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‘On the Verge of a Banana Republic’: Biden Used Air Force Two, Pseudonyms to Enrich His Family, GOP Says

As Barack Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden sent more than 5,000 emails under a host of false names and abused federal resources to facilitate his son, Hunter Biden’s foreign influence-peddling businesses, Republicans say. The combination of corruption and federal agencies refusing to make the records public leaves America “on the verge of being a banana republic,” according to one U.S. congressman.

Details broke this week about two scandals threatening to engulf the 46th president as the 2024 election heats up. First, Congress revealed that then-Vice President Biden improperly used Air Force Two and Marine Two to whisk Hunter Biden to 15 countries, where he often struck business deals enriching himself and at least nine members of the Biden family, possibly including “The Big Guy,” Joe Biden. Second, a legal watchdog has sued the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) for refusing to turn over 5,138 emails that Joe Biden sent using three separate aliases — including “Robert L. Peters,” “Robin Ware,” and “JRB ware” [sic] — while he was vice president.

Video footage captured Hunter Biden accompanying his father on taxpayer-funded travel during the Obama administration, including a 2013 trip to China that cemented Hunter’s business ties to Beijing. “Then-Vice President Joe Biden abused Air Force Two by allowing his son to jet set around the world to sell ‘The Brand’ to enrich the Biden family. This is yet another example of then-Vice President Biden abusing his public office for his family’s financial gain,” said Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, which is spearheading numerous investigations into presidential corruption. He demanded NARA leader, U.S. Archivist Colleen Shogan, to turn over all travel-related records about the use of the taxpayer-funded aircraft by Hunter Biden (and his business associates Eric Schwerin, Devon Archer, and Jeffrey Cooper) by September 13.

Yet another watchdog accuses NARA of withholding records for years showing that Joe Biden would send emails under false names while vice president, and copy Hunter Biden on information related to Ukraine. The Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about Biden’s use of the pseudonymous government email account Robert.L.Peters@pci.gov, as well as two Gmail accounts: robinware456@gmail.com and JRBWare@gmail.com. The Office of Vice President copied several of the emails sent to these accounts to Hunter Biden, including a May 26, 2016, email about a scheduled phone call between then-Vice President Biden and then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. At the time, Hunter received $83,333 a month as a board member of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. Biden would later admit to threatening to deny Poroshenko $1 billion in loan guarantees unless he fired prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma.

Conservatives have already waited years to see these emails. SLF first asked NARA for these emails two years ago, but NARA said it could not produce the emails until this year for technical reasons. This summer, NARA confirmed the president sent thousands of such messages — but that it may deny or heavily redact the materials before making them available.

“We have performed a search of our collection for Vice Presidential records related to your [June 9 FOIA] request and have identified approximately 5,138 email messages, 25 electronic files and 200 pages of potentially responsive records,” said a letter sent via email on June 24 by Stephannie Oriabure, the director of NARA’s archival operations division. However, the emails “must be processed in order to respond to your request,” and the legal watchdogs may not receive a copy of all messages, as some “may not be applicable to your specific topic.” NARA said it placed their “request in our Complex queue,” which will “treat everyone equitably.”

SLF sued NARA to turn over all materials immediately. “After over a year of trying to work with NARA, its continued unreasonable delays have forced SLF to file this lawsuit,” said Braden Boucek, legal director at the Southeastern Legal Foundation.

The delays and stonewalling outraged conservatives. “This administration promised transparency to the American people. Is this their idea of transparency?” asked Jody Hice, a former U.S. congressman from Georgia and senior vice president at Family Research Council, on Tuesday’s episode of “Washington Watch.” The emails show that “when he was vice president, he was doing government business and discussing government business with his son, Hunter Biden, and others. After nearly two years, not a single one of those emails has been released.”

“By all outward appearances, we are on the verge of being a banana republic,” said Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) on “Washington Watch.” The Biden family is “making millions and millions of dollars at taxpayers’ expense, and we’ve got federal agencies that won’t release the information.”

“American citizens ought to be able to look at these documents and make a decision about whether the law was violated,” said Weber. “The people of America ought to rise up and say they want the truth.”

Thus far, Democrats have offered only a vague defense of Biden’s character. “I’m extremely confident the American people know fundamentally that Joe Biden is a good and decent man who’s dedicated his life to public service,” said House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). But 63% of Americans say Hunter Biden was “involved in illegal influence peddling,” and a majority of Americans (53%) believe Joe Biden participated in his crime, according to a Harvard/Harris Poll released in May.

On the campaign trail in 2019, candidate Biden promised to erect “an absolute wall” between himself and his family’s business deals. “I have never discussed, with my son or my brother or with anyone else, anything having to do with their businesses. Period.” He promised to do “the same thing we did in our administration” as vice president.

“Apparently, the ‘absolute wall’ only applied to the specific name ‘Joe Biden,’” wrote libertarian columnist James Bovard in the New York Post.

