The former business associates of Hunter Biden had pressed to “get Joe involved” in a joint venture with a Chinese company to make it look like a “truly family business,” according to text messages obtained by Fox News.
The messages from 2017 between Hunter’s two ex-business partners James Gilliar and Tony Bobulinski, discuss the proposed deal between the Chinese Energy Company CEFC and the Bidens.
“Man, U are right, let’s get the company set up, then tell H (assumed to be Hunter) and family the high stakes and get Joe involved,” read one text on May 11, 2017, from Gilliar to Bobulinski.
Joe Biden has denied continuously he has any knowledge of Hunter’s foreign business deals.
Bobulinski, in a text message to Gilliar on April 30, 2017, asked, “What is the deal w Jim Biden as he wasn’t part of the discussion but now seems a focal point.”
Gilliar replied, “With H demons, could be good to have a backup, he strengthens our USP to Chinese as it looks like a truly family business, and I like the dude.”
“USP” in business terms often refers to “unique selling proposition” or “unique selling point.” Though, a source said “USP” could also stand for U.S. persons, reported Fox News.
Another text referred to a need to set up a meeting for Sunday, May 7, 2017, when Gilliar asked Bobulinski to arrange “a lister to meet chairman Sunday.”
“Ok. A ‘lister’?” Bobulinski replied on May 4, 2017.
“Top person at same level as chairman, who would like to access China or money,” Gilliar replied. “It’s the way it works culturally for them.”
Gilliar added, “And empowers the B family so therefore us.”
The following day, Gilliar texted Bobulinski, “Think Joe may come Sunday. I’m hoping.”
“Yah, I told Jim that’s a no brainer if he can make it, he should be there,” Bobulinski replied on May 5, 2017. Gilliar replied, “Agreed.”
According to a source, Fox News reported that Joe Biden did not attend the May 7, 2017, meeting.
The venture, known as Sinohawk Holdings, was slated to partner with Chinese energy firm CEFC. It never came to fruition, and the transfer of CEFC funds to Sinohawk Holdings didn’t occur.
On May 18, 2017, both again discussed the joint venture during a text between Gilliar and Bobulinski. Bobulinski raised “concerns” about the structure of the deal.
“H brought in Jim simply to leverage getting more equity for himself and family in the final hour; that is evident,” Bobulinski texted.
“I know why the [sic] wants the deal and what makes it enormous. It’s the family name. In reality, they could have asked for 51 percent, maybe u would not be interested, but many U.S. moguls would have been.”
Gilliar added, “Ye wants.”
The following day, in a lengthy text, Bobulinski asked Gilliar if he had spoken to “rob or H.”
“No, I haven’t,” Gilliar replied. “Spoke with Jim 15 mins ago and told him to get H to call u. Think he’s with Joe in Wilmington.”
Two days later, on May 20, 2017, Gilliar said in a text to Bobulinski, “Don’t mention Joe being involved; it’s only when u are face to face. I know u know that, but they are paranoid.”
“OK, they should be paranoid about things,” Bobulinski says.
Gilliar replies, “For real.”
Gilliar issued a statement in October to the Wall Street Journal “to clear up any speculation that former Vice President Biden was involved with the 2017 discussions about our potential business structure.”
“I am unaware of any involvement at any time of the former Vice President,” he said.
“Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News in October. “He has never held stock in any such business arrangements, nor has any family member, or any other person ever held stock for him.”