Newly revealed affidavits have alleged that then-Vice President Joe Biden’s brother James Biden used “his position and relationship” with his older sibling to broker a $140 million deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
As investigations into the Biden family’s alleged influence peddling heat up on Capitol Hill, DailyMail obtained affidavits that once again suggest that now-President Biden’s ties to foreign business deals compromise “national security.” The particulars of two documents dated from May 2021 involve a decades-old conflict between the Saudis and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based construction company Hill International, hired in the 80s to build a desalinization plant.
According to the affidavits, former senior U.S. Treasury official Thomas Sullivan had been working as a private investigator in 2017 when he was hired by Lankford & Reed, one of three law firms representing Hill International in their dispute with the Saudis.
In July of that year, he paid a visit to James Biden’s home where the younger Biden, “stated that he was often sent to meetings to represent Hill because ‘of course, the name didn’t hurt,’ and he was the former Vice-President’s brother, or words to that effect. He repeated this statement at least twice during the interview.”
“I asked specifically if he had attended a meeting with the Saudi Ministry of Trade in mid-February 2012 to receive the final payment for the work Hill had performed,” Sullivan said in the affidavit. “He answered that, to the best of his memory, he had been at such a meeting, and that the reason he had attended was ‘because of his position and relationship’ with his brother.”
As it happened, the Saudis had failed to pay Hill International for the work done and, while negotiations were tied up in the United States government’s “Special Claims Process,” the construction company had reportedly hired James Biden in 2011 to handle a back-door settlement for $100 million, cutting the lawyers out of their 40 percent cut.
V. Thomas Lankford wrote in an affidavit, “after many delays, a meeting was finally scheduled for mid-February, 2012, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Professional Firms were excluded from this meeting. Hill, acting through [its CEO, Irvin] Richter, sent Jim Biden — the then sitting Vice President’s brother.”
“Richter confided that he selected Biden because KSA would not dare stiff the brother of the Vice-President who would be instrumental to the deal,” Lankford added.
Biden would go on to tell Sullivan that the negotiated deal resulted in a large cash payment and future contracts. By May 2021, according to Lankford, Hill International had secured $358 million in construction management contracts since February 2011 despite having done “virtually no business” with Riyadh prior to Biden’s involvement.
When the meeting concluded, Sullivan alleged that James Biden’s wife Sara had walked him to his car and told the investigator that Joe Biden “doesn’t like us talking to people.”
“I didn’t ask for a further explanation since I was looking at two large men in dark suits, in a big black sedan parked on a side street looking directly into their house down the walkway I had just exited,” he said in the affidavit. “I thought they were some type of security, probably Secret Service.”
The New York Post reached out to House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) Tuesday regarding the allegations from the affidavits and he replied, “Evidence continues to mount that the Biden family used Joe Biden’s name to secure deals around the world to enrich themselves. The Treasury Department must provide the suspicious activity reports generated for the Biden family and their associates to inform our investigation about the Biden family’s business schemes and Joe Biden’s involvement. If Joe Biden is compromised by his family’s deals, this is a national security threat.”
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