Former associate of Hunter Biden, who provided info to DOJ, arrested on federal charges

 March 2, 2023

A former associate of Hunter Biden, who is alleged to have provided the U.S. government with incriminating evidence about the Biden family's business dealings, was recently arrested on what he claims are baseless and false charges, according to the Conservative Brief.

Dr. Gal Luft, an Israeli professor who heads a Washington D.C.-based think tank, was arrested in Cyprus a couple of weeks ago on U.S. charges that he claims are "politically motivated" retribution against him for speaking out against the Biden family.

Arrested on "politically motivated" charges

The Jerusalem Post reported that Luft was arrested on Feb. 16 on an Interpol arrest warrant at the Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus as he was preparing to board a flight to Israel. The criminal allegations include arms trafficking, conspiracy, making false statements, and other unspecified violations.

Luft serves as the co-director of the D.C.-based Institute for the Analysis of Global Security think tank, which is focused on energy and security, and he has been highly critical over the past two years of President Joe Biden's administration and policies.

Following his arrest, Luft took to Twitter and wrote, "I've been arrested in Cyprus on a politically motivated extradition request by the US. The US, claiming I'm an arms dealer. It would be funny if it weren't tragic. I've never been an arms dealer. DOJ is trying to bury me to protect Joe, Jim & Hunter Biden. Shall I name names?"

Luft's testimony would be "very devastating," attorney says

Israeli media outlet Ynet reported that Luft's Israeli attorney, Mordecai Tzivin, said, "The arrest came four years after Luft cooperated with FBI and Department of Justice investigators to help them with information about the case" involving Hunter Biden's dubious foreign business dealings that has purportedly been probed by the DOJ since 2018.

The attorney stated that Luft's testimony could "bury Hunter Biden, that's why they’re trying to bury him first," that his client would have simply been disappeared or killed in an accident in some other country like Russia, and that "it's not unreasonable to think that the Democrats or some of their peers would like him gone."

"His testimony will be very devastating, it will divert attention to the president himself as well," Tzivin said. He added that he was worried about Luft being extradited to the U.S. and noted, "When there is a political motive, Interpol does not extradite, or when there is danger to someone’s life. I don't want to say that he is in mortal danger, but he is indeed in great danger."

Closely associated with Hunter Biden and Chinese energy firm

The Washington Free Beacon reported that Luft's connection to Hunter Biden came via the fact that both men served as "advisers" to the Chinese state-run energy firm CEFC, which donated at least $350,000 to the IAGS think tank for its promotion of Chinese interests and paid Biden millions for assistance in finding energy investment deals.

The firm and think tank were closely linked, as Luft served as a senior adviser to CEFC while that firm's chairman, former Biden associate Ye Jianming, was listed as chairman of the board for the think tank. Luft was also closely tied as a "friend and colleague" with former CEFC executive and Biden associate Patrick Ho, who was convicted of bribery in 2019.

A U.S. attorney for Luft, Robert Henoch, confirmed that his client had provided information about the Biden family's dealings to federal investigators in 2019, and told the outlet in a statement, "Dr. Luft is a whistleblower."

Henoch further alleged that prosecutors had ignored the information he provided "and are instead targeting him with trumped-up and false charges." He added, "This, unfortunately, appears to be part of an attempt to discredit a witness with critical information about an ongoing congressional and DOJ investigation."

House Oversight Committee "reaching out" to Luft

CNS News reported Thursday that Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chair of the House Oversight Committee that is investigating the Biden family's foreign business dealings, said on Fox News that morning that at least three whistleblowers had come forward and seemed to indicate that Luft was one of them after the interviewer referenced his tweet about being arrested.

"We had already identified this individual," Comer said and added that his team was "reaching out" to set up a call. "We had hoped to have talked to him by now, but for whatever reason, we were unable to. I think this [arrest] is the straw that broke the camel's back."

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