The Senate Homeland Security Committee said Thursday that it will investigate new claims by one of Hunter Biden’s former business partners that he heard him and Joe discussing doing deals in China in 2017.
Tony Bobulinski issued a statement on Wednesday saying that he personally witnessed Biden discuss business deals with his son, Hunter, contradicting claims by the former vice president.
‘I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business,’ said Bobulinski, an investor who was part of a joint venture with the younger Biden in 2017.
‘I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.’
Bobulinski, 48, claimed that the Chinese were pursuing the deal as a ‘political or influence investment’ and that Hunter Biden was ‘using the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese.’
He said in his statement that he ‘took steps to prevent that from happening.’ In 2017 Biden was out of office and had not declared any intention to run as a candidate in 2020.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee said it was getting in touch with Bobulinski to speak to him.
‘The committee is working to validate information being revealed by multiple sources,’ the Republican majority said in a statement.
‘As part of those efforts, we have reached out to several individuals named in recently revealed emails, including Tony Bobulinski. We look forward to their cooperation in helping us uncover the truth.’
Tony Bobulinski, who describes himself as Hunter Biden’s former business partner said in a statement on Wednesday that Joe Biden and his son discussed business dealings with a Chinese energy firm and that the former vice president was in line to receive a cut from a joint venture in 2017. He served four years in the Navy and is now an investment adviser
Bobulinski said Joe Biden was ‘the big guy’ referenced in an email that he received along with other investors in a joint venture involving Hunter Biden and others in 2017
The May 13, 2017, email sent to Hunter Biden by James Gilliar, who worked at a consulting firm J2cR, has been authenticated by others included on the chain, according to Fox News. Fox News and the Post, both of which are owned by Trump ally Rupert Murdoch, also claimed that sources have confirmed Joe Biden was ‘the big guy’ listed among the six people who would receive the payments
Bobulinski named the company as Sinohawk Holdings. That company was set up secretively in Delaware in 2017, never filed any annual reports, and was cancelled by the Delaware regulator in June 2020 for failing to pay its tax assessment to the state. Nobody is named on the company’s documents.
Bobulinski also said in his statement that he was one of the recipients of the email from one of Hunter Biden’s business partners which involved a deal with a Chinese energy firm in May 2017 which promised a 10 per cent cut for a person known as ‘the big guy.’
Bobulinski claimed in his statement that ‘the big guy’ is Joe Biden.
Bobulinski’s statement in full
My name is Tony Bobulinski.
The facts set forth below are true and accurate; they are not any form of domestic or foreign disinformation. Any suggestion to the contrary is false and offensive.
I am the recipient of the email published seven days ago by the New York Post which showed a copy to Hunter Biden and Rob Walker. That email is genuine.
This afternoon I received a request from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Senate Committee on Finance requesting all documents relating to my business affairs with the Biden family as well as various foreign entities and individuals. I have extensive relevant records and communications and I intend to produce those items to both Committees in the immediate future.
I am the grandson of a 37 year Army Intelligence officer, the son of a 20+ year career Naval Officer and the brother of a 28 year career Naval Flight Officer. I myself served our country for 4 years and left the Navy as LT Bobulinski. I held a high level security clearance and was an instructor and then CTO for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. I take great pride in the time my family and I served this country. I am also not a political person. What few campaign contributions I have made in my life were to Democrats.
If the media and big tech companies had done their jobs over the past several weeks I would be irrelevant in this story. Given my long standing service and devotion to this great country, I could no longer allow my family’s name to be associated or tied to Russian disinformation or implied lies and false narratives dominating the media right now.
After leaving the military I became an institutional investor investing extensively around the world and on every continent. I have traveled to over 50 countries. I believe, hands down, we live in the greatest country in the world.
What I am outlining is fact. I know it is fact because I lived it. I am the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings which was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family. I was brought into the company to be the CEO by James Gilliar and Hunter Biden. The reference to ‘the Big Guy’ in the much publicized May 13, 2017 email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden. The other ‘JB’ referenced in that email is Jim Biden, Joe’s brother.
Hunter Biden called his dad ‘the Big Guy’ or ‘my Chairman,’ and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing. I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.
I realized the Chinese were not really focused on a healthy financial ROI. They were looking at this as a political or influence investment. Once I realized that Hunter wanted to use the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese, I took steps to prevent that from happening.
The Johnson Report connected some dots in a way that shocked me — it made me realize the Bidens had gone behind my back and gotten paid millions of dollars by the Chinese, even though they told me they hadn’t and wouldn’t do that to their partners.
I would ask the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts so I can go back to being irrelevant — and so I am not put in a position to have to answer those questions for them.
I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned with what I saw. The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China.
God Bless America!!!!
The May 13, 2017, email sent to Hunter Biden by James Gilliar, who worked at a consulting firm J2cR, has been authenticated by others included on the chain, according to Fox News.
Fox News and the New York Post, both of which are owned by Trump ally Rupert Murdoch, also claimed that sources have confirmed Joe Biden was ‘the big guy’ listed among the six people who would receive the payments.
The payees were only identified with initials and nicknames with a note stating that ‘the big guy’ would get his payment through ‘H’.
‘H’ is his son Hunter, sources told Fox, who would receive 20 percent.
Titled ‘Expectations’, it details ‘remuneration packages’ for six people in a business venture.
Hunter was identified as the ‘chair/vice chair depending on agreement with CEFC’, an apparent reference to the now bankrupt Shanghai conglomerate China Energy Co.
His pay was ‘850’ and the correspondence also noted how he ‘has some office expectations he will elaborate’.
The email also outlines a ‘provisional agreement’ where 80 per cent of the ‘equity’ would be shared equally among four people whose initials appear to relate to Hunter and three other recipients.
The sender of the email, Gilliar, said: ‘I am happy to raise any detail with Zang if there is shortfalls?’
The email divides the equity into ’20 H’ – meaning 20 per cent equity to Hunter; 20 per cent to RW, meaning Rob Walker, also of the jc2r consultancy; 20 per cent to another man called Tony Bubulinski.
The remaining 20 per cent was split with 10 per cent going to ‘Jim’ who is otherwise unnamed, and then ’10 held by H for the big guy?’
The big guy was previously unnamed until Fox claimed Friday that it was in reference to Joe Biden.
Zang appears to be a reference to Zang Jian Jun who was the former executive director of CEFC.
According to the alleged emails published by the Post about his Chinese dealings, Hunter also struck a deal for $30 million plus bonuses ‘based on introductions alone’ over three years after his father left office, then was offered a ‘much more lasting and lucrative arrangement.’
The emails were sent when Biden was no longer Vice President and Trump was in office.
Biden has previously scoffed at Trump’s anti-Beijing rhetoric and reassured voters that China doesn’t pose a significant threat.
Last May he told voters: ‘China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man … They’re not bad folks, folks … They’re not competition for us.’
And the year before he said the US was ‘better positioned than any nation in the world to own the 21st century,’ saying that China is ‘a divided country in 1,000 ways … Don’t tell me China’s going to own America. It’s not possible.’
The Post’s publication of the emails was met with skepticism and prompted Twitter to block users from sharing the link to the original story.
Democrats have claimed that the emails were the product of Russian disinformation, but intelligence officials in the Trump administration deny this.
The Post released emails and photos purporting to be from Hunter Biden’s laptop that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he got from a computer repair shop owner who gave it to his own lawyer.
Bobulinski, a former Navy veteran, said he was brought in to be a CEO in a joint venture involving the Biden family and Ye Jianming, the chairman and founder of CEFC China Energy.
According to Bobulinski, the joint venture was to include Joe Biden – ‘the Big Guy’ – and his brother, Jim Biden.
‘Hunter Biden called his dad ‘the Big Guy’ or ‘my Chairman,’ and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing,’ Bobulinski said in his statement.
Bobulinski accused the Bidens of going ‘behind my back’ and receiving millions of dollars from the Chinese ‘even though they told me they hadn’t and wouldn’t do that to their partners.’
‘I would ask the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts so I can go back to being irrelevant – and so I am not put in a position to have to answer those questions for them,’ he said.
‘I don’t have a political ax to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned with what I saw.
‘The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China.’
Earlier on Wednesday, Joe Biden ripped Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a Republican who has used his committee perch to probe Hunter Biden.
Trump siad Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson should be ‘ashamed of himself’
The New York Post published a photograph, said to be found on an abandoned laptop, showing Hunter with a crack pipe in his mouth, left. A series of compromising pictures of Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter, 50, (above) have been released just weeks ahead of the US election on November 3
Hunter Biden and his father Joe Biden in 2016. Fox now claims that Hunter was signed up to hold onto a payment for his father in a deal with a Chinese energy firm
WHO’S WHO IN THE HUNTER CHINESE EMAILS
Vice president’s son was well-known to be seeking business deals in China. He traveled there in 2013 on Air Force Two and introduced his father to a business partner, Jonathan Li. In 2017, after his father left office, he pursued a relationship with Ye Jianming
Chairman and founder of CEFC China Energy, 43. A wunderkind of the Chinese energy world. Gave Hunter a diamond in 2017 as they pursued a business relationship. But in November 2017 company was accused of bribery in Africa by the DOJ, and in March 2018 he was arrested in China, reportedly on the orders of Xi Jinping. Has not been seen or heard from since but a prosecution in 2018 saw a senior Communist leader accused of taking bribes from him
Zang Jian Jun
Senior executive at CEFC and also a senior figure in the China Chamber of International Commerce
Penn State wrestler and Navy veteran turned-California businessman, 48, who appears to have done other business in China. Unclear how he and Gilliar know each other. Other business ventures include an investment in a Chinese men’s clothing company called VLOV
British-born 56-year-old businessman based in the Czech Republic. Set up jc2r, the company which is in the emails, in 2015. It is no longer active. Gilliar appears to breed race horses with his wife, Erika and appears to also be an adviser to a holding company run by the leader of Abu Dhabi’s son
The Big Guy and Jim
Unidentified – and certain to set off a string of conspiracy theories.
Joe Biden also blasted Rudy Giuliani for peddling ‘garbage’ in his most extensive comments since the release of information said to be from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Biden, doing a local TV interview from his Delaware home, exploded when WISN, a Wisconsin ABC affiliate, brought up the subject of Hunter Biden’s laptop.
He called it a ‘desperate campaign’ to smear him.
The angry pushback came a day before Biden is to face President Donald Trump on a debate stage in Nashville – with Trump gearing up to accuse his rival of ‘corruption’ on stage just like he did four years ago.
The Milwaukee station’s anchor asked Biden about Johnson’s efforts as chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which last month issued a lengthy report on Hunter Biden ‘corruption.’
‘Wisconsin’s Republican Senator Ron Johnson put out a statement — on Homeland Security letterhead — saying Hunter Biden, together with other Biden family members, profited off the Biden name,’ Adrienne Pedersen said.
She asked Biden if there was any ‘legitimacy’ to what Johnson was claiming.
‘None whatsoever!’ Biden fumed.
‘This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman, it’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family.’
Then he noted that GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah had criticized the committee’s actions to dig into the Bidens.
‘Even the man who served with him on that committee, the former nominee for the Republican Party, said there’s no basis to this,’ Biden said.
‘And the vast majority of the intelligence people have come out and said there’s no basis at all. Ron should be ashamed of himself!’ he said.
Biden did not however offer any denial of their contents being genuine.
The Chinese emails focus on Hunter’s dealings with Ye Jianming, the former chairman of CEFC in 2017, after his father had left office and when it was thought he would not run in 2020.
Ye has not been seen since he was taken into custody by Chinese authorities in 2018 amid rumored links to the Chinese military and intelligence services.
It was previously known that he gave Hunter a diamond.
CEFC went bankrupt earlier this year after it was unable to repay its huge debts after warnings over its lack of transparency and dealings with sanctioned Russian firms.
In another 2017 email, Hunted reportedly discussed a deal with Ye. According to the leaked emails, Biden wrote that Ye had been influential in improving a three-year consulting contract with CEFC that would pay him $10million annually just for introductions.
He was given half ownership of a holding company to sweeten the deal, with Ye owning the other half.
According to the leaked emails, Biden wrote: ‘Consulting fees is one piece of our income stream but the reason this proposal by the chairman was so much more interesting to me and my family is that we would also be partners inn the equity and profits of the JV’s [joint venture’s] investments.’
His email was sent to Gongwen Dong who has been linked to the purchase of two luxury Manhattan apartments for a total of $83million, which were bought by companies linked to Ye, according to the Wall Street Journal.
New leaked emails said to be from Hunter Biden show his apparent involvement with major Chinese firms as he discussed lucrative deals that would be ‘interesting for me and my family’
Hunter is said to have struck deals with Ye Jianming, the former chairman of CEFC, who has not been seen since his arrest in 2018
How it would work? An image from Hunter’s laptop appears to show the way in which his deal with Jianming would be structured
A photo from August 2017 appears to show a flowchart of the ownership of Hudson West which is split equally between Hunter Biden and ‘Chairman’.
A report on Biden’s business dealings released last month found Hudson West III opened a line of credit in September 2017.
Credit cards issued against the account were used by Hunter, his uncle James and James’s wife Sara.
They purchased more than $100,000 worth of items including airline tickets, Apple products, hotel and restaurant bookings, according to the report released by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Hudson West has since been dissolved and Hunter’s law firm Owaco PC was one of its two owners the report said.
Also seen in the emails was an agreement from one of Ye’s associates to pay Biden a retainer of $1million for counsel on US law.
The offer was made by former Hong Kong government official Chi Ping Patrick Ho, who has been convicted in Manhattan for two schemes to pay $3million in bribes to African government officials for oil rights.
He served a prison sentence of three years and was deported to Hong Kong in June.
