Well, it looks like the plot is continuing to thicken in the investigation into the Biden family corruption scandal, as House investigators demanded Thursday to be granted full access to the National Archives after communications between then-Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and his business partners were uncovered. This could end up being a huge break in the probe depending on the content of the messages. It could provide the evidence needed to prove that there is indeed an influence peddling scheme run by the Biden family and that the president, who was the vice president at the time, was involved in it.
“The demand came after the House Oversight Committee unearthed an email showing a White House staffer communicated plans for a phone call with Ukraine’s president to Joe Biden on a private email account in 2016 and copied Hunter Biden, an unusual backdoor for a sensitive conversation with a foreign leader,” Just the News said.
“The Committee’s need for these Vice-Presidential records is specific and well- documented,” Chairman James Comer went on to say to Colleen Shogam the head of the the National Archives and Record Administration. “The Committee seeks to craft legislative solutions aimed at deficiencies it has identified in the current legal framework regarding ethics laws and disclosure of financial interests related to the immediate family members of Vice Presidents and Presidents— deficiencies that may place American national security and interests at risk.”
The full letter from Comer to Shogam can be read here.
The email was first released, without much fanfare, back in January as part of the Obama presidential archives. In the message, a staffer at the White House writes Joe Biden on a personal email account using a pseudonym, Robert L. Peters, concerning a previously planned telephone call with former Ukrainian President Petro Prorshenko. Hunter Biden’s email address at Rosemont Senaca Partners was copied in the message.
“At the time, Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma Holdings that was deemed to be corrupt by the Obama-Biden State Department,” JTN reported.
Check out the email here.
“Boss–8:45am prep for 9am phone call with Pres Poroshenko. Then we’re off to Rhode Island for infrastructure event and then Wilmington for UDel commencement,” the staffer stated in the message to then-Vice President. “Nate will have your draft remarks delivered later tonight or with your press clips in the morning.”
The Archives has released a few other messages with some being redacted and others featuring private communications. Comer explained that he needs to see the fully unredacted emails, making a “special access” request to the National Archives.
“The Committee seeks unrestricted special access/ … These records have been redacted for public release pursuant to the PRA and FOIA. For example, an email bearing the subject ‘Friday Schedule Card,’ is withheld in part under a ‘P6’ and ‘b(6)’ restrictions, denoting personal information regarding the subject under the PRA and FOIA respectively,” Comer said in the in letter.
“Attached to this email, and made available on the NARA website, is a document that indicates at 9:00 a.m. on May 27, 2016, Vice President Biden took a call with the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko,” he continued in the letter. “It is concerning to the Committee, however, that this document was sent to’Robert L. Peters’—a pseudonym the Committee has identified as then Vice- President Biden. Additionally, the Committee questions why the then-Vice President’s son, Hunter Biden—and only Hunter Biden—was copied on this email to then-Vice President Biden.”
Here is a list of specific documents Comer requested special access to:
- “Document or communication in which a pseudonym for Vice President Joe Biden was included either as a sender, recipient, copied or was included in the contents of the document or communication, including but not limited to Robert Peters, Robin Ware, and JRB Ware;
- “Document or communication in which Hunter Biden, Eric Schwerin, or Devon Archer was included either as a sender, recipient, copied, or was included in the contents of the document or communication; and
- “Rrafts from November 1, 2015 to December 9, 2015 of then-Vice President Biden’s speech delivered to the Ukrainian Rada on December 9, 2015.”
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