Author previously exposed family scheme to profit from political power
In an interview Thursday with Fox News, investigative reporter Peter Schweizer said the Biden campaign’s response to the New York Post story Wednesday presenting new evidence Joe Biden was aware of his son’s lucrative business deals during his vice presidency “fits the pattern” of dishonesty he has seen in recent years.
Schweizer exposed Hunter Biden’s Ukraine and China deals in his 2018 book “Secret Empires.” His subsequent book “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite” presented evidence that five members of Joe Biden’s family profited from his position as vice president under President Obama.
The Post reported Wednesday an email purportedly sent to Hunter Biden from an adviser to the board of the Ukrainian firm Burisma on which Hunter Biden served met with Joe Biden. The Post reported Thursday another email shows that among the business deals Hunter Biden pursued in China while his father was vice president was one he said would benefit not only him but his family. The younger Biden asked for $10 million from the Chinese firm CEFC China Energy for “introductions.”
Facebook immediately restricted distribution of the Post’s initial story on Wednesday, insisting it needed time to fact-check it, and Twitter followed by blocking any links to it.
On Wednesday, the Biden campaign cast the allegations in the Post story as “Russian disinformation,” arguing that there was no meeting with the Burisma executive on Joe Biden’s schedule for the day in question.
Schweizer noted to Fox News the Obama White House archives shows Biden’s schedule on that day had two blank hours in the morning and three in the afternoon.
“There’s plenty of time in which they could have met, and they don’t blanket deny it,” he said.
In fact, Politico reported Biden’s campaign “would not rule out the possibility that the former VP had some kind of informal interaction with [the Burisma adviser Vadim] Pozharskyi, which wouldn’t appear on Biden’s official schedule.”
“But they said any encounter would have been cursory.”
Schweizer noted to Fox News that Hunter Biden himself has gone on record saying he talked with his father about Burisma.
And contrary to the Bidens’ denials, the New Yorker reported a Chinese business executive said he met with Joe Biden during the 2013 trip to Bejing on Air Force Two in which Hunter Biden accompanied his father and struck a $1.5 billion deal with a state-owned Chinese firm.