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    US Election 2020: Hunter Biden emails emerge hours before debate

    ‘Don’t mention Joe being involved’: MORE texts and emails emerge between Hunter Biden and his business partners – as one of them becomes Trump’s debate guest tonight and says he is handing everything to the FBI

    • A series of texts and emails about Hunter Biden’s purported to involve his business operations came to light Thursday 
    • Some appear to reference Joe Biden as the ‘chairman’ and one message between business partners says ‘Don’t mention Joe being involved’ 
    • Another has a reference to ‘My Chairman’ – who could be Biden 
    • 2017 email lists ‘phase one domestic contacts’ It was provided by James Biden to Hunter Biden and others discussing venture with Chinese energy company 
    • President Trump has already said he plans to raise Hunter issues at debate Fox News says they were obtained not from Hunter laptop that Rudy Giuliani gave to the press 
    • The disclosures come as President Trump has been hammering Joe Biden for ‘corruption’ – and he is bringing one of the business partners, Tony Bobulinski, with him to the debate in Nashville
    • Biden has denied any overseas business dealings and has called the release of emails from son Hunter’s laptop a ‘smear.’ 

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    President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to be his debate guest 

    A flurry of emails about Hunter Biden and his international business dealings emerged just hours before Thursday’s third and final presidential debate – with Joe Biden‘s family certain to play a starring role in President Donald Trump‘s attacks.

    Many of the documents show Hunter Biden jealously apprising the value of his family name in contacts with his business partners. Some of the texts reference ‘the chairman’ in chats one partner has identify as the former vice president. 

    In one of the texts, Hunter Biden business partner James Gilliar tells another partner, Tony Bobulinski, to use discretion talking about the Biden name.    

    ‘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 wrote, Fox News reported, in one of numerous disclosures the network said was ‘unrelated’ to the Hunter Biden laptop information that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani provided to the New York Post.

    Trump brought Bobulinski, a 48-year-old Penn State wrestler and Navy vet turned international investor, to the Nashville, TN, debate as a guest in an attempt to weaponize the messages.

    Fox News reported that Bobulinski was preparing to hand over electronic devices and records of his involvement with Biden to the FBI, and speaking Friday to staff from the Senate Homeland Security Committee, whose Republican majority is investigating the Biden laptop.

    The messages span the globe from China to Romania, and appear to show efforts by the former vice president’s son, who graduated from Yale Law School and founded Rosemont Seneca Partners – but has acknowledged struggling with drugs and making bad decisions – to seek to cash in on his famous name.

    The messages were reproduced by conservative outlets including Fox News and The Federalist without any indication of who had provided them.

    Many are pictures taken of a Blackberry with the original messages on them, making it more difficult to verify that they were sent and received by Hunter and the people named in them, including his uncle James Biden.

    One of them is dated in May 2017 and refers to a ‘campaign’ by Joe Biden, which at the time was not only taking place, but was considered highly unlikely to do so. Biden himself said that he only decided to come out of what was seen as a political retirement in August 2017 after the violence at the infamous United the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA.  

    Arrival: Joe Biden walks off his campaign plane hand-in-hand with wife Jill in Nashville for the final presidential debate

    Arrival: Joe Biden walks off his campaign plane hand-in-hand with wife Jill in Nashville for the final presidential debate

    Off to Nashville: Donald Trump left for the second debate with First Lady Melania, her first public outing since being diagnosed with COVID

    Off to Nashville: Donald Trump left for the second debate with First Lady Melania, her first public outing since being diagnosed with COVID

    Warning: On May 20 2017, James Gilliar WhatsApped Tony Bobulinski in a discussion about their deal with Hunter Biden and James Biden: 'Don't mention Joe being involved. They are paranoid.

    Warning: On May 20 2017, James Gilliar WhatsApped Tony Bobulinski in a discussion about their deal with Hunter Biden and James Biden: ‘Don’t mention Joe being involved. They are paranoid.

