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President Biden is pledging that his administration will follow tough ethics regulations and that no family members will be involved in government or foreign policy decisions.
In his first interview since entering the White House, Biden was asked about the allegations that surround his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China and what kind of guardrails he would put up for family.
“We’re going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration. No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in this place,” he told People magazine in an interview published Wednesday.
The president has been dogged by questions about the shady business of his son, who is under investigation for potential tax fraud, and his brother, Frank, who has been criticized for using Biden’s name in an ad promoting a Florida law firm he’s an adviser for that ran on Jan.
In one email obtained by the Post, it appeared that Hunter Biden had introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.
President Biden said, “No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy.”JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images
The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.
3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.
Another email sent to Biden on May 13, 2017, with the subject line “Expectations,” details of “remuneration packages” are listed for six people involved in an unspecified business venture with a Chinese energy firm.
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Hunter Biden was identified as “Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,” an apparent reference to the former Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co.
His pay was pegged at “850” and the email also noted that “Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.”
In addition, the email outlined a “provisional agreement” under which 80 percent of the “equity,” or shares in the new company, would be split equally among four people whose initials correspond to the sender and three recipients, with “H” apparently referring to Biden.
The deal also listed “10 Jim” and “10 held by H for the big guy?”
Neither Jim nor the “big guy” was identified further.
Days later, one of Hunter’s former business partners in the China scheme and a recipient of the email detailing renumeration, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed the authenticity of the memo and that “the big guy,” is referring to Joe Biden.