Helpful update on the Joe Biden saga.

The Manhattan Contrarian has summed up the stages in the Joe Biden story as the trickle of news turns into an avalanche.

  • Then two days ago (October 21) the flood gates started to open. That evening, a guy named Tony Bobulinski — identifying himself as a former business partner of Hunter and Joe Biden and also of Joe’s brother Jim Biden — issued a statement about his own role in the 2017 China transactions, specifically focusing on his personal eyewitness observation of the conduct of the Bidens and the ways in which Joe’s involvement contradicted his own previous public statements. The next morning, October 22, the New York Post printed the full text of Bobulinski’s written statement. Go to the link to read the full statement, but here are a few key quotes:

    • I am the recipient of the email published seven days ago by the New York Post which showed a copy to Hunter Biden and Rob Walker. That email is genuine.

    • What I am outlining is fact. I know it is fact because I lived it. I am the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings which was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family.

    • Hunter Biden called his dad “the Big Guy” or “my Chairman,” and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing. I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true. . . .

    • I realized the Chinese were not really focused on a healthy financial ROI. They were looking at this as a political or influence investment.

    • I would ask the Biden family to address the American people and outline the facts.

  • And then today, the flood turned into an avalanche. It appears that, in addition to his statement, Bobulinski turned over a trove of emails and text messages to the Wall Street Journal. In this morning’s Journal (however, posted online at 7:32 PM last night, before the debate started), Kimberley Strassel has an unusually long column with extensive revelations from the Bobulinski materials. Again you should read the whole thing, but here are some key points:

    • The Biden/CEFC transactions had their genesis in 2015 and 2016, when Joe Biden was still Vice President.

    • From Strassel: Hunter, in his own angry texts, makes clear that his contribution is his name. He rails at Mr. Bobulinski that the CEFC heads are “coming to be MY partner to be partners with the Bidens.” He reminds him “that in this instance only one player holds the trump card and that’s me. May not be fair but it’s the reality because I’m the only one putting an entire family legacy on the line.”

    • There is no question CEFC was buying Hunter for influence.

    • In one text, Hunter says that “my Chairman gave an emphatic NO” to a version of the deal. Mr. Walker, Hunter’s partner, explains in a text to Mr. Bobulinski that when Hunter “said his chairman he was talking about his dad.” This is the same “dad,” of course, who claimed in 2019 to have “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

  • And finally, at 6:30 this morning, the website RedState posted a 60 page “Intelligence Report” from an organization called Typhoon Investigations.

 

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102 Responses to Helpful update on the Joe Biden saga.

  1. mundi

    Its come a little too late, media will just not run the story and Trump won’t be able to mention it.

    Biden is 100% corrupt and always has been. Infact every single politician who suddenly became involved in buisness dealings with Ukraine at the exact same time congress starting shovelings that country money…. doesn’t pass the pub test. Anyone with two brain cells knows this is not a coincidence.

  2. FelixKruell

    So in summary, no actual evidence showing Joe Biden had knowledge of the deal, or tying Joe Biden to the deal. Got it.

  3. Arnost

    Same with Kerry and Iran. When Obama started shovelling hundreds of millions there, Kerry was visiting every 5 minutes. Be interesting to see how much of those payments found their way to his or his relatives pockets.?

  4. JC

    Hey Cruel, you complete swine, you used the mirror opposite of that argument to nail Pell. I’ve instructed you before that this is not a court case (unlike Pell) and voters will reach their our conclusion about Hiden.

    Lord, you’re a dickhead.

  5. H B Bear

    Smokey the Bear couldn’t deal with this one. I know him, good guy.

  6. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From FelixKruell at 11:27 am:

    “So in summary …”

    You are an idiot. I do not feel the need, nor do I have the time for you, to list the many reasons why.

  7. Colonel Crispin Berka

    FelixKruell #3632161, posted on October 25, 2020 at 11:27 am

    So in summary, no actual evidence showing Joe Biden had knowledge of the deal, or tying Joe Biden to the deal. Got it.

    That’s not a summary, that’s a substitution.

    In one text, Hunter says that “my Chairman gave an emphatic NO” to a version of the deal. Mr. Walker, Hunter’s partner, explains in a text to Mr. Bobulinski that when Hunter “said his chairman he was talking about his dad.”

    NPC Kruell implies that after having had knowledge of the deal Joe rejected, later Joe had no knowledge of the deal that was agreed.
    So in a deal in which Joe’s potential influence in the State department was the main drawcard of the deal, Joe was initially an important stakeholder, decider, and “chairman”, and then suddenly he wasn’t!
    NPC Kruell is reliable.

    What Joe did deliver for his share of the Burisma cash was at least one clandestine meeting with him at the White House with some Burisma execs.
    A republican-led inquiry had already found no evidence that Hunter Biden’s business had influenced USA policy. The nicest and most charitable description we can give to Joe’s involvement, on the basis of the “10% of income” email (only revealed after the inquiry had finished), is that Joe was totally fine to take money from foreign interests in exchange for USA policy influence that he never intended to deliver.

  8. Rob MW

    Rafe – it gets better by the minute, if it wasn’t so serious it would be bloody hilarious:

    Joe Biden: ‘We Have Put Together the Most Extensive Voter Fraud Organization in History’ (VIDEO)

    BREAKING: China’s GTV Releases Videos of Hunter Biden Sex Tapes while Smoking Crack

    How else to spend a Sunday morning. I’m in awe at how the Democrats keep nominating the most high ranking criminally corrupt people to be leaders of the free-world. Their depth of talent in quality in non-criminals, or at least honest hard working criminals, is as shallow as a six inch paddle.

    It’s impossible to make this stuff up ! Willy Brown was right when he advised Camel Harris to sit this one out when considering Biden’s offer to be his VP pick.

  9. Bad Samaritan

    How clueless can leftists be?

    Well, at RealClearPolitics the following article caught my attention…
    Why Trump’s Outsider Image Won’t Work Like It Did in ’16 : Jonathan Allen, NBC News”…

    “At final debate, Biden shows Trump what it means to be a politician
    Analysis: Four years have diminished the value of Trump’s framing that it’s better to have an outsider as president.” etc etc.

    Now, bearing in mind that in the US….

