While President Joe Biden has long denied that business dealings by his son, Hunter Biden, have involved any criminal wrongdoing, one former federal prosecutor says the evidence suggests otherwise.
What’s more, it could implicate the president himself. Brett Tolman made that argument on Tuesday during an interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum.
The Klain email
MacCallum began by asking Tolman about an email that current White House chief of staff Ron Klain sent Hunter Biden in 2012 asking for donations to the Vice President’s Residence Foundation.
“The tax lawyers for the VP Residence Foundation have concluded that since the Cheney folks last raised money in 2007 and not 2008, we actually have to have some incoming funds before the end of this fiscal year (i.e., before 9/30/12 – next week) to remain eligible to be a ‘public charity,'” Fox News quoted the email as saying.
“It’s not much – we need to raise a total of $20,000 – so I’m hitting up a few very close friends on a very confidential basis to write checks of $2,000 each,” Klain continued.
“We need to keep this low low key, because raising money for the Residence now is bad PR – but it has to be done, so I’m trying to just collect the 10 checks of $2,000, get it done in a week, and then, we can do an event for the Residence Foundation after the election,” Klain concluded.
When MacCallum asked if the message could point to a crime, Tolman responded, “Well, it’s possible, and on its face, you may not think much of it, maybe that they just don’t want the PR.”
However, he said “it raises all kinds of alarm bells that are not just ethical but perhaps even criminal” in light of “where that money is coming from.”
“We need to know”
Tolman next referenced another email that was reported by the New York Post to have been shown to a Delaware grand jury.
It discussed the ownership structure of a company and sought to confirm that a 10% ownership stake would be “held by H for the big guy.”
In 2020, former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that “H” referred to Hunter Biden while “the big guy” was Joe Biden.
Tolman went on to say that he expects Hunter Biden to be indicted and hopes that the “warrants have been expansive enough” to go after other Biden family members, saying, “We need to know what they’ve been up to.”