The House Oversight Committee cited the president’s comments as one of 16 times Biden lied about his family’s business schemes — each one containing video footage of Biden’s statement, which the committee then contrasts with the facts.

“How many other FBI memos exist on potential Biden bribes that we have not heard about?” asked Bovard.

For now, investigators still want to learn the details about these government emails. If federal agencies, which are supposed to be politically neutral, stonewall that effort, Weber thinks they should pay the price.

“I would hope that members of Congress actually use their power to reduce funding on some of these agencies,” said Weber. Then the American people need to “clean house” and “kick out these crazy Democrats who have zero transparency, operate under pseudonyms, claim that they had absolutely nothing to do with their son’s business, and lie with a straight face.”


Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is senior reporter and editor at The Washington Stand.


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Trump Was Right Again And Again About The Biden Family’s Foreign Business Dealings

Former President Donald Trump’s assertions during the 2020 presidential campaign about the Biden family’s foreign business dealings have proven to be accurate.

Trump routinely criticized then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden about his son’s dealings with Ukrainian, Russian and Chinese associates when he was on the campaign trail, most notably at the presidential debates leading up to the November 2020 election.


“China ate your lunch, Joe. And no wonder your son goes in and, wha—, he takes out billions of dollars. He takes out billions of dollars to manage. He makes millions of dollars. And also, while we’re at it, why is it — just out of curiosity — the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave your son three and a half million dollars,” Trump said to Biden during a September 2020 presidential debate, according to an official transcript from the Commission on Presidential Debates.

“That is not true,” Biden retorted.

“What did he do to deserve it? What did he do with Burisma?” Trump pressed.

“None of that is true,” Biden shot back.

“My son did nothing wrong at Burisma,” Biden said later in the debate.

” I think he did,” Trump retorted.

“He doesn’t want to let me answer, because he knows I have the truth. His position has been totally thoroughly discredited,” Biden claimed.

“By who?” Trump asked.

“By everybody. Well, by the media, by our allies,” Biden answered.

Trump and Biden continued clashing at the September debate over the Biden family’s business dealings despite moderator Chris Wallace’s efforts to shift the conversation.

“And he threatened Ukraine —,” Trump said.

“Sir,” Wallace interrupted.

” — with a billion dollars,” Trump said.

“That is absolutely not true,” Biden said, before Wallace moved the conversation to racial issues.

Trump made similar comments about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings at an October 2022 debate which took place after the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop was censored by Twitter and falsely categorized as Russian disinformationThe Daily Caller News FoundationThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and CBS News later verified the Hunter Biden laptop archive.


“You got three-and-a-half million dollars. Your family got three-and-a-half million dollars and you know someday, you’re gonna have to explain — why did you get three-and-a-half?” Trump asserted, according to the official debate transcript.

“I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life,” Biden responded.

“Number two, I don’t make money from China, you do. I don’t make money from Ukraine, you do. I don’t make money from Russia. You made three-and-a-half million dollars, Joe, and your son gave you— They even have a statement that we have to give 10% to the big man. You’re the big man, I think. I don’t know, maybe you’re not. But you’re the big man, I think. Your son said we have to give 10% to the big man,” Trump said later in the debate.

“I carried out U.S. policy. Not one, single, solitary thing was out of line. Not a single thing, number one. Number two, the guy who got in trouble in Ukraine was this guy, trying to bribe the Ukrainian government to say something negative about me, which they would not do, and did not do, because it never, ever, ever happened. My son has not made money in terms of this thing about — what are you talking about — China. I have not had it. The only guy that made money from China is this guy. He’s the only one. Nobody else has made money from China,” Biden hit back.

“His son didn’t have a job for a long time, was sadly no longer in the military service, I won’t get into that. And he didn’t have a job. As soon as he became vice president, Burisma — not the best, not the best reputation in the world — I hear they paid him 183,000 a month. Listen to this, 183, and they gave him a $3 million upfront payment, and he had no energy experience. That’s 100% dishonest,” Trump followed up.

“Look, there are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what this, he’s accusing me of, is a Russian plan. They have said that this has all the characteristics — four, five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except him and his good friend Rudy Giuliani,” Biden said later on.

Joe Biden was citing a letter signed by 51 former intelligence officials which claimed Hunter Biden’s laptop was part of a “Russian information operation” without evidence to back it up. One of the letter’s signatories, former CIA official Michael Morrell, testified to the House Judiciary Committee about how Biden Secretary of State Tony Blinken orchestrated the letter, which Morrell signed to help Biden defeat Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump’s assertions about Ukraine, China and Russia appear to be based on a Senate report released in September 2020 detailing Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings and the New York Post’s October 2020 reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop archive.

Trump made similar assertions on Twitter beginning in late 2019, before Biden won the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Trump tweeted on numerous occasions about the Biden family’s business dealings with ChineseUkrainian and Russian business partners.