    America’s Least Trusted Professions
    August 28, 2019 by nofm_admin….
    are…..

    1. Members Of Congress (Most Dishonest) .
    2. Lobbyists.

    ….you’d have to wonder why anyone would assert that Biden showing “what a great” specimen of a politician he is, is a plus.

    F’wits, the lot of ’em!

  10. In one text, Hunter says that “my Chairman gave an emphatic NO” to a version of the deal.

    So the only point where we get Joe’s input is him kiboshing the whole thing. This is the weakest tea since the Tea Party.

    What happened to the rock spider stuff? It got no traction, so now you’re trying something else? Pretty obvious that this is all rubbish.

  11. cohenite

    Pretty obvious that this is all rubbish.

    Another torrent of piss from the fat troll!

  12. Bear Necessities

    Is this Joe on the phone?

    Follow the link to an alleged recording of Joe talking with the Ukranian President in November 2016 after Trump had won the election. Make up your own minds.

  13. Fat Tony

    m0nty
    #3632235, posted on October 25, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    monty – honest question – would you let either of the Bidens babysit your kids for you when you go for a weekend at Bernie’s?

  14. Indigo

    You gotta watch this. Rudy Giuliani dumps on the Bidens.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7ziEwfWghA

    Copy and paste the link

  15. Follow the link to an alleged recording of Joe talking with the Ukranian President in November 2016 after Trump had won the election. Make up your own minds.

    Literal Russian propaganda, as this would have come from Russian phone taps. They’re not even pretending any more.

  16. RobK

    So , I would ask the dems in relation to choosing a president; what has happened to the precautionary principle now?

  17. Fat Tony

    monty – please answer my question above

    “would you let either of the Bidens babysit your kids for you when you go for a weekend at Bernie’s?”

    thanks

  18. Rob MW

    Literal Russian propaganda, as this would have come from Russian phone taps.

    Holy shit Mutt, so you can prove that it wasn’t a leak from the NSA just like the Flynn phone tap leaks ?

  19. cohenite

    Outstanding piss taking you fat little prick.

  20. wal1957

    The standard defense for any dimbocrat apologist is,,,”the russians!”.
    Monty, you didn’t disappoint.

    So Munster, Is Antifa just an idea as well???

  21. Mother Lode

    monty – honest question

    He won’t give you an honest answer because he is not here to get to the truth.

    He is here to piss people off – if he can’t be noticed because he is likeable he can at least be noticed for being despicable – so he want to say yes whether it is true or not.

    Ofttimes people are attracted to things that resemble them: perhaps a stocky mandibularly prognathic person has a pet bulldog. Perhaps a solidly built guy with rough features and minimal grooming drives a slightly batteredFord F-150.

    Monty is round, drenched in carbohydrates, and hollow inside. Make of that what you will.

  22. Boambee John

    Literal Russian propaganda, as this would have come from Russian phone taps. They’re not even pretending any more.

    So, this came from Wussian phone taps? Recordings remain recordings, no matter who made the recording.

    You’re not even pretending any more.

  23. Boambee John

    JC

    I think you need to have m0nty on speed dial for the Help Line from 3 November. Just call divert him to some muzak for an hour or so, then answer.

  24. Mother Lode

    How clueless can leftists be?

    For so long they have not needed to be adept at concealing their villainous misdeeds since they would never be exposed to scrutiny – their allies control the very institutions charged with investigating and exposing them. They could have a pallet of cash, elephants tusks, and some of Tiberius’ minnows in a forecourt of the FBI Building and affix a post-it note saying “This not here. You cannot see this.” Nothing would happen.

    Trump is an outsider. He follows different rules and they were not ready for it.

  25. Tim Neilson

    I’m wondering about the timing of this.
    If it had come out a couple of months ago the Dems would have had the latitude to do a “Joe’s had a health problem and for the good of the nation he’s handing over to Kamala”. Now it’s way too late for that.
    On the other hand, it’s come too late to influence a lot of early voters against creepy Joe.
    Has this been finessed brilliantly by the Orange God-Emperor or is it just happenstance that it’s all coming out now?

  26. C.L.

    Interesting theory, Tim.
    I wondered about Giuliani’s late run too but your idea rings true.

  27. covid ate my homework

    Apparently google searches for (“How can I change my vote?”) are off the scale. Though this has come too late for swing voters to change their minds it will certainly have many prospective demonrat voters abstain from voting at all.

  28. Judge Dredd

    So it’s now 100% confirmed that Creepy Joe is bought and owned by the Chinese.
    Further, from China; a leaked video of Hunter Biden has just been released (which is NSFW) showing some very disgusting things, including underage girls. This is truly sickening…
    In further news “can I change my vote” is now suddenly trending as a Google search item. A lot of people are finally waking up to the depth of wickedness in these “elite”.

  29. FelixKruell

    JC:

    Hey Cruel, you complete swine, you used the mirror opposite of that argument to nail Pell. I’ve instructed you before that this is not a court case (unlike Pell) and voters will reach their our conclusion about Hiden.

    What argument to nail Pell? Your grasp of recent history is at Trumpian levels.

    Never said this was a court case, or that voters won’t reach their own conclusion. This post was about further emails purporting to prove Joe Biden’s involvement. They don’t do that.

  30. FelixKruell

    Mick:

    . I do not feel the need, nor do I have the time for you, to list the many reasons why.

    How convenient.

  31. FelixKruell

    Colonel:

    At best that gives you evidence of what Hunter Biden said. Not what Joe Biden did.

  32. covid ate my homework

    At best that gives you evidence of what Hunter Biden said. Not what Joe Biden did.

    That’s the whole point of using your dipshit son as your mule.

  33. C.L.

    Joe Biden: ‘We Have Put Together the Most Extensive Voter Fraud Organization in History’ (VIDEO)

    Let’s keep things real.
    Biden is clearly talking about a team tasked with preventing voter fraud, not perpetrating it.
    Dickheads like Jim Hoft who start cutting and splicing videos don’t do Trump any favours.

  34. Megan

    Outstanding piss taking you fat little prick.

    Hammy did it better.

  35. Judge Dredd

    Let’s keep things real.
    Biden is clearly talking about a team tasked with preventing voter fraud, not perpetrating it.

