Requested $10M ‘quickly’ from Communist Party-linked oil mogul Ye Jianming, email shows
Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, sent a Chinese Communist Party-linked energy tycoon a request for $10 million to be wired “quickly” on behalf of the “entire Biden family,” an email released by his business partner shows.
The June 18, 2017 email was among the trove of bombshell documents released on Wednesday by former Biden family confidante-turned-whistleblower Tony Bobulinski.
Bobulinski was copied-in on the “Biden family” email, the New York Post reported.
Biden sent the email to introduce Ye Jianming to Bobulinski, who had been tapped to be the public face of their nebulous new venture SinoHawk Holdings.
The email requests an injection of cash from Ye, then the chairman of Communist Party-linked CEFC China Energy.
“Dear Chairman Ye: I hope my letter finds you well,” Hunter Biden wrote in an attachment to the email, which he asked Ye’s assistant Zhao Runlong to translate to Chinese for the energy boss.
“I regret missing you on your last visit to the United States,” the younger Biden continues.
“Please accept the best wishes from the entire Biden family as well as my partners,” Hunter adds.
“We are all hoping to see you here again soon, or in Shanghai.”
Biden went on to update Ye, saying that they have “concluded the establishment of SinoHawk Holdings,” the Biden joint venture with CEFC, and said he looked “forward” to introducing him to his business associate Tony Bobulinski, who he wrote would “act as the CEO.”
“He is a very close friend of James Gilliar and the Biden family and joined our team to focus on the execution of things as a partner,” Biden wrote about Bobulinski.
“He has invested capital all over the world for some of the world’s wealthiest families.”
Biden went on to note 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.
“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,” he continued.
“I look forward to our next meeting.”
Fox News also obtained the response from Ye as part of an email, dated Sept. 6, 2017, from Biden business associate James Gilliar to Bobulinski.
That email forwarded Ye’s letter responding to Biden.
The letter is dated July 10, 2017.
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!” Ye wrote to Biden.
“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.”
“The consensus we made last time has been materialized in a timely manner,” Ye added.
Ye also recommended Biden “arrange your people to coordinate with Director Zang and Gongwen Dong for specific work.”
“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,” Ye wrote.
“If there is anything I could do please do not hesitate to write to me.
“Please accept my best regards to you and your family.”
According to a September report released by the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Senate Finance Committee on their investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals that Hunter Biden had business associations with were linked to the Chinese Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army.
“Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in questionable transactions/cash flow,” the report stated.
The Biden campaign released the former vice president’s tax documents and returns, which do not reflect any “official” involvement with Chinese investments.
Meanwhile, Fox News obtained and reviewed more than a dozen text messages between Bobulinski, a retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and a number of Biden business associates, as well as Chinese representatives of CEFC regarding the $10 million transfer.
According to the messages, which range from June 25, 2017, through mid-July 2017, the $10 million transfer was delayed for weeks.
Several text messages suggest the delay was due to visa issues, including one email sent by Joe Biden’s brother, Jim (James) Biden, who was involved in the joint-venture.
“Just got off the phone with Zaho[sp], Still dealing with Visa issues, they still haven’t filled out proper paperwork submissions, re entry,” Jim Biden appeared to write in an email to Bobulinski on July 10, 2017.
“Still want my personal advise.”
In another message, dated July 10, 2017, between Bobulinski and “Zhao- Shanghai CEFC,” Zhao stated: “I do not want to throw a damp over such a capable executive like you.”
“This is the dark side of the Chinese business,” Zhao wrote.
“But I think you deserve to know it… if I am telling you what you already know just ignore it.”
A source familiar with the documents told Fox News that the Zhao whom Bobulinski had been texting was the same Zhao who spoke with Jim Biden, and whom Hunter Biden sent the initial letter, requesting he translate for Ye.
Zhao Runlong has been listed in a LinkedIn profile as the “Chief Interpreter, Corporate Event Coordinator, Business Liaison of Beijing Branch· CEFC China Energy Company Limited.”
Meanwhile, on July 18, 2017, Bobulinski asked Zhao in a message whether the transfer would be “$10 MM or 2x $5MM,” claiming they “asked that $10 MM be sent in 2 $5 MM tranches but @ the same time, $5 MM to savings and $5 MM to checking.
“That is what we prefer.”
The transfer was never completed.
According to the Senate report, though, on Aug. 8, 2017, CEFC wired nearly $5 million to the bank account for Hudson West III, a firm that Hunter Biden opened 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 stated, “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.”
The report stated the payments were described as consulting fees and reached “$4,790,375.25 in just over a year.”
Meanwhile, another email emerged showing Hunter requesting keys for his new “office mates” – his father, Joe Biden, Jill Biden, and Jim Biden – to the general manager, Cecilia Browning, at the House of Sweden – a building in Washington, D.C., which contains multiple office suites, as well as a number of embassies.
In the email, Hunter Biden also requested keys for Gongwen Dong, whom he describes as an “emissary” for Chairman Ye Jianming – the chairman of CEFC Chinese Energy Co.
“I would like the office sign to reflect the following,” he continued, requesting “The Biden Foundation” and “Hudson West (CEFC US).”
“The lease will remain under my company’s name Rosemont Seneca,” he went on, providing details about Dong and Ye, whom he referred to as “my partner,” as well as their contact information.
House of Sweden confirmed to Fox News that Hunter Biden’s company, Rosemont Seneca, did, in fact, rent office space during that time period.
However, they declined to share further information.
A source familiar with the Biden Foundation told Fox News that they used office space, at the time, in a WeWork space near the White House, and in an office within law firm Perkins Coie, saying there was no relation to the office space at Rosemont Seneca within the House of Sweden.
Joe Biden has repeatedly denied being involved with his son’s business dealings.
The review of the documents comes after Hunter Biden last week confirmed he was under federal investigation for his “tax affairs.”
Hunter is reportedly a subject/target of the grand jury investigation.
A “target” means that there is a “high probability that person committed a crime,” while a “subject” is someone you “don’t know for sure” has committed a crime.
It is not yet known if Joe Biden is the subject of any grand jury investigation at this time.
The investigation was predicated, in part, by Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regarding suspicious foreign transactions from “China and other foreign nations.”
The investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter, began in 2018.
Investigators are looking at the infamous laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden.
In October, the FBI subpoenaed a laptop and hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden in connection with a money-laundering investigation in late-2019.
The revelation follows confirmation that the Justice Department is probing Hunter Biden’s taxes and foreign affairs, including Chinese dealings.
Calls are also mounting for a special counsel to investigate the Bidens, most recently from Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican.