President Biden's Meeting With Missing Chinese Oil Giant Chairman Raises Eyebrows In GOP Impeachment Inquiry

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 30 January 2024 09:20 AM
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In a closed-door deposition on Friday, Hunter Biden's former business partner, Rob Walker, revealed new details about President Joe Biden's alleged involvement in his son's business deals.

Walker disclosed that Joe Biden had met in person with Ye Jianming, the now-missing chairman of Chinese oil giant CEFC, in 2017. This meeting took place at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C., and according to Walker, Joe Biden was just "checking in on" his son during the brief encounter.

The timing of this meeting is significant, as it coincided with a $3 million wire transfer from CEFC to Biden family associates. Republicans leading the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden argue that this meeting is evidence of "swampy influence peddling" and are investigating whether Joe Biden financially benefitted from his son's relationships with foreign entities.

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During the closed-door interview, Walker addressed a series of text messages and emails in which he mentioned Joe Biden's name. However, he dismissed these messages as informal texts sent late at night. Walker also claimed that when Hunter Biden used Joe's name in his communications with the Chinese, it was because he was under the influence of drugs.

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According to a source familiar with the deposition, Walker's attempts to downplay Joe Biden's involvement were inconsistent and conflicting. Republicans James Comer and Jim Jordan stated that the meeting and the additional details revealed by Walker are evidence of how the Bidens used their "brand" to enrich themselves. They also pointed out that Hunter's work with CEFC started a year before Joe Biden left the vice presidency, but the Bidens and their associates delayed receiving payment from the Chinese until Joe Biden was out of office.

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Previous reports have also suggested that Joe Biden may have met with Ye and his son in New York at his $59 million penthouse in 2017. Hunter Biden texted his business partners at CEFC, stating that Joe Biden would join them for a meeting. These revelations have raised further questions about the extent of Joe Biden's involvement in his son's business dealings.

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During the deposition, Walker disputed allegations by Republicans that Joe Biden was involved in funneling millions of dollars in foreign money to Biden family members. He stated that Joe Biden, both as president and as a private citizen, was never involved in any of the business activities pursued by him and Hunter. Walker emphasized that he always understood and respected the boundary between Joe Biden's role and their business dealings, and any claims to the contrary are false.

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The GOP's investigation is focused on tracing the flow of millions of dollars between Chinese businessman Mervyn Yan and John "Rob" Walker, a family associate who allegedly used shell companies to deposit foreign money into Biden bank accounts. Walker, who was considered a surrogate for the Biden family in business dealings, facilitated lucrative opportunities with China and Romania.

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Walker spoke highly of Hunter Biden, describing him as an intelligent, caring, and generous person. He emphasized Hunter's strong interpersonal skills and his value as a partner. Walker and Hunter became friends in 1999, and their partnership abroad began in 2008. However, Walker acknowledged that Hunter "lost his way" in his battle with addiction.

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Top Oversight Committee Democrat Jamie Raskin stated that Walker made it clear that Joe Biden was never involved in any business activities. Mervyn Yan, who also worked with Hunter on his Hudson West III venture, similarly testified that he had no professional contact or communication with Joe Biden. Yan expressed confusion as to why the Biden family was involved in energy deals without any experience in the sector.

Republicans are particularly concerned about the millions of dollars from China and Romania that they claim flowed through shell companies and into the hands of Joe's family members. Walker established Robinson Walker, LLC, a limited liability company that Republicans allege was used to receive foreign funds and distribute a portion of the money to Biden family members. They point to transfers of money from a company owned by Romanian Gabriel Popoviciu, who was under a corruption investigation at the time.

In a memo released last year, the GOP presented documents showing that Hallie Biden, Hunter's sister-in-law, received $35,000 in two transfers from Walker. These transfers followed a $3 million wire transfer from Chinese State Energy HK Limited, an affiliate of CEFC, to Walker. Chairman James Comer also revealed a $40,000 direct payment to Joe Biden in 2017, labeled as a "loan repayment," which he claims is "laundered money" traceable back to the Chinese Communist Party-connected CEFC.

In WhatsApp messages from August 2017, previously published by DailyMail.com, Hunter Biden demanded $10 million from CEFC and claimed that his father was present during the exchange. These messages have further fueled the investigation into the Biden family's business dealings.

Hunter Biden has confirmed that he will testify at the end of next month, indicating that Republicans are nearing the end of their probe. Previously, Hunter had refused a subpoena for a closed-door interview, leading the GOP to consider holding him in contempt of Congress.

The investigation into the Biden family's business dealings continues to raise questions about the extent of Joe Biden's involvement and whether he benefitted financially from his son's connections. As Republicans dig deeper into the flow of foreign money, the Bidens face scrutiny over their business ties and the potential conflicts of interest they may present.

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