    What he says is one thing. But clearly the man is compromised, is most likely an abuser of women and whose fruits (Hunter) are shocking wicked. Therefore there is nothing you should consider truthful from his mouth.

  36. Kneel

    ” Just call divert him to some muzak for an hour or so, then answer.”

    Or use this digital receptionist message:


    Welcome to the psychiatric help line.
    If you’re obsessive compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.
    If you’re co-dependent, please ask them to press 2.
    If you have multiple personality disorder, please press 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    If you’re paranoid delusional, we know who you are and why you’re calling, please hold the line so we can trace the call.
    Finally, if you’re manic depressive, it doesn’t matter which button you press, no-one will answer your call.

    🙂 Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  37. Rob MW

    Let’s keep things real.
    Biden is clearly talking about a team tasked with preventing voter fraud, not perpetrating it.
    Dickheads like Jim Hoft who start cutting and splicing videos don’t do Trump any favours.

    Saul Alinsky says; so fucking what numb-nuts ?

  38. Rob MW

    Dickheads like Jim Hoft who start cutting and splicing videos don’t do Trump any favours.

    How about Breitbart, Dickheading is contagious.

    Joe Biden Touts ‘Most Extensive & Inclusive Voter Fraud Organization in History of American Politics’

    Joe Biden said his campaign has assembled the “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics” in a podcast published Saturday — an unfortunate slip of the tongue, as the presidential election will likely see major legal battles over the legitimacy of millions of ballots cast via mass-mail voting.

  39. C.L.

    So you now agree with that videos of Trump can be cut and spliced?

    OK.

    Good luck with that.

  40. C.L.

    It wasn’t an “an unfortunate slip of the tongue” either.
    Biden was clearly and obviously referring to a team tasked to prevent voter fraud.
    He wasn’t bragging about a team assembled to perpetrate it.

  41. FelixKruell

    Covid:

    That’s the whole point of using your dipshit son as your mule.

    Yes it’s consistent with that. It’s also consistent with not having been involved.

  42. pbw

    Rob,

    Not the same. The Breitbart piece, as you’ve highlighted, calls it

    an unfortunate slip of the tongue

  43. Rafiki

    Felix
    Hunter’s statements are evidence of Joe’s involvement, and given their very close and positive relationship have some weight. In the absence of statements from Joe specifically addressing what Hunter said, it is reasonable to say that Hunter’s evidence gains more strength. It may be too much to say that Joe’s silence amounts to admission, but it is significant.

    Of course, proof is another matter, but that does not mean that Joe has no case to answer.

  44. It wasn’t an “an unfortunate slip of the tongue” either.
    Biden was clearly and obviously referring to a team tasked to prevent voter fraud.
    He wasn’t bragging about a team assembled to perpetrate it.

    The problem with this (correct) line of reasoning, CL, is that it also invalidates the whole Burisma non-scandal, as Biden’s boast about getting the Ukrainian prosecutor fired was actually because he and the rest of the global community all agreed that the prosecutor was not doing his job fighting (Russian-funded) corruption.

    Once you start bringing fact checking into a wingnut debate, you’re not going to have a good time because wingnuts are too stupid and/or partisan to argue in good faith.

  45. Professor Fred Lenin

    The Russian FSB security people must be loving the Democrims blaming the evidence agaist their criminallity on Moscow,and of course ignoring the Chinese Security which has bought them all .
    FSB would of course know what was going on in US politics where money can buy Democrims any time .
    Actually Biden would be better for Russia and China just wave money in front of him and he is all yours .
    Trump on the other had does not need their money , unlike the previous Democrim Presidents he is not available for sale .

  46. dover_beach

    is that it also invalidates the whole Burisma non-scandal, as Biden’s boast about getting the Ukrainian prosecutor fired was actually because he and the rest of the global community all agreed that the prosecutor was not doing his job fighting (Russian-funded) corruption.

    Sure sure.

  47. The Sheriff

    I bet m0nty thinks Obama is a Russian asset too.

  48. Boambee John

    Once you start bringing fact checking into a wingnut debate, you’re not going to have a good time because wingnuts are too stupid and/or partisan to argue in good faith.

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who are the most stupid and/or partisan of all?

    Why, “progressive” lefties of course. Why do you ask such a basic question?

  49. FelixKruell

    Rafiki:

    Hunter’s statements are evidence of Joe’s involvement, and given their very close and positive relationship have some weight.

    They are at best evidence of Hunters statements. No more. No evidence of Joe being aware, let alone complicit. Or financially benefiting.

    And the source of these allegations also provides some counterweight.

  50. Dot

    C.L.
    #3632407, posted on October 25, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Joe Biden: ‘We Have Put Together the Most Extensive Voter Fraud Organization in History’ (VIDEO)

    Let’s keep things real.
    Biden is clearly talking about a team tasked with preventing voter fraud, not perpetrating it.
    Dickheads like Jim Hoft who start cutting and splicing videos don’t do Trump any favours.

    Yeah.

    This is incredibly dumb and just discredits Trump.

  51. JC

    Bunter’s business partner says Hiden was intimately involved. Also, Bunter refers to H or the big boss as taking his 10, implying 10%.

    There’s quite a bit of evidence.

  52. Tim Neilson

    The problem with this (correct) line of reasoning, CL, is that it also invalidates the whole Burisma non-scandal, as Biden’s boast about getting the Ukrainian prosecutor fired was actually because he and the rest of the global community all agreed that the prosecutor was not doing his job fighting (Russian-funded) corruption.

    Sure, m0nty, which is why the prosecution was pursued with such vigour after creepy Joe had got his way…
    wasn’t it?

  53. JC

    The Burisma case is really quite interesting and quite difficult to explain to the general public because of the obvious defense Biden puts up.

    From what I’ve read, the reason Bunter was invited to the board was so he could get his father to offer US protection. The reason why the firm needed protection was because corrupt government officials there were going after them for money and if they didn’t pay there would be consequences.

    From what I understood, the prosecutor that Hiden made the Ukraine government fire was actually a corrupt bastard who was being used to go after Burisma, find or manufacture crimes and prosecute the firm if it didn’t cough up.

    Hiden had the fucker fired and that’s why his son got a cut. Obviously, part of the money would eventually make its way to Hiden from Bunter.

