Hunter Biden’s hard drive contained a deep lineup of contacts for top US officials overseeing US-China relations and at least 10 senior Google executives – raising new questions about whether Joe Biden’s well-connected The son may have taken advantage of his connection for personal gain, Post has learned.
Several top-level government officials would have been in a position to help support Hunter Biden’s business aspirations in China during his father’s tenure as vice president from 2008 to 2016. During that period, he infamously tried to capitalize on his family name and connections – often while his father ran sensitive state business.
As far as the Google braintrust is concerned, a former Google executive told The Post that Hunter Biden solicited the tech giant’s cash for Chinese ventures, and that many of the company’s bigwigs met Obama during his father’s presidency. -Biden was working for the administration.
Among the names and personal cell phone numbers of dozens of government officials and federal employees found in Hunter Biden, the infamous laptop left at a Delaware computer repair shop in April 2019: John Kerry and Max Baucus, who served as secretary of state and US ambassador . For China, respectively, during Biden’s vice president. On calling the number listed on the laptop, the post reached near Carrie’s answering machine. Baucus had a Chinese phone number listed and the Post was unable to reach him.
Hunter Biden and his father had been active in China for a long time.
In 2013, Hunter Biden tagged on Air Force 2 when his father accompanied Xi Jinping to Beijing. The vice president was looking to de-escalate tensions in the South China Sea, but his son wanted to negotiate a deal with Jonathan Li, a Chinese financier who runs private-equity fund Bohai Capital. He even had a handshake between Lee and the elder Biden.
Ten days later the Chinese business license for Bohai Harvest — a new company that would invest Chinese cash in projects outside the country that Hunter Biden had been trying to launch for more than a year — was approved by Chinese authorities. .
Hunter would be conquered, fed and brought up by the Chinese oligarchs during his father’s tenure. Ye Xianming, the boss of CEFC China Energy Company, presented him with a diamond worth $80,000 as a gift. Rock later became an albatross during divorce proceedings with wife Kathleen Bühle.
In addition to meeting Hunter’s business partners at the White House, Joe Biden was identified as the recipient of a 10% equity stake in the company that was formed for the joint venture with CEFC. According to Tony Bobulinsky, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, he was called the “big guy” in the email.
Baucus and Carey – both former US senators – may have been friendly with Hunter Biden since his father’s Senate days, but other US-China officials whose names were on the laptops do not present any clear prior relationship with the former second son.
Bruce Quinn – who is listed on hard drives as “director for implementation” at the US Trade Representative’s office for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan – said he does not know why he would be among the names on hard drives.
“I never met him. I can’t even imagine,” Quinn told The Post. “I used to go to all kinds of conventions and seminars at the time. No doubt he could attend an event with me Were.
All others designated in Hunter’s address book as US-China contacts either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment from the Post. they include:
- Thomas Parker, Special Adviser to the Vice President for National Security Affairs
- Sarah E. Kemp, who served as a commercial consultant at the US Embassy in Beijing
- Patrick Mulloy, former commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission
“Once again, this raises the question of the extent to which Hunter Biden used his father’s name for personal gain. Why does Hunter have these contacts? Has he ever met or contacted these individuals in their official capacity? And if so, how did those contacts benefit Hunter, his father, and Biden Inc.?” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) told The Post.
President Biden has consistently denied any involvement in his son’s foreign trade deals, despite a growing body of evidence suggesting the now older Biden was intimately involved.
As for Google, Kenneth Davis, who worked with the $1.7 trillion company’s philanthropic and venture capital arms between 2008 and 2012, said he would love to visit Hunter Biden at the company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., abroad. Remembered to pitch to Googlers on Investing. Davis was one of 10 Google executives found in the laptop.
“He was pitching some crazy stuff like some Chinese stuff. … We saw it and I made fun of it,” Davis, 42, told The Post. “He certainly didn’t know what he was talking about. Because it is related to energy. It was a lot of ‘I’m Hunter Biden – see last name. Rosemont Seneca. We are bargaining.’ He certainly didn’t have the subject matter expertise of what he was trying to pitch. ,
Rosemont Seneca was an investment firm founded in June 2019 by Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz, the ketchup fortune heir and stepson of John Kerry. Erik Schwerin was later named its president. The fund aggressively struck deals in Russia, Romania, Ukraine, China and elsewhere.
Davis can’t remember the specific undertaking Hunter Biden presented at the Spring 2011 meeting. Davis sent a LinkedIn connection request to Hunter Biden in June of that year, the laptop shows.
“My overall impression [was] This guy is clearly just riding the tail of daddy’s coat and I have better things to do with my time,” Davis said.
Bill Maris, who founded Google Ventures — the company’s venture capital arm — was also on the laptop with Dan Reacher, the one-time director of the company’s climate change and energy initiatives. Both men have since left the company.
A calendar invitation on the hard drive shows a video conference between Maris and Rosemont Seneca Partners scheduled for September 29, 2009.
Other designated Google employees include:
- Alan Davidson, Former Director of Public Policy, Americas
- Kristian Adams, Senior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Outreach and Crisis Response
- Johanna Shelton, Director, Public Policy
- Manuel Tamez, former Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
- Mike Brazil, Finance Operations Manager
- Jacqueline Fuller, Vice President, Google; President, Google.org
- Megan Smith, Former Vice President, New Business Development
In the email, Hunter and his colleagues made a point of targeting Reischer on behalf of SmartSync, a Jackson, Miss.-based smart grid technology and energy monitoring and management firm. The business included the development of smart meters that used existing public wireless networks to communicate with utilities. The company moved in 2021`.
The email shows Hunter Biden and Reischer being linked by Fuller, who now heads the philanthropic arm at Google.org. Another calendar invite lists a call between Hunter Biden and Reischer, scheduled for April 2, 2010.
“We were making real real investments in companies and giving some grants to NGOs and others. We were funding research,” Reicher said of his work at Google, though he doesn’t remember ever meeting Hunter Biden.
Google said in a statement that it has never invested cash in any of Hunter Biden’s projects.
“These are mostly long-retired employees and we have no record of any such investments,” a Google spokesperson told The Post.
Hunter’s phone saw several Google employees move into senior White House roles while his father served as vice president. Davidson landed a gig as director of the digital economy for the US Department of Commerce in June 2015. Smith became the nation’s third chief technology officer in September 2014.
Hunter Biden and Smith were very friendly during their tenure at Google and while working as CTO. After being appointed, Hunter toasts her at a party at the home of DC powerbroker Hilary Rosen. According to press reports, Smith’s then-wife, New York Times columnist Kara Swisher, was like Dr. Anthony Fauci.
A calendar alert shows an appointment between Smith and Eric Schwerin, president of Rosemont Seneca, the investment firm of Hunter Biden, on February 20, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Davis also remembered the company hosting large fundraisers on behalf of the Democratic National Committee — and indeed, like many in Silicon Valley, Google and his employees served as reliable cash cows for Biden and the Democratic Party. Of.
While at Google, Smith donated more than $75,000 to the Democratic Party, Federal Election Commission records show. Fuller has given more than $27,000 to Democrats since 2009—including a maximum donation of $2,700 to Biden’s presidential campaign committee and his political action committee, records show.
Aside from Davis and Reischer, all current and former Google employees declined or did not respond to requests for comment from the Post.