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    Joe Biden’s brother Jim REFUSED to answer whether Joe was involved in the family’s dealings in China

    Joe Biden’s brother Jim REFUSED to answer whether the Democratic presidential nominee was involved in their family’s dealings in China

    • Jim Biden was spotted by Fox News as he returned to a house in Maryland
    • Joe’s younger brother refused to answer questions about his business dealings
    • ‘I don’t want to comment about anything’ he said as the Fox reporter yelled
    • Jim was in business with Hunter, Tony Bobulinski and two other associates
    • Their company, Sinohawk, was designed to work with a Chinese firm
    • The company was launched in 2017 but never took off and was closed in 2018 

    Joe Biden‘s brother Jim has refused to answer questions about the family’s dealings with China, asked on his doorstep by Fox News.

    The camera crew saw Jim, seven years younger than Joe, arrive back at a house in Maryland, which Fox said was linked to him in public records.  

    ‘I don’t want to comment about anything,’ Jim said, as the Fox News reporter yelled questions from the street. 

    Asked if he cared to answer questions, Jim said: ‘Nope.’

    Jim has been thrust into the spotlight as a result of questions asked about a company, Sinohawk, which he founded with his nephew Hunter – Joe’s son.

    Jim Biden was spotted by a Fox News crew in Maryland on Wednesday

    Joe Biden and his brother Jim are pictured in October 2008, on the campaign trail

    Joe Biden and his brother Jim are pictured in October 2008, on the campaign trail

    Joe Biden is watched in Iowa by wife Jill, brother Jim and son Hunter in 2008

    Joe Biden is watched in Iowa by wife Jill, brother Jim and son Hunter in 2008

    The company was set up with three other people – family friend Rob Walker, British businessman James Gilliar, and former Navy lieutenant and businessman Tony Bobulinski.

    Bobulinski on Tuesday night told Fox News that he was angry at Joe saying he had no knowledge of Hunter’s business deals, when he himself was introduced to Joe as his business partner in a China venture.

    Bobulinski met Joe in Los Angeles on May 2 and 3, 2017, in an encounter arranged by Hunter and Jim.

    Bobulinski claimed that on May 3, 2017, after speaking to Joe, he went to the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles and met with Jim.

    Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

    Bobulinski insisted he was telling his story because the American public needed to know

    Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

    Hunter, pictured with his father in 2016, was exploring business deals around the world

    The former Navy lieutenant said that, having security clearance himself, he was aware of the pitfalls and questions, and asked Jim why Joe would take the risk of being associated with their company, which could raise eyebrows politically.

    ‘Plausible deniability,’ Jim replied, according to Bobulinski.

    Hunter Biden has for several years been used as a stick with which to beat his father, and in recent times Jim has been similarly scrutinized.

    Jim has done business around the world, in places such as Iraq, and raised suspicions that he was trading off his brother’s name.

    The Biden campaign has refused to engage with specific questions about the Bobulinski allegations, first aired hours before the presidential debate on October 22, and then revived on Tuesday. 

    Jim Biden (pictured with wife Sara) formed a company with his nephew Hunter to work on infrastructure

    Jim Biden (pictured with wife Sara) formed a company with his nephew Hunter to work on infrastructure

    HOW HUNTER’S EMAILS EXPLODED AS TWO WORLDS COLLIDED

    January 2009: Hunter Biden (right) quits lobbying because his father has become vice president, and sets up investment and advisory firm firm Rosemont Seneca with friends Christopher Heinz – John Kerry’s stepson – and Devon Archer (left), a former Kerry aide

    July 2010: Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who owns its biggest natural gas company Burisma joins the government of its president Viktor Yanukovych

    February 2014: Yanukovych is deposed in a revolution which claims scores of lives and Burisma Zlochevsky is thrown out of government too

    April 16: Burisma is secretly accused of money-laundering by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. On the same day Archer meets Joe Biden at the White House. Six days later Archer joins the board of Burisma 

    April 28: Britain’s Serious Fraud Office freeze $23 million of Burisma’s cash, every dollar which exists in the UK’s banking system 

    May 12: Hunter joins the board of Burisma to improve ‘corporate governance.’ Hunter’s salary is later revealed to be $50,000-a-month. Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi who had met Hunter in Lake Como, Italy, days earlier, emails him asking to ‘use his influence’ to stop prosecutions. During the summer, the new prosecutor-general of Ukraine opens an investigation into Burisma

    February 2015: Senior diplomat George Kent, on temporary assignment to Kyiv, learns of Hunter’s role. He phones a staffer at Biden’s office to it could ‘create perception of a conflict of interest.’ That month Viktor Shokin takes office as Ukraine’s prosecutor general, despite already being the subject of questions about his own links to corruption

    April 17: Email from Hunter’s laptop shows Pozharskyi writing Hunter: ‘thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some together.’ 

    Summer: The Burisma investigation appears to become dormant 

    January 2016: Biden travels to Ukraine amid mounting international disgust at Shokin failing to tackle corruption. One of the concerns raised by the European Union and IMF is that he has failed to investigate Burisma. Biden tells Poroshenko he needs to go. He later boasts: ‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’ Shokin in fact is finally removed from office in March after internal turmoil in Kyiv

    2018: Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani starts ‘investigating’ the Bidens’ links to Ukraine, enlisting the help of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are now indicted on fraud charges. Ukraine’s latest prosecutor general announces he will investigate Burisma early the next year 

    April 12, 2019: Hunter – or a man saying he is Hunter – takes three damaged Macs to John Paul MacIsaac’s Apple repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware. MacIsaac puts data from one on a new hard drive

    April 25: Joe Biden announces presidential run

    July 11: The laptops have not been picked up and are now considered ‘abandoned’ according to MacIsaac’s terms and conditions

    Summer: MacIsaac claims he becomes worried about what he has seen on the laptop whose contents he put on a disk, and thinks he might be killed by a Biden associate for having it in his shop

    Fall: MacIsaac either contacts the FBI or is contacted by them; he has said both

    December 9 or 19: The FBI pick up the laptop, but MacIsaac has made a copy for himself. Giuliani later says the shopowner has made four. They give him a grand jury subpoena to hand it over, even though he was going to anyway

    Early January 2020: The FBI tell MacIsaac not to talk to anyone and to stall if a Biden representative comes to get the laptop back 

     

    February: Trump is acquitted at end of his impeachment trial

    May: On Giuliani’s account, MacIsaac hands over the hard drive to Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, by this month at the latest as well as trying to give it to other Republicans 

    September: Steve Bannon, Trump’s ex-aide and now indicted on fraud charges, tells New York Post about existence of laptop

    September 28: Bannon boasts to a Dutch TV interviewer ‘I have Hunter’s hard drive’

    October 11: Giuliani gives Post the hard drive

    October 14: Post publishes emails and partially-clothed pictures of Hunter from the laptop – one of them with an apparent crack pipe – and says it has an 11-minute sex-and-drugs video. Giuliani promises there is ‘more to come,’ Republican senators promise to investigate but Democrats say the former New York mayor has ‘paraded with Russian agents’

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