    This is why Hiden can scream out that he had a corrupt prosecutor fired.It’s very likely to be true.

    In the Ukraine story, you really need to forget the details and try to find the money flow.

    One of the easiest ways to hide grubby money, from what I’ve read, related to this story is by getting say renovations done on an old home and then have a third party, say Bunter, pay the contractor in cash. IT’s quite difficult to trace but it can be done, because someone always fucks up.

    Hiden seems to do lots of renovations.

  54. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    They are at best evidence of Hunters statements. No more. No evidence of Joe being aware, let alone complicit. Or financially benefiting.

    perhaps big joe can explain how he managed to afford 5 mansions on his modest income…

  55. JC

    Rafiki
    #3632511, posted on October 25, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Felix
    Hunter’s statements are evidence of Joe’s involvement,

    Funny isn’t it, Dickhead was arguing eggsactly that when they were trying to crucify Pell.

  56. FelixKruell

    Zippy:

    perhaps big joe can explain how he managed to afford 5 mansions on his modest income…

    His tax returns show pretty substantial income. You know, the tax returns he happily released so they could be scrutinised?

  57. JC

    If this crime family is smart, it will be very difficult to pin it on “the big guy”. I’ve read Hiden’s brothers are worth north of 50 million apiece. We don’t know how much Bunter is worth.

    Here’s an example of what I mean. Say Hiden likes a painting. He can get any of the his brothers to buy it and then have it hanging from his home. Even a full audit wouldn’t be able to unravel any of this if the brother testifies that he gave Hiden the artwork because of brotherly love. He could even say he lent it to him. If the rest of the crime family is paying taxes on the earnings, it will be next to impossible to prove Hiden collected cash directly.

  58. FelixKruell

    JC:

    Bunter’s business partner says Hiden was intimately involved. Also, Bunter refers to H or the big boss as taking his 10, implying 10%.

    There’s quite a bit of evidence.

    Not really. We aren’t even up to Steele dossier levels of evidence yet. Keep trying.

  59. JC

    His tax returns show pretty substantial income. You know, the tax returns he happily released so they could be scrutinised?

    In the last few years they do, you dickhead. Most certainly not in the earlier years.

    You had Pell up on charges with much flimsier “evidence”, you dishonest , venom filled piece of shit.

  60. Tel

    No evidence of Joe being aware, let alone complicit. Or financially benefiting.

    When Joe says, “Can’t remember a thing!” he ain’t faking.

    Fortunately, most financial transactions are tracked these days, and those will remain on the books for a long time … simply requires one of those FISA warrants and one helpful judge to sign off on the investigation.

  61. JC

    Not really. We aren’t even up to Steele dossier levels of evidence yet. Keep trying.

    But lets use the Pell standard, Dickead. 🙂

    And stop attempting to sway the conversation to irrelevant crap. Keep on track or fuck off.

  62. JC

    Tel

    It’s very hard to track those sorts of transactions I’m talking about where a bunch of family members are prepared to hide stuff for you and also pay regular taxes. It would be next to impossible. See what my earlier comments.

  63. FelixKruell

    JC:

    In the last few years they do, you dickhead. Most certainly not in the earlier years.

    You had Pell up on charges with much flimsier “evidence”, you dishonest , venom filled piece of shit.

    You sure? Show us the earlier year ones.

    I didn’t have Pell up on charges. I didn’t even say he was guilty. But keep projecting if it makes you feel better.

  64. FelixKruell

    JC:

    But lets use the Pell standard, Dickead. 🙂

    And stop attempting to sway the conversation to irrelevant crap. Keep on track or fuck off.

    The irony is just too much for me. Sorry. I’ll keep ‘on track’ and stick to discussing Pell. I promise.

  65. Rob MW

    Yeah.
    This is incredibly dumb and just discredits Trump.

    Yeah, right Dot. Apparently the meaning and interpretation of one’s “gaffes” is suppose to be translated into normality by purists with an unwavering amount of enthusiasm.

    Please, could you and C.L give the these gaffes their purist translation and why they should not be considered as supportive of Trump given the circumstances, just to set the record straight:

    https://pjmedia.com/election/matt-margolis/2020/10/12/gaffe-o-matic-in-one-day-joe-biden-rolls-out-three-laughable-blunders-n1041238

    I’ll wait.

  66. Tim Neilson

    They are at best evidence of Hunters statements. No more. No evidence of Joe being aware, let alone complicit. Or financially benefiting.

    In and of themselves, maybe.
    But we also know that Burisma paid Hunter $50k or more a month, the wife of Moscow’s mayor paid him $3.5 million, and a Chinese state owned entity was a “co-investor” with him.
    In any case where Hunter’s been telling them he can give them some sort of benefit from his identity as a Biden, you’d expect that if creepy Joe really does know nothing at all about it, there’d be some seriously disappointed people. Couldn’t the Biden campaign find something from one of them to Hunter expressing dissatisfaction with not having had any benefit from Hunter’s relationship with creepy Joe? You’d have thought that they wouldn’t just write off their payments to Hunter as a lost investment without at least trying to get what they’d bargained for. And surely the Biden campaign would want to put that kind of thing out to distance creepy Joe from it, pushing the line that “this was just Hunter shooting his mouth off, there was never anything in it”?
    To me that’s the dog that didn’t bark in the night in this case.
    Or are you suggesting that all those people paid all that money to Hunter to get the benefit of his particular skills and credentials?

  67. JC

    What’s ironic , Cruel is how you’re now arguing the eggsact opposite of what you were suggesting during Pell’s case and subsequent imprisonment.

    Highlighting your frequent hypocrisy is fun.

  68. Tim Neilson

    This is why Hiden can scream out that he had a corrupt prosecutor fired.It’s very likely to be true.

    In the Ukraine story, you really need to forget the details and try to find the money flow.

    Correct. Demanding baksheesh for using creepy Joe’s position as VP is still corrupt, even if the use made of that position was for a good cause.

  69. FelixKruell

    Tim:

    But we also know that Burisma paid Hunter $50k or more a month, the wife of Moscow’s mayor paid him $3.5 million, and a Chinese state owned entity was a “co-investor” with him.

    We also know Trump and his family members have received cash and favours from dodgy foreigners. I can’t recall your concern for those arrangements?

