“Biden-Biden?” Joe and Hunter, of course.
If you missed yesterday’s story, you might want to pause here and go back and read it. There is plenty of corruption for us to cover, and you don’t want to miss any of it. After all, Americans must choose between Joe Biden and President Trump on November 3rd about who will be at the helm of the country for the next four years.
It’s much easier to make the right choice when armed with everything necessary to compare the two. Indeed, we know much about President Trump, so much we surely have the list of library books he returned late and the fines he paid. Regarding former Vice President Biden, we are now discovering many “questionable” activities in which he was deeply involved. And after these two days of revelations, you certainly will understand the reason for his nickname: “Quid Pro Joe.”
In Part I of this, we covered Hunter and Joe Biden’s corrupt activities throughout Europe. While we mentioned Hunter’s multiple trips to China, we only disclosed his one big financial deal with the Chinese Communist Party and the nation of China itself. Today, we dig a bit deeper.
Hunter Biden made millions of dollars’ worth of “questionable transactions” with Chinese nationals connected to the Chinese regime and military, according to a new congressional report. He began developing associations with Chinese nationals starting in at least 2009, the year he co-founded the U.S. investment and advisory firm Rosemont Seneca Partners. According to the report, these financial connections “accelerated while his father was vice president and continued after he left office.” Joe Biden was vice president from 2009 to 2017.
The other founders of Rosemont Seneca Partners were Chris Heinz, the stepson of former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Devon Archer, one of Hunter Biden’s business partners.
The report, released on September 23, was authored by two Senate committees: Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Department of Finance.
In response, Joe Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said the Senate report was using taxpayer dollars to launch “an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory.”
Two Chinese nationals became prominent in Hunter Biden’s financial network with China: disgraced Chinese oil tycoon Ye Jianming and Asia-based financier Dong Gongwen. According to the report, Dong was Ye’s business associate and executed transactions for Ye’s companies. Hunter Biden made millions from his relationship with Ye and received millions from Dong’s companies, the report found.
“Ye and his associates had robust relationships with China’s military units, some of which were involved in matters in direct opposition to U.S. policy in the region,” the Senate report stated.
Ye founded CEFC China Energy, an oil conglomerate that made billions of dollars in Russia, eastern Europe, and Africa. It became China’s largest privately-held oil company before being caught in Beijing’s crosshairs in 2018. Ye was placed under investigation in February 2018 for “suspected economic crimes” and subsequently detained. His current whereabouts remain unknown. A state-owned enterprise took control of CEFC in March 2018.
In addition to shady business practices, the oil company hired former military cadres and leveraged such connections to advance itself, according to Chinese media exposés. Ye also served as deputy secretary-general of the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC) from 2003 to 2005. The association is a front group for the Chinese military’s former General Political Department (GPD), a political organ within the Central Military Commission — the Chinese Communist Party agency that controls the military, according to a 2018 report published by the U.S. — China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC). The GPD was replaced by a new agency called the Political Work Department in 2016.
According to USCC, CAIFC is responsible for collecting intelligence and conducting propaganda and perception management campaigns.
Transactions with Biden
The new Senate report identified a transaction of “potential criminal financial activity” in August 2017, when CEFC Infrastructure Investment (US) LLC, a subsidiary of CEFC China Energy, sent a payment of $100,000 to Hunter Biden’s Washington-based law firm Owasco. It is unclear what the money was for. Another incident the Senate identified as “potential financial criminal activity” took place in September 2017, when Hunter Biden and Dong opened a line of credit at a bank under a business named Hudson West III LLC. The credit was made available to Hunter Biden, James Biden, and James Biden’s wife, Sara Biden. James Biden is Joe Biden’s brother.
“The Bidens subsequently used the credit cards they opened to purchase $101,291.46 worth of extravagant items, including airline tickets and multiple items at Apple Inc. stores, pharmacies, hotels, and restaurants,” the Senate report stated.
Millions went from CEFC Infrastructure Investment to Hudson West III and then to Owasco. On August 8, 2017, CEFC Infrastructure Investment wired $5 million to Hudson West III’s bank account. From Aug. 8, 2017, to Sept. 25, 2018, Hudson West III sent more than $4.79 million in the name of consulting fees to Owasco. Hudson West III was 1 of 8 numbered Hudson West business entities, and the Senate report found that Dong was connected to seven of them. The report didn’t elaborate on the connections, and it’s unclear whether Hunter Biden is joined to the other Hudson West firms.
Patrick Ho, a Hong Kong-based businessman who served as secretary-general of a CEFC subsidiary, China Energy Fund Committee, was also Hunter Biden’s client at Owasco, according to the Senate report. Ho is also implicated in CEFC’s misdeeds. He was charged by U.S. prosecutors of bribing top officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for business opportunities for CEFC.
On March 22, 2018, months before Ho was to go on trial, a $1 million payment was sent from Hudson West III to Owasco for Ho’s legal representation, the Senate report found.
