Hunter Biden dropped thousands of dollars during his divorce

Hunter Biden dropped thousands of dollars during his divorce

First son Hunter Biden dropped thousands of dollars on extravagant purchases — including hot tubs, lingerie and cigars — despite his family’s “precarious financial situation” as he divorced his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, emails from his infamous laptop show

The now-53-year-old’s unrestrained spending, as detailed by Buhle’s attorney, Rebekah Sullivan, came during the time period when Hunter was apparently in business with convicted Romanian businessman Gabriel Popoviciu, as well as generating money from his board seat with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.   

“Given that Hunter deposited $126,545 in the middle of November [2016] into the TD account in his sole name, and spent the funds on extravagances such as Georgetown Tobacco $236.81, Cardtronics $605.50, Ladybird Lingerie (not for Kathleen) $75.00, Hus [sic] Shoes $846, the Hot Tub Store $7,450.92, Sierra Mountain Outdoors $1,245.22, Toujours Lingerie (not for Kathleen) $456.75, and Kirna Zabete $1,202, I do not think it is fair to ask Kathleen to cut back on her expenses, so Hunter can continue blowing through the family funds,” Sullivan argued in an email to Hunter lawyer Sarah Mancinelli in January of 2017. 

Biden’s lavish spending spree at high-end retailers across the country — from DC’s ritzy Georgetown neighborhood to San Francisco to Nantucket Island — came at the time he was dating his late brother Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden.

Hunter Biden
Biden spent money on a hot tub, tobacco and lingerie.

Hunter with dad Joe in an image from the first son's laptop.
Hunter with dad Joe in an image from the first son’s laptop.

The first son was also blowing through his “Romania deal” money despite Kathleen and him owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to creditors.

“[T]hey owe $200,000 in taxes, they owe Kathleen’s parents $100,000 (which has not been paid in two years), the credit cards are maxed out, Hunter maxed out a Bank of America cash advance, and their bills are not being paid. And yet, Hunter has been enjoying time in California with Hallie? It is more than fair to ask for Hunter immediately to provide Kathleen with half of the $120,000, and immediate disclosure with respect to his TD account,” Sullivan wrote in an email to Mancinelli in December 2016, calling the family’s expenses “pressing.” 

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) revealed on Wednesday that a company controlled by Popoviciu had wired $3 million to Hunter’s business partner Rob Walker between November 2015 and May 2017.

Hunter and Hallie Biden
Hunter and Hallie Biden began a relationship after his divorce.

Hallie and Hunter Biden in Mexico in 2017.
Hallie and Hunter Biden in Mexico in 2017.

Emails between Hunter’s lawyer and Kathleen’s lawyer show the first son was making $70,000 monthly from Burisma and had also received at least $120,000 from the “Romania deal” and expected another $60,000 in January 2017 from a “Romania related payment.” 

When confronted by his lawyer about the spending indulgences highlighted by Sullivan, Hunter Biden made several excuses before deflecting.

“Actually hot tub was fraud and returned to account weeks ago and Hu’s shoes was Kathleen’s birthday gift. The girls [daughters Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy] have always had the card and use [it],” he alleged.

“And the majority of the money went to pay expenses. [Kirna Zabete] is my best friends wife’s store and she had a grand opening and I bought a Christmas gift,” Hunter went on before telling Mancinelli.

“The bottom line is where is her detailed bank account and what does this have to do with anything.”

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