    Or are you suggesting that all those people paid all that money to Hunter to get the benefit of his particular skills and credentials?

    No, they likely paid for his name and influence. Whether they got it is another question, for which there is little evidence.

  70. FelixKruell

    JC:

    Whoosh. Went right over your head, didn’t it?

  71. Tim Neilson

    We also know Trump and his family members have received cash and favours from dodgy foreigners.
    Any incident in particular?
    I can’t recall your concern for those arrangements?
    And that rebuts my comments exactly how?
    Get back to me when Eric or Don Jr’s laptop shows up with correspondence from them to said dodgy foreigners promising to supply the Trump name’s influence in return for remuneration or “investment”.
    Then, like with creepy Joe, we can check whether there’s the sort of evidence that should be there but hasn’t been provided that the dodgy foreigners were disappointed not to get the promised benefits.

  72. JC

    Cruel, you’re so pathetic.

  73. JC

    Yea Tim

    Over the past 4.5 years the Trump family has been more researched than anyone history and dickhead tries a laughable deflection trying to change the subject.

    The entire Hiden family are a bunch of crooks and shysters.

  74. Leo G

    According to conservative news aggregation site and online magazine Townhall.com, a Heritage Foundation spinoff, the Biden Family’s Corruption Is Nothing New And Largely Legal.
    Organising a family bribery ring to take advantage of high political office is not necessarily illegal in the US, even if it means selling out your country.

  75. JC

    That’s possibly true, Leo. True in the criminal indictment sense, but the voters should know what these crooks have done.

  76. Tel

    Hunter Biden: I’m the only one putting an entire family legacy on the line.

    You got that bit right.

  77. Ros

    Clive Hamilton

    “In May 2019 Joe Biden distinguished himself from all of the other candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination by ridiculing the idea that China is a strategic threat to the United States. ‘China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,’ he told a campaign crowd in Iowa City.27 Biden had for years adopted a soft approach to China. When President Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, was taking a tougher position towards China’s adventurism in Asia, Vice President Biden was urging caution. Biden had formed a warm personal relationship with Xi Jinping when Xi was vice president and president-in-waiting.28

    In his second term, Obama replaced Clinton as secretary of state with the more accommodating John Kerry. The dynamics help to explain why Obama’s 2012 ‘pivot to Asia’ was a damp squib. The United States stood back while China annexed islands and features in the South China Sea and built military bases on them, something Xi had promised Obama he would not do. Breaking the promise has given China an enormous strategic advantage. Joe Biden cleaves to the belief, now abandoned by many China scholars and most Washington politicians, that engagement with China will entice it into being a responsible stakeholder. The University of Pennsylvania’s D.C. think tank—named, for him, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement—aims to address threats to the liberal international order, yet China is absent from the threats identified on its website: Russia, climate change and terrorism.

    29 Biden has spoken about China’s violation of human rights but still clings to the idea of China’s ‘peaceful rise’. So does it matter if Joe Biden has a different view of China? It does, because there is evidence that the CCP has been currying his favour by awarding business deals that have enriched his son, Hunter Biden. One account of this is given by Peter Schweizer in his 2019 book Secret Empires.

    30 Some of his key claims were subsequently challenged and Schweizer refined them in an op-ed in the New York Times (famous for fact-checking).

    31 In short, when Vice President Biden travelled to China in December 2013 on an official trip, his son flew with him on Airforce Two. While Biden senior was engaging in soft diplomacy with China’s leaders, Hunter was having other kinds of meetings. Then, ‘less than two weeks after the trip, Hunter’s firm … which he founded with two other businessmen [including John Kerry’s stepson] in June 2013, finalized a deal to open a fund, BHR Partners, whose largest shareholder is the government-run Bank of China, even though he had scant background in private equity’.

    32 The Bank of China is owned by the state and controlled by the CCP. Hunter Biden’s exact role in the company is disputed, but one expert has said that his share in it would be worth around $20 million.

    33 However, the point here is not the ethics of the Bidens (as the news media have framed it34) but the way in which the CCP can influence senior politicians. This ‘corruption by proxy’, in which top leaders keep their hands clean while their family members exploit their association to make fortunes, has been perfected by the ‘red aristocracy’ in Beijing. In the crucial years 2014 and 2015, Beijing was aggressively expanding into the South China Sea while Obama, Kerry and Biden were sitting on their hands.”

  78. Ros

    Christopher Balding, Baldingsworld, a hero when he released the Zenhua Data List, but ignored now he is explaining and detailing the List. Promoting Typhoon Investigations report

    Lost among the salacious revelations about laptop provenance is the more mundane reality of influence and money of major United States political figures. Ill informed accusations of Russian hacking and disinformation face the documented reality of a major Chinese state financial partnership with the children of major political figures. A report by an Asian research firm raises worrying questions about the financial links between China and Hunter Biden.

    Beginning just before Joe Bidens ascendancy to the Vice Presidency, Hunter Biden was travelling to Beijing meeting with Chinese financial institutions and political figures would ultimately become his investors. Finalized in 2013, the investment partnership included money from the Chinese government, social security, and major state-owned banks a veritable who’s who of Chinese state finance.

    The entire arrangement speaks to Chinese state interests. Meetings were held at locations that in China speak to the welcoming of foreign dignitaries or state to state relations. The Chinese organizations surrounding Hunter Biden are known intelligence and influence operatives to the United States government. The innocuous names like Chinese People’s Institute for Foreign Affairs exist to “…carry out government-directed policies and cooperative initiatives with influential foreigners without being perceived as a formal part of the Chinese government.”

    Interestingly the CPIFA is under the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When the investment partnership was struck in 2013, the Minister of Foreign Affairs was Yang Jiechi. Yang would have been very familiar with Hunter Biden from his days in Washington as the Chinese Ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2005 during which he met regularly with Joe Biden chairing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Today the same individual who oversaw institutions helping shepherd Hunter’s investment partnership as the Minister of Foreign Affairs is Xi Jinping’s right hand man on foreign affairs and member of the powerful Politburo.

