the Vice President was there. The day after the dinner, Pozharskiy emailed Hunter to say, “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
Also included on the guest list were Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, the former mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov, who by all accounts we have seen was known to be corrupt. He has since passed away, but Baturina is the woman from Moscow who on February 14, 2014 (a little over a year before this dinner) wired $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a Delaware-based investment firm co-founded by Hunter and Devon Archer, a former adviser to then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Last year, during an inquiry into Hunter’s business dealings by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, that wire transfer was flagged in a report sent to them by the Treasury Department.
Other guests on the list included a Mexican ambassador and three officials from Kazakhstan, including the then-chairman of the former Soviet republic’s largest bank. Three seats were reserved for representatives of World Food Program USA, and the founder of that group emailed an enthusiastic note of thanks for their “fantastic and productive evening” to Hunter later that night. So they must have had at least some conversation about food security.
A total of 14 were invited, though it’s not clear if everyone attended. Archer emailed Hunter before the dinner to say that Baturina didn’t want to come but that her husband would be there. “Yelena doesn’t want to steal Yuri’s thunder,” Archer wrote. “...That was just her thoughts. We could insist.” Why would anyone need thunder about food security?
The NY POST report has more details about related communications and get-togethers. It’s all very chummy and involves at least one other wire transfer noted in the Senate report, this one from an associate of the prime minister of Kazakhstan to Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC. The money, $142,300, was sent on April 22, 2014, and was “for a car.” Nice car; the price must have included the undercoating.
President Biden has said more than once that he knew nothing about his son’s foreign business dealings and that they never talked about them at all.
Again, imagine if this had been, say, Don Jr., glad-handing with Russians, Ukrainians and Kazakhstanians, scoring millions of foreign (and likely dirty) dollars and bringing in his father for a private dinner with them, “ostensibly” about food security. And imagine President Trump lying and saying he knew nothing about his son’s foreign business affairs and had never even talked to him about them. Can you say “special counsel”? Can you say “Impeachment #3”?
And that time, he would have actually deserved it.
Oh, and there’s one more item of interest. That $83,333 a month that Hunter Biden was getting paid to sit on Burisma’s board? Just two months after Joe Biden left the Vice Presidency, Hunter’s salary was cut by half, to $41,500 a month. As Devine reported, “No reason is given for the change in salary. The only change in circumstance appears to be that Hunter’s father was no longer in office.”
“We are very much interested in working closely together,” said the email from Pozharskyi, “and the remuneration is still the highest in the company and higher than the standard director’s monthly fees. I am sure you will find it both fair and reasonable.”