    Who's the chairman: Hunter Biden referred to the chairman in one exchange with an unknown member of the group involved in the deal. Later, Rob Walker texted Tony Bobulinski to say: 'When he said his chairman he was talking about his dad'

    Who's the chairman: Hunter Biden referred to the chairman in one exchange with an unknown member of the group involved in the deal. Later, Rob Walker texted Tony Bobulinski to say: 'When he said his chairman he was talking about his dad'

    Who’s the chairman: Hunter Biden referred to the chairman in one exchange with an unknown member of the group involved in the deal. Later, Rob Walker texted Tony Bobulinski to say: ‘When he said his chairman he was talking about his dad’

    Source: The messages were taken from a broken Blackberry and reproduced Thursday by conservative news outlets. In this message Hunter again refers to the 'chairman,' this time saying 'an emphatic no.' What that was to is unclear

    Source: The messages were taken from a broken Blackberry and reproduced Thursday by conservative news outlets. In this message Hunter again refers to the ‘chairman,’ this time saying ‘an emphatic no.’ What that was to is unclear

    A text from Hunter references a business effort to be 'partners with the Bidens' by a Chinese businessman who has now vanished

    A text from Hunter references a business effort to be ‘partners with the Bidens’ by a Chinese businessman who has now vanished

    Mystifying exchange: This text, dated May 20 2017, suggests a plan for Joe Biden to run for president. However at the time, he was not publicly suggesting he would and has repeatedly said that he did not want to get involved until August 2017

    Mystifying exchange: This text, dated May 20 2017, suggests a plan for Joe Biden to run for president. However at the time, he was not publicly suggesting he would and has repeatedly said that he did not want to get involved until August 2017

    Lucrative arrangement? Correspondence between Tony Bobulinski and Gongwen Dong suggested the 'Bidens' would get a $5 million interest free loan. What happened next is unknown

    Lucrative arrangement? Correspondence between Tony Bobulinski and Gongwen Dong suggested the ‘Bidens’ would get a $5 million interest free loan. What happened next is unknown 

    WHO’S WHO IN THE HUNTER FILES

    Hunter Biden

    Vice president’s son was well-known to be seeking business deals in China. He traveled there in 2013 on Air Force Two and introduced his father to a business partner, Jonathan Li. In 2017, after his father left office, he pursued a relationship with Ye Jianming

    Ye Jianming

    Chairman and founder of CEFC China Energy, 43. A wunderkind of the Chinese energy world. Gave Hunter a diamond in 2017 as they pursued a business relationship. But in November 2017 company was accused of bribery in Africa by the DOJ, and in March 2018 he was arrested in China, reportedly on the orders of Xi Jinping. Has not been seen or heard from since but a prosecution in 2018 saw a senior Communist leader accused of taking bribes from him

    Zang Jian Jun 

    Senior executive at CEFC and also a senior figure in the China Chamber of International Commerce 

     Tony Bobulinski 

    Penn State wrestler and Navy veteran turned-California businessman, 48, who appears to have done other business in China. Unclear how he and Gilliar know each other. Other business ventures include an investment in a Chinese men’s clothing company called VLOV

    Rob Walker

    Bill Clinton administration official who is now co-founder of a technology-focused private equity firm, Pilot Growth. His wife Betsy Massey Walker was Jill Biden’s assistant when she was Second Lady 

    James Gilliar

    British-born 56-year-old businessman based in the Czech Republic. Set up jc2r, the company which is in the emails, in 2015. It is no longer active. Gilliar appears to breed race horses with his wife, Erika and appears to also be an adviser to a holding company run by the leader of Abu Dhabi’s son

    James Biden

    Joe Biden’s younger brother and a serial entrepreneur who has long faced claims of profiting from his brother’s political career. He and Hunter were in business together in 2006 when they bought investment firm Paradigm Global Advisors which they unwound in 2010 after connections to a Ponzi fraudster emerged

    The Chairman and The Big Guy

    Said to be Joe Biden in many of the text exchanges although Hunter’s messages do not state this directly 

     

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    ‘OK they should be paranoid about things,’ was Bobulinski’s response, written May 20.

    Gilliar writes: ‘U need to stress to H, does he want to be the reason or factor that blows up his dad’s campaign.’

    In another group message, Hunter Biden writes to Bobulinski: ‘Hey TONY I have no idea. In light of the fact wwe are at an impasse of sorts, and both James’ lawyers and my Chairman gave an emphatic NO- I think we should all meet in Romania on Tuesday next week. 

