A former business partner of Hunter Biden, at a press conference organized by the Trump campaign, claimed that former Vice President Joe Biden was part of discussions about his son’s efforts to form an investment project with a Chinese oil company.
The Biden campaign denied that Joe Biden had any involvement in or would win the project.
In a statement to reporters on Thursday, Anthony Popolensky said that in 2017 Hunter Biden consulted with his father about a planned project with the Chinese oil company CEFC China Energy Co to invest in the United States and elsewhere. Mr. Popolinsky was also a partner.
The project – which was set up in 2017 after Mr. Biden left as vice president and before his presidential campaign – has never received any proposed funds from the Chinese company or closed any deals, according to people familiar with the matter. Company records reviewed by the Wall Street Journal show that Joe Biden had no role.
“Joe Biden had never considered engaging in business with his family, nor of any outside business at all.” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement, “He never kept any such business arrangement nor owned any member of his family or anyone. Last stock to him. “
Mr. Popolinsky said he was disturbed by Joe Biden’s public statements that he had not discussed the international business activities of Hunter and other family members. It also cited payments of nearly $ 5 million that a Republican Senate report said last month that CEFC had provided to law firm Hunter Biden as another reason for the advance.
Mr. Popolinsky said he participated in a meeting with Hunter, Joe Biden, and Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, in Los Angeles in 2017 when they discussed “the Biden family’s business plans with the Chinese, which [Joe Biden] He was clearly familiar at least at a high level. “
A Biden campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about the alleged meeting with Mr. Popolinsky. James Biden and Hunter Biden’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment.
Mr Popolinsky, who was a guest of Mr Trump at Thursday’s debate in Nashville, did not receive any questions following his statement or provide further details about any remarks made by the former vice president. He showed three phones that he said contained information he would hand over to the FBI. He also said he will provide the information to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee led by Senator Ron Johnson (Ron Johnson) on Friday.
The project with CEFC, known as SinoHawk Holdings, was half owned by Mr. Popolinsky, who served as CEO, and four other partners – Hunter and James Biden; Rob Walker, former Clinton administration official; And James Gillier, British – according to company documents reviewed by the magazine.
Text messages and emails related to the project that Mr. Popolinsky submitted to the magazine, especially from Spring and Summer 2017, do not show Hunter Biden or James Biden discussing Joe Biden’s role in the project.
“I would like to clarify any speculation that former Vice President Biden participated in the 2017 discussions about our potential business structure. I am not aware of any involvement of the former vice president at any time. The activity in question generated no revenue for the project,” Mr. Gillier told the newspaper.
In the correspondence provided by Mr. Popolinsky, an email he received from Mr. Geliard in May 2017 suggested a possible stock arrangement for the five partners. The email says “10 held by H for the big guy?” Mr. Popolinsky said the “H” was for Hunter Biden and “Big Man” was Joe Biden. Mr. Gillier did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the other project partner, Mr. Walker.
SinoHawk was created to find investments in the United States and elsewhere for the CEFC, relying in part on James and Hunter Biden, as well as their partners, to make introductions to politicians and influencers, according to company strategy documents.
Popolinsky, 48, who said he served four years in the Navy and left the rank of lieutenant, said that through his business ventures he met Mr. Gilliard, who led him to the proposed project.
The CEFC, whose founder and president had a background in military intelligence, was in the midst of a rapid and well-funded global expansion, which often made investments that matched the priorities of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and his global infrastructure-building program. Its founder, Ye Jianming, was placed under investigation in China in 2018 and has not appeared in public since. The CEFC went into receivership and was placed under the control of the Shanghai government.
Andrew Restuccia contributed to this article.
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