President Joe Biden entered office with a denial of any involvement in his son Hunter’s business dealings and a vow to keep his administration out of an ongoing investigation.
A new report by the New York Post, however, suggests he was not telling the whole truth.
“An opportunity to meet your father”
According to details included in the article on Wednesday, records obtained from a laptop assumed to have belonged to the younger Biden refer to a 2015 dinner in which he and his father, then the vice president, met with foreign business partners.
The controversy surrounding Hunter Biden has largely stemmed from evidence recovered from the laptop, which he reportedly abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop.
One message was from Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Burisma, the same Ukrainian energy company that paid Hunter Biden to serve on its board.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together,” Pozharskyi wrote, according to the Post. “It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.”
Additional emails indicated that Hunter Biden put together a guest list prior to the event that included a number of questionable figures.
“Keep that between us for now”
Yury Luzhkov, the former mayor of Moscow, Russia, was one such attendee. He has since died but attracted a long string of corruption allegations during his nearly two decades in office.
Luzhkov’s wife, Yelena Baturina, was also among the dinner guests. She faced accusations of her own after reports last year that she had wired $3.5 million to an investment company founded by Hunter Biden, the Post noted.
Biden established Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC in conjunction with Devon Archer, who has been described as former Secretary of State John Kerry’s one-time adviser.
Another email signaled that Hunter Biden planned for his famous father to attend, telling one guest: “Ok — the reason for the dinner is ostensibly to discuss food security. Dad will be there but keep that between us for now. Thanks.”
Fox News published a photo taken in 2014 that showed the elder Biden golfing with his son and Archer, who was also serving as a Burisma board member at the time.