Rep. Ilhan Omar is fined for state campaign finance violation | Daily Mail Online

Democrat congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been fined for a violation of state campaign finance rules, in part due to expenditures that arose in response to unproven claims that she was once married to her brother.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board published its findings on Thursday, ordering Omar to personally reimburse her own campaign account $3,469.23 and to pay a civil penalty of $500 for violating state campaign finance rules.

The violations date back to Omar’s time as a representative in the Minnesota state House in 2016 and 2017, and the reimbursement amount represents spending of campaign funds that the board says were not allowed by state law.

That includes a payment of $1,500 her campaign made to a law firm following the formation of a ‘crisis committee’ in August 2016 to respond to allegations that Omar ‘married to her brother as part of an immigration scheme,’ according to the board’s report.

Rep. Ilhan Omar was fined $500 and ordered to reimburse her state campaign committee $3,469.23 by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

The board’s findings of law are seen above in an excerpt from the report issued on Thursday

The board found that the law firm, originally tasked with reviewing tax and immigration records to rebut the marriage claim, incidentally discovered an error in Omar’s personal taxes and was reimbursed for paying an accountant to correct it, an expense that the board ruled an impermissible use of campaign funds.

The board also found that Omar’s campaign committee made several improper expenditures for her travel to Boston, Washington DC, New York and Florida.

‘I’m glad this process is complete and that the Campaign Finance Board has come to a resolution on this matter,’ Omar said in a statement to DailyMail.com. ‘We have been collaborative in this process and are glad the report showed that none of the money was used for personal use, as was initially alleged.’ 

Omar went on to say that she plans to close the account from her state House race and distribute the funds to organizations that help train first-time candidates to run for office. 

Omar, a Somali immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen who has been legally married twice in the U.S., has in the past vehemently denied claims that she was formerly married to her brother, an allegation that appears to have emerged on a Somali online discussion board and was spread by conservative blogs.

According to marriage records in Minnesota’s Hennepin County, Omar applied for a license in 2002 to marry her current husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, who Omar says went by Ahmed Abdisalan Aden at the time. 

Omar is seen celebrating her election victory with her current husband Ahmad Hirsi. She has previously denied rumors that her prior husband Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was her brother

Records show a marriage certificate wasn’t issued and Omar has said they didn’t pursue a civil marriage but instead married in their Muslim ‘faith tradition.’

Omar and Hirsi had two children, but ended their relationship in 2008, she has said.

Omar then legally married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, whom she said is a British citizen, on February 12, 2009, according to a marriage certificate issued in Hennepin County. 

Conservative online sites have alleged that Elmi is Omar’s brother and she married him to commit immigration fraud in the form of providing him a quicker path to U.S. citizenship.

Omar said in a 2016 statement: ‘Insinuations that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi is my brother are absurd and offensive.’ 

Sorting out these claims is difficult without access to immigration records, birth certificates or other documents that could prove parentage or family lineage. 

Omar has said she and others can’t get birth certificates because the infrastructure in Somalia collapsed during a civil war that displaced over 2 million Somalis. 

Omar said that her relationship with Elmi ended in 2011 and the two divorced in their faith tradition, but Omar didn’t take legal action to divorce him until 2017.

The divorce records say that Omar and Hirsi reunited and had a third child together in June 2012. Omar legally married Hirsi in early 2018, a month after her divorce from Elmi was finalized.

Omar is seen with her current husband Hirsi and their three children. Omar legally married Hirsi in early 2018, a month after her divorce from Elmi was finalized

The campaign finance complaint against Omar was first brought by state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, a Republican in the Minnesota House. 

At the time, Omar’s campaign issued a statement saying that Drazkowski’s allegations were politically motivated ‘and it should be concerning to his constituents that he is using taxpayer dollars to harass a Muslim candidate.’ 

‘We recognize how these folks are deeply invested in stopping a progressive, Black, Muslim, hijab-wearing, immigrant woman,’ Omar said. ‘We know these people are part of systems that have historically been disturbingly motivated to silence, discredit and dehumanize influencers who threaten the establishment.’   

Drazkowski said in a statement on Thursday that the results of the probe provide ‘no reassurance to Minnesotans,’ and the report ‘raises even more troubling questions.’ 

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Plus size women kicked out of business class on flight for being ‘too big’

Three women said they were “utterly humiliated” when Thai Airways staff kicked them out of their paid-for business class seats for being “too big”.

Huhana Iripa, 59, and her two daughters Renell, 28, and Tere, 37, were flying from Bangkok to Auckland following weight loss surgery when the incident occurred, reports the. 

The trio had booked economy seats for the outbound flight, but following the surgery they’d wanted to ensure they were comfortable, and had paid NZ$2,650 (£1,328) each for business class seats as a result.

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However, when they approached the business class check-in desk, they were accosted by staff trying to assess them with a tape measure.

“We were utterly humiliated in front of all the other passengers,” Ms Iripa told the NZ Herald.

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Singapore Airlines came second overall and also took the Best First Class award for its Suites product

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All Nippon Airways claimed third place, hailed for being at the forefront of cabin innovation

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Qantas won two awards – Best Domestic Airline Service and Best Lounges – alongside fourth place

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Best Inflight Entertainment was awarded to Emirates

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Virgin Atlantic came in seventh

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Virgin Australia won Best Economy for an “extremely spacious cabin that sets it apart from many airlines”, plus Best Cabin Crew

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The Kiwi flag carrier claimed the top spot in the AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards due to inflight innovations, environmental leadership and staff motivation

2/10 2. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines came second overall and also took the Best First Class award for its Suites product

3/10 3. All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways claimed third place, hailed for being at the forefront of cabin innovation

4/10 4. Qantas

Qantas won two awards – Best Domestic Airline Service and Best Lounges – alongside fourth place

5/10 5. Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific was named the best long-haul airline in Asia
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Virgin Atlantic came in seventh

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The Best Catering and Best Business Class awards went to Qatar Airways thanks to its Qsuites

10/10 10. Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia won Best Economy for an “extremely spacious cabin that sets it apart from many airlines”, plus Best Cabin Crew

“The next thing, there were about five members of staff all around talking in their native language, shaking their heads and looking at us as if we’d committed a crime.

“A staff member then came forward and started saying ‘no, you’re too big, you’re too big’.”

Ms Iripa said she broke into tears, adding: “The whole thing was disgusting.”

The three women were told they would have to sit in economy instead.

After they complained, the family was offered a refund of the price difference between the two seats, plus NZ$450 (£225) in compensation, but they felt they should be refunded the full ticket price.

”I’ve never felt discriminated against before because of my size, so this experience left me completely in shock,“ said Ms Iripa.

The family was eventually refunded in full by Flight Centre, the travel agency they’d originally booked through.

Thai Airways’ Dreamliner 787-900 business class seats have seatbelts with airbags in them, which means they can’t be extended, according to the airline.

Passengers with waists measuring more than 56 inches are therefore excluded from flying in business class.

However, Ms Iripa was at no point informed of the size restrictions during the booking process.

”The new 787-900 Dreamliner aircraft used on flights between New Zealand and Thailand is fitted with integrated airbag seatbelts in business class,” a Thai Airways spokesperson told the Herald.

“The extension seatbelt normally used to accommodate oversize passengers cannot be fitted to the airbag seatbelts; therefore passengers not able to fit the standard airbag seatbelt cannot be carried in business class.

”As this issue involves passenger safety, I am sure you will understand that we cannot compromise on this.“

The Independent has contacted Thai Airways for further comment.

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Major breakthrough on public money creation: The Bank of England will directly finance government coronavirus spending – Positive Money

UK central bank becomes first in the world to adopt direct monetary financing to fund government spending during the coronavirus crisis. This move demonstrates once and for all that the government need not depend on private markets to finance its spending. 

This morning the Bank of England made the welcome that it would expand the government’s pre-existing overdraft at the Bank, known as the Ways and Means facility, to provide the government with additional spending power for its Covid-19 response. The Bank was already indirectly financing the Treasury through its quantitative easing (QE) programme, but today’s step represents more direct coordination.

For years politicians used high levels of public debt as an excuse to justify brutal spending cuts. But now, by allowing the Treasury to spend without even increasing public debt, such excuses are well and truly shattered. Politicians will be left with no recourse to claw coronavirus spending back with draconian austerity measures once this crisis is over. We already knew that austerity was a deeply misguided economic project, this move further strengthens the argument that it should never be considered an economic necessity, while conclusively proving the existence of a magic money tree once and for all.

Governor Andrew Bailey contemplating such a move at the start of the week, and in its statement the Treasury said the measure would only be “temporary and short-term”. But the Ways and Means mechanism, which we nearly seven years ago, allows the government to spend without having to rely on private financial bond markets. This will ensure continued access to funding even if private debt markets are disrupted in the coming months which, given the economic fallout of the current crisis, they very well could be. 

In being able to bypass the private bond market until the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, the UK public can rest safe in the knowledge that the government will not struggle to finance the costs of its new coronavirus response programs, such as the job retention scheme. 

