Bank Records Reveal Foreign Payments to Biden Family During Vice Presidency
In a startling revelation, bank records released on August 9 have unveiled that associates of President Joe Biden's family, including his son Hunter Biden, were compensated with over $20 million by foreign entities, notably Russians, Ukrainians, and Kazakhstan nationals, while Mr. Biden served as vice president. The disclosures have raised concerns about the ethical implications surrounding the payments and potential conflicts of interest.
The financial transactions involve a diverse array of individuals and companies from various nations. Notable among them is Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina, widow of former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who reportedly transferred a staggering $3.5 million to the company Rosemont Seneca Thornton. Approximately a third of this sum was directed towards Hunter Biden's associate, Devon Archer. Further, an additional $2.75 million found its way into an account established for Rosemont Seneca Bohai, which was initiated merely a day before on February 13, 2014.
testimonies have revealed that Hunter Biden and Devon Archer jointly owned the aforementioned account, indicating their close business affiliations. Baturina's presence at Washington dinners attended by Joe Biden himself raises eyebrows, particularly as these interactions occurred within months of the financial transaction.
Another prominent figure linked to these financial dealings is ex-Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov, who was subsequently sentenced to prison this year due to alleged involvement in a coup attempt within his homeland. An associate of Massimov reportedly met Hunter Biden and paid him an amount that corresponded exactly to funds directed to a car dealership in New Jersey, where Hunter Biden acquired a sports car. These transactions, detailed meticulously in the bank records, have prompted concerns about potential quid pro quo arrangements.
Devon Archer's testimony also adds another layer to the complex situation. Archer revealed that Hunter Biden made frequent calls, about 20 times, involving his father Joe Biden. These interactions, coupled with allegations of Hunter Biden delivering the "Biden family brand" in exchange for financial incentives, have raised questions about the nature of the family's involvement.
Amid these revelations, the White House has refrained from outright denying the allegations. While President Joe Biden falsely claimed during the 2020 campaign that Hunter Biden had not profited from China, subsequent disclosures have cast doubts on these assertions. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed these concerns in July, stating that the president had never engaged in business with his son. However, critics have pointed out that this statement potentially diverges from Joe Biden's earlier positions on the matter.
As political figures and analysts weigh in, Democrats have largely rallied around the president, downplaying the allegations. Representative Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) noted that according to Archer's testimony, no business matters were discussed during Joe Biden's phone calls. Furthermore, Archer attested to not witnessing any discussions of business during dinners in 2014 and 2015. Nevertheless, skeptics argue that the intricate web of transactions and interactions warrants closer scrutiny into the matter.
The timing of these revelations adds an additional layer of complexity, as Joe Biden served as vice president from 2009 to 2017. The implications of these financial transactions could reverberate in the political arena, potentially shaping perceptions of the Biden family's financial engagements during this critical period of the United States' recent history.