    Biden has denied any overseas business dealings and has called the release of emails from son Hunter’s laptop a ‘smear.’ 

    Trump made plans to bring Bobulinski to the debate as his ‘special guest,’ an apparent attempt to rattle Biden and steal a play from his 2016 playbook, when he brought Clinton sex accusers to a debate.  

    In still another document, Fox reported on a 2017 email from Joe Biden’s brother James to his business partners.  

    The email lists ‘Phase one domestic contacts/ projects’ as well as ‘key domestic contacts for phase one target projects.’ It goes on to list biographical information on a host of key Democratic figures, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, California Sen. Kamal Harris (now Joe Biden’s running mate), and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    The descriptions contain standard biographical information, and no indication they took part or were even contacted. Former Florida Republican Gov. and now senator Rick Scott also was listed.

    The tranche of information, much of it reported by outlets supportive of the president, comes as Trump has said he will raise Hunter Biden at the Nashville debate – and keep up his blasts of ‘corruption’ that he has debuted on the campaign trail, where he has referred to the Bidens as a ‘crime family.’ 

    A 2017 emails asks if the chairman is ‘just doing infrastructure’ or ‘looking @ technology deals?’

    Hunter Biden responds: ‘Everything – the only thing I told them I would not do is defense related technology and and arms and anything that would give the Chinese a military advantage.’ 

    A May 19, 2017 email from partner Rob Walker writes that ‘chairman’ is in reference to ‘his dad.’ 

    They emerge weeks after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani came forward with information he said would prove Biden family ‘corruption’ and reset the race. Biden has been holding steady leads in national polls and in battlegrounds. 

    Bobulinski issued a statement on Wednesday saying that he personally witnessed Biden discuss business deals with his son, Hunter, contradicting claims by the former vice president.

    ‘I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business,’ said Bobulinski, an investor who was part of a joint venture with the younger Biden in 2017.

    ‘I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.’

    Bobulinski, 48, claimed that the Chinese were pursuing the deal as a ‘political or influence investment’ and that Hunter Biden was ‘using the company as his personal piggy bank by just taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese.’

    He said in his statement that he ‘took steps to prevent that from happening.’ In 2017 Biden was out of office and had not declared any intention to run as a candidate in 2020.

    The Senate Homeland Security Committee said it was getting in touch with Bobulinski to speak to him.

    ‘The committee is working to validate information being revealed by multiple sources,’ the Republican majority said in a statement.

    ‘As part of those efforts, we have reached out to several individuals named in recently revealed emails, including Tony Bobulinski. We look forward to their cooperation in helping us uncover the truth.’

    Bobulinski named the company as Sinohawk Holdings. That company was set up secretively in Delaware in 2017, never filed any annual reports, and was cancelled by the Delaware regulator in June 2020 for failing to pay its tax assessment to the state. Nobody is named on the company’s documents. 

    Bobulinski also said in his statement that he was one of the recipients of the email from one of Hunter Biden’s business partners which  involved a deal with a Chinese energy firm in May 2017 which promised a 10 per cent cut for a person known as ‘the big guy.’

    Bobulinski claimed in his statement that ‘the big guy’ is Joe Biden.

     

    The president has demanded Attorney Bill Barr investigate his rival, and is reportedly angry FBI Director Chris Wray hasn’t done more.

    Trump ally Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, where tonight’s debate is being held, called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Biden business dealings.

    The affair had echoes of 2016, where Trump repeatedly called for investigations of rival Hillary Clinton, whose use of a private email account prompted an FBI investigation, although no charges were ever brought against her. 

    Bobulinksi was an institutional investor who according to Fox joined James and Hunter Biden to help run their venture with CEFC China Energy Co. 

    Bublinski told the network: ”I was brought into the company to be the CEO by James Gilliar and Hunter Biden.

    He said of the texts and emails: ‘The reference to ‘the Big Guy’ in the much-publicized May 13, 2017 email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden. The other ‘JB’ referenced in that email is Jim Biden, Joe’s brother.’ 