Positive Money has been campaigning for public money creation since our inception and we applaud the Bank’s announcement today as a sign that it is finally embracing all powers at its disposal to help the UK public during our greatest hour of need. We strongly encourage the Bank and the Treasury to continue using this facility in the long-term to support the public’s needs.

The levels of public spending needed to fight coronavirus, support businesses and protect people’s livelihoods during this crisis are necessary and unprecedented in living memory. This move by the Bank of England today thankfully confirms what we knew all along: the UK government faces no budgetary constraints in fighting Covid-19 – and it never did. Rather than an economic necessity, austerity was always a destructive political choice and today marks another nail in its coffin.

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BREAKING: Tories become first government to lose Finance Bill vote for 41 years after Yvette Cooper No Deal amendment passes | Evolve Politics

Theresa May’s Conservative Party have suffered the ignominy of becoming the first ruling party to be defeated on a Finance Bill vote in 41 years after an amendment tabled by Labour MP Yvette Cooper to hand MPs more powers to prevent a No Deal Brexit was narrowly voted through by MPs.

Cooper’s amendment passed by a slim margin 7, gaining 303 votes for and 296 against, and means that the government will now be accountable to MPs if it wishes to implement a No Deal Brexit.

Cooper previously said that her amendment would make it  ‘harder for the government to drift into no deal without Parliament being able to direct it‘, and writing in The Guardian yesterday, the former Labour frontbencher and current Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee explained that:

“The amendment would mean that if the government wanted to use some of the specific powers in the finance bill to implement no deal, it would have to give parliament a vote first or apply to extend article 50. The amendment doesn’t affect the normal operations of the Treasury and government. But it does make it harder for the government to drift into no deal without parliament being able to direct it.”

Such is the huge importance of the amendment to protect against a No Deal Brexit, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – who stood against Ms Cooper in the 2015 Labour leadership election – was seen to turn around and applaud Ms Cooper in the House of Commons following the passing of the amendment.

Jeremy Corbyn turns round and applauds Yvette Cooper in the chamber, and gives her a big thumbs up after her amendment on stopping a no deal Brexit is passed on the Government’s Finance Bill by 303 votes to 297

— Alain Tolhurst (@Alain_Tolhurst) January 8, 2019

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Votes on Finance Bills are traditionally seen as ‘motions of confidence’, and the government’s defeat today is a historic moment, with the Tories becoming the first ruling party in a staggering 41 years to be defeated on such a vote.

Government DEFEATED over Cooper amendment to finance bill limiting no-deal powers.

Historic moment – represents first time in 41 years Govt has been lost vote on finance bill

— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) January 8, 2019

Responding to the government’s defeat, Jeremy Corbyn wrote on Twitter that the vote was “an important step to prevent a no deal Brexit”, adding that:

“It shows that there is no majority in Parliament, the Cabinet or the country for crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

That is why we are taking every opportunity possible in Parliament to prevent no deal. Theresa May must now rule out no deal once and for all.”

Whilst Yvette Cooper responded to the victory by writing:

“Very glad that the Commons has voted to support Shows the determination in Parliament to come together to prevent a chaotic & damaging that would hit manufacturing, policing & security”

Very glad that the Commons has voted to support #Amendment7 Shows the determination in Parliament to come together to prevent a chaotic & damaging #NoDeal that would hit manufacturing, policing & security

— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) January 8, 2019

Twenty Tory MPs, including six former Cabinet members and eleven former Ministers, rebelled against their own party to vote for the amendment, whilst only three pro-Brexit Labour MPs voted alongside the Tories to try and vote it down.

The Tory MPs who voted for the amendment were Heidi Allen, Guto Bebb, Richard Benyon, Nick Boles, Ken Clarke, Jonathan Djangoly, Dominic Grieve, Justine Greening, George Freeman, Michael Fallon, Sam Gyimah, Dr Phillip Lee, Oliver Letwin, Nicky Morgan, Robert Neil, Nicholas Soames, Anna Soubry, Edward Vaizey, and Sarah Woolastan.

The Labour MPs who voted with the Tories were Ronnie Campbell, Kate Hoey and Graham Stringer.

The historic vote shows that a majority of MPs oppose a No Deal Brexit, and will come as a huge blow to those on the hard right of the Conservative Party, many of whom favour leaving the European Union without a deal.

Opposition MPs are also said to be planning similar amendments to other crucial government legislation, such as the Trade Bill, and legislation on Fisheries and on Healthcare, to ensure that the only way for the government to take the UK out of the EU without a deal would be with the expressed consent of a majority of MPs.

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Barclays prepares to trigger £166bn no-deal Brexit plan | Business News | Sky News

Barclays is preparing to pull the trigger on no-deal Brexit plans to shift assets worth £166bn (€190bn) to its Irish division as it “cannot wait any longer” amid continuing political uncertainty, a High Court judgment has revealed.

The plans were drawn up by the bank in case of a no-deal scenario which would see UK financial services firms losing “passporting” rights that allow them to provide services across Europe.

Details of the move were revealed in a judgment by Mr Justice Snowden that largely approved the “huge” transfer, which will apply to thousands of clients of the bank.

It said: “Due to the continuing uncertainty over whether there might be a no-deal Brexit, the Barclays group has determined that it cannot wait any longer to implement the scheme.”

The judge added: “On any view, the scale of the transfer of business… is huge.

“The scheme will apply to about 5,000 clients… and on the basis of the accounts for 2017 it is estimated that about €190bn of external assets will be transferred.”

The transfer represents a significant portion of Barclays group’s total assets of £1.1tn (€1.26tn).

The High Court judgment was published on Tuesday, on the same day the prime minister won support from MPs to return to Brussels and renegotiate her withdrawal agreement with the EU.

Business groups remain frustrated at the continued uncertainty, with CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn describing renegotiation as a “throw of the dice”.

She added: “Until MPs can agree a solution, the threat of no deal will continue to drain money from the UK.”

Financial services companies have been planning for how to cope with losing passporting rights to do business across the remaining 27 EU member states, through alternatives such as recognising “equivalence” between UK and European rules have been mooted.

A number of banks have responded by shifting parts of their businesses to EU countries including Ireland and France and in some cases shifting hundreds of staff.

Barclays’ plan to transfer assets to Ireland is “based upon the assumption that there will be no favourable outcome of the current political negotiations between the UK and the EU as regards passporting or the grant of equivalence status to the UK in respect of financial services”.

It covers clients of two companies within Barclays group that are currently based in the UK and provide corporate, investment and private banking services as well as operating branches in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.

That is a separate business from Barclays’ domestic retail, business, and wealth and investment banking businesses in the UK, which have been “ring-fenced” under regulations introduced following the aftermath of the financial crisis.

The transfer covers clients selected on the basis that, after Brexit, European authorities might take the view that Barclays “no longer had any authorisation to carry out” banking activities on their behalf.

The clients’ identities have been stored on a USB memory stick held by Barclays’ solicitors Clifford Chance, according to the court judgment.

The judgment revealed that Barclays had been planning to put the scheme into effect in time to transfer its Spanish arm by 1 February though the timetable was described as “unrealistic” by the judge.

Some details of Barclays’ contingency plans were first reported last summer but the latest court judgment makes plain that the bank is now taking steps to finalise the move.

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Yoko Ono, 87, hands over her business interests in The Beatles and John Lennon to their son Sean  | Daily Mail Online

Yoko Ono is stepping back from work and handing her business interests over to her son Sean as she slows down at the age of 87.

The widow of John Lennon has not been seen in public for more than a year and now uses a wheelchair much of the time.

Sean Lennon, 45, has been appointed a director at eight companies linked to The family and the Beatles, including Apple Corp.

From me, to you: Yoko Ono is stepping back from work and handing her business interests over to her son Sean as she slows down at the age of 87 (pictured in January, 2019)

Here comes the son: Sean Lennon, 45, has been appointed a director at eight companies linked to the family and the Beatles, including Apple Corp

The musician has also joined the board at Lensolo which manages the music rights of some of his father’s solo output, The Mirror reported.  

Yoko has been vocal for decades about global peace and was often seen attending exhibitions of her artworks.

But she has become more reclusive in recent years and has spoken about suffering from an illness.

On what would have been John’s 80th birthday last month, Sean made a BBC documentary and an Apple Music show to mark the occasion.

Yoko only tweeted a video in which she appeared to be reading from a script. 

The widow of John Lennon has not been seen in public for more than a year and now uses a wheelchair much of the time

In one of her last public appearances in 2017, she said: ‘I’ve learned so much from having this illness.’

But it is not known what the artist is suffering from.

Yoko still lives in the Dakota building in New York where John was assassinated in 1980. 

A spokesman sad: ‘Yoko continues to oversee John’s estate but has drafted in Sean as a director to assist where necessary.’ 

Sean made headlines earlier this year when he slammed the toppling of a Lincoln statue in Portland during the Black Lives Matter protests.

