A damning new report claims that Hunter Biden helped expand Chinese influence in America in a $10 million a year agreement and an $80,000 diamond.
In her new book, Laptop from Hell, New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, describes Hunter Biden’s business dealings with a Chinese-linked energy consortium, called CEFC.
Based on hundreds of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop which he left in a Delaware repair shop in April 2019, and transcripts of messages from WhatsApp, she claims that the Biden family offered their services to CEFC to help expand its business around the world.
In exchange, Devine writes, Hunter Biden received $10 million a year for three years, and a diamond worth at least $80,000.
Devine writes in her new book, out Tuesday, that Ye Jianming, the chairman of CEFC China Energy, was tasked with expanding the Chinese energy consortium’s influence around the world, and James Gillar, a former SAS officer, recommended he link up with the Biden family.
Gillar reportedly connected Ye with Hunter Biden through Rob Walker, a former Clinton administration official, whose wife, Betsy Massey Walker, had been Jill Biden’s assistant when she was second lady.
In December 2015, Devine claims, Ye and CEFC Executive Director Jianjun Zang flew to Washington D.C. At around the same time, a meeting was scheduled in Hunter Biden’s diary for December 7, 2015.
One of his former associates, who spoke to Devine on the condition of anonymity, said they believe Hunter brought Ye to meet his father at one of their holiday parties, although there is no indication of any such meeting on Hunter’s laptop.
By February 2015, Gillar reportedly emailed Hunter directly saying: ‘It has been made clear to me that CEFC wish to engage in further business relations with our group.’
He reportedly knew that CEFC was the capitalist arm of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative to spread Chinese influence throughout the world, while Ye was pictured with world leaders.
Shortly thereafter, Devine writes, Gillar told Tony Bobulinski, a naval officer turned wealthy institutional investor, he needed help restructuring a Chinese joint venture for ‘one of the most prominent families in the United States.’
He reportedly wrote in a WhatsApp message the plan was to ‘build an investment firm like Goldman Sachs.’
Gillar later reportedly reveals it’s for the Biden family, saying Joe, who announced he would not run for president in 2016, would be actively involved once he leaves office. He added that the Bidens expect billions of dollars of projects to flow through the company.
And by March 2016, Gillar reportedly revealed to Bobulinksi that the Chinese partner is CEFC, which, he says, has ‘more money than God.’
Nearly a year later, Devine claims, Gillar sent Bobulinski a WhatsApp message saying he wants to introduce him to his ‘partner.’
Bobulinski then asks who his partner is, to which Gillar replies, ‘Hunter Biden.’
‘Money there, intent there … skill sets missing,’ he reportedly writes of Hunter. ‘We need to create the best deal platform in history and they haven’t got a clue.’
Bobulinksi then reportedly expresses doubts about Hunter Biden, saying he doesn’t like the fact that he ‘was kicked out of US Navy for cocaine use.’
‘But he’s super smart,’ Gillar replies. ‘Just a lot of under-achievers around them using their name. [He] Has a few demons but u are used to those, right?’
At that point, Bobulinski asks Gillar: ‘Is he the decision maker or the Chinese?’
Gillar replies: ‘New platform. Best discuss face-to-face, but I’m the driver.’
Later, Bobulinksi asks who is putting in the $10 million for the business deal, to which Gillar says it is a ‘joint vehicle,’ with both parties putting in half the money.
Flash forward to February 2017, after Biden left the vice presidency, when, Devine writes, Hunter flew to Miami with Gillar and Rob Walker to meet with Ye, who was there for the Miami International Boat Show.
They reportedly booked a $700-a-night beachfront room at the Nobu Hotel on Monday, February 13, 2017 and scheduled lunch with the Chinese for Thursday in a private room at the Bourbon Steak restaurant in the upscale JW Marriot Turnberry Resort and Spa, where Ye was staying.
But Hunter reportedly flew home the day before the scheduled lunch, having already met with Ye over a private dinner that Tuesday, when the CEFC chairman offered Biden $10 million a year for a minimum of three years and a 3.16 carat diamond worth $80,000.
According to Devine, photographs of the diamond appeared on Hunter Biden’s laptop, along with a report that lists it as a ’round brilliant’ of Grade F with prime VS2 clarity and an ‘excellent’ cut.
The gift reportedly came as Hunter was divorcing Kathleen and his office manager, Joan Peugh, sent him a tax collection notice from DC for $47,226.78.
Hunter would later tell the New Yorker’s Adam Entous that he flew to Miami to meet Ye hoping to secure a donation to World Food Program USA, claiming it was just chance that the altruistic venture ‘turned to business opportunities.’
He claimed to be surprised when Ye gave him the diamond.
But nine days later, $3 million is wired into an account for Rob Walker’s company, Robinson Walker LLC, from State Energy HK Limited, a Shanghai-based company linked to CEFC.
Another $3 million was wired into his company on March 1, Devine reports, and both transactions are flagged by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement network in a ‘suspicious activity report.’
Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson then looked into the money, and concluded on November 18, 2020 that State Energy HK Limited previously ‘transferred funds to at least one company associated with Hunter Biden’s business associate, Gongwen Dong.
‘These transactions are a direct link between Walker and the communist Chinese government and, because of his close association with Hunter Biden, yet another tie between Hunter Biden’s financial arrangements and the communist Chinese government,’ they write.
The report concludes it is ‘unclear what the true purpose is behind these transactions and who the ultimate beneficiary is.’
But, according to Devine, Hunter’s laptop shows he received regular payments from Robinson Walker in the aftermath, with one document listing $56,603.74 from Robinson Walker as income for Rosemont Seneca Advisors between June and December 2017.
Devine also claims that Walker paid at least $511,000 to Hunter’s firm Owasco in 2017, citing an email from Hunter’s tax accountant Bill Morgan.
Eventually, though, Devine writes, Bobulinski becomes worried about Hunter’s scandals, after he started dating his brother’s widow, Hallie, and fearing he might pull out of the deal, Gillar arranges for Bobulinksi to meet with Hunter at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
They met by the pool in April 2017 for two hours while Hunter chain smokes, Devine reports, and Bobulinski reportedly found Hunter respectful and polite as he boasted that he has his father’s ear and can bypass his advisers.
Hunter then reportedly gave Bobulinksi advice on how the joint venture should be structured, and expressed caution about US laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits businesses from paying bribes to foreign officials.
He reportedly tells Bobulinski: ‘We should have a company called CEFC America, and ownership should be 50 [percent] me, and 50 [percent] them. We then cut up our 50 in a separate entity between the four of us.’
Meanwhile, CEFC China began falling apart.
On November 18, 2017, FBI agents arrested Patrick Ho Chi-ping, the man Ye had employed to lead his NGO. Chi-ping was accused of offering $3 million in bribes to the president of Chad, and Sam Kutesa, the Ugandan minister of foreign affairs and then-president of the UN General Assembly, CNN reports.
In the aftermath, a Chinese state owned investment company took over all of CEFC China Energy’s Czech Republic assets.