Prosecutors did not request testimony from Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, before the federal grand jury in Delaware. Bobulinski, who previously claimed that the “big guy” email referred to President Joe Biden, had expressed his willingness to speak to the grand jury through his lawyer, but U.S. Attorney David Weiss did not respond to their attempts to contact him.
This recent development, initially reported by CBS News, follows IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley’s statement that federal prosecutors hindered investigations into potential links between Joe Biden and his son’s Chinese business endeavors. Shapley’s interview transcript also included a portion of a recorded conversation between an FBI agent and Hunter Biden’s business associate, Rob Walker, where Walker mentioned Joe Biden’s presence at a meeting related to their efforts to secure a lucrative deal with the now-defunct Chinese company CEFC.
Walker told the FBI that Joe Biden made a brief appearance at the meeting held at the Four Seasons, where Hunter Biden mentioned his plans and asked for his father’s support. Walker confirmed that it seemed orchestrated to improve their chances of success.
Shapley further revealed that Delaware Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Wolf prevented questions about the “big guy” and discouraged inquiries about Joe Biden during the interview.
Bobulinski collaborated with Hunter Biden in 2017 to establish a business venture called SinoHawk, aiming to form a joint venture with CEFC. However, instead of fulfilling their plans, CEFC directed millions of dollars to accounts associated with Hunter Biden.
The “big guy” email, which surfaced publicly in October 2020, outlined a potential business deal between Hunter Biden and the Chinese company. The email mentioned “10 held by [Hunter Biden] for the big guy.”
The email, sent by businessman James Gilliar to Hunter Biden and others on May 13, 2017, discussed expectations and remuneration packages for the deal. It indicated that Hunter would receive $850,000 and be listed as “Chair/Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC.” The email also mentioned a distribution of equity, with 20% allocated to “H” (Hunter Biden) and 10% to “Jim” (James Biden).
Bobulinski was among the recipients of this email and asserted in October 2020 that the “big guy” referred to Joe Biden. He claimed that Hunter Biden referred to his father as “the Big Guy” or “my chairman” and frequently sought his approval or advice regarding potential deals.
Joe Biden’s spokesman, Andrew Bates, denied the allegations, stating that the President has never held stock in such business arrangements, nor has any family member or individual held stock on his behalf.
CEFC was a Chinese conglomerate founded by Ye Jianming, with whom Hunter and James Biden pursued various deals and from whom they eventually received millions of dollars.
Text messages provided by Bobulinski indicated that Joe Biden had met with him, Hunter, and James Biden while they pursued the CEFC deal. The meeting reportedly took place on the night of May 2, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Former FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office, Timothy Thibault, allegedly ordered the closure of certain derogatory Hunter Biden reports in October 2020, despite their verifiability through criminal search warrants.
Bobulinski is reportedly concerned that Thibault worked to suppress the information he provided to the FBI.
In October 2020, Senator Chuck Grassley notified U.S. Attorney David Weiss, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and FBI Director Christopher Wray about the substantial evidence related to potential criminal conduct by Hunter Biden and James Biden. Grassley referred to a summary of Bobulinski’s interview with FBI agents, where he alleged that Hunter and James Biden engaged in unremunerated work with foreign nationals linked to the Chinese government while Joe Biden was Vice President. However, after Joe Biden left office, they sought compensation for their past work.
Grassley highlighted the creation of a joint venture between Hunter Biden, James Biden, and CEFC to facilitate financial compensation. He noted that the joint venture was established sometime after a meeting in Miami between Hunter Biden and CEFC officials in February 2017.
Grassley also mentioned that CEFC Infrastructure Investment wired $5 million to bank accounts associated with Hudson West III in August 2017, with subsequent transfers to Hunter Biden’s firm, Owasco, and James Biden’s firm, Lion Hall Group, in 2017 and 2018.
Hunter Biden’s messages in July 2017, where he invoked his father’s name and made threats, led to a swift agreement with a Chinese Communist Party-linked company and resulted in millions of dollars flowing into Biden family accounts.
Recently released WhatsApp messages between Hunter Biden and intermediaries with CEFC further support previous findings of foreign bank transactions involving Hunter Biden. Shortly after the text threat involving his father, Hunter Biden and his associated businesses received an estimated $5 million in payments from CEFC in 2017 and 2018, with Chinese payments quickly following, according to a 2020 Senate report.
During a denial on Wednesday, Joe Biden stated that he was not present in the room when the threatening message was sent.