Yoko has been vocal for decades about global peace and was often seen attending exhibitions of her artworks (pictured with Sean in 2014)

He then sarcastically suggested that ‘the Pyramids should be torn down immediately’ because the ‘evil Pharaohs were not very woke’. 

Outspoken Ono Lennon also mocked the vandals, suggesting the Italians be held accountable for Emperor Julius Caesar. He wrote: ‘Can someone explain why it appears a Lincoln statue was toppled in Portland? Asking for a friend.’

The musician, who has more than 300,000 followers on Twitter, followed up with a tweet, adding: ‘The Pyramids of Giza were made under coercion from evil Pharaohs who were not very woke. I think we can all agree the Pyramids should be torn down immediately.

‘Since the invasion of Britain by Emperor Julius Caesar in 55 B.C., Italy has remained deafeningly silent. I think it’s time Italy was held accountable.’  

Yoko Ono, 87, hands over her business interests in The Beatles and John Lennon to their son Sean 

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FBI will interview Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski | Daily Mail Online

President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to be his debate guest 

The FBI has asked Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski to sit for an interview Friday a day after he made televised accusations against Joe Biden and attended the presidential debate as the president’s guest. 

FBI officials will meet with Bobulinski hours after he spoke about texts and emails he said surrounded an effort to set up a business deal with Biden family members, and said he was turning over three cell phones stocked with information to the FBI and meet with GOP-run Senate Homeland Security Committee.  

‘I appreciate that the FBI has a job to do, and I am glad they are finally taking an interest in these concerning financial matters that our Committees have been investigating for months,’ committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) said in a statement. 

‘I expect that Mr. Bobulinski will speak with our committee as soon as possible and fully share his insights into the Biden family’s business dealings,’ Johnson said.

Johnson’s panel released a statement Friday that said: ‘This morning lawyers for Tony Bobulinski informed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Senate Finance Committee that the FBI asked his client to sit for an interview today in addition to providing copies of his phones. Consequently, the interview scheduled for this morning has been postponed. Mr. Bobulinski has agreed to honor his commitment to sit for an interview in the near future with the Committees.’ 

The Justice Department has a policy against announcing investigations that might interfere in the elections close to Election Day, however Johnson’s statement appears to have come on his own authority.

The FBI said it wouldn’t comment ‘in keeping with our standard practice of neither confirming nor denying the existence of an investigation.’

The meeting, even if little comes of the matter, could create the impression of an investigation into Trump’s rival in the presidential election – as the president criss-crosses the country and accuses Biden and his son of ‘corruption.’ 

Trump’s campaign pulled off another pre-debate surprise Thursday, putting a former business partner of Hunter Biden on camera to level the charge that Joe Biden was ‘familiar’ with his son’s business dealings in China.

Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski spoke to reporters at the Marriott in downtown Nashville three hours before start time of the final presidential debate – and said he will turn over three cell phones to the FBI and meet with Republican senators about his former business deals.

He said he was angry with Hunter after he wanted to use funds for a prospective deal with a Chinese energy company was his ‘Hunter’s personal piggy bank.’

‘I will be providing to the FBI the devices which contain the evidence corroborating what I have said so I will not be taking any questions at this time,’ he told reporters who make up President Donald Trump’s traveling press pool.

‘I have heard Joe Biden say he’s never discussed the business with hunter – that is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family including Joe Biden, said Bobulinski. 

‘I was told this past Sunday by somebody who was also involved in this matter that if I went public with this information, it would bury all of us, man – the Bidens included. I have no wish to bury anyone,’ he said.

He described what he said was a May 2, 2017 meeting with Joe Biden to discuss a business venture involving China that would invest in infrastructure, real estate and technology in the U.S.

‘At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night we discussed the Biden’s history, the Biden’s family business plans with the Chinese with which he was plainly familiar at least at a high level,’ he said.  

‘After that meeting, I had numerous communications with Hunter, [partner Robert] Walker, [James] Gilliar, and Jim Biden regarding the allocation of equity ownership of the sinohawk, the firm they created. 

The televised statement came after Bobulinski told conservative media outlets that text messages that appeared to show Hunter Biden’s business negotiation and references to his father were authentic.

‘To me it seems like distraction and spectacle,’ Biden backer Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware told Fox News, which aired Bobulinski’s statement in full.

‘We’ve got Rudy Giuliani with one hand coming up with a hard drive and a computer, and this man on the other hand coming up with last minute cell phones,’ he said, saying it makes him ‘seriously wonder.’ 

Coons said the emails and texts ‘aren’t being sourced, aren’t being verified,’ and noted that Biden unlike Trump, has released his tax returns.

The Biden campaign released a statement calling the attacks a ‘smear’ and saying there is ‘no indication’ Joe Biden ever got ‘any money from anybody in these business deals.’

‘Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business deals with his family, nor in any overseas business dealing whatsoever,’ according to the statement.   

Bobulinski said Hunter ‘became very upset with me’ when he challenged him about how the payment distributions would occur – and also said none ever went out to the company that a group of associates created called Sinohawk.

‘During these negotiations, I repeated to Hunter and others that Sinohawk could not be hunter’s personal piggy bank and I demanded that proper corporate governance procedures be implemented for capital distributions,’ he said.

‘Hunter became very upset with me. CEFC through July 2017 was assuring me the funds would be transferred to Sinohawk, but they were never sent to our company,’ he revealed – a statement that would seem to indicate nothing went to Joe Biden.

‘Instead, I found out from Senator Johnson’s September report that the $5 million was sent in August 2017 to entities affiliated with Hunter,’ he said.

He also said what he had told media outlets, that ‘Hunter often referred to his father as the ‘big guy’ or ‘my chairman” – language that appears in emails that appear to discuss percentage breakdowns for a business deal with a Chinese energy firm as laid out in a May 2017 email. 

The dramatic appearance came as Trump and Biden were set to face off in a high-stakes final televised presidential debate. 

A flurry of emails about Hunter Biden and his international business dealings emerged just hours before Thursday’s third and final presidential debate – with Joe Biden’s family certain to play a starring role in President Donald Trump’s attacks.

Joe Biden’s campaign called the attacks a ‘smear’ and says there is ‘no indication’ Joe Biden ever got ‘any money from anybody in these business deals’

Many of the documents show Hunter Biden jealously apprising the value of his family name in contacts with his business partners. Some of the texts reference ‘the chairman’ in chats – a figure one partner has identified as the former vice president. 

In one of the texts, Hunter Biden business partner James Gilliar tells another partner, Tony Bobulinski, to use discretion talking about the Biden name.    

‘Don’t mention Joe being involved, it’s only when u are face to face, I know u know that but they are paranoid’, he wrote, Fox News reported, in one of numerous disclosures the network said was ‘unrelated’ to the Hunter Biden laptop information that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani provided to the New York Post.

Trump brought Bobulinski, a 48-year-old Penn State wrestler and Navy vet turned international investor, to the Nashville, TN, debate as a guest in an attempt to weaponize the messages.

Fox News reported that Bobulinski was preparing to hand over electronic devices and records of his involvement with Biden to the FBI, and speaking Friday to staff from the Senate Homeland Security Committee, whose Republican majority is investigating the Biden laptop.

The messages span the globe from China to Romania, and appear to show efforts by the former vice president’s son, who graduated from Yale Law School and founded Rosemont Seneca Partners – but has acknowledged struggling with drugs and making bad decisions – to seek to cash in on his famous name.

The messages were reproduced by conservative outlets including Fox News and The Federalist without any indication of who had provided them.

Many are pictures taken of a Blackberry with the original messages on them, making it more difficult to verify that they were sent and received by Hunter and the people named in them, including his uncle James Biden. The device featured in many of the shots appears to have a cracked screen.

One of them is dated in May 2017 and refers to a ‘campaign’ by Joe Biden, which at the time was not only not taking place, but was considered highly unlikely. Biden himself said that he only decided to come out of what was seen as a political retirement in August 2017 after the violence at the infamous United the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA.  

Arrival: Joe Biden walks off his campaign plane hand-in-hand with wife Jill in Nashville for the final presidential debate

Off to Nashville: Donald Trump left for the second debate with First Lady Melania, her first public outing since being diagnosed with COVID

Warning: On May 20 2017, James Gilliar WhatsApped Tony Bobulinski in a discussion about their deal with Hunter Biden and James Biden: ‘Don’t mention Joe being involved. They are paranoid.