Hunter Biden’s consulting firm was wired $3.5 million by Russian oligarch Elena Baturina in February 2014 as part of a consulting agreement, the Senate report found. Baturina was married to former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and her net worth is estimated at $1.3 billion.

Hunter Biden’s former business associate, Devon Archer, testified to the House Oversight Committee Monday about how Joe and Hunter Biden dined with Baturina in the spring of 2014 at a cafe in Washington, D.C., according to a transcript of Archer’s testimony.

Trump’s statement about Biden threatening Ukraine with a billion dollars was based on what then-Vice President Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in September 2016 when Biden bragged about getting Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired in early 2016.

“You remember last year I was authorized to say we’d do the second tranche of a billion dollars. And he didn’t fire his chief prosecutor. And because I have the confidence of the president, I was there, and I said: I’m not signing it. Until you fire him, we’re not signing, man,” Biden told CFR. Biden made similar comments at a January 2018 event with CFR when he was out of office.

When Shokin was fired, Hunter Biden was being paid $83,000 a month as a board member of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, another detail confirmed by Archer’s testimony. Archer also testified about a dinner Joe Biden attended a dinner with Burisma executive Vadim Pozharskyi and how the Biden family “brand” prevented Burisma from going out of business.

One of Hunter Biden’s former business partners, James Gillar, called Joe Biden “the big guy” in emails first reported by the New York Post. Another former business associate, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed to the outlet the “big guy” moniker was referring to Joe Biden.

Likewise, Archer confirmed to the House Oversight Committee “my guy” was a nickname Hunter Biden used to describe his father in an April 2014 email.

Archer told Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson it was “categorically false” to say Joe Biden was not aware of his son’s business dealings, referencing a personalized letter Biden sent him in 2011. In the same interview, Archer said Shokin was a “threat” to Burisma’s business and recalled a purported raid on Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky’s property overseen by Shokin’s office.

In addition, Hunter Biden received payments from a Chinese firm, CEFC China Energy, whose chairman, Ye Jianming, was linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to the senate report.

IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley testified to the House Ways & Means Committee about a threatening text Hunter Biden allegedly sent a CEFC associate with Joe Biden in the room. Shapley provided a transcript of former Biden business associate Rob Walker’s interview with the FBI where Walker said Joe Biden met with CEFC officials in May 2017, shortly after his vice presidency concluded.

The House Oversight Committee revealed in late June a text allegedly sent by Hunter Biden on Aug. 3, 2017 to a CEFC associate about how the Bidens are “the best” at assisting his boss. The next day, Owasco P.C., one of Biden’s shell companies, was paid $100,000 by CEFC, the committee disclosed.

On Aug. 8, 2017, Hudson West III, a business entity formed by Hunter Biden and a CEFC business partner, was wired an estimated $5 million, the Senate report found.

Hunter Biden earned about $1 million from Hudson West III in 2017, according to his guilty plea agreement with Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors which fell apart in court. Biden admitted during his late July court appearance he made $664,000 from CEFC in 2017, court transcripts show.

IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler testified to the House Oversight Committee that Hunter Biden and his business associates took an estimated $17 million from Chinese, Ukrainian and Romanian business interests. The Oversight Committee released a memo in May 2023 outlining more than $10 million in alleged payments from foreign companies to Biden family members.

Two months prior, the House Oversight Committee released a memo showing Walker took $3 million from a Chinese energy company and allegedly sent $1.3 million worth of payments to Biden family members. Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, said in July more bank records would be released showing Hunter Biden’s alleged dealings with Russian business partners.

The White House said President Biden “was not in business with his son” when Shapley’s testimony was publicized, a shift from Biden denying any knowledge of his son’s business dealings.

“Any verifiable words or actions of my client, in the midst of a horrible addiction, are solely his own and have no connection to anyone in his family,” Hunter Biden’s lawyer said in the wake of Shapley’s testimony.

Hunter Biden was charged by the DOJ in June with two tax misdemeanors and a felony gun charge. Both IRS whistleblowers accused prosecutors of slow-walking and obstructing the Hunter Biden case based on their knowledge of the investigation.

The president’s son was expected to plead guilty to the tax charges and sign a diversion agreement for the gun charge, until a disagreement with the DOJ about the immunity clause hidden inside Biden’s diversion agreement caused Biden’s plea deal to implode. The DOJ investigation into Hunter Biden is still ongoing and

“He confirms President Biden was not involved in his son’s business,” White House spokesperson Ian Sams tweeted about Archer’s testimony. Sams told multiple media outlets the investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings is an “evidence-free wild goose chase” following Archer’s testimony.

The day after Devon Archer’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee, Trump was indicted by Special Counsel Jack Smith for charges related to his efforts to contest the 2020 presidential election results. Trump pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday at an arraignment in Washington, D.C. He continues to lead the 2024 Republican presidential primary by wide margins.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Jack Moore contributed to this report.



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