The controversy surrounding Hunter Biden just keeps on giving. The Washington Examiner has reviewed a batch of emails between Biden administration Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who served as Deputy Secretary of State under President Obama, and Hunter Biden. What makes this interesting is that Blinken set up meetings and lunches with Biden using his personal email address instead of his official government address.
In 2015, Hunter Biden, who was working on the board of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma, asked Blinken for his advice on a couple of things. Blinken obliged, using his AOL address to set up the meeting. This was during the same time period when Hunter Biden’s appointment to the board was drawing intense scrutiny and criticism from Republicans, who accused him of influence peddling and trading on his father’s name for personal gain.
The lunch between Blinken and Hunter Biden took place on July 22, 2015. What’s unclear is why fellow Burisma board member Devon Archer and business partner Eric Schwerin were copied on the email chains, and what exactly was discussed during the lunch meetings.
The most concerning aspect here is the use of a personal email address by Blinken to set up these meetings. This could potentially create a pathway for investigation. In fact, Hunter Biden even asked for Blinken’s non-government email back in 2010, when Blinken served as then-Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser.
“Konstantinos ‘Gus’ Dimitrelos, a cyber forensics expert and former Secret Service agent, conducted an examination of the laptop for the Washington Examiner last year, concluding that ‘there is a 100% certainty that Robert Hunter Biden was the only person responsible for the activity on this hard drive and all of its stored data’ and that ‘the hard drive is authentic.'” Pete McGinnis, communications director for the Functional Government Initiative, has said that it appears high-ranking subordinates of Joe Biden were enabling Hunter Biden to travel around the world, trading on his father’s name to enrich himself.
It’s worth noting that around the same time Hillary Clinton was using a private server to conduct government business, Blinken may have been engaged in practices that blurred the lines between his official duties and private interests. With Blinken’s recent involvement in the “Hunter laptop letter,” the public has every right to be concerned.
House Republicans have also launched investigations into Hunter Biden’s financials and laptop contents since taking the majority in 2022, seeking to determine if his overseas work posed national security risks.
The connections between high-level Biden administrators and Hunter Biden have justifiably raised eyebrows among GOP lawmakers, including Rep. James Comer (R-KY), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who heads the House Judiciary Committee. Just last week, it was revealed that CIA acting director Michael Morell testified in private that Blinken had “triggered” a letter from 50 ex-intelligence officials, attempting to discredit reporting on the laptop’s emails and blame the story on Russian disinformation.
So, as we continue to dig deeper into this tangled web of personal emails, meetings, and potential influence peddling, one thing is clear: this story is far from over. Stay tuned for more developments as they unfold.