    Most worrying is the financial leverage this gives the Chinese state over a direct member of the Biden family. Despite the widely reported $1-1.5 billion of investment the reality is likely much higher. A co-founder of the investment firm reports the total assets under management as $6.5 billion. While this number cannot be completely replicated, given that two deal alone were worth in excess of $1.6 billion this number is not unrealistic at all. A 2% annual fee on assets under management would generate $130 million annually. Add in the 20% fee on capital gains the firm would recognize and it is not difficult to see Hunter’s stake being worth in excess of $50 million.

    Whether Joe Biden personally knew the details, a very untenable position, it is simply political malpractice to not be aware of the details of these financial arrangements. These documentable financial links simply cannot be wished away.

    Mind blowing stuff. If fake as many would hope it is the most detailed extensive and credible of presentations.

    Hamilton from his latest book Hidden Hand

  79. nb

    This is pertinent.
    The Big Money Behind the Narrative—Sharyl Attkisson on Media Bias & Spin | American Thought Leaders

  80. FelixKruell

    Tim:

    By the time he ran for president, Trump had been enmeshed in this mysterious overseas flow of capital—which various investigators believe could have included money launderers from Russia and former Soviet republics who bought up dozens of his condos—for a decade and a half. And Felix Sater was pitching Cohen on a Moscow deal as recently as mid-2016—as Trump was clinching the Republican nomination, according to a sentencing memo recently unveiled by the Mueller probe.

    Indeed, from New York to Florida, Panama to Azerbaijan, we found that Trump projects have relied heavily on foreign cash — including from wealthy individuals from Russia and elsewhere with questionable, and even criminal, backgrounds. We saw money traveling through offshore shell companies, entities often used to obscure ownership. Many news organizations have since dug deeply into the Trump Organization’s projects and come away with similar findings.

    On the same day Trump and his daughter dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in April 2017, China awarded her three preliminary trademark approvals for jewelry, handbags and spa services. In all, she has obtained more than a dozen Chinese trademarks since entering the White House, ensuring her access to the world’s second-largest economy if she goes back into business.

    Plenty to get you started…

  81. FelixKruell

    JC:

    Over the past 4.5 years the Trump family has been more researched than anyone history and dickhead tries a laughable deflection trying to change the subject.

    Yeah and that research led to arrests and indictments and lots of other nasties. Haven’t you been paying attention?

  82. JC

    Trump’s family were indicted and arrested.

    You’re just a sad troll, dickhead.

  83. Ozman

    Biden doesn’t shoot horse. His chairman doesn’t smoke crack. As it happens, one might suspect that the python would happily be cruel to a hunter hobnobbing with whores using horse and crack. Maybe not. Python might think squeezing too hard is too cruel. Even if felicitously cruel, this could be too much of a mother lode for an empty mind.

    The additional 12 videos found when clicking on Gundam00’s logo would have to be fakes. What? Hunter Biden showing off, never!

    Not sure whether the female looks older than what Creepy likes to get his hands on. Definitely looks like Hunter on the cover. Didn’t bother about the centrefold. Not into porn. Giving people free space in my head might upset my equilibrium, especially if they try to take over. I might start spitting chips.

    The CCP publishing these in China can’t hurt Creepy, surely. Having not looked, I assume Creepy is not in the videos.

  84. Zatara

    The CCP publishing these in China can’t hurt Creepy, surely. Having not looked, I assume Creepy is not in the videos.

    Of course it can.

    Hunter traveled to China on a US government aircraft under the cover of a diplomatic trip of his father, the then VP.

    If Biden didn’t prevent his own kid from abusing implied diplomatic status, which he could have with a simple “no”, then what else has he enabled?

    Before someone suggests that Biden didn’t know what his kid was doing on that trip you need to educate yourself on the security precautions that trip involves. As in there was a Secret Service bubba with Hunter 24/7. Which of course might lead the average punter to wonder how far the Bidens have gone in compromising US security services.

    Last but not least, China having such videos (and worse?) of his son makes Biden extremely susceptiple to compromise by them. His pretending nothing happened only makes that more certain if he gets in office.

  85. Mother Lode

    this could be too much of a mother lode for an empty mind.

    Hey!

    Lay orf!

  86. Rob MW

    So you now agree with that videos of Trump can be cut and spliced?
    OK.
    Good luck with that.

    No, I’m not ok with that C.L, and I’m a bit pissed that you would assume that I would be. The problem is, for you, is that it was not a “cut and spliced” job as you have asserted:

    The transcript:

    DAN PFEIFFER: One final question for you, Mr. Vice President. This interview is gonna come out tomorrow, which is early vote day. And so I’m gonna ask you a two-part question, which is what I think President Obama used to call “pulling a Chuck Todd.” [Laughter] Part one: What’s your message to the folks who have not yet voted or do not yet have a plan to vote. And part two, for the 50 million Americans who’ve already voted, what can they do over the last ten days to help make sure that you’re the next President of the United States?

    JOE BIDEN: Well, first of all, you know, uh, what really rankles, uh, my opponent is I say that, uh, the thing that bothers him most is he’s not a patch on Barack’s jeans. I mean, you know Barack was one hell of a president, and I tell you what, man, what an honor it was — I think you guys believe it, too — to serve with him. I mean, incredible honor. And, uh, I’m not being solicitous. I really mean that. Um, he had more integrity in his little finger than most people have in their whole body and he had a backbone like a ramrod. Has one.

    But one of the things that I think is most important is those who haven’t voted yet, first of all, go to “I Will Vote dot com” to make a plan exactly how you’re gonna vote, where you’re gonna vote, when you’re gonna vote, because it can get complicated. Because the Republicans’ve [sic] doing everything they pan [sic] to make it harder for people to vote — particularly people of color to vote. So go to “I Will Vote dot com.”

    Secondly, we’re in a situation where we have put together — and you’d [sic] guys, did it for our, the president Obama’s administration, before this — we have put together, I think, the most extensive and and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics. What the president is trying to do is discourage people from voting by implying their vote won’t be counted, it can’t be counted, we’re gonna challenge it, and all these things. If enough people vote, it’s gonna overwhelm the system. You see what’s happening now. You guys know it as well as I do. You see the long, long lines in early voting. You see the millions of people who have already cast a ballot.

    And so, don’t be intimidated. If, in fact, you have any, any, problem, go to — and I don’t have the number, but it’s 833-DEMVOTE, the letters D-E-M-V-O-T-E. Call that number. We have over a thousand lawyers. Over a thousand of them’ll answer the phone. If you think there’s any challenge to your voting, go to 833-DEMVOTE. Dial those letters on your phone. That will get you the assistance that we have already put in place.