Ho was sentenced to three years in prison in March 2019 on several charges, including money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, according to a Department of Justice press release. He was freed in June this year, with the judge shortening his incarceration time after demonstrating good behavior.
The Senate committees said the financial ties between Hunter Biden, his family, and the Chinese nationals “don’t just raise conflicts of interest concerns; they raise criminal financial, counterintelligence, and extortion concerns.”
The Joe Biden campaign didn’t immediately return a request for comment on the transactions with Chinese individuals.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on September 24 sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking if the agency will investigate specific findings of the report, including Hunter Biden’s Chinese transactions involving potential criminal activity.
Let’s Go Back to the U.S. “Gravy Train”
A German company owned by the Russian billionaire who wired Hunter Biden $3.5 million received a contract to build part of the World War II Museum in New Orleans, according to a fact sheet on the museum’s website. Elena Baturina, the widow of former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, bought German structural membrane manufacturer Hightex in early 2015, according to Russian-language news reports. In April 2017, she announced that Hightex would build part of the Canopy of Peace for the World War II Museum, according to several Russian-language media outlets.
Three years earlier, on Feb. 14, 2014, Baturina sent $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, a company co-founded by Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a report released by Senate Republicans on September 23. The wire was accompanied by a note stating, “Consultancy Agreement DD12.02.2014.”
The Canopy of Peace project at the WWII museum has been plagued by delays primarily due to issues stemming from a different contractor, according to The New Orleans Advocate. As of this August, half of the material from Hightex was yet to be shipped to the project, which was at that point eight months behind schedule. The museum did not respond to a request for comment.
Joe Biden hosted a fundraiser at the museum during the early stages of his presidential campaign in August 2019.
While there is no evidence of a link between Baturina’s wire and the contract awarded to the museum, questions about both transactions may emerge because the Senate Republicans discovered Baturina’s payments after they were flagged due to her “reported criminal activity.” Baturina did not respond to a request for comment sent to the email of a think tank she founded.
A year after sending $3.5 million to Biden’s company, between May 6 and December 8, 2015, Baturina wired more than $241,000 to the same company. The money was then forwarded to BAK USA LLC, a Buffalo-based tablet manufacturer that would eventually go bankrupt, claiming it is $39 million in debt.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had praised BAK USA when it received a contract from Microsoft in early 2016. Before BAK USA went bankrupt, New York State handed the firm a tax abatement allowing it to operate tax-free for ten years. The firm has since re-incorporated and appears to be in the same line of business.
Three months after the last wire to BAK USA via Hunter Biden’s firm, Baturina announced that she had purchased $10 million in real estate near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to a press release. She intended to convert the zoning of the assets to accommodate residential units, a process that requires a lengthy approval process.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) led the effort behind the report released on September 23. The Baturina transactions are a small part of a more extensive report that also documented links between Hunter Biden and foreign nationals from Ukraine and China.
Do you notice a “chain of events” in these revelations? Do you see the similarities? The power of political status in the American government opens all kinds of doors domestically and internationally. Americans have always known that to be true, but seldom see the specifics of the types of corrupt acts some government employees and politicians use to their personal advantages.
Have you ever wondered how people in D.C. government — especially members of Congress — can move to Washington when elected to jobs that pay approximately $170,000 a year — only to years later leave Washington worth sometimes tens of millions of dollars? Where do those riches come from? How are those dollars made? And who orchestrates the process or processes that instigate these financial boondoggles over and over again, year after year for most of those who serve in our government? You can bet on this one safe bet: there is someone or some group in D.C. that has perfected this process and offer it to all those elected to Congress immediately upon their arrival.
Do you believe such a scenario is true, or do you simply relegate that thought to your bucket that contains only conspiracy theories? For me personally, there are far too many people who seem to have immediate access to the resources necessary to purchase property in such an expensive area while also owning homes in their districts. The five counties with the highest median income in all of America are all near Washington, D.C.
Counting today (September 27, 2020), there are 38 days until Americans choose who the President will be. I am uncertain where you are in reconciling the information contained in today’s and yesterday’s stories at TruthNewsNetwork about Biden corruption. I cannot even consider casting a vote for Joe Biden without his full disclosure of his personal and political involvement in any of these transactions.
I cannot accept any of this as “just the way we do politics in the United States.” That does NOT describe the nation to which I am bound. I want the truth: no I DEMAND the truth from all those who seek the highest offices in our government. And that begins with those in the U.S. Congress and the White House.
I am not so callous as to think anyone who serves in government must be perfect. I am not so “perfect” as to think I have any right to judge someone for their character flaws or personality traits with which I disagree. I am just one American who expects those who agree to serve us all, to be honest, hard-working, diligent in finding and repairing mistakes in our government that only our government can. But that does NOT include finding ways to enrich themselves or others from within their circles using the benefits of every kind belonging to the American people.
Former Vice President and current Democrat Party Nominee for President Joe Biden MUST satisfactorally explain all of the above and also the contents revealed in our story from Saturday to give Americans truths to enable any to vote for him. Short of that, Joe Biden should resign his nomination to run for President.