Biden denies $1m payments to Hunter associate’s family, despite bank statements: ‘It’s not true’
President Biden has denied that his family received more than $1 million in payments from accounts linked to by Hunter Biden business associate Rob Walker and their Chinese business ventures in 2017, even though financial records indicate otherwise.
On Thursday, GOP lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee revealed they had obtained bank documents showing that Hunter Biden, President Jim’s brother, and Hallie Biden, the widow of his son Beau, received payments from Hunter’s business associate, Rob Walker, and their joint venture. with the Chinese energy company CEFC. A spokesperson for Hunter Biden’s legal team confirmed the payments Thursday, but stressed that the recipients’ accounts “belong to Hunter, his uncle and Hallie – no one else.”
However, Biden denied the payments had been made when he was confronted by a reporter on the White House lawn on Friday.
“That’s not true,” the president said, when asked about the findings of GOP lawmakers.
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The financial records that Bank of America Supervisory Board Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., subpoenaed say otherwise.
Records revealed that on March 1, 2017, less than two months after then-Vice President Joe Biden left, State Energy HK Limited, a separate Chinese company, wired $3 million to Robinson Walker, LLC .
“The following day, Robinson Walker, LLC wired $1,065,000 to European Energy and Infrastructure Group in Abu Dhabi, a company associated with James Gilliar,” a committee memo read.
Gilliar was a business partner of Hunter Biden involved in his overseas business ventures.
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“After the Robinson Walker, LLC account received $3 million from State Energy HK Limited, members of the Biden family and their businesses began receiving additional payments over a period of approximately three months,” the memo reads. . “The recipients of the money included Hallie Biden, companies associated with Hunter Biden and James Biden, and an unknown bank account identified as ‘Biden’.”
Republican lawmakers say they are looking into whether the Biden family leveraged Joe Biden’s former position as vice president to strike lucrative deals with foreign nationals.
The White House in a statement did not deny the findings, but blasted the committee’s investigation into the Biden family.
“After a disgusting attack lamenting that the president’s deceased son, Beau, was never prosecuted while he was alive, Congressman Comer has now decided to go after Beau’s widow,” the racketeer said. White House spokesman Ian Sams, referring to comments Comer made earlier this month about the campaign contributions of the late Beau Biden.
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“Instead of bizarrely attacking the President’s family, perhaps House Republicans should focus on working with the President to get results for American families on important priorities like cutting costs and strengthening health care,” Sams said.
Hunter Biden’s legal team accused Republicans of promoting an “unsubstantiated right-wing conspiracy theory” even as they confirmed the payments took place.
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“Hunter Biden, a private citizen with every right to pursue his own business activities, has joined several business partners in seeking a joint venture with a legitimate private energy company in China,” the spokesperson said. “As part of this joint venture, Hunter received his share of good-faith seed money which he shared with his uncle, James Biden, and Hallie Biden, with whom he was involved at the time, and shared expenses. .”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.