Who’s the chairman: Hunter Biden referred to the chairman in one exchange with an unknown member of the group involved in the deal. Later, Rob Walker texted Tony Bobulinski to say: ‘When he said his chairman he was talking about his dad’

Source: The messages were taken from a broken Blackberry and reproduced Thursday by conservative news outlets. In this message Hunter again refers to the ‘chairman,’ this time saying ‘an emphatic no.’ What that was to is unclear

A text from Hunter references a business effort to be ‘partners with the Bidens’ by a Chinese businessman who has now vanished

Mystifying exchange: This text, dated May 20 2017, suggests a plan for Joe Biden to run for president. However at the time, he was not publicly suggesting he would and has repeatedly said that he did not want to get involved until August 2017

Lucrative arrangement? Correspondence between Tony Bobulinski and Gongwen Dong suggested the ‘Bidens’ would get a $5 million interest free loan. What happened next is unknown 

WHO’S WHO IN THE HUNTER FILES

Hunter Biden

Vice president’s son was well-known to be seeking business deals in China. He traveled there in 2013 on Air Force Two and introduced his father to a business partner, Jonathan Li. In 2017, after his father left office, he pursued a relationship with Ye Jianming

Ye Jianming

Chairman and founder of CEFC China Energy, 43. A wunderkind of the Chinese energy world. Gave Hunter a diamond in 2017 as they pursued a business relationship. But in November 2017 company was accused of bribery in Africa by the DOJ, and in March 2018 he was arrested in China, reportedly on the orders of Xi Jinping. Has not been seen or heard from since but a prosecution in 2018 saw a senior Communist leader accused of taking bribes from him

Zang Jian Jun 

Senior executive at CEFC and also a senior figure in the China Chamber of International Commerce 

 Tony Bobulinski 

Penn State wrestler and Navy veteran turned-California businessman, 48, who appears to have done other business in China. Unclear how he and Gilliar know each other. Other business ventures include an investment in a Chinese men’s clothing company called VLOV

Rob Walker

Bill Clinton administration official who is now co-founder of a technology-focused private equity firm, Pilot Growth. His wife Betsy Massey Walker was Jill Biden’s assistant when she was Second Lady 

James Gilliar

British-born 56-year-old businessman based in the Czech Republic. Set up jc2r, the company which is in the emails, in 2015. It is no longer active. Gilliar appears to breed race horses with his wife, Erika and appears to also be an adviser to a holding company run by the leader of Abu Dhabi’s son

James Biden

Joe Biden’s younger brother and a serial entrepreneur who has long faced claims of profiting from his brother’s political career. He and Hunter were in business together in 2006 when they bought investment firm Paradigm Global Advisors which they unwound in 2010 after connections to a Ponzi fraudster emerged

The Chairman and The Big Guy

Said to be Joe Biden in many of the text exchanges although Hunter’s messages do not state this directly 

‘OK they should be paranoid about things,’ was Bobulinski’s response, written May 20.

Gilliar writes: ‘U need to stress to H, does he want to be the reason or factor that blows up his dad’s campaign.’

In another group message, Hunter Biden writes to Bobulinski: ‘Hey TONY I have no idea. In light of the fact wwe are at an impasse of sorts, and both James’ lawyers and my Chairman gave an emphatic NO- I think we should all meet in Romania on Tuesday next week. 

Biden has denied any overseas business dealings and has called the release of emails from son Hunter’s laptop a ‘smear.’ 

Trump made plans to bring Bobulinski to the debate as his ‘special guest,’ an apparent attempt to rattle Biden and steal a play from his 2016 playbook, when he brought Clinton sex accusers to a debate.  

In still another document, Fox reported on a 2017 email from Joe Biden’s brother James to his business partners.  

The email lists ‘Phase one domestic contacts/ projects’ as well as ‘key domestic contacts for phase one target projects.’ It goes on to list biographical information on a host of key Democratic figures, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, California Sen. Kamal Harris (now Joe Biden’s running mate), and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The descriptions contain standard biographical information, and no indication they took part or were even contacted. Former Florida Republican Gov. and now senator Rick Scott also was listed.

The tranche of information, much of it reported by outlets supportive of the president, comes as Trump has said he will raise Hunter Biden at the Nashville debate – and keep up his blasts of ‘corruption’ that he has debuted on the campaign trail, where he has referred to the Bidens as a ‘crime family.’ 

A 2017 emails asks if the chairman is ‘just doing infrastructure’ or ‘looking @ technology deals?’

Hunter Biden responds: ‘Everything – the only thing I told them I would not do is defense related technology and and arms and anything that would give the Chinese a military advantage.’ 

A May 19, 2017 email from partner Rob Walker writes that ‘chairman’ is in reference to ‘his dad.’ 

They emerge weeks after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani came forward with information he said would prove Biden family ‘corruption’ and reset the race. Biden has been holding steady leads in national polls and in battlegrounds. 

Bobulinski issued a statement on Wednesday saying that he personally witnessed Biden discuss business deals with his son, Hunter, contradicting claims by the former vice president.

‘I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business,’ said Bobulinski, an investor who was part of a joint venture with the younger Biden in 2017.

‘I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.’

Bobulinski, 48, claimed that the Chinese were pursuing the deal as a ‘political or influence investment’ and that Hunter Biden was ‘using the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese.’

He said in his statement that he ‘took steps to prevent that from happening.’ In 2017 Biden was out of office and had not declared any intention to run as a candidate in 2020.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee said it was getting in touch with Bobulinski to speak to him.

‘The committee is working to validate information being revealed by multiple sources,’ the Republican majority said in a statement.

‘As part of those efforts, we have reached out to several individuals named in recently revealed emails, including Tony Bobulinski. We look forward to their cooperation in helping us uncover the truth.’

Bobulinski named the company as Sinohawk Holdings. That company was set up secretively in Delaware in 2017, never filed any annual reports, and was cancelled by the Delaware regulator in June 2020 for failing to pay its tax assessment to the state. Nobody is named on the company’s documents. 

THE BUSINESS PARTNER SPEAKS

 My name is Tony Bobulinski. 

The facts set forth below are true and accurate; they are not any form of domestic or foreign disinformation. Any suggestion to the contrary is false and offensive. 

I am the recipient of the email published seven days ago by the New York Post which showed a copy to Hunter Biden and Rob Walker. That email is genuine.  This afternoon I received a request from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Senate Committee on Finance requesting all documents relating to my business affairs with the Biden family as well as various foreign entities and individuals. I have extensive relevant records and communications and I intend to produce those items to both Committees in the immediate future. 

I am the grandson of a 37 year Army Intelligence officer, the son of a 20+ year career Naval Officer and the brother of a 28 year career Naval Flight Officer. I myself served our country for 4 years and left the Navy as LT Bobulinski. I held a high level security clearance and was an instructor and then CTO for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. I take great pride in the time my family and I served this country. I am also not a political person. What few campaign contributions I have made in my life were to Democrats. 

If the media and big tech companies had done their jobs over the past several weeks I would be irrelevant in this story. Given my long standing service and devotion to this great country, I could no longer allow my family’s name to be associated or tied to Russian disinformation or implied lies and false narratives dominating the media right now.  After leaving the military I became an institutional investor investing extensively around the world and on every continent. I have traveled to over 50 countries. I believe, hands down, we live in the greatest country in the world. 

What I am outlining is fact. I know it is fact because I lived it. I am the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings which was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family. I was brought into the company to be the CEO by James Gilliar and Hunter Biden. The reference to ‘the Big Guy’ in the much publicized May 13, 2017 email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden. The other ‘JB’ referenced in that email is Jim Biden, Joe’s brother. 

Hunter Biden called his dad ‘the Big Guy’ or ‘my Chairman,’ and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing. I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line. 

I realized the Chinese were not really focused on a healthy financial ROI. They were looking at this as a political or influence investment. Once I realized that Hunter wanted to use the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese, I took steps to prevent that from happening. 

The Johnson Report connected some dots in a way that shocked me — it made me realize the Bidens had gone behind my back and gotten paid millions of dollars by the Chinese, even though they told me they hadn’t and wouldn’t do that to their partners. 

I would ask the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts so I can go back to being irrelevant — and so I am not put in a position to have to answer those questions for them. 

I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned with what I saw. The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China. 

God Bless America!!!!  

Bobulinski also said in his statement that he was one of the recipients of the email from one of Hunter Biden’s business partners which  involved a deal with a Chinese energy firm in May 2017 which promised a 10 per cent cut for a person known as ‘the big guy.’

Bobulinski claimed in his statement that ‘the big guy’ is Joe Biden.

The president has demanded Attorney Bill Barr investigate his rival, and is reportedly angry FBI Director Chris Wray hasn’t done more.

Trump ally Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, where tonight’s debate is being held, called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Biden business dealings.

The affair had echoes of 2016, where Trump repeatedly called for investigations of rival Hillary Clinton, whose use of a private email account prompted an FBI investigation, although no charges were ever brought against her. 

Bobulinksi was an institutional investor who according to Fox joined James and Hunter Biden to help run their venture with CEFC China Energy Co. 

Bublinski told the network: ”I was brought into the company to be the CEO by James Gilliar and Hunter Biden.

He said of the texts and emails: ‘The reference to ‘the Big Guy’ in the much-publicized May 13, 2017 email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden. The other ‘JB’ referenced in that email is Jim Biden, Joe’s brother.’ 

He was referring to an email referencing ‘remuneration packages’ in a proposed deal with CEFC. 

The Biden camp, when asked about emails purporting to show business relationships involving Joe Biden, have pointed to his tax returns and other financial disclosures that do not show any income from China or the other deals.

