A former House lawmaker is claiming that there is “direct evidence” that President Biden “took direct benefit” from son Hunter’s business dealings.
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) — who now works as a Fox News contributor and fellow at the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative think tank founded by Steve Bannon and Peter Schweizer — made the claim while speaking to “Hannity” Wednesday evening.
Chaffetz referenced Schweizer, senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News and president of GAI, while talking about his investigatory work on the younger Biden’s foreign deals.
Schweizer, Chaffetz explained, had found materials on a hard drive Hunter Biden left at a Wilmington, Del., laptop repair shop — first reported by The Post last October — that prove that the current president directly benefitted from his son’s work.
“I do work with Peter, and what he’s done is his cross-referenced some of the data from Hunter Biden’s laptop with the Secret Service records released by [Sen. Ron] Johnson (R-Wis.) and another business associate of Hunter Biden. So they are very careful about what they’re looking at here,” Chaffetz said.
“But there is direct evidence that Joe Biden himself — Joe and Jill Biden — took direct benefit by using assets and things that were purchased based on the transaction that Hunter Biden was involved in and engaged with these foreign entities,” he added.
Reps for the Bidens could not immediately be reached by The Post for comment.
In the final months of the heated 2020 presidential race, The Post revealed a trove of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop that raised questions about his then-candidate father’s ties to his son’s foreign business ventures, including Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company linked to corruption.
The emails revealed that the younger Biden introduced a top Burisma executive to his father, then vice president, less than a year before the elder Biden pressured Ukrainian officials into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
The water-damaged MacBook Pro — which bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation — was dropped off for repair at a Delaware computer shop in April 2019, but the individual who dropped it off never returned to pick it up.
It was seized by the FBI in December of that year.
In addition to his Ukrainian connections, other emails on the computer showed Hunter discussing potential business deals with China’s largest private energy company.
One deal seemed to draw considerable attention from the younger Biden, who called it “interesting for me and my family.”
Senate Republicans revealed the findings of their investigation into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings in September. They said the Obama administration ignored “glaring warning signs” when the then-vice president’s son joined the board of Burisma when he had no energy experience.
Hunter Biden’s position with the reportedly corrupt energy company — which paid him “as much as $50,000 per month” — “created an immediate potential conflict of interest” because his father was involved in US policy toward Ukraine, the report stated.
That Senate report also found that in 2014, the younger Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the richest woman in Russia and the widow of Yury Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow.
Both President Biden and his son have continued to deny any wrongdoing.