Hunter Biden texts suggesting President Joe Biden got half of all his son’s earnings were revived by House Oversight Committee after Democrats claimed Biden received no money from his son’s business dealings.
“I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family Fro (sic) 30 years,” Hunter Biden remarked in a text to a family member. “It’s really hard.”
“But don’t worry unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half your salary,” the president’s son continued. The New York Post, which first reported the texts last year said, “Pop” is President Biden.
Washington Democrats have disputed findings from the Oversight Committee and continually insist there is no evidence the president directly received any money from his son’s business dealings with foreign countries.
“[T]he memo … doesn’t show a direct payment to Joe Biden.” Kate Berner, a former White House official in the Biden administration who posted to social media a Politico analysis of the Hunter Biden memo.
Oversight Committee members don’t believe they have to show a direct payment to the president to prove he benefited financially from his son’s business, the Politico report noted.
“This is a hollow claim no other American would be afforded if their family members accepted foreign payments or bribes,” a staff member for Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer wrote in a memo.
“Indeed, the law recognizes payments to family members to corruptly influence others can constitute a bribe,” the staffer continued.
The memo highlights a series of bank records that present payments made to Hunter Biden and his business associates from Russian and Kazakhstani oligarchs during the time Joe Biden served as vice president.
Detailed within the memo are redacted bank records that show payments from a Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings and Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, as well as Kazakhstani oligarch Kenes Rakishev. The memo also brings to light Joe Biden’s interactions with these figures.
Democrats have been emphasizing the absence of direct payments to President Biden in these records after Comer’s committee uncovered payments from foreign entities of approximately $20 million.
“Committee Republicans have once again released information on financial transactions that do not involve the president,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the committee.
In specific texts from 2019 addressed to his daughter, Hunter Biden conveyed his grievances about handing over half of his salary to his father.
The memo throws a spotlight on firms that were established by Hunter Biden. These firms include Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, and Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC.
A significant transaction noted within the bank records is a $3.5 million wire transfer from Yelena Baturina to Rosemont Seneca Thornton, in addition to subsequent transfers.