by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Biden persists in claiming that he never discussed the Biden family business with his son Hunter — i.e., the business in which Hunter and the president’s brother Jim have spent decades cashing in on Joe’s political influence, particularly in corrupt and authoritarian countries, including those inimical to American interests.
The evidence that the president is lying continues to mount.
In the latest news on that score, it appears that in 2017, Biden wrote a letter of recommendation for one of Hunter’s Chinese business partners — a letter aimed at getting the partner’s son admitted to Brown University.
Based on a review of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop, Fox News reports that at the start of 2017, Jonathan Li reached out to Hunter and his American business associates, Devon Archer and James Bulger, asking them for “advice” to supplement the college applications of Li’s son, Christopher. He was applying to two of the Ivies, Brown and Cornell, as well as another top school, New York University, at which admissions are very competitive.
To recap, Li was a honcho at the Chinese equity firm, Bohai Capital. He became Hunter’s partner in a very lucrative venture, Bohai Harvest RST. They began discussing the venture in 2012, but it got off the ground in 2013, when Hunter hitched a ride on Air Force Two with his father, then the vice president, who was headed to Beijing on behalf of the Obama administration for discussions with President Xi. According to an investigative report compiled by Republican senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, Hunter visited with Li and arranged for him to shake hands with Vice President Biden. Shortly after the trip, Beijing licensed the venture.