'Hey pal, it's dad...I think you're clear': LEAKED voicemail proves Joe Biden knew of Hunter's China deals
A voicemail from December 12, 2018, which was discovered on a password-protected iPhone XS backup found on a copy of Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop. The voicemail indicated that Joe Biden did indeed have knowledge of his son's overseas entanglements with a man Hunter once referred to as the "spy chief of China." The voicemail appeared to contradict Biden's continual denial that he never talked with his disgraced 52-year-old son about his overseas business dealings.
"Hey pal, it's Dad. It's 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk with you," Joe Biden said in December 12, 2018, voicemail found from the laptop, which was first reported by the Daily Mail. "I thought the article released online, it's going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good," added Joe Biden, who wasn't serving in public office at the time. "I think you're clear. And anyway, if you get a chance, give me a call. I love you."
During a campaign appearance in Iowa in September 2019, Joe Biden said, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” His former press secretary Jen Psaki and his chief of staff Ron Klain have both repeatedly stuck to the same statement. The discovered voice note calls for a probe of the now-president’s handling and knowledge of his son’s overseas dealings.
“Joe Biden said he ‘never spoke’ with Hunter about his business dealings. That is simply not true. We need to know what Joe Biden knew and when he knew it,” Rep Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the No 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, told The Post Monday.
“This voicemail is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the evidence mounting against the Biden Crime Family. When Republicans take back Congress, we will use our Congressional power of oversight to uncover the truth for every American as a matter of national security," he added.
The New York Times article Joe Biden referred to in the voicemail covered Hunter's business partnership with former CEFC chairman Ye Jianming, a “fast-rising” Chinese oil tycoon, and his top lieutenant Patrick Ho during a time frame the Chinese company pursued business opportunities in the United States and around the world. Ye has since disappeared in China after Chinese state media linked him to a corruption case in 2018, which led CEFC to go bankrupt. Ye was sentenced to three years in prison in March 2019 for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by trying to bribe the president of Chad $2 million in order to secure unfair business advantages for CEFC. Ye served his sentence and was deported to Hong Kong in June 2021.
According to the emails obtained in October 2020, one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, James Gilliar, outlined the proposed percentage distribution of equity in the company, as per the New York Post. The plan included a proposed 10 per cent share for Hunter for “the big guy,” referring to President Biden, who was then the Democratic candidate for president. It was also reported that Ye called Biden's brother James Biden after his arrest in 2017 which was meant for Hunter Biden who struck a $1 million legal retainer agreement with Ho following his arrest.“There is nothing else I have to say,” James Biden told the Post in 2018. “I don’t want to be dragged into this anymore.”
But files from Hunter’s abandoned laptop show he struck a deal worth millions with CEFC. Text messages on Hunter’s laptop also reveal he began panicking when the New York Times started asking questions as to why Ho called James Biden looking for him.
Other messages also showed Hunter’s attorney George Mesires boasting about steering Times reporter David Barboza away from Hunter and James’ involvement with CEFC. “Barboza said that there is ‘very little about Hunter’ in the story," Mesires wrote.
There was more good news, according to Mesires. “No reference to Joe Biden specifically relative to CFEC’s efforts,” Mesires texted.
Hunter Biden later praised Mesires for his efforts, the text messages showed. “You did an incredible job of keeping this basically to a big fat nothing,” Hunter told him in one message. “At the end of the day, I think people jadedly say, ‘This is how the world works,’” Mesires replied.
Hunter Biden remains under federal investigation for possible tax fraud stemming from his overseas business dealings. House Republicans have said they want his longtime partner Eric Schwerin to turn over documents they believe link the president to those relationships.