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Peter Schweizer Reveals Details of Hunter Biden’s Deal With China…His Partners Will Surprise You

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Investigative reporter Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash, completed an in-depth study of Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China. It was Schweizer who first revealed that Hunter Biden’s private equity firm received a $1 billion investment within two weeks of accompanying his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, on an official trip there. The cash infusion came from a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China and it wasn’t long before the investment increased to $1.5 billion.

Schweizer and his team of investigators spent two years researching cases in which families and friends of powerful politicians have benefited handsomely from those interested in “currying favor with their influential parents.” In his book, entitled “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends,” Schweitzer provides some interesting details about Hunter Biden’s dubious dealings with China.

Schweizer reports that Hunter Biden and his business partners created a group of LLCs to conduct their deals with Chinese government-owned companies. The largest LLC was their private equity firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, which was founded in 2009. This firm was controlled by Hunter Biden, long-time business partner Devon Archer and, lo and behold, Chris Heinz, who happens to be the stepson of former Secretary of State and Senator, John Kerry.

Rosemont also partnered with the Thornton Group, a consulting company run by James Bulger, who was named after his uncle, the notorious mob hitman James “Whitey” Bulger.

In 2010, the principles of Rosemont Seneca and the Thornton Group, headed to China to meet with business officials there. On their Chinese language website, Thornton reported the reason for the meeting was  to “explore the possibility of commercial cooperation and opportunity.” It said that “Chinese executives “extended their warm welcome” to the “Thornton Group, with its US partner Rosemont Seneca chairman Hunter Biden (second son of the now Vice President Joe Biden).”

Schweitzer points out this information was not reported on the English-speaking web site.

He also notes that the meeting “occurred just hours before Hunter Biden’s father, the vice president, met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington as part of the Nuclear Security Summit.”

According to Schweizer, The Bank of China founded an investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR) shortly after the Biden’s December 2013 official trip to China. BHR’s website listed Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC as one of it’s founding partners.

Yet, “Chris Heinz claims neither he, nor Rosemont Seneca Partners, the firm he had part ownership of, had any role in the deal with Bohai Harvest. Nonetheless, Biden, Archer and the Rosemont name became increasingly involved with China. Archer became the vice chairman of Bohai Harvest, helping oversee some of the fund’s investments.”

Schweizer writes that “several of BHR’s investments had major implications for national security.” He explains:

In December 2014, BHR became an “anchor investor” in the IPO of China General Nuclear Power Corp. (CGN), a state-owned energy company involved in the construction of nuclear reactors. In April 2016, the US Justice Department would charge CGN with stealing nuclear secrets from the United States — actions prosecutors said could cause “significant damage to our national security.”

Of particular interest to CGN were sensitive, American-made components that, according to experts, resembled components used by the US on its nuclear submarines.

That Hunter Biden had no experience in China, and little in private equity, didn’t dissuade the Chinese government from giving his company a business opportunity in place of established global financial brands like Morgan Stanley or Goldman Sachs. In fact, the Chinese government wasn’t done funding deals with Hunter Biden.

Around the same time, the Schweizer team discovered that  a “Chinese state-backed conglomerate called Gemini Investments Limited was negotiating and sealing deals with Hunter Biden’s Rosemont on