Emails between then-Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Hunter Biden demonstrate that Blinken arranged meetings and luncheons using his personal email address rather than his government address.
The collection of emails examined by the Washington Examiner concerned conversations between Blinken and Biden during Blinken's tenure as deputy secretary of state under former President Barack Obama, as The Washington Examiner reported.
Biden requested Blinken's "advice on a couple of things" in 2015, and Blinken arranged a meeting using his AOL address instead of his state.gov address.
On May 22, 2015, Biden sent Blinken an email requesting a meeting. At the time, Biden had served for 13 months on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company, despite lacking industry experience.
Biden's appointment to the board has attracted intense scrutiny and criticism, with Republicans accusing him of influence trafficking and using his father's name for personal gain.
“Have a few minutes next week to grab a cup of coffee? I know you are impossibly busy, but would like to get your advice on a couple of things. Best, Hunter," Biden wrote.
Blinken responded, "Absolutely. I’m just about to land in Tokyo en route back D.C. from Burma. I’ll be in office from Tuesday on. Copying Linda in my office to find a good time. Look forward to seeing you. Tony.”
The emails were then forwarded in two directions: Hunter Biden sent the correspondence to fellow Burisma board member Devon Archer, while Blinken forwarded the emails to his former personal assistant Linda Landers.
Using her state.gov email address, Landers subsequently reached out to Biden, telling him, "Let us know the best times to reach you next week, and we'll do our best to accommodate."
According to the correspondence, the brunch between Blinken and Hunter Biden took place on July 22, 2015. Archer and Eric Schwerin, an additional business associate, shared the meeting times.
Archer and Schwerin were copied on the email chains for unknown reasons, and it is unknown what Blinken and the younger Biden discussed during their lunch encounters.
Blinken's use of a personal email address to arrange the meetings may open the door to an investigation. Hunter Biden emailed Evan Ryan, Blinken's wife, in July 2010 to request her husband's personal email address.
"Can I get Toni’s non-govt email? I wanted to send him something. Thanks,” Hunter Biden wrote, which is worthy of note, considering that in 2010, Blinken served as then-Vice President Joe Biden's national security adviser.
Last year, a cyber forensics expert and former Secret Service agent named Konstantinos "Gus" Dimitrelos examined the laptop for the Washington Examiner and concluded, "There is a 100% certainty that Robert Hunter Biden was the only person responsible for the activity on this hard drive and all of its stored data" and "the hard drive is authentic."