by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Hunter Biden tried to secure an office at his father Joe Biden’s think tank, where the president kept classified documents, emails from the first son’s abandoned laptop show.
Joe Biden’s talent agent, Craig Gering, emailed Hunter Biden in April 2016 to discuss the vice president’s plans for the following year, including the establishment of the Penn Biden Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Gering wrote that the university’s D.C. office “will be expanded to house a DC office for VP Biden (and Mike, Hunter, and Steve?),” an apparent reference to future Penn Biden Center officials Michael Carpenter and Steve Ricchetti.
Hunter Biden said he hoped the plan would come to fruition.
“That’s the way I would like it to see it shake out,” he said in an April 25, 2016, response to Gering. “BUT please keep this very confidential between us because nothing has been set in stone.”
It is unclear whether the plan shook out as Hunter Biden hoped it would. But the exchange raises questions in light of growing concerns about the discovery of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center and Biden’s home in Wilmington, Del. Biden’s lawyers discovered a trove of documents about Iran, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine at the office. Republicans have expressed concerns about Hunter Biden’s potential access to the records, both because of his erratic behavior during that time period and his foreign business dealings with Ukraine and China.
Gering, the agent for Joe Biden, did not respond to requests for comment. Biden hired Gering’s firm, Creative Artists Agency, after leaving the White House in 2017 to “amplify” his post-White House career. The firm helped Biden secure a book deal and speaking engagements. It also helped Biden with plans for the Penn Biden Center and a think tank at the University of Delaware.