Joe Biden's closing remarks at the second and final presidential debate emphasized a frightening reality in stating that the "character of this country is on the ballot."
This vitally important consideration became highlighted during a stunning televised press appearance by ex-Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski just 90 minutes prior to the debate.
The Navy veteran and registered Democrat directly accused Joe Biden of lying about claiming ignorance regarding his son Hunter's murky dealings with CEFC, a now-defunct Shanghai-based Chinese energy company with broadly known Communist government and military ties. CEFC went bankrupt following U.S. government charges of money laundering.
As reported by the New York Post that had featured a bombshell Oct. 14 exposé on the topic, Bobulinski said, "I have heard Joe Biden say he has never discussed his dealings with Hunter. That is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden."
Bobulinski recounted being introduced to the former veep by Hunter and Joe Biden's brother Jim Biden on May 2, 2017. "That night, we discussed the Bidens' history, the Biden family's plans with the Chinese, with which he was plainly familiar, at least at a high level."
Speaking before reporters at a Marriott hotel near the debate site, Bobulinski claimed he had a falling out with the Biden family when Hunter Biden wanted to pocket $5 million from an initial $10 million cash injection into SinoHawk Holdings which he headed, ponied up by CEFC.
Bobulimski learned about this money switcheroo from a September 2020 report released by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., that "connected some dots" on the CEFC deal, causing him to believe that the Bidens had sold out their U.S. partners.
"CEFC through July 2017 was assuring me the funds would be transferred to SinoHawk, but they were never sent to our company. Instead, I found out from Sen. Johnson's September report that the $5 million was sent in August 2017 to entities affiliated with Hunter," he said, referring to a Biden-controlled company called Hudson West, identified in the recently released congressional probe into potential Biden family corruption.
In Sept. 2017 CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming had opened a line of credit under Hudson West's name. Hunter, Jim Biden and Jim Biden's wife, Sara, were then given credit cards to purchase items totaling more than $100,000. In addition, Ye also reportedly gave Hunter a 2.8-carat diamond "thank you" note, and Hudson West provided $4.7 million in "consulting fees" to his law firm over a one-year period.
Bobulinski was originally recruited in late 2015 by Hunter's associate James Gilliar to form a new entity with what was described as "one of the most prominent families in the United States." A May 20, 2017 text message from Gilliar warned Bobulinski, "Don't mention Joe [Biden] being involved, it's only when u [sic] are face to face, I know u [sic] know that but they are paranoid."
Email exchanges on Hunter's laptop indicate that while Bobulinski and Gilliar were concerned about Hunter's lack of contributing "skill sets," he was nonetheless important for "the [Biden] name/leverage being used." The two also recognized that those on the Chinese side "are intelligence so they understand the [name] value added."
As negotiations ramped up in Mid-May, Hunter, who had little involvement in developing the deal, began imposing strong requirements. One was to bring his uncle Jim Biden in for a stake. Gilliar argued to Bobulinski that Jim's addition "strengthens our USP" – unique selling proposition — "to the Chinese as it looks like a truly family business."
Hunter also wanted offices established in three U.S. cities, "significant" travel budgets, a stipend for Jim Biden, a job for an assistant, and more frequent distributions of any gains. As for annual pay, he explained that he expected "a hell of a lot more than 850" thousand dollars a year (the amount that Bobulinski was to get as CEDO), since his ex-wife will take nearly all of it.
Bobulinski pushed back, warning that they needed to "manage" Hunter because "he thinks things are going to be his personal piggybank." The duo also worried about Hunter's "mental state," personal "demons," substance abuse, and his ability to make meetings.
Apparently catching wind of the resistance, Hunter railed at Bobulinski that CEFC heads are "coming to be MY partner to be partners with the Bidens." He pointedly reminded him "that in this instance only one player holds the trump card and that's me. May not be fair but it's the reality because I'm the only one putting the entire family legacy on the line."
Gilliar privately told Bobulinski to show flexibility, since "I know why [CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming] wants the deal and what makes it enormous, it's the family name."
Although Joe Biden claims he has never discussed his son's business, a May 13, 2017 "expectations" document shows Hunter receiving 20% of the equity in the venture and holding another 10% for "the big guy" — who Bobulinski attests is Joe Biden.
In one text, Hunter says that "my Chairman gave an emphatic NO" to a version of the deal. Another Hunter partner explains in a text to Bobulinski that when Hunter "said his chairman, he was talking about his dad."
Tony Bobulinski met with FBI officials last Friday. He is also expected to meet with members of the Senate and Government Affairs and Senate Finance Committee later this week to help shed additional light on numerous other shady Biden family business affairs.
For example, how did it come about in 2013 for Hunter to ink a $1 billion investment deal with the state-owned Bank of China just 10 days after having accompanied his father on an official government trip to Beijing aboard Air Force Two where he introduced Joe to his business partners?
How could Joe claim to be unaware and unconcerned regarding Hunter's lucrative role on the board of Burisma, an infamously corrupt Ukrainian energy company, while serving as the Obama administration's lead representative of that country?
Was Joe also oblivious to any reasons why the widow of a former mayor of Moscow would wire $3.5 million to Hunter at a time President Trump was being charged with "Russian collusion?"
Incidentally, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has said there's no evidence of Russian disinformation to discredit the authenticity of Hunter's laptop records.
So, stay tuned.
But meanwhile, let's also remember that if Democrats take the White House and Congress, we will likely never learn what really happened.
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