As Joe Biden faces a mounting scandal over his son’s business deals, a curious photo of the former vice president is raising new questions.
The undated picture depicts the former vice president meeting with a Kazakh oligarch with whom his son, Hunter, allegedly did business, the New York Post reported.
While it’s unclear when or why the men met, the picture follows a pattern of dubious connections involving the former vice president, his son, and businessmen in the latter’s orbit from around the globe.
The image, which was first shared by an anti-corruption website in 2019, shows father and son meeting with the former prime minister of Kazakhstan and a businessman with whom Hunter Biden allegedly did business, Kenes Rakishev, who had connections with the country’s kleptocratic regime.
In a story that is starting to sound familiar, the Daily Mail reported that Hunter Biden forged a warm business relationship with Rakishev when his father was the vice president of the United States.
The outlet obtained emails from “anti-corruption campaigners” that describe Rakishev’s difficulty in finding investors willing to take his money and how Hunter Biden worked to secure a $1 million investment from Rakishev in a production firm run by filmmaker Alexandra Forbes Kerry, the daughter of former Secretary of State John Kerry.
Hunter Biden at one point traveled to the nation’s capital to meet with Rakishev, and the two shared “gossip about their family holidays and dined together at luxury restaurants in New York and Washington D.C.,” the Daily Mail reported.
“I’m on vacation with family [at] Lake Michigan…trying to spend some much needed time with my wife and daughters. It’s my 20th anniversary of marriage tomorrow,” he told Rakishev at one point in 2013.
Rakishev was mentioned in a recent Senate committee’s report on Hunter Biden’s business dealings, which claimed that Rakishev paid $142,300 to Devon Archer, one of Biden’s primary business partners, putatively for a car, Breitbart reported.
While it’s unclear what, if any, involvement the former vice president had with his son’s interests in Kazakhstan, the Democrat has also faced accusations of steering business for his son in Ukraine and China.
The New York Post recently published emails reportedly found on Hunter Biden’s laptop that appear to describe a meeting involving his father and one of his business partners at a Ukrainian company, Burisma Holdings.
Democrats have attempted to dismiss the scandal as a Russian “disinformation campaign,” although there is no evidence that is the case.