the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an ethics watchdog group, has asked U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss to investigate the Truman National Security Project, the University of Pennsylvania and its Penn Biden Center to determine s they had violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for engaging in political activities on behalf of Burisma and Chinese interests.
Recent news reports indicate that a Delaware grand jury is considering possible FARA violations by Hunter Biden, and whether foreign payments received from CEFC China Energy, which paid $4.8 million to entities controlled by Hunter Biden and his uncle, should have triggered the recording.
12-page NLPC Complaint originally filed in October 2020 with the Department of Justice’s FARA Unit, relies on news articles and other evidence that discloses incriminating emails and text messages on Hunter Biden’s laptop and statements against Hunter and his father, President Biden, by Tony Bobulinski, Hunter’s partner on Burisma, the Ukrainian oil company. Bobulinski was questioned by the FBI as part of a criminal investigation into activities that most likely involve money laundering, tax evasion, wire fraud and other crimes, and involves his uncle James Biden and his father, President Biden.
The complaint cites such a May 1, 2017 text message by Hunter to Bobulinski regarding their Chinese energy client, CEFC, “We don’t want to have to register as foreign agents…which is much more costly than people who should know choosing not to know.” In another email dated On April 17, 2015, Vadym Pozharski of Burisma thanked Hunter for arranging a meeting with his father, who was then vice president.
Hunter was a board member until 2019 of the liberal Truman National Security Project along with Sally Painter, chief operating officer of Blue Star Strategies, a lobbying firm retained by Burisma to promote its interests with the Department of Security. ‘State. The Truman Project, which endorsed Kamala Harris in 2016 for its Senate run, did not note in its 2017 tax return that Hunter and Painter had a business relationship with each other through Burisma.
Finally, the NLPC demands that U.S. Attorney Weiss investigate the source of more than $22 million in anonymous donations from China to the University of Pennsylvania and its Penn Biden Center that may have been intended to promote Chinese interests. and thus trigger the registration as a foreign agent. The NLPC complaint cited previous FARA decisions in similar cases.
“Hunter Biden did not act alone in a crack-induced fog. He was part of a network of individuals and institutions that received millions in foreign interest,” said NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty.
“U.S. Attorney Weiss should proceed with the Biden family’s influence-selling operation without any political pressure from Merrick Garland’s Justice Department,” said Paul Kamenar, the NLPC attorney who drafted the statement. complaint.
Founded in 1991, the NLPC promotes ethics in public life and responsible government through research, investigation, education and legal action. www.nlpc.org.
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