According to a recently disclosed WhatsApp message, Hunter Biden reportedly requested $10 million from a Chinese business associate to advance the interests of a joint venture involving a Chinese energy company.
In the message, dated August 3, 2017, Hunter Biden claims that the Bidens excel at fulfilling the exact desires of the chairman of the Chinese Communist Party-affiliated firm. The House Oversight Committee made the message public, and it involves an exchange between Hunter Biden and Gongwen Dong, an associate of CEFC.
“Very simple,” Hunter writes. “10 M per annum budget to use to further the interest of the JV. This move to 5M is completely new to me and is not acceptable obviously.”
Hunter Biden outlines the process for determining expenditures and expenses, which will involve consultations with his companies Owasco and Hudson West.
“If the Chairman doesn’t value this relationship is being worth at least 5M, then I’m just baffled,” Hunter writes. “I am tired of this…I can make $5M salary at any law firm in America. If you think this is about money, it’s not.”
🚨BIDEN FAMILY COVER-UP🚨— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) June 27, 2023
In a WhatsApp exchange dated 8/3/2017, Hunter Biden tells CEFC associate Gongwen Dong, aka Kevin:
"The Biden's are the best I know at doing exactly what the Chairman wants from this [partnership]."
CEFC is a CCP-linked Chinese Energy Company. pic.twitter.com/ZzRvpMeuNn
He further states, “The Bidens are exceptionally skilled at fulfilling the Chairman’s desires for this partnership. Let’s not get caught up in insignificant matters.”
According to a September 2020 report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Senate Finance Committee, which investigated Hunter Biden’s foreign business engagements, individuals such as Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals with whom Hunter Biden had business ties, were found to have connections to the Chinese Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army.
The Senate report revealed that on August 8, 2017, shortly after the exchange of the aforementioned WhatsApp message, CEFC transferred nearly $5 million to the bank account of Hudson West III, a company established by Hunter Biden in collaboration with Chinese associates.
“These funds may have originated from a loan issued from the account of a company called Northern International Capital Holdings, a Hong Kong-based investment company identified at one time as a ‘substantial shareholder’ in CEFC International Limited along with Ye,” the report stated. “It is unclear whether Hunter Biden was a half-owner of Hudson West III at the time.”
The report also disclosed that “the same day the $5 million was received, and continuing through Sept. 25, 2018, Hudson West III sent request payments to Owasco, Hunter Biden’s firm.” These payments were described as consulting fees and amounted to “$4,790,375.25 in just over a year.”
However, this recent WhatsApp message is not the first piece of correspondence that reveals discussions by Hunter Biden regarding the $10 million wire for his joint-venture, SinoHawk Holdings, and whether his father, President Joe Biden, was involved.
In December 2020, Fox News Digital initially reported on text messages exchanged between Hunter Biden’s business associates Tony Bobulinski and James Gilliar, discussing the joint-venture with CEFC.
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In a May 11, 2017 text message to Bobulinski, Gilliar wrote: “Man U are right let’s get the company set up, then tell H and family the high stakes and get Joe involved.”
The White House maintains that President Biden was “never in business” with his son.
Regarding the $10 million, Fox News Digital, in December 2020, also obtained an email sent by Hunter Biden on June 18, 2017 to Zhao Runlong at CEFC, requesting that they please “translate my letter to Chairman Ye.”
In the attached letter, dated June 17, 2017, Hunter Biden wrote, “I hope my letter finds you well. I regret missing you on your last visit to the United States. Please accept the best wishes from the entire Biden family as well as my partners.”
He continued, “We are all hoping to see you here again soon, or in Shanghai.”
Biden proceeded to update Ye, stating that they had “concluded the establishment of SinoHawk Holdings,” the joint venture with CEFC, and expressed his anticipation to introduce him to his business associate Tony Bobulinski, who would “act as the CEO.”
Biden further mentioned that Bobulinski had “sent a request to Dong Gongwen [Gongwen Dong] and Director Zang for the funding of the $10 MM USD wire.”
“I would appreciate if you will send that quickly so we can properly fund and operate Sinohawk,” Biden wrote.
He continued, “I am sure you have been well briefed by our dear friend Director Zang on the political and economic connections we have established in countries where you are interested in expanding during the coming months and years. I look forward to our next meeting.”
Fox News Digital also obtained a response from Ye as part of an email, dated Sept. 6, 2017, from Biden’s business associate James Gilliar to Bobulinski. The email forwarded Ye’s letter in response to Biden, which was dated July 10, 2017.
In his letter, Ye stated that he had arranged for Zang and Dong to “expedite the charter capital input to SinoHawk.”
“I am glad to hear from you! Time flies and it has been months since we met in the US. It seems that we were always on a rush when we were together,” Ye wrote to Biden, expressing that “the consensus we made last time has been materialized in a timely manner.”
“I will continue to pay attention and give my support,” Ye stated. “I have arranged Director Zang and Gongwen Dong to expedite the charter capital input to SinoHawk.”
“I look forward to meeting you in the near future and discussing our joint undertaking. If there is anything I could do, please do not hesitate to write to me,” Ye concluded. “Please accept my best regards to you and your family.”