Joe Biden named in 2017 email discussing Hunter’s China deal

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Joe Biden named in 2017 email discussing Hunter’s China deal

President Biden was mentioned in an October 2017 email found on first son Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop in connection with a controversial, multi-million dollar deal to ship natural gas from the US to China, the Daily Mail reported Friday.

In a missive dated Oct. 27 of that year, Louisiana attorney Robert W. Fenet told Hunter and his uncle, first brother Jim Biden, that he had secured a contact for them at Houston energy company Cherniere.

“I confirm I have requested [the contact] to be available for a call from Joe Biden and Hunter Biden on Monday morning,” Fenet wrote.

It is unclear if Fenet accidentally substituted “Joe” for “Jim.” The attorney did not immediately return a message from The Post requesting clarification.

President Biden has a history of ties to Cherniere’s executives: He named former company lobbyist and vice president Ankit Desai as his political director in 2005, and former board member Heather Zichal became his campaign climate advisor in 2020.

Robert Fenet referred to Joe Biden in a 2017 email.
Robert Fenet referred to Joe Biden in a 2017 email.

At the time the email was sent, however, Biden was the former vice president and about a year-and-a-half away from announcing a presidential run. The White House did not respond to The Post’s request for a comment on the note.

Although Biden has repeatedly denied involvement in his ne’er-do-well son’s Chinese business dealings, records from Hunter’s laptop and witness testimony suggests he was aware, if not directly connected to, the transactions.

In emails with Fenet, Jim Biden referred to the Biden clan’s involvement in the project, which involved supplying millions of tons of liquid natural gas (LNG) from Louisiana to Chinese state-backed conglomerate CEFC Energy.

President Biden pictured with his son Hunter in 2016.
President Biden pictured with his son Hunter in 2016.
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“We Biden’s [sic] often fraught with problems, that they can can [sic] come from working with family members, are of a different mind. It’s all about family, and people we choose to do business with,” Jim wrote Fenet on Oct. 19, 2017.

On May 13, 2017, Hunter’s business partner James Gilliar said in an email that 10% of equity in the CEFC venture would be kept in equity “by H for the big guy.”

Both Gilliar and another Biden business partner, Tony Bobulinski, have said “the big guy” is a reference to Joe Biden.

Robert Fenet is a Louisiana-based attorney.
Robert Fenet is a Louisiana-based attorney.
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A week later, Gilliar also warned Bobulinski to avoid referencing Joe Biden’s involvement on the deal in correspondence.

“Don’t mention Joe being involved, it’s only when u are face to face, I know u know that but they are paranoid,” he texted Bobulinksi after Hunter referred to his father in a group text as “my Chairman.”

Bobulinski later alleged that he met with Joe Biden to discuss the China deal on May 2, 2017 in the lobby bar of the Beverly Hilton with Hunter and Jim.

Joe Biden has repeatedly denied involvement in his son's Chinese dealings.
Joe Biden has repeatedly denied involvement in his son’s Chinese dealings.
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Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Nov. 2022.
Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Nov. 2022.
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CEFC Chairman Yi Jianming and his No. 2, Patrick Ho, ultimately funneled over $10 million into the Biden deal before they were arrested in 2018 for bribery and corruption.

A voicemail on Hunter Biden’s scandalous laptop revealed that his father called him in the wake of a December 2018 New York Times story on his connection to the shady businessmen.

“I thought the article released online– it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times– was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance give me a call, I love you,” Biden told his youngest son on Dec. 12, 2018.

The revelation is the latest blow to scandal-ridden Hunter, who is now under scrutiny after it was revealed that he had access to his father’s Corvette in the same garage where classified documents were improperly stored.

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