    He was referring to an email referencing ‘remuneration packages’ in a proposed deal with CEFC. 

    The Biden camp, when asked about emails purporting to show business relationships involving Joe Biden, have pointed to his tax returns and other financial disclosures that do not show any income from China or the other deals.

    President Trump has not released his tax returns, despite being pressed on it as recently as a TV town hall days ago. The New York Times reported this week that the Trump Organization has an undisclosed bank about in China.  

     

    Trump plans to bring the ex-business partner to Thursday night’s presidential debate as a way to confront Democrat Joe Biden on his son’s foreign business dealings. 

    The Atlantic reported that Trump’s aides have been telling people that the president’s special guest is Tony Bobulinski, who told The New York Post he had heard the father and son talking business, something the former vice president has denied. 

    Trump pulled a similar stunt in 2016 when he paraded three women who accused President Bill Clinton of varying degrees of sexual harassment and assault – Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick – around before and after the debate and had them sit in the audience to face his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

    Trump had also invited Kathy Shelton. Hillary Clinton had been her accused rapist’s defense lawyer. 

    Both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday before meeting onstage between plexiglass barriers.  

    Trump left the White House with first lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate. 

    Biden in bed: A photo of the former vice-president's son apparently asleep is among the pictures Giuliani released. It shows him with a pipe of the type used to smoke crack or marijuana in his mouth

    Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani provided information from Hunter Biden's laptop to the New York Post

    Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani provided information from Hunter Biden’s laptop to the New York Post

    On Air Force One he tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. ‘We tested him on the way here and he tested negative,’ Meadows told reporters. 

    Earlier, the Biden campaign said he, too, tested negative for COVID-19.  

    It is the final debate of the election – the previous one got scratched after Trump refused to take part in a ‘virtual’ format after getting the coronavirus – and represents an opportunity with dwindling time for the president to try to reset the race.

    Trump hoped he could throw his rival off balance and demonstrate that his mind is ‘shot’ by repeatedly attacking and interrupting him during the first debate in Cleveland. But Biden ended up getting a slight bump in national polls taken afterward.

    Now, the president has telegraphed he will accuse his rival of ‘corruption’ just like he has at his campaign rallies leading up to Thursday – and will not hold back from torching Hunter Biden after the release of emails that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani put out and said came from Hunter’s laptop. 

    Trump complained when town hall interviewer George Stephanopoulos didn’t bring up Hunter during his TV talk with Biden last week. 

    New changes imposed by the bipartisan debate commission will silence the opposite candidate’s microphone during opening statements, after widespread denunciations of the first encounter. But they will each be free to interject later in the debate.

    The president’s combative stance was on display with an interview he taped with CBS’ ’60 Minutes,’ where he complained to interviewer Lesley Stahl after she asked if he was ready for ‘tough questions.’

    ‘But you’re OK with some tough questions?’ she asked him.

    ‘No I’m not,’ he replied. 

    Trump has used prior debates for theater, following 2016 rival around the stage in 2016. Clinton said he ‘literally stalked me.’ Trump’s team also brought former Bill Clinton rape and sexual assault accusers to the debate in a play to get inside his opponents’ head. 

    This time, Trump says he’ll bring up Hunter Biden, after days of disclosures from Hunter Biden’s laptop.

    Biden sent a signal of his own – blowing up at a reporter who asked him about the subject several days ago. 

    On Wednesday, he teed off when a local Wisconsin reporter asked him about it in a TV interview. ‘This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman, it’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family,’ Biden said.

    Trump can also use the Hunter saga to point to China – a country he repeatedly accuses of bringing the ‘plague’ into the U.S. He named China as the nation’s top adversary on ’60 minutes.’

    Most political observers agree the pressure is on Trump to get something out of the debate. Biden’s leads have been durable, and millions of his supporters have already voted. He also has an advertising advantage on air, with more money in the bank, after the Trump campaign blew through the more than $1 billion it raised since 2017.

     THE LIST OF ‘KEY DOMESTIC CONTACTS’ JAMES BIDEN SENT WITH TOP DEMOCRATIC AND GOP NAMES – INCLUDING KAMALA HARRIS AND ROCK SCOTT

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