GOP demands records of Biden’s Air Force Two flights with Hunter
Republicans are ramping up their investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings following bombshell reports that Hunter traveled to at least 15 countries with his dad then-Vice President Joe on Air Force Two. They accuse then-VP Biden of having ‘abused’ his taxpayer-funded office ‘to enrich his family’ by flying Hunter all over the world to meet with his business associates, according to a letter to the National Archives obtained by DailyMail.com. Hunter tagged along with his powerful father during official vice president trips between 2009 and 2017 to Asia , Europe, Africa, Mexico and Canada spanning at least 15 different countries, according to a recent report by Fox News.
During the trips, Hunter would reportedly meet with his international business associates and potential clients. He also apparently offered short ‘handshake’ meetings providing his partners direct access to his father on several occasions. ‘Then-Vice President Biden’s misuse of Air Force Two and Marine Two is indicative of yet another way in which the President has abused his various offices of public trust and wasted taxpayer money to benefit his family’s enterprise, which consisted of nothing more than access to Joe Biden himself,’ the Republicans accuse.
They are demanding all Air Force Two flight records and emails sent from the White House to Biden family members during the Obama-Biden administration. They point to an instance recounted by Hunter’s ex-business partner Devon Archer during sworn testimony in which he said then-VP Biden met with one of Hunter’s Chinese associates in Beijing in December 2013 – on a trip the first son was also on.
Archer told Congress that Jonathan Li – a prominent Chinese businessman and CEO of investment fund BHR – met with then-VP Biden during that trip for a short coffee meeting. ‘Jonathan Li and President Biden had coffee’ when he was in Beijing, testified Archer earlier this month. So there was a level of ‘familiarity’ between the men, he said. Republicans say that shortly after that meeting, BHR’s business license was approved and Hunter became a board member.
Li had also separately had asked Hunter and his associates for assistance with getting his children accepted to prominent U.S. colleges. Archer also testified that the ‘Biden brand’ helped keep Ukrainian firm Burisma from going bankrupt, and revealed Joe was on the phone or present in-person at least 20 times while his son, who called him ‘my guy.’ Republicans claim Archer’s testimony added to mounting evidence that the then-vice president was involved in Hunter’s overseas deals that raked in millions from nations including China and Romania.
The House Oversight Committee Republicans reiterate their ‘concerns’ that foreign nationals ‘sought access and influence by engaging in lucrative business relationships with high-profile political figures’ immediate family members,’ including members of the Biden family. The letter signed by Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., and Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., was directed to Archivist of the Untied States Colleen Shogan because the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the ‘custodian agency of Vice-Presidential records.’
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