Emails reviewed by The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project bring new scrutiny to President Joe Biden’s claims of complete separation between himself and his son’s business dealings. (The Daily Signal is The Heritage Foundation’s news outlet.)
According to the email reviewed by the Oversight Project, in 2015, then-White House official Alexander Mackler forwarded the personal cell numbers of 17 Obama administration Cabinet secretaries and senior officials to Hunter Biden’s personal email address. Meckler included contact information for high-profile individuals such as then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
During this period, Hunter Biden was engaged in foreign business deals with companies like Burisma, which focused on natural gas exploration in Ukraine. The Oversight Project has outstanding Freedom of Information Act requests covering the same matters with multiple federal agencies.
The nonprofit Marco Polo released this document in 2022, but it has taken on new importance since them. Previously, House Democrats have maintained that Hunter Biden’s laptop was not an authentic source of information. Hunter’s legal team sued Garrett Ziegler of Marco Polo for disclosing the contents.
Recently, House Democrats have changed tactics by abandoning denial of the laptop’s existence or authenticity in favor of using select laptop documents in their shifting defense of Joe Biden. Last week, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, posted an email from the laptop on X (previously known as Twitter) in a bid to refute claims from House Republicans.
By doing so, Raskin tacitly acknowledged the laptop’s authenticity. The FBI determined that the laptop had been Hunter Biden’s abandoned property, IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley testified. By acknowledging the laptop, Raskin brings some House Democrats to a position closer to multiple mainstream media outlets, which have independently verified the laptop’s contents. House Democrats have also reanimated evidence that directly undercuts the claims of Joe Biden’s defenders, who insist that the then-vice president had been insulated from any of his son’s business dealings.
Hunter Biden’s personal lawyer had previously emphasized that “unlike members of the Trump family, Hunter is a private person who has never worked in any family business nor ever served in the White House or in any public office.”
Nevertheless, this disclosure furthers the claims that Hunter Biden, who received payments from foreign businesses such as the Chinese Communist Party-connected conglomerate CEFC China Energy, operated with the benefit of political access at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
With momentum for the House’s impeachment inquiry building, it is likely that additional laptop documents will resurface and take on renewed importance.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify the Marco Polo organization.
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