The new revelations come after emails come from Hunter’s laptop appeared to show him making an introduction between his powerful father and a Ukrainian energy firm on Wednesday.
Gas company Burisma’ adviser Vadym Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for ‘an opportunity to meet your father’ in an email sent in 2015, according to the stash of data given to the New York Post by Rudy Giuliani.
Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been probing Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine
The Democratic candidate’s son’s photos were part of the laptop which was obtained by Rudy Giuliani’s attorney and has now been released by the president’s lawyer
Biden dismissed the findings, and his spokesman Andrew Bates said the paper ‘never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story…moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place.’
The emails are among a trove being referenced by Giuliani and his team after the owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware recovered data from a MacBook pro laptop that was dropped off and never retrieved.
The computer was seized by the FBI and its contents shared with the Post by Giuliani.
Giuliani’s lawyer Bob Costello said there are some 40,000 emails on the hard drive including thousands of texts. It also includes images of Hunter ‘in very compromising positions,’ Costello told Fox News.
There has been no comment on the new emails from Biden’s campaign, his lawyer, nor the Chinese businessman.
But Biden’s lawyer has previously dismissed the stories, accusing Giuliani of dishonesty.
On Thursday, the Washington Post claimed that the White House was warned last year that Giuliani could be used to spread Russian misinformation.
The former NYC mayor hit back on Friday claiming that he was never warned himself that he could have been used by a Russian intelligence agent to spread false information to the US.
HOW HUNTER’S EMAILS EXPLODED AS TWO WORLDS COLLIDED
January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become vice president, and sets up investment and advisory firm firm Rosemont Seneca with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry’s stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry aide
July 2010: Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns its biggest natural gas company Burisma joins the government of its president Viktor Yanukovych
February 2014: Yanukovych is deposed in a revolution which claims scores of lives and Burisma Zlochevsky is thrown out of government too
April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money-laundering by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later Archer joins the board of Burisma
April 28: Britain’s Serious Fraud Office freeze $23 million of Burisma’s cash, every dollar which exists in the UK’s banking system
May 12: Hunter joins the board of Burisma to improve ‘corporate governance.’ Hunter’s salary is later revealed to be $50,000-a-month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi who had met Hunter in Lake Como, Italy, days earlier, emails him asking to ‘use his influence’ to stop prosecutions. During the summer, the new prosecutor-general of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma
February 2015: Senior diplomat George Kent, on temporary assignment to Kyiv, learns of Hunter’s role. He phones a staffer at Biden’s office to it could ‘create perception of a conflict of interest.’ That month Viktor Shokin takes office as Ukraine’s prosecutor general, despite already being the subject of questions about his own links to corruption
April 17: Email from Hunter’s laptop shows Pozharskyi writing Hunter: ‘thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some together.’
Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormant
January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Biden tells Poroshenko he needs to go. He later boasts: ‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’ Shokin in fact is finally removed from office in March after internal turmoil in Kyiv
2018: Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani starts ‘investigating’ the Bidens’ links to Ukraine, enlisting the help of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now indicted on fraud charges. Ukraine’s latest prosecutor general announces he will investigate Burisma early the next year
April 12, 2019: Hunter – or a man saying he is Hunter – takes three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac’s Apple repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware. MacIsaac puts data from one on a new hard drive
April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential run
July 11: The laptops have not been picked up and are now considered ‘abandoned’ according to MacIsaac’s terms and conditions
Summer: MacIsaac claims he becomes worried about what he has seen on the laptop whose contents he put on a disk, and thinks he might be killed by a Biden associate for having it in his shop
Fall: MacIsaac either contacts the FBI or is contacted by them; he has said both
December 9 or 19: The FBI pick up the laptop, but MacIsaac has made a copy for himself. Giuliani later says the shopowner has made four. They give him a grand jury subpoena to hand it over, even though he was going to anyway
Early January 2020: The FBI tell MacIsaac not to talk to anyone and to stall if a Biden representative comes to get the laptop back
February: Trump is acquitted at end of his impeachment trial
May: On Giuliani’s account, MacIsaac hands over the hard drive to Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, by this month at the latest as well as trying to give it to other Republicans
September: Steve Bannon, Trump’s ex-aide and now indicted on fraud charges, tells New York Post about existence of laptop
September 28: Bannon boasts to a Dutch TV interviewer ‘I have Hunter’s hard drive’
October 11: Giuliani gives Post the hard drive
October 14: Post publishes emails and partially-clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one of them with an apparent crack pipe – and says it has an 11-minute sex-and-drugs video. Giuliani promises there is ‘more to come,’ Republican senators promise to investigate but Democrats say the former New York mayor has ‘paraded with Russian agents’