New Emails: Hunter Biden Asked for $2 Million in Return for Lobbying to Unfreeze Libyan Funds in 2015
New emails obtained by Business Insider reveal that Hunter Biden solicited opportunities to lobby on behalf of Libya’s government in 2015, offering his services in a bid to unfreeze funds of the Libyan government that were locked in western and Chinese banks when President Obama removed Muammar al-Qaddafi from power in 2015.
The younger Biden had been suggested to Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani, a Saudi national working for the Libyan government, by Sam Jauhari, a Democrat megadonor.
Jauhari indicates that hiring Biden would require a $2 million retainer fee, in addition to “success fees” in the event the funds were restored. This violates nearly every standard of professional ethics that could be expected of the son of a Vice President, with Joe Biden in office at the time. The younger Biden had worked as a DC lobbyist before Joe became Vice President, and claimed to have retired from the practice upon his inauguration- a claim the Libyan emails reveal to be little more than a lie.
Even Jauhari was frank about Biden’s numerous personal shortcomings as he touted the younger Biden’s high-level connections in Europe and Asia, suggesting he wouldn’t be the right lobbyist to try and return Libya’s frozen funds to the country.
‘His negatives are that he is alcoholic, drug addict – kicked [out] of U.S. Army for cocaine, chasing low class hookers, constantly needs money-liquidity problems and many more headaches,‘ Jauhari said in an email to al-Rahbani.
In another email obtained by Business Insider, John Sandweg, a lawyer who served as Obama’s acting director of ICE, confirms that Biden is interested in the Libyan funds project.
“I spoke with HB’s team yesterday. They are interested in the project, but emphasized that for them to get involved, the team (lobbyists, lawyers and PR) would need to be a small group of folks they have a tight relationship with,” said Sandweg of Hunter.
Biden ultimately wasn’t hired to unfreeze Libya’s frozen funds, but his willingness to lobby on behalf of a foreign government while his father was in office amounts to even more evidence of Biden family corruption.
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