Biden met with the head of the Chinese energy company Hunter had done business with in 2017, his former colleague attests – LSB

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President Biden met with Chinese energy company chief Hunter Biden with whom he sought to create a joint venture at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., in 2017, a former business partner of the first son told congressional investigators.

Rob Walker, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, testified before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees earlier this month as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Biden.

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Walker, during his closed-door transcript interview, told congressional investigators that Joe Biden attended a meeting where he, Hunter Biden, their other business partners, and CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming were having lunch.

“I don’t remember the exact time, but I remember I was in Washington, D.C., and the former vice president stopped by. We were having lunch,” Walker testified, according to a transcript of his interview reviewed by Fox News Digital.

Joe and Hunter Biden

Joe and his son Hunter Biden. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnick)

Walker said he did not know the “exact” date, but said “it was probably the 20th or the 17th at some point.”

“I would say he was definitely out of office,” Walker said, referring to Joe Biden being out of the Obama administration at the time of the lunch.

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Walker said the lunch took place “at the Four Seasons Hotel in a restaurant in a private room.”

“I’m sure, I’m sure you were there,” Walker said, noting the presence of other business partners at CEFC.

Ye Jianming was, at the time, president of the Chinese energy company CEFC.

Walker said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss “ways we can work together.”

“I don’t think we’ve reached an agreement on how to work together at this point,” Walker said, noting that the meeting lasted “probably an hour and a half,” but saying Biden “wasn’t” present for the entire meeting. interview.

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“The former vice president wasn’t there the whole time. He was there for maybe 10 minutes,” Walker said. “He spoke nicely, you know, with the usual pleasantries. I think he probably did most of the talking and then left.”

Walker testified that Biden addressed the entire group — consisting of about 10 individuals associated with the CEFC — during his visit.

President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board at the Indian Treaty Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., US, on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Walker testified that the visit and Biden’s appearance “most likely” occurred before Robinson Walker LLC received $3 million from State Energy HK Limited – an entity linked to the CEFC.

But Walker confirmed that Joe Biden was not involved in any of his business ventures with Hunter Biden, despite his appearance at the luncheon.

However, Walker said early correspondence to the CEFC was sent on behalf of the group — which included himself, James Gilliard, Jim Biden, and Hunter Biden — by Hunter Biden.

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“He had an interesting last name that would draw people in the door,” Walker said.

When pressed again about why the correspondence came from Hunter Biden, Walker testified: “It just seemed — if a U.S. entity was going to be represented by a foreign national, it would probably make sense for it to come from Hunter versus me.”

“Because he’s the son of the vice president at the time, right?” Walker was asked.

“He’s the son of the vice president at the time, yes,” Walker replied.

“So it made sense to get this business deal to make him the front person, right?”

“Yes,” Walker replied.

Hunter on Capitol Hill

Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, leaves a House Oversight Committee meeting on Capitol Hill on January 10, 2024, in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

The House Oversight Committee told Fox News Digital that it “now confirms that Joe Biden met with virtually every foreign national who transferred money to his son, including Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, Romanian oligarch Kenes Rakishev, Burisma Secretary Vadim Pozharsky, and BHR’s Jonathan Lee.” “. And CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming.”

Biden attended dinners at Washington, D.C.’s Café Milano restaurant in Georgetown with Baturina, Rakishev and Pozharsky in 2014 and 2015. Biden also met with BHR’s Li in China in 2013. Biden met with Yi at the meeting in 2017, according to Hunter Biden’s testimony. Former business partners Rob Walker and Devon Archer.

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These revelations come ahead of anticipated testimony from another former business associate of the first son – Tony Bobulinski.

Bobulinski is scheduled to testify behind closed doors on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the House Oversight and Judiciary committees.

Bobulinski, who worked with Hunter Biden to create the SinoHawk Holdings joint venture with Chinese energy company CEFC, said he met Joe Biden in 2017.

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Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, speaks to reporters at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on October 22, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

In December, Bobulinski called on Biden to “stop lying” about that meeting and called on him to “correct the record.”

He asked, “Why is Joe Biden blatantly lying to the American people and the world by claiming that he did not meet with me face to face?” Bobulinski told Fox News Digital in a statement. “He should call his son Hunter and his brother Jim because they remind him of the facts. The American people deserve the truth!”

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He added: “I call on Mr. Biden to stop lying and correct the record.”

despite of Biden’s latest denial Accused of involvement in his son’s business dealings, text messages dating back to May 2017 reveal that Biden met with Bobulinski months after he left the vice president’s office. Fox News Digital first reported on the text messages and this meeting in October 2020.

The meeting was scheduled to take place on May 2, 2017, just 11 days before the infamous May 13, 2017 email, which involved discussing “bonus packages” for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy company. The email appears to identify Biden as “President/Vice President depending on agreement with CEFC,” a reference to the now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co.

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The email includes a note that “Hunter has some business forecasts which he will elaborate on.” Does the proposed stock split refer to “20” for “H” and “10” that H reserves for the big guy?” without further details.

Bobulinski has repeatedly said that the “big guy” is Joe Biden. IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who claimed politics influenced the years-long federal investigation into Hunter Biden, said the “big guy” was known to be Joe Biden.

The president’s brother, Jim Biden, is expected to testify on February 21. Hunter Biden is expected to appear to testify on February 28.

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