President Trump has not released his tax returns, despite being pressed on it as recently as a TV town hall days ago. The New York Times reported this week that the Trump Organization has an undisclosed bank about in China.   

Trump plans to bring the ex-business partner to Thursday night’s presidential debate as a way to confront Democrat Joe Biden on his son’s foreign business dealings. 

The Atlantic reported that Trump’s aides have been telling people that the president’s special guest is Tony Bobulinski, who told The New York Post he had heard the father and son talking business, something the former vice president has denied. 

Trump pulled a similar stunt in 2016 when he paraded three women who accused President Bill Clinton of varying degrees of sexual harassment and assault – Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick – around before and after the debate and had them sit in the audience to face his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Trump had also invited Kathy Shelton. Hillary Clinton had been her accused rapist’s defense lawyer. 

Both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday before meeting onstage between plexiglass barriers.  

Trump left the White House with first lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate.  

On Air Force One he tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. ‘We tested him on the way here and he tested negative,’ Meadows told reporters. 

Earlier, the Biden campaign said he, too, tested negative for COVID-19.  

It is the final debate of the election – the previous one got scratched after Trump refused to take part in a ‘virtual’ format after getting the coronavirus – and represents an opportunity with dwindling time for the president to try to reset the race.

Trump hoped he could throw his rival off balance and demonstrate that his mind is ‘shot’ by repeatedly attacking and interrupting him during the first debate in Cleveland. But Biden ended up getting a slight bump in national polls taken afterward. 

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani provided information from Hunter Biden’s laptop to the New York Post

Now, the president has telegraphed he will accuse his rival of ‘corruption’ just like he has at his campaign rallies leading up to Thursday – and will not hold back from torching Hunter Biden after the release of emails that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani put out and said came from Hunter’s laptop. 

Trump complained when town hall interviewer George Stephanopoulos didn’t bring up Hunter during his TV talk with Biden last week. 

New changes imposed by the bipartisan debate commission will silence the opposite candidate’s microphone during opening statements, after widespread denunciations of the first encounter. But they will each be free to interject later in the debate.

The president’s combative stance was on display with an interview he taped with CBS’ ’60 Minutes,’ where he complained to interviewer Lesley Stahl after she asked if he was ready for ‘tough questions.’

‘But you’re OK with some tough questions?’ she asked him.

‘No I’m not,’ he replied. 

Trump has used prior debates for theater, following 2016 rival around the stage in 2016. Clinton said he ‘literally stalked me.’ Trump’s team also brought former Bill Clinton rape and sexual assault accusers to the debate in a play to get inside his opponents’ head. 

This time, Trump says he’ll bring up Hunter Biden, after days of disclosures from Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Biden sent a signal of his own – blowing up at a reporter who asked him about the subject several days ago. 

On Wednesday, he teed off when a local Wisconsin reporter asked him about it in a TV interview. ‘This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman, it’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family,’ Biden said.

Trump can also use the Hunter saga to point to China – a country he repeatedly accuses of bringing the ‘plague’ into the U.S. He named China as the nation’s top adversary on ’60 minutes.’

Most political observers agree the pressure is on Trump to get something out of the debate. Biden’s leads have been durable, and millions of his supporters have already voted. He also has an advertising advantage on air, with more money in the bank, after the Trump campaign blew through the more than $1 billion it raised since 2017.

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Every North-East business offering kids free meals during half term – see the list here | The Northern Echo

The Northern Echo is publishing a list of every confirmed business taking part in the North-East and North Yorkshire and will be updating it throughout the day.

County Durham

– Page’s Bakery, Tow Law – offering free lunches to children from Monday between 12 and 2pm – contact 07584 411 195

– Castle Eden Inn, Castle Eden – offering free lunches from Monday between 12-1.30 throughout holiday period – contact 01429 835 954

– The Cosy Corner Cafe, Stanley  – offering free lunches from Monday – contact 01207 234005

– Marco Pierre White Durham, Durham City – offering children free lunches during the holiday period – contact mpwrestaurants.co.uk/kids-eat-free

– Babul’s of Barnard Castle – offering children free meals from Monday between 4pm and 5pm every day – contact 01833 630575

– The Poachers, Durham – offering children free meals from Monday between 11am and 12pm – contact 01740 654268

– Papa Kel’s, Bishop Auckland – offering children free meals between Monday and Friday – contact 07842 047472.

– Shildon Alive – extending its free breakfast scheme to include lunches from Monday – contact 01388 417 600

– Little Chefs, Big Chefs CIC – offering children free snack bags between Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 12pm – contact 07507 666 805

– Ferryhill Sports and Education Centre – offering children free packed lunches over half term – contact 01740 654123

– Maddison’s Consett – offering children packed lunches over the half-term period – contact 01207 583 318

– Fifteas Vintage Tearoom, Bishop Auckland – offering children a takeaway lunch for free during half-term – contact 01388 305 886

– Le Raaj in Chester Moor and Sedgefield – offering children a free meal Saturday to Thursday between 12pm to 1.30pm – contact 0191 389 0561 / 01740 623 030

Darlington 

– Al Forno Darlington – offering children free lunch on Monday between 3 and 5pm – contact 01325 466 585

– Platform 1, Middleton St George – offering children free meals throughout October half term – contact 01325 333349

– The Grey Horse, Darlington – offering children free meals between 11am and 12pm throughout the half-term period – contact 01325 465402

– Sweety & Meaty, Stockton – offering free lunches to children from Monday – contact 01642 909 580

– Manjaro’s, Middlesbrough – offering free lunches to children from Monday – contact  01642 605 060

– The Leven, Stokesley – offering all children a free meal between Saturday, October 24 and November 2 – contact 01642 711888

– The George Pub and Grill, Stockton – offering children a free meal throughout half-term period – contact 01642 673 262

– Al Forno Ingleby Barwick – offering children free lunch on Monday between 3 and 5pm – contact 01642 766300

– ARC Stockton Arts Centre – offering children free packed lunches between October 26 and October 31 – contact 01642 525 199

North Yorkshire

– The Vale of York, Thirsk – offering free breakfast to children between 10am and 12pm, free teas between 3pm and 5pm – contact 01845 440892

Tyne and Wear

– Manticore Catering, Sunderland – offering children free meals between 9am and 8pm throughout half-term – contact 0191 447 3446 

Let us know if your business is taking part by either leaving a comment below or by emailing newsdesk@nne.co.uk

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Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski on Fox News | Daily Mail Online

A former Navy lieutenant who spent six months in 2017 in business with Hunter Biden, trying unsuccessfully to get a joint venture with a Chinese firm off the ground, has made public an audio recording from earlier this month, which he claims was a Biden associate trying to silence him.

Tony Bobulinski appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show on Tuesday night and an audio was played of Rob Walker – whose wife works for Jill Biden – allegedly warning Bobulinski not to go public with the information.  

‘If he doesn’t come out on record I am providing the facts,’ Bobulinski told Walker. 

‘You’re just going to bury all of us, man,’ Walker, described on the show as a Biden family representative, allegedly replied in the October 18 conversation.

During the interview, Bobulinski also claimed that in 2017, he asked Joe Biden’s brother Jim – who was part of their business consortium – how he could ‘get away with’ all their business dealings.

Bobulinski claimed that Jim replied: ‘Plausible deniability.’

Bobulinski further claimed during the interview that he had met Joe twice – both times in Los Angeles, on the night of May 2, 2017, and the morning of May 3, 2017.

Bobulinski previously said he had only met Joe once – on the night of May 2. 

“You’re just gonna bury all of us man”

That’s what a Biden family insider told Tony Bobulinski when he warned them he would go public with what he knew about their lies, corruption, and foreign business dealings. pic.twitter.com/ySOt2p0WMD

— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom)

Tony Bobulinski spoke to Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night in an interview from Los Angeles

Joe Biden, pictured with his son Hunter in 2009, says he was unaware of Hunter’s businesses

Bobulinski calls Joe a liar

Bobulinski has since early October been pushing the story of his time in business with Hunter, 50, and his claims that Joe was involved in the attempts to make deals with their Chinese partners. 

Bobulinski and Hunter formed a company in 2017, specializing in infrastructure investment. No deals appear to have been completed, and the firm folded in 2018. 

Joe had left the White House and was a private citizen at the time. 

Nevertheless, he has insisted he and his son never discussed business – which Bobulinski claims is untrue. 

‘That’s a blatant lie when he states that,’ Bobulinski told Carlson. 

‘It’s a blatant lie.’ 

Tucker Carlson devoted the full hour of his show on Tuesday to the interview with Bobulinski

Bobulinski held a press conference ahead of the final presidential debate last week, but did not take questions.

‘It was made clear to me that Joe Biden’s involvement was not to be made in writing, but only face to face.’

Bobulinski is listed as one of the recipients of a May 13, 2017, email detailing their business deal, and he claims that ‘the big guy’ mentioned is a reference to Joe, whom he claims Hunter regularly asked for business advice. 

