Biden met with chairman of Chinese energy firm Hunter did business with in 2017, ex-associate testifies

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President Biden met pinch nan president of nan Chinese power patient Hunter Biden sought to create a associated task pinch astatine nan Four Seasons successful Washington D.C. successful 2017, a erstwhile business partner of nan first boy told legislature investigators.

Rob Walker, a erstwhile business subordinate of Hunter Biden, testified astatine nan House Oversight and Judiciary Committees earlier this period arsenic portion of nan House impeachment enquiry against President Biden.

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Walker, during his closed-door transcribed interview, told legislature investigators that Joe Biden attended a gathering wherever he, Hunter Biden, their different business partners and CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming were having lunch.

"I don’t retrieve nan nonstop time, but I retrieve being successful Washington, D.C., and nan erstwhile vice president stopped by. We were having lunch," Walker testified, according to a transcript of his question and reply reviewed by Fox News Digital.

Walker said he did not cognize nan "exact" date, but said "it was 20-probably-17 astatine immoderate point."

"I tin opportunity it was for definite he was retired of office," Walker said, referring to Joe Biden being retired of nan Obama management astatine nan clip of nan lunch.

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Walker said nan luncheon took spot "at nan Four Seasons successful a edifice successful a backstage room."

"I’m certain—I’m definite Ye was there," Walker said, noting location were besides different CEFC business partners.

Ye Jianming, astatine nan time, was nan president of Chinese power institution CEFC.

Walker said nan intent of nan gathering was to talk "ways we could activity together."

"I don’t deliberation we had system a woody connected really to activity together astatine this point," Walker said, noting nan gathering lasted "probably an hr and a half," but said Biden "was not" location for nan entirety of nan meeting.

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"The erstwhile vice president was not location nan full time. He was location possibly 10 minutes," Walker said. "He said nice, you know, normal pleasantries. I deliberation he astir apt did astir of nan talking and past left." 

Walker testified that Biden addressed nan full group—which consisted of astir 10 CEFC-linked individuals— during his visit.

Walker testified that nan visit, and Biden’s appearance, "likely" took spot earlier his Robinson Walker LLC received $3 cardinal from State Energy HK Limited—a CEFC-linked entity.

But Walker maintained that Joe Biden was not progressive successful immoderate of his business ventures pinch Hunter Biden, contempt his quality astatine nan lunch.

Walker did, however, opportunity that early correspondence to CEFC was sent connected behalf of nan group—which included himself, James Gilliar, Jim Biden, and Hunter Biden—by Hunter Biden.

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"He had an absorbing past sanction that would astir apt get group successful nan door," Walker said.

When pressed again arsenic to why correspondence came from Hunter Biden, Walker testified: "It had conscionable seemed—if a U.S. entity was going to person a overseas nationalist correspond them, It would astir apt make much consciousness to travel from Hunter versus me."

"Because he’s nan boy of nan vice president astatine nan time, correct?" Walker was asked.

"He is nan boy of a vice president astatine nan time, yes," Walker replied.

"So it made much consciousness to get this business woody to put him arsenic nan front-facing person, right?"

Walker replied: "Yes." 

The House Oversight Committee told Fox News Digital that it tin "now corroborate Joe Biden met pinch astir each overseas nationalist who funneled money to his son, including Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, Romanian oligarch Kenes Rakishev, Burisma’s firm caput Vadym Pozharsky, Jonathan Li of BHR, and CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming."

Biden attended dinners astatine Washington D.C. edifice Cafe Milano successful Georgtown pinch Baturina, Rakishev and Pozharsky successful 2014 and 2015. Biden besides met pinch Li of BHR successful China successful 2013. Biden met pinch Ye astatine nan gathering successful 2017, according to grounds from Hunter Biden's ex-business partners Rob Walker and Devon Archer. 

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The revelations travel up of highly-anticipated grounds from different ex-business subordinate of nan first son--Tony Bobulinski. 

Bobulinski is group to attest down closed doors Tuesday astatine 10:00 a.m. astatine nan House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. 

Bobulinski, who worked pinch Hunter Biden to create nan joint-venture SinoHawk Holdings pinch Chinese power institution CEFC, said he met pinch Joe Biden successful 2017. 

Bobulinski, successful December, demanded Biden "stop lying" astir that gathering and called connected him to "correct nan record."

"Why is Joe Biden blatantly lying to nan American group and nan world by claiming that he did not meet pinch maine look to face?" Bobulinski told Fox News Digital successful a statement. "He should telephone his boy Hunter and relative Jim arsenic they tin punctual him of nan facts. The American group merit nan truth!"

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He added: "I telephone connected Mr. Biden to extremity lying and correct nan record."

Despite Biden’s caller denials of engagement pinch his son’s business dealings, matter messages making love backmost to May 2017 uncover that Biden met pinch Bobulinski months aft he near nan vice president's office. Fox News Digital first reported connected nan matter messages and that gathering successful October 2020.

The gathering connected May 2, 2017, would person taken spot conscionable 11 days earlier nan now-infamous May 13, 2017, email, which included a chat of "remuneration packages" for six group successful a business woody pinch a Chinese power firm. The email appeared to place Biden arsenic "Chair / Vice Chair depending connected statement pinch CEFC," successful a reference to now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co.

The email includes a statement that "Hunter has immoderate agency expectations he will elaborate." A projected equity divided references "20" for "H" and "10 held by H for nan large guy?" pinch nary further details.

Bobulinski has many times said "the large guy" was Joe Biden. IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who claimed that authorities had influenced nan years-long national investigation into Hunter Biden, besides said "the large guy" was known to beryllium Joe Biden.

The president's brother, Jim Biden, is expected to attest connected Feb. 21. Hunter Biden is expected to look for his deposition connected Feb. 28.