President Joe Biden was specifically named in a 2017 email found on the first son’s “laptop from hell” discussing a deal to supply China with millions of tons of Louisiana gas.
“In October 2017, Hunter and his uncle –Joe’s brother Jim Biden – were brokering a multi-million dollar deal to supply gas from Louisiana to the country on behalf of their business partners, Chinese energy giant CEFC,” DailyMail.com exclusively reports.
Joe Biden had already been relieved of his duties as Vice President at that time, and he had not yet thrown his hat in the 2020 Presidential ring.
A “family affair,” the arrangement involved Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Joe’s brother, Jim Biden, as well as a Louisiana-based lawyer named Robert Fenet.
On October 27, 2017, Fenet wrote to “Jim and Hunter” to let them know he can “confirm that your contact for Cheniere gas sales is Chad Whiteside located in their Houston office.”
He also confirmed that he has requested Whiteside “be available for a call from Joe Biden and Hunter Biden on Monday morning to discuss the purchase of the 5 million tons of gas.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 11, 2023
“While it’s possible the Baton Rouge lawyer, Robert Fenet, mistyped ‘Joe’ instead of ‘Jim,'” concedes the Daily Mail, “other emails and whistleblower testimony suggest Joe was involved in Hunter’s business dealings with the Chinese.”
In an October 19 email from the same year, Jim Biden stressed the importance of his “family” in the business deals they strike.
“We Biden’s often fraught with problems, that they can can [sic] come from working with family members, are of a different mind,” he wrote Fenet. “It’s all about family, and people we choose to do business with.”
Fenet was coordinating a call between Joe and Hunter and Cheniere, an energy company based in Texas.
Cheniere’s executives, the Daily Mail reports, “have close links to Joe Biden.”
“The president hired former Cheniere board member Heather Zichal as his campaign climate adviser in 2020, and former Cheniere lobbyist and vice president Ankit Desai was Joe’s political director in 2005,” the outlet explains.
On October 20, 2017, Fenet detailed a proposal for a deal involving his liquid natural gas (LNG), the Bidens, and their Chinese partners.
“The Ashton Fenet and Sons Construction Company, Inc. will, in a joint venture with a Louisiana company, provide a 25 year natural gas-LNG supply to your group,” he wrote. “We can begin supplying LNG in 2018 at the rate of three, four, five, or six million metric tons of LNG on a five year basis. From year five until year twenty-five, we will have the capacity to supply 13 million metric tons per annum of LNG to the Port in China. (To Be Decided).”
“If your client will purchase a twenty-five year stream of LNG, I can build the plant for $12 billion dollars,” he added.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 19, 2022
In November 2017, Hunter fired off a letter to CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming to promote the deal, saying it would provide “large quantities of LNG at very competitive rates while also advancing the long term goals of CEFC through a partnership or acquisition of a promising LNG terminal project in Louisiana.”
Hunter was “making inquiries,” he said, “regarding arranging a meeting for you with the Chairman of Cheniere.”
“That month, Cherniere [sic] signed a long-term deal with another Chinese energy firm, China National Petroleum Corp, to supply gas to China, during then-president Donald Trump’s state visit to the country,” the Daily Mail reports.
Ultimately, Hunter and Jim’s CEFC venture fell apart after Ye and Patrick Ho, “his right hand man,” were picked up on charges of bribery and corruption — though, the Daily Mail notes, “not before they poured over $10 million into their joint venture with the Bidens.”
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