Former President Donald Trump campaigned on the perceived need to “drain the swamp” in D.C., referring to the self-dealing and corruption he believed ran rampant among political and bureaucratic insiders.
Now, new evidence that a former FBI director made a six-figure donation to a trust set aside for President Joe Biden’s grandchildren is raising new concerns about the so-called swamp. The latest information came from a laptop reportedly abandoned by Biden’s son, Hunter, at a Delaware computer repair shop.
“Not a proper foundation gift”
Louis Freeh addressed the matter in an email to Hunter Biden, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“As you know, our family foundation made a $100K contribution to Hallie’s children’s trust last year,” he wrote in 2017.
His reference was to Hallie Biden, who was widowed by Hunter’s late brother, Beau, and later became romantically involved with her late husband’s brother.
In reference to the donation, Freeh noted that his accountants determined “it was not a proper foundation gift” since it was not made to a charitable nonprofit organization.
“So we’ve been in touch with the IRS and [accounting firm] PWC and want to correct the situation as follows: I’ll make a new $100K gift to Haley’s [sic] trust, and Hallie’s trust will reimburse the foundation by paying it $100K.”
“No burden at all”
Freeh signed off with an apology for any “extra burden” the issue might have caused.
Hunter Biden responded with gratitude, writing: “Thanks so much and of course no burden at all. Speak to you soon.”
Notably, the communication was not the first one between the two men. The previous year, Freeh sent an email to Biden expressing a desire “to do future work” with him and his politically influential father.
Freeh also apparently discussed the matter with then-Vice President Joe Biden, writing to the younger Biden: “I also spoke to Dad a few weeks ago and would like to explore with him some future work options.”
Paul Sacca wrote for TheBlaze that, in addition to serving as FBI director under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he also “ran a consulting firm, which represented three wealthy individuals who were all later convicted on corruption charges.”