According to emails obtained from the National Archives, then-Vice President Joe Biden's Communications Director Kate Bedingfield reassured Hunter Biden's top lieutenant in 2015 that a damaging story from Bloomberg reporter Margaret Talev about the family's business dealings in Ukraine would be quashed unless "editors hold a gun to her head."
The emails are just one more piece of evidence pointing to a close working relationship between Joe Biden's White House team and the family's business, as revealed by partner Eric Schwerin, who is reportedly collaborating with House investigators, according to a report by Breitbart News.
“Absolutely — we have had two conversations about it — she will only use if her editors put a gun to her head. She absolutely will not do the second thing,” Bedingfield replied to Schwerin about a potential Bloomberg story about Hunter’s role at Burisma, and another about his discharge from the Navy. Despite Bedingfield's efforts to keep the article from being released, Bloomberg appears to have published it on December 8, the same day as the communication.
Margaret Talev is a CNN political commentator and the managing editor for politics at Axios. Meanwhile, Bedingfield left the White House in 2023, just as the House Oversight Committee's investigation into Joe Biden was heating up.
Before assuring Schwerin that the story would not be published, Bedingfield recited a familiar script used by Biden over the years to deflect attention from his probable participation in the family business. The discussion was prompted by a New York Times piece about the family's Ukrainian business.
“VP just finished an interview with the Bloomberg reporter traveling with us and she asked about it [Times story], though she assures me she is doing everything she can do to not use it,” she told Schwerin, noting her talking points for Joe Biden.
“No one has any doubt about my record on corruption, I don’t talk to my son about his business, and my children don’t talk to me about mine, I have complete faith in my son,” she recounted.
Schwerin complained to Bedingfield after the Bloomberg story was published, “Guess Bloomberg reporter didn’t have the ability to convince her editors not to make her write the story……” Bedingfield commented, “Really frustrating,” expressing her hope that the story would not “trigger” a third on the subject.
Hunter's board position on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma sparked the 2015 headlines in the Times and Bloomberg. Hunter joined the board in April 2014, two years before Joe Biden alleged that he forced Ukraine prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma, to resign.
Despite Hunter's lack of experience in Ukraine or the energy industry, the energy corporation paid him $83,000 per month, or $1 million per year - just weeks after his father was named "point person" for US foreign policy toward Ukraine.
The email exchange between Bedingfield and Schwerin is America First Legal's latest find from the National Archives. The new email troves unearthed by a lawsuit against the Archives show Biden and Hunter coordinating through their respective associates to respond to reporter questions about whether Hunter's position on Burisma's board harmed then-Vice President Biden's credibility in pushing anti-corruption measures.
On Monday, America First Legal discovered that in December 2015, then-Vice President Biden approved an official statement on Hunter Biden's position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, despite claims that he was not associated with the family's business.
A third trove released by the Archives revealed Hunter counseled Vice President Biden's Office in 2014 on how to manage media queries about his position on the board of Burisma, a potential violation of federal law due to Hunter's failure to register as a foreign agent.
Breitbart Senior Contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer released Hidden Empires and Profiles in Corruption in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Each book debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, revealing how Hunter and Joe Biden flew aboard Air Force Two to China in 2013 before Hunter's firm sealed a $1.5 billion contract with an unit of the Chinese government's Bank of China less than two weeks later.
Schweizer's investigation also revealed the Biden family's other large and lucrative international dealings and cronyism. Breitbart Political Editor Emma-Jo Morris's New York Post investigation into Hunter Biden's "laptop from Hell" also made international headlines when she and Miranda Devine revealed that Joe Biden was intimately involved in Hunter's businesses, appearing to have a ten percent stake in a company the scion formed with Chinese Communist Party officials at the highest levels.