Joe has always insisted he was not involved in Hunter’s numerous business ventures. 

His team and Hunter’s lawyers have not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

On Friday Bobulinski reportedly spoke to the FBI and handed over three cell phones which he said contained ‘evidence’. He did not say of what.

‘Obviously the world is aware that I attended the debate last Thursday and in that debate, he made a specific statement around questions around us from the president and I’ll be honest with you, I almost stood up and screamed a liar and walked out because I was shocked that after four days that they prepped for this at the Biden family is taking that position to the world,’ Bobulinski told Carlson.

Two meetings with Joe Biden 

Bobulinski, in Tuesday night’s interview, told in additional detail how he had allegedly met Joe in Los Angeles.

‘I first met with Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, and just had a light discussion where they briefed me that my dad’s on the way, and we won’t go into too much detail on the business front, but we will spend time talking at a high level about you, your background, the Biden family and then he’s got to get some rest because he is speaking at the conference in the morning,’ Bobulinaki said.

Joe was coming to Los Angeles to speak at the Milken Conference and discuss his ‘moonshot’ efforts to find a cure for cancer. 

Asked by Carlson why Joe would meet him, Bobulinski emphasized that Hunter and Jim wanted him to meet Joe – it was not Bobulinski wanting to meet the former vice president. 

‘They were sort of wining and dining me and presenting the strength of the Biden family to get me more engaged and taking on the CEO role and develop it both in the United States and around the world in partnership,’ he told Carlson. 

‘And as you can imagine, I’ve been asked by a hundred people over the past month why would you be meeting with Joe Biden, and sort of turn the question around to people that ask me, why that 10:38 on the night of May 2nd would Joe Biden take time out of his schedule to sit down with me in a dark bar at the Beverly Hilton’s position – behind a column so people couldn’t see us – to have a discussion about his family and my family?’ 

Bobulinski was in business with Hunter, and the pair tried to set up Chinese investments

Bobulinski, pictured at a press conference ahead of Thursday’s debate, spoke on Tuesday

In Bobulinski’s telling, when Joe arrived with his security detail, Bobulinski ‘stood up out of respect to shake his hand.’

He continued:  ‘And Hunter introduced me as: “this is Tony, the individual I told you about that’s helping us with the business we are working on in the Chinese.”‘ 

The group sat down.

Asked what they discussed, Bobulinski said that Jim ordered some food; they all ordered drinks; and Joe asked Bobulinski about his background and family. 

‘He thanked me for my service, I’m obviously very proud of that,’ Bobulinski said.

‘Then he walked through his family, obviously some of the tragedies they’ve dealt with, his political career on a high level.

‘We didn’t go into too much detail on business because prior to Joe showing up, Hunter and Jim had approached me and said this is a high-level discussion meeting. 

‘So it’s not like I was drilling down with Joe about details.’

Bobulinski told Carlson that, the following day, he had a second meeting with Joe.

‘I met with Joe Biden the morning of May 3rd at that conference, and then was taken backstage after Joe had spoken,’ he recalled.

‘We joked around for 10 minutes and then I walked out to his car, I think they referenced he was off to see lieutenant governor.’

Bobulinski said that, when they spoke, Joe ‘just asked how I did and what I thought of the speech.’ 

Bobulinski said: ‘I said great job in the speech, and obviously it’s a very serious thing we should all be working together to solve. I lost a sister-in-law to cancer. 

‘And he just sort of asked me to keep an eye on his son and his brother.’ 

When Carlson asked what he meant, Bobulinski replied: ‘I think he was conscious of things and I can’t speak for him.’

Joe has never denied meeting Bobulinski, but neither has he explained the circumstances. 

Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

‘Plausible deniability’ 

After Bobiulinski said goodbye to Joe on May 3, he went to meet Jim at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, he said.

Jim Biden, seven years younger than Joe, spent two hours discussing the family’s story, and their careers. 

Bobulinski told Carlson: ‘I know Joe decided not to run in 2016, but what if he ran in the future – aren’t they taking political risk or headline risk?

‘And I remember looking at Jim Biden and saying: “how are you guys getting away with this? Aren’t you concerned?” 

‘And he looked at me and he laughed a little bit and said: “plausible deniability”.

‘He said it directly to me at the cabana at the Peninsula Hotel, after an hour and a half or two-hour meeting, with me asking out of concern how are you guys doing this, aren’t you concerned you will put your future presidential campaign at risk, the Chinese, the stuff you guys have been doing already in 2015 and 2016 around the world.

‘And I can almost picture his face where he sort of chuckles and says plausible deniability.’

Jim has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Joe Biden, pictured with his younger brother Jim, a businessman, in 2008 

Jim Biden (pictured with wife Sara) formed a company with his nephew Hunter to work on infrastructure

Russian disinformation?

Bobulinski told Carlson that he felt compelled to come forward following Joe’s repeated insistence that he had no involvement in Hunter and Jim’s businesses.

Bobulinski’s account of his dealings with Hunter, and his allegations about Joe was provided to the Wall Street Journal in late October.

The Journal began investigating the documents Bobulinski provided, and concluded, in a report published on the night of the debate, October 22, that there was no evidence Joe had any role in their company. 

The New York Post had by that point published their own story involving Hunter’s emails, after Rudy Giuliani – Donald Trump’s lawyer – gave the paper a laptop he claimed belonged to Hunter.

The first story, on October 14, claimed that Hunter leveraged his father’s name to secure business deals in Ukraine. It did not mention Bobulinski’s name.

The following day, October 15, the Post published a second story, marking the first time Bobulinski’s name was mentioned.

The Post story looked at Bobulinski’s business dealings with Hunter, his uncle Jim and two other men – James Gilliar, a long-time friend of Bobulinski’s, and Rob Walker, a friend of the Bidens.

Walker’s wife Betsy is Jill Biden’s personal assistant.

Bobulinski said that, when people started speculating that he was some sort of Russian pawn, being played to discredit the Bidens so close to the election, he felt compelled to clear his name and publicly tell all he knew.

‘They brought in Russian disinformation and basically associated my name with that, which is absolutely disgusting to me and I had to go on the record,’ Bobulinski told Carlson.

‘We went through three years of every day Russia, Russia, Russia. It’s just absurd. The Cold War is over.’ 

‘Bury us all’ 

Bobulinski concluded that he had to make his case public, and clear his name. 

Carlson said: ‘The Biden family knew that you were going public with this and you spoke to Rob Walker about it, the self-described Biden family representative. What was his response when you let him know that you were going public with this?’

Bobulinski replied: ‘Trying to coach me, trying to say we don’t want to do that, we don’t want press trucks out in front of our house and we have to move because it’s my job and all of that.

‘I’m not trying to cause any harm to anyone in this situation, let alone Rob Walker and his family, but basically, his position was if you go on record, you will bury all of us.’ 

Carlson broadcast the audio of Walker saying ‘bury all of us’, which had been recorded on October 18. 

‘If he doesn’t come out on record I am providing the facts,’ Bobulinski told Walker. 

Walker warns him: ‘Tony, you’re just going to bury all of us, man.’ 

Walker has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

Rob Walker, one of the five in the business – Hunter and Jim, Bobulinski and James Gilliar

How it all ended

Bobulinski on Tuesday night provided an extremely complicated story as to how his business dealings with Hunter and Jim, Walker and Gilliar came to an end.

He said that the Chinese partners in the deal promised $10 million – $5 million as their capital funding, and $5 million as a loan to the Bidens.

But as the summer of 2017 dragged on, the money was not forthcoming, and the Chinese company began speaking to Russian investors – a development which worried Bobulinski, as he felt they would miss out to the Russians. 

‘I did reach out to Hunter Biden in October 2017 asking him if they haven’t funded the $10 million to have you done something that I am no,’ he said, suggesting that Hunter Biden received money but used it for other purposes.

No evidence was provided of the Chinese ever paying money in to the company, and it was wound up officially in 2018.   

What it means

Bobulinski on Tuesday night repeatedly stressed that he was ‘irrelevant’ in the story; that he had not wanted to appear on television, but that he felt the story needed to be told.  

Asked what he thought this all meant, Bobulinski replied: ‘I think they are compromised. 

‘I just don’t see, given the history here, and the facts, how Joe can’t be influenced in some manner based on the history that they have with stuff like that.’

Bobulinski said he had received death threats, and had a team of former Navy Seals stationed outside his family’s house. 

Hunter Biden, left, has long been known for his failed business deals. He is pictured with his father

Joe Biden insists that he was never aware of what Hunter was doing in business

Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

Trump has seized upon the emails from Bobulinski, and others from a laptop that Hunter reportedly took to be repaired, as supposed evidence of the Biden family’s corruption.

Joe during Thursday night’s debate vehemently denied having ever taken any money from foreign governments.

The Biden campaign insists that Trump is attempting to divert attention away from his own shortcomings, and Trump critics have suggested that it is part of a Russian-orchestrated disinformation plot.

On Sunday night, in a 60 Minutes interview, Biden spoke out about the laptop scandal and the emails that have been found detailing plans for business ventures involving China and Ukraine.