    Thirdly, for those who’ve already voted, it’s not enough — God love you — it’s not enough that you voted. You gotta go out and get your friends. You gotta go out and get your family. You gotta go out and get people. There’s so many people like the old days when when we used to, it used to be a lot easier. There’s so many people when you’re able to knock on doors and know, Mrs. Smith didn’t have a vehicle, that you’d drive her to the poll, or you, the polls. You’d make sure that you get your friends, your family.

    Because look, you know, as John Lewis said before he passed away, it’s really you have a sacred right and it’s a sacred obligation to vote. Particularly young people. You’re the ones who, if 18-24, 25 years old vote in the same percentage that the rest of the population voted in in 2016, you know what would happen? We would have had 5.2 million more people voting. You can own the election. You can own the outcome. It really, really, really, really, really matters. And make the case to your friends. Make your case to friends that they can’t complain if they don’t vote. And it’s gonna be counted. It’s going to be counted.

    And because I think the American people are going to show up, Dan, in such large numbers, there’s gonna be no way to avoid the outcome. And look what he’s done from the beginning. Done everything to try to discourage you, saying he’s not sure he’ll accept the results. He’s not sure what he’ll do. I guarantee you he’ll accept the results and he’ll be out in — [chuckles] — there’s no one gonna stick with him. You know, uh, you know, he’s the only president I know that six of his generals who’ve worked directly for him have said he’s unfit to be president, commander-in-chief. So I’m not worried about any, any coup here. You know, not that he’s saying there’s gonna be a coup.

    But it’s, look, think about everything that’s been said. When I said about three months ago, “I think he’s gonna, he’s gonna suggest he may not step down, he may not accept the outcome of the vote,” people said, “oh, there goes Biden.” What’d he do? Two weeks later. It’s all designed to try to keep people from voting. So those that have voted, you know how long it took you, how you did it, what you did.

    Go to particularly — if you have, you know, grandparents or older folks in your neighborhood who you know. And they have a, they have an absentee ballot. Show them it matters how they fill it out. It’s complicated, some of it. They haven’t made it easier. For people. In many states. And by the way, wat’s [sic] why we challenged — it may not hold up in Pennsylvania, with [sic] the Supreme Court were to change it, but — now they’ve allowed the county, if it’s postmarked, is [sic] can be counted for all the way for next several days, which it should be.

    Well, you have in Texas the governor having these drop boxes, one in a county. Some of the counties are as big as my state almost, literally. And the idea there’s one drop box? And so, we’re gonna be, we’re gonna have enough people out there policing it, watching it, making sure it [sic] — do not be intimidated. But go out and help those who you know are gonna have physically, physical difficulty getting to polling place [sic], or may need help on how to get done what they need to get done to vote. I Will Vote dot com. Will tell you exactly where you can vote, where you live, what circumstances are available to you, and vote early. Vote early.

    But I, and I, by the way, I particularly at, one of the things we did — you know, you guys’ generation stepped up. One of the things you may recall that I started arguing for is the need for significantly more young poll workers. Well, thousands of you have showed up. Thousands of you showed up. Because of COVID, older people’ve, traditionally are the poll watchers and make sure everything’s squared away, they’re afraid to show up because they’re dying. Or they’re getting COVID, many of them. They’re worried about it. They’ve seen what’s happening to their friends.

    And so what’s happening is, this election is a generational election. This is, this is this generation’s opportunity — not a joke — to take back our democracy. It literally, literally — my word as a Biden is at stake. Our democracy is at stake. And you know, we all, I, and I have to admit to you. You know, I always heard that. I was a history of political science major in college. I’ve been involved in public life my whole adult life. But I never really believed it — that it was really, you know, every generation has to earn it. Well, guess what. It’s in jeopardy, man. It’s in jeopardy. Do not be intimated. Do not be intimated. And whether you vote for me or against me, vote. Vote. Vote. There’s not a single thing we can’t do when the American people stand together. And that’s not hyperbole. I mean it. There’s nothing. Nothing beyond our capability.

    JON LOVETT: On that note, Vice President Joe Biden, thank you so much for your time. Good luck in the last ten days, and let’s go win this thing.

    BIDEN: I’m gonna give it hell. Thank you very much. And by the way, you guys have such an enormous following. Not only with my children, my grown children, but my five grandchildren who range in age from 27 to, uh, to 14. Er, no, that’s not true. Sixteen. She’d be very upset I said 14. Uh, but all kidding aside, you really, you’re really reaching out, and, uh, you touch because you talk, you know, you talk plainly to people. And it matters. That really matters. Anyway. Thanks. Looking forward to seeing you guys in person.

  87. Kneel

    “Whether Joe Biden personally knew the details, a very untenable position, it is simply political malpractice to not be aware of the details of these financial arrangements. These documentable financial links simply cannot be wished away.”

    It’s not like this hasn’t come up before.
    You get one pass at “I didn’t know”, maybe two if you are lucky.
    Joe’s done it at least 10 times.
    Hiding behind “I didn’t know” that many times is corruption, pure and simple.

    Perhaps you should check what happened to the Google search metrics for “Can I change my vote?” when this came out. Talk about a hockey stick…

    But forget all that and ask instead: would Joe pass the standard security checks to be even a secret service agent, or WH office assistant, with this background?
    No, he wouldn’t.
    What does that say about his ability to be president? It says he would be a national security threat to the USA and CANNOT be allowed to hold any position in government AT ALL, let alone be president.

  88. FelixKruell

    JC:

    Trump’s family were indicted and arrested.

    No, of course not. Their lackeys were.

  89. PB

    The trouble with the whole early voting model is that October Surprises need to be pushed back to August or September, and the surprise has to survive within the goldfish-like attention spans of most voters.

  90. JC

    No, of course not. Their lackeys were.

    We were discussing families and now you want to discuss Paul Manfort’s sins that had nothing to do with Trump.

    (The High Court didn’t say Pell was innocent.)

  91. EllenG

    This whole yarn was pitched to the Wall Street Journal by Trump flunkies. Giuliani dumped it on the Oost because the WSJ checked it out and found it was rubbish. Fake news.

  92. Kneel

    The evidence of Joe’s direct involvement is the office keys for Sinohawk – the Biden company that got zero interest, forgivable loans of multiple millions of dollars from China. First on the list: Joe Biden.
    You had a key, you had veto on any deals, but you didn’t know the details?

    Your company got a zero interest, forgivable loan for millions – so either the Chinese are really dumb and are happy to throw money down the toilet, or they weren’t expecting a financial return on investment, but an influence return on investment.

    Re: Trump – despite the FBI being warned by CIA that HRC paid for the Steele Dossier, that the info in it came from a suspected Russian agent, and the Russians knew HRC wanted dirt on Trump whether true or not, they (the FBI) not only didn’t investigate HRC as CIA suggested they should, they spent US$48M investigating Trump on the basis of that very same dossier that they knew was fake after interviewing the “primary source” in 2016.

    Yet, despite emails and text messages that no-one in the Biden camp has said are not authentic, the FBI held onto this info for >9 months while they twiddled their thumbs.
    The MSM, Twitter and Facebook all suppressed the entire story – as of yesterday at least NY Post’s twitter account is blocked. A century old, well respected newspaper (weren’t they responsible for exposing Watergate?), printing what at the very least COULD BE the biggest political scandal in US history has its twitter account banned? Twitter won’t let ANYONE share the link, even in a direct message – if you try to share too many times, you are banned too.

    Move along, nothing to see here…

    In other news, their is a rumor that Trump once swore in public – don’t miss this devastating-for-reelection story – film and 25 minutes of commentary about how bad it is at 11. MSDNC – nothing but factoids.

  93. Trump remarked the other day that he didn’t realise how deep the swamp was. At least he’s been able to expose it. Hopefully it shall be cleaner by the time he leaves. I hold less hope for Victorian institutions.

  94. Zatara

    This whole yarn was pitched to the Wall Street Journal by Trump flunkies. Giuliani dumped it on the Oost because the WSJ checked it out and found it was rubbish. Fake news.

    Yeah, that must be why the Bidens are jumping up and down screaming that the hard drive didn’t belong to Hunter, the e-mails are fakes, and the videos are as well.

    But they aren’t, are they?

  95. Catcalling Inebriate

    Hunter Biden’s Ex-Business Partner Alleges Father Knew About Venture
    Former vice president says he had no involvement; corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden

    Anthony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday.
    PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
    By Andrew Duehren and James T. Areddy
    Updated Oct. 23, 2020 9:29 am ET

    An ex-business partner of Hunter Biden, in a news conference organized by the Trump campaign, alleged that former Vice President Joe Biden was part of discussions around his son’s efforts to form an investment venture with a Chinese oil company.

    The Biden campaign denied Joe Biden had any involvement in the venture or stood to gain by it.

    In a statement to reporters Thursday, Anthony Bobulinski said that in 2017 Hunter Biden consulted his father about a planned venture with Chinese oil company CEFC China Energy Co. to invest in the U.S. and elsewhere. Mr. Bobulinski was also a partner.

    The venture—set up in 2017 after Mr. Biden left the vice presidency and before his presidential campaign—never received proposed funds from the Chinese company or completed any deals, according to people familiar with the matter. Corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden.

    “Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever. He has never held stock in any such business arrangements nor has any family member or any other person ever held stock for him,” said Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates in a statement.

    Mr. Bobulinski said that he was rankled by Joe Biden’s public statements that he never discussed the international business activities of Hunter and other family members. He also cited nearly $5 million in payments that a Senate Republican report last month said CEFC made to Hunter Biden’s law firm as another reason to come forward.

    Mr. Bobulinski said he took part in a meeting with Hunter, Joe Biden and Joe Biden’s brother James Biden in Los Angeles in 2017 when they discussed “the Biden family business plans with the Chinese, of which [Joe Biden] was plainly familiar at least at a high level.”

    A Biden campaign spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a question about the alleged meeting with Mr. Bobulinski. James Biden and an attorney for Hunter Biden didn’t respond to requests for comment.

    Mr. Bobulinski, who was a guest of Mr. Trump’s at Thursday’s debate in Nashville, didn’t take any questions after his statement or provide further details on any remarks made by the former vice president. He displayed three phones which he said contained information that he would hand over to the FBI. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee and the Senate Finance committee have received material from Mr. Bobulinski and are holding an informal interview with him on Friday.

    The venture with CEFC, known as SinoHawk Holdings, was half held by Mr. Bobulinski, who served as chief executive, and four other partners—Hunter and James Biden; Rob Walker, a former Clinton administration official; and James Gilliar, a British national—according to the corporate documents reviewed by the Journal.

    Text messages and emails related to the venture that were provided to the Journal by Mr. Bobulinski, mainly from the spring and summer of 2017, don’t show either Hunter Biden or James Biden discussing a role for Joe Biden in the venture.

    Mr. Gilliar told the Journal: “I would like to clear up any speculation that former Vice President Biden was involved with the 2017 discussions about our potential business structure. I am unaware of any involvement at anytime of the former Vice President. The activity in question never delivered any project revenue.”

    In the correspondence provided by Mr. Bobulinski, an email he received from Mr. Gilliar in May 2017 proposed a possible equity arrangement for the five partners. The email references “10 held by H for the big guy?” Mr. Bobulinski said the “H” referred to Hunter Biden and the “big guy” was Joe Biden. Mr. Gilliar didn’t respond to a request for comment, nor did the other partner in the venture, Mr. Walker.

    SinoHawk was created to find investments in the U.S. and elsewhere for CEFC, relying in part on James and Hunter Biden, as well as their partners, to make introductions to politicians and influential figures, according to company strategy documents.

    Mr. Bobulinski, 48, who said he served four years in the Navy, leaving with the rank of lieutenant, said through his business ventures he met Mr. Gilliar, who brought him into the proposed venture.

    CEFC, whose founder and chairman had a background in military intelligence, was in the midst of a rapid, well-funded global expansion that often made investments that dovetailed with the priorities of China’s president, Xi Jinping, and his global program to build infrastructure. Its founder, Ye Jianming, was put under investigation in China in 2018 and hasn’t been seen in public since. CEFC has gone into receivership and been put under control of the Shanghai government.

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