Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, is facing questions about potential unregistered foreign lobbying after it was revealed that he met with a State Department official on behalf of a Romanian businessman who paid him over $1 million to help with his corruption case. Emails and documents on Hunter Biden's laptop reveal that he met with then-U.S. ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm in March 2016 to discuss Gabriel Popoviciu's corruption case. Popoviciu, a Romanian real estate tycoon, made wire payments to Biden from November 2015 to June 2017 while he battled corruption charges in his home country. Biden, a consultant for the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner at the time, worked with lawyers to lobby the U.S. embassy in Bucharest to intervene in Popoviciu's case. The emails show that Boies Schiller partner Christopher Boies told Biden in a September 1, 2015 email that his law partner, who he never identified, was "best friends" with the newly appointed ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm. Popoviciu's first wire payment to Biden came two months later, on November 9, 2015, for $59,900. Four days after that, Biden and Boies Schiller partner Michael Gottlieb discussed a meeting with Klemm and provided him with reports about the Popoviciu case, which they said showed the corruption charges were bogus. The emails indicate that Biden attended the meeting, and Biden's calendar shows an arrangement with Klemm at Lapis restaurant in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 2016. Klemm was receptive to the reports and arranged meetings for the Biden consortium with Romanian officials. On May 17, 2016, Gottlieb contacted Klemm to seek help in conjunction with Romania's anti-corruption service, the DNA. Gottlieb wrote to Biden and others that "the USEMB [U.S. embassy] has primed this for us." Neither Hunter Biden nor Boies Schiller registered as lobbyists for Popoviciu, who was convicted of bribery in 2017 and sentenced to seven years in prison. Biden's lawyers and Boies Schiller did not return a request for comment. [tweet_embed]May 17, 2023[/tweet_embed] The foreign payments to Biden could complicate the federal investigation into the first son. Many Republicans have expressed frustration that prosecutors have ignored Biden's foreign business dealings or what appears to be his unregistered foreign lobbying. The Lobbying Disclosure Act requires individuals to disclose their lobbying activity to Congress, and the Foreign Agents Registration Act requires them to disclose lobbying on behalf of foreign nationals like Popoviciu to the Justice Department. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said the Justice Department's disinterest in Hunter Biden's lobbying shows there is "one set of rules for the president's family and one for everyone else." "No one is buying that the Biden Administration can credibly investigate Biden family corruption," Issa told the Washington Free Beacon. This is not the first time that Hunter Biden and Boies Schiller, led by Democratic mega-donor David Boies, contacted the State Department on behalf of foreign clients without registering as lobbyists. In 2014, Biden and lawyers from Boies Schiller hatched a plan to meet with State Department officials on behalf of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company whose owner was accused of bribery. A Boies Schiller partner wrote to Biden that she would arrange State Department meetings and conduct other activity "right up to the line" where the firm would have to register as a lobbyist. A consulting firm Biden tapped to work with him on the Burisma case, Blue Star Strategies, registered its work for the Ukrainian company under the Foreign Agents Registration Act following a Justice Department investigation into its foreign lobbying. Biden also crafted a plan to lobby the State Department for the Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners. Biden's business partners sought a State Department meeting to land public approval of an initiative they hoped would help them get contracts in China. Biden offered to provide "whatever you need" regarding contact with the State Department. Emails show that Biden's longtime business partner, Eric Schwerin, met with State Department official Evan Ryan to discuss the initiative. Ryan is the wife of Secretary of State Tony Blinken and currently serves as White House Cabinet officer.