Joe said he believed that Giuliani, who has touted the laptop around various media outlets seeking publicity, was being used by Russia.

‘From what I’ve read and know, the intelligence community warned the president that Giuliani was being fed disinformation from the Russians,’ Biden said. 

‘And we also know that Putin is trying very hard to spread disinformation about Joe Biden. 

‘And so when you put the combination of Russia, Giuliani, the president, together – it’s just what it is. 

‘It’s a smear campaign because he has nothing he wants to talk about. What is he running on? What is he running on?’

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Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner says Joe Biden talked to his son about deal with Chinese firm | Daily Mail Online

A man who describes himself as a former business partner of Hunter Biden says he heard him and his father, Joe Biden, discuss his dealings with a mysterious Chinese energy firm in 2017 and that the former vice president was due to receive a share of the profits.

Tony Bobulinski issued a statement on Wednesday saying that he personally witnessed Biden discuss business deals with his son, Hunter, contradicting claims by the former vice president.

 ‘I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business.

‘I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.’

Bobulinski claimed that the Chinese were pursuing the deal as a ‘political or influence investment’ and that Hunter Biden was ‘using the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese.’

He said in his statement that he ‘took steps to prevent that from happening.’ 

Bobulinski also said in his statement that he was one of the recipients of the email from one of Hunter Biden’s business partners which  involved a deal with a Chinese energy firm in May 2017 which promised a 10 per cent cut for a person known as ‘the big guy.’

Bobulinski claimed in his statement that ‘the big guy’ is Joe Biden.

Tony Bobulinski, who describes himself as Hunter Biden’s former business partner said in a statement on Wednesday that Joe Biden and his son discussed business dealings with a Chinese energy firm and that the former vice president was in line to receive a cut from a joint venture in 2017

Bobulinski said Joe Biden was ‘the big guy’ referenced in an email that he received along with other investors in a joint venture involving Hunter Biden and others in 2017

The May 13, 2017, email sent to Hunter Biden by James Gilliar, who worked at a consulting firm J2cR, has been authenticated by others included on the chain, according to Fox News. Fox News and the Post, both of which are owned by Trump ally Rupert Murdoch, also claimed that sources have confirmed Joe Biden was ‘the big guy’ listed among the six people who would receive the payments 

The May 13, 2017, email sent to Hunter Biden by James Gilliar, who worked at a consulting firm J2cR, has been authenticated by others included on the chain, according to Fox News.

Fox News and the New York Post, both of which are owned by Trump ally Rupert Murdoch, also claimed that sources have confirmed Joe Biden was ‘the big guy’ listed among the six people who would receive the payments. 

The payees were only identified with initials and nicknames with a note stating that ‘the big guy’ would get his payment through ‘H’.

‘H’ is his son Hunter, sources told Fox, who would receive 20 percent.

Titled ‘Expectations’, it details ‘remuneration packages’ for six people in a business venture.

Hunter was identified as the ‘chair/vice chair depending on agreement with CEFC’, an apparent reference to the now bankrupt Shanghai conglomerate China Energy Co.

His pay was ‘850’ and the correspondence also noted how he ‘has some office expectations he will elaborate’.

The email also outlines a ‘provisional agreement’ where 80 per cent of the ‘equity’ would be shared equally among four people whose initials appear to relate to Hunter and three other recipients. 

The sender of the email, Gilliar, said: ‘I am happy to raise any detail with Zang if there is shortfalls?’ 

The email divides the equity into ’20 H’ – meaning 20 per cent equity to Hunter; 20 per cent to RW, meaning Rob Walker, also of the jc2r consultancy; 20 per cent to another man called Tony Bubulinski.

The remaining 20 per cent was split with 10 per cent going to ‘Jim’ who is otherwise unnamed, and then ’10 held by H for the big guy?’ 

The big guy was previously unnamed until Fox claimed Friday that it was in reference to Joe Biden. 

Zang appears to be a reference to Zang Jian Jun who was the former executive director of CEFC.

According to the alleged emails published by the Post about his Chinese dealings, Hunter also struck a deal for $30 million plus bonuses ‘based on introductions alone’ over three years after his father left office, then was offered a ‘much more lasting and lucrative arrangement.’  

The emails were sent when Biden was no longer Vice President and Trump was in office.

The Post’s publication of the emails was met with skepticism and prompted Twitter to block users from sharing the link to the original story.

Democrats have claimed that the emails were the product of Russian disinformation, but intelligence officials in the Trump administration deny this. 

The Post released emails and photos purporting to be from Hunter Biden’s laptop that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he got from a computer repair shop owner who gave it to his own lawyer.  

Trump siad Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson should be ‘ashamed of himself’

The New York Post published a photograph, said to be found on an abandoned laptop, showing Hunter with a crack pipe in his mouth, left. A series of compromising pictures of Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter, 50, (above) have been released just weeks ahead of the US election on November 3

Hunter Biden and his father Joe Biden in 2016. Fox now claims that Hunter was signed up to hold onto a payment for his father in a deal with a Chinese energy firm

Bobulinski, a former Navy veteran, said he was brought in to be a CEO in a joint venture involving the Biden family and Ye Jianming, the chairman and founder of CEFC China Energy.

According to Bobulinski, the joint venture was to include Joe Biden – ‘the Big Guy’ – and his brother, Jim Biden.

‘Hunter Biden called his dad “the Big Guy” or “my Chairman,” and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing,’ Bobulinski said in his statement.

Bobulinski accused the Bidens of going ‘behind my back’ and receiving millions of dollars from the Chinese ‘even though they told me they hadn’t and wouldn’t do that to their partners.’

‘I would ask the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts so I can go back to being irrelevant – and so I am not put in a position to have to answer those questions for them,’ he said.

‘I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned with what I saw.

‘The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China.’

Earlier on Wednesday, Joe Biden ripped Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a Republican who has used his committee perch to probe Hunter Biden.

Joe Biden also blasted Rudy Giuliani for peddling ‘garbage’ in his most extensive comments since the release of information said to be from Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Biden, doing a local TV interview from his Delaware home, exploded when WISN, a Wisconsin ABC affiliate, brought up the subject of Hunter Biden’s laptop.

He called it a ‘desperate campaign’ to smear him.

The angry pushback came a day before Biden is to face President Donald Trump on a debate stage in Nashville – with Trump gearing up to accuse his rival of ‘corruption’ on stage just like he did four years ago.

The Milwaukee station’s anchor asked Biden about Johnson’s efforts as chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which last month issued a lengthy report on Hunter Biden ‘corruption.’

‘Wisconsin’s Republican Senator Ron Johnson put out a statement — on Homeland Security letterhead — saying Hunter Biden, together with other Biden family members, profited off the Biden name,’ Adrienne Pedersen said. 

New leaked emails said to be from Hunter Biden show his apparent involvement with major Chinese firms as he discussed lucrative deals that would be ‘interesting for me and my family’

Hunter is said to have struck deals with Ye Jianming, the former chairman of CEFC, who has not been seen since his arrest in 2018

How it would work? An  image from Hunter’s laptop appears to show the way in which his deal with Jianming would be structured

She asked Biden if there was any ‘legitimacy’ to what Johnson was claiming. 

‘None whatsoever!’ Biden fumed. 

‘This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman, it’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.’

Then he noted that GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah had criticized the committee’s actions to dig into the Bidens. 

‘Even the man who served with him on that committee, the former nominee for the Republican Party, said there’s no basis to this,’ Biden said.

‘And the vast majority of the intelligence people have come out and said there’s no basis at all. Ron should be ashamed of himself!’ he said.

Biden did not however offer any denial of their contents being genuine. 

The Chinese emails focus on Hunter’s dealings with Ye Jianming, the former chairman of CEFC in 2017, after his father had left office and when it was thought he would not run in 2020. 

Ye has not been seen since he was taken into custody by Chinese authorities in 2018 amid rumored links to the Chinese military and intelligence services.

It was previously known that he gave Hunter a diamond.  

WHO’S WHO IN THE HUNTER CHINESE EMAILS

Hunter Biden

Vice president’s son was well-known to be seeking business deals in China. He traveled there in 2013 on Air Force Two and introduced his father to a business partner, Jonathan Li. In 2017, after his father left office, he pursued a relationship with Ye Jianming

Ye Jianming

Chairman and founder of CEFC China Energy, 43. A wunderkind of the Chinese energy world. Gave Hunter a diamond in 2017 as they pursued a business relationship. But in November 2017 company was accused of bribery in Africa by the DOJ, and in March 2018 he was arrested in China, reportedly on the orders of Xi Jinping. Has not been seen or heard from since but a prosecution in 2018 saw a senior Communist leader accused of taking bribes from him

Zang Jian Jun 

Senior executive at CEFC and also a senior figure in the China Chamber of International Commerce 

 Tony Bobulinski 

Penn State wrestler and Navy veteran turned-California businessman, 48, who appears to have done other business in China. Unclear how he and Gilliar know each other. Other business ventures include an investment in a Chinese men’s clothing company called VLOV

James Gilliar

British-born 56-year-old businessman based in the Czech Republic. Set up jc2r, the company which is in the emails, in 2015. It is no longer active. Gilliar appears to breed race horses with his wife, Erika and appears to also be an adviser to a holding company run by the leader of Abu Dhabi’s son

The Big Guy and Jim

Unidentified – and certain to set off a string of conspiracy theories. 

CEFC went bankrupt earlier this year after it was unable to repay its huge debts after warnings over its lack of transparency and dealings with sanctioned Russian firms.

In another 2017 email, Hunted reportedly discussed a deal with Ye. According to the leaked emails, Biden wrote that Ye had been influential in improving a three-year consulting contract with CEFC that would pay him $10million annually just for introductions.

He was given half ownership of a holding company to sweeten the deal, with Ye owning the other half.

According to the leaked emails, Biden wrote: ‘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 the equity and profits of the JV’s [joint venture’s] investments.’

His email was sent to Gongwen Dong who has been linked to the purchase of two luxury Manhattan apartments for a total of $83million, which were bought by companies linked to Ye, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

A photo from August 2017 appears to show a flowchart of the ownership of Hudson West which is split equally between Hunter Biden and ‘Chairman’.

A report on Biden’s business dealings released last month found Hudson West III opened a line of credit in September 2017. 

Credit cards issued against the account were used by Hunter, his uncle James and James’s wife Sara. 

They purchased more than $100,000 worth of items including airline tickets, Apple products, hotel and restaurant bookings, according to the report released by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Hudson West has since been dissolved and Hunter’s law firm Owaco PC was one of its two owners the report said.  

Also seen in the emails was an agreement from one of Ye’s associates to pay Biden a retainer of $1million for counsel on US law. 

The offer was made by former Hong Kong government official Chi Ping Patrick Ho, who has been convicted in Manhattan for two schemes to pay $3million in bribes to African government officials for oil rights.

He served a prison sentence of three years and was deported to Hong Kong in June.  

The new revelations come after emails come from Hunter’s laptop appeared to show him making an introduction between his powerful father and a Ukrainian energy firm on Wednesday.

Gas company Burisma’ adviser Vadym Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for ‘an opportunity to meet your father’ in an email sent in 2015, according to the stash of data given to the New York Post by Rudy Giuliani.  

Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been probing Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine

The Democratic candidate’s son’s photos were part of the laptop which was obtained by Rudy Giuliani’s attorney and has now been released by the president’s lawyer

Biden dismissed the findings, and his spokesman Andrew Bates said the paper ‘never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story…moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.’      

The emails are among a trove being referenced by Giuliani and his team after the owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware recovered data from a MacBook pro laptop that was dropped off and never retrieved.

The computer was seized by the FBI and its contents shared with the Post by Giuliani. 

Giuliani’s lawyer Bob Costello said there are some 40,000 emails on the hard drive including thousands of texts. It also includes images of Hunter ‘in very compromising positions,’ Costello told Fox News.

There has been no comment on the new emails from Biden’s campaign, his lawyer, nor the Chinese businessman.

But Biden’s lawyer has previously dismissed the stories, accusing Giuliani of dishonesty.

On Thursday, the Washington Post claimed that the White House was warned last year that Giuliani could be used to spread Russian misinformation. 

The former NYC mayor hit back on Friday claiming that he was never warned himself that he could have been used by a Russian intelligence agent to spread false information to the US. 

Bobulinski’s statement in full 

 My name is Tony Bobulinski. 

The facts set forth below are true and accurate; they are not any form of domestic or foreign disinformation. Any suggestion to the contrary is false and offensive. 

I am the recipient of the email published seven days ago by the New York Post which showed a copy to Hunter Biden and Rob Walker. That email is genuine.

 This afternoon I received a request from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Senate Committee on Finance requesting all documents relating to my business affairs with the Biden family as well as various foreign entities and individuals. I have extensive relevant records and communications and I intend to produce those items to both Committees in the immediate future. 

I am the grandson of a 37 year Army Intelligence officer, the son of a 20+ year career Naval Officer and the brother of a 28 year career Naval Flight Officer. I myself served our country for 4 years and left the Navy as LT Bobulinski. I held a high level security clearance and was an instructor and then CTO for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. I take great pride in the time my family and I served this country. I am also not a political person. What few campaign contributions I have made in my life were to Democrats. 

If the media and big tech companies had done their jobs over the past several weeks I would be irrelevant in this story. Given my long standing service and devotion to this great country, I could no longer allow my family’s name to be associated or tied to Russian disinformation or implied lies and false narratives dominating the media right now. 

After leaving the military I became an institutional investor investing extensively around the world and on every continent. I have traveled to over 50 countries. I believe, hands down, we live in the greatest country in the world. 

What I am outlining is fact. I know it is fact because I lived it. I am the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings which was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family. I was brought into the company to be the CEO by James Gilliar and Hunter Biden. The reference to “the Big Guy” in the much publicized May 13, 2017 email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden. The other “JB” referenced in that email is Jim Biden, Joe’s brother. 

Hunter Biden called his dad ‘the Big Guy’ or ‘my Chairman,’ and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing. I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line. 

I realized the Chinese were not really focused on a healthy financial ROI. They were looking at this as a political or influence investment. Once I realized that Hunter wanted to use the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese, I took steps to prevent that from happening. 

The Johnson Report connected some dots in a way that shocked me — it made me realize the Bidens had gone behind my back and gotten paid millions of dollars by the Chinese, even though they told me they hadn’t and wouldn’t do that to their partners. 

I would ask the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts so I can go back to being irrelevant — and so I am not put in a position to have to answer those questions for them. 

I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned with what I saw. The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China. 

God Bless America!!!! 

HOW HUNTER’S EMAILS EXPLODED AS TWO WORLDS COLLIDED

January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become vice president, and sets up investment and advisory firm firm Rosemont Seneca with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry’s stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry aide

July 2010: Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns its biggest natural gas company Burisma joins the government of its president Viktor Yanukovych

February 2014: Yanukovych is deposed in a revolution which claims scores of lives and Burisma Zlochevsky is thrown out of government too

April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money-laundering by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later Archer joins the board of Burisma 

April 28: Britain’s Serious Fraud Office freeze $23 million of Burisma’s cash, every dollar which exists in the UK’s banking system 

May 12: Hunter joins the board of Burisma to improve ‘corporate governance.’ Hunter’s salary is later revealed to be $50,000-a-month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi who had met Hunter in Lake Como, Italy, days earlier, emails him asking to ‘use his influence’ to stop prosecutions. During the summer, the new prosecutor-general of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma

February 2015: Senior diplomat George Kent, on temporary assignment to Kyiv, learns of Hunter’s role. He phones a staffer at Biden’s office to it could ‘create perception of a conflict of interest.’ That month Viktor Shokin takes office as Ukraine’s prosecutor general, despite already being the subject of questions about his own links to corruption

April 17: Email from Hunter’s laptop shows Pozharskyi writing Hunter: ‘thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some together.’ 

Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormant 

January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Biden tells Poroshenko he needs to go. He later boasts: ‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’ Shokin in fact is finally removed from office in March after internal turmoil in Kyiv

2018: Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani starts ‘investigating’ the Bidens’ links to Ukraine, enlisting the help of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now indicted on fraud charges. Ukraine’s latest prosecutor general announces he will investigate Burisma early the next year 

April 12, 2019: Hunter – or a man saying he is Hunter – takes three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac’s Apple repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware. MacIsaac puts data from one on a new hard drive

April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential run

July 11: The laptops have not been picked up and are now considered ‘abandoned’ according to MacIsaac’s terms and conditions

Summer: MacIsaac claims he becomes worried about what he has seen on the laptop whose contents he put on a disk, and thinks he might be killed by a Biden associate for having it in his shop

Fall: MacIsaac either contacts the FBI or is contacted by them; he has said both

December 9 or 19: The FBI pick up the laptop, but MacIsaac has made a copy for himself. Giuliani later says the shopowner has made four. They give him a grand jury subpoena to hand it over, even though he was going to anyway

Early January 2020: The FBI tell MacIsaac not to talk to anyone and to stall if a Biden representative comes to get the laptop back 

February: Trump is acquitted at end of his impeachment trial

May: On Giuliani’s account, MacIsaac hands over the hard drive to Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, by this month at the latest as well as trying to give it to other Republicans 

September: Steve Bannon, Trump’s ex-aide and now indicted on fraud charges, tells New York Post about existence of laptop

September 28: Bannon boasts to a Dutch TV interviewer ‘I have Hunter’s hard drive’

October 11: Giuliani gives Post the hard drive

October 14: Post publishes emails and partially-clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one of them with an apparent crack pipe – and says it has an 11-minute sex-and-drugs video. Giuliani promises there is ‘more to come,’ Republican senators promise to investigate but Democrats say the former New York mayor has ‘paraded with Russian agents’

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