조 바이든 and his presidential campaign are staying mum after Hunter Biden’s former business associate went public to say he met twice in the past with the former vice president — despite past statements from Biden on the campaign trail that he had no involvement with or discussions about his family’s overseas business ventures.
That associate, 토니 보불 린스키, gave an interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday and detailed his alleged meetings with the former vice president—one of which took place on May 2, 2017, according to text messages first reported by Fox News last week.
Those messages indicated that the meeting did, 사실로, take place. Bobulinski claimed Tuesday that it was Hunter Biden and Jim Biden, the brother of the former vice president, who had pushed the meeting.
“They were sort of wining and dining me and presenting the strength of the Biden family to get me engaged,”그는 말했다.
The Biden campaign declined to comment on the meeting Biden allegedly had with Bobulinski. Biden himself has not yet directly addressed Bobulinski’s claims on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
에 2019, Biden told reporters: “I have never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses. Period.”
But Bobulinski — in his interview Tuesday — described at length how Joe Biden arrived for a Milken conference, partly held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and how he was introduced by Jim and Hunter Biden to the former vice president.
Speaking with Carlson, Bobulinski also claimed Biden’s denials of knowledge in his son’s foreign dealings during the presidential debate was “a blatant lie.”
“I didn’t request to meet with Joe” 바이든, 그는 말했다. “They requested that I meet with Joe [바이든]. They were putting their entire family legacy on the line. They knew exactly what they were doing.”
He asked why the former vice president would want to meet him.
“Why on 10:38 on the night of May 2 would Joe Biden take time out of his schedule to take time with me, behind a column so people could not see us, to have a discussion with his family and my family and business at a very high level?” 그는 말했다.
The meeting on May 2, 2017, would have taken place 11 days before a May 13, 2017, email obtained by Fox News, which included a discussion of “remuneration packages” for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Hunter Biden as “Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,”현재 파산 한 CEFC China Energy Co에 대한 명백한 언급.
The email includes a note that “Hunter [바이든] has some office expectations he will elaborate.” A proposed equity split references “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?”추가 세부 정보 없음. Bobulinski has repeatedly said “the big guy” was Joe.
Biden has repeatedly denied being involved with his son’s business dealings.
Bobulinksi, 그 동안에, said he was told by CEFC that it was a $ 10 million deal that would see a $ 5 million loan to the Biden family and $ 5 million was their contribution to capitalize SinoHawk Holdings.
The allegations have been denied by Joe Biden and his campaign.
“나는 내 인생에서 외국 출처에서 한 푼도 가져간 적이 없습니다,” Joe Biden said at a presidential debate last week. “We learned this president … 중국에 비밀 은행 계좌가 있습니다, 중국에서 사업, 사실 제가 돈을받는 것에 대해? 나는 어떤 나라에서도 한 푼도 가져간 적이 없습니다, 이제까지, ever.”
Separately the Biden campaign has said that it released the former vice president’s tax documents and returns, 중국 투자와의 관계를 반영하지 않는.
“Joe Biden은 가족과 사업에 참여하는 것을 고려한 적이 없습니다., 어떤 해외 사업도,” Biden 캠페인 대변인 Andrew Bates는 Fox News에 말했습니다.. “그는 그러한 사업 계약에서 주식을 보유한 적이 없으며 가족이나 다른 사람이 그를 위해 주식을 보유한 적이 없습니다.”
그 동안에, during the interview, Bobulinski said that the Biden family, 에 2017, had shrugged off concerns that Joe Biden’s alleged ties to Hunter Biden’s business deals could put his future presidential campaign at risk.
Bobulinski said he raised concerns in 2017 to Jim Biden, about Joe Biden’s alleged ties to the possible joint venture—SinoHawk Holdings, which was a partnership between the CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming and Jim and Hunter Biden.
“나는, ‘너희들 이걸 어떻게 벗어나지?’‘걱정하지 않으세요??’”그는 Carlson에게.
그는 Jim Biden이 웃었다 고 주장합니다..
“'가능한 부인,’ 그는 Peninsula Hotel의 카바나에서 나에게 직접 말했습니다.,”그는 말했다.
As for what those deals could mean in a potential Biden administration, Bobulinski said that he believes Joe Biden and his family are “compromised.”
“I just don’t see given the history here and the facts how Joe can’t be influenced in some manner based on the history they have here with CEFC,”그는 말했다.
“I think the American people should be demanding that this is investigated,”그는 말했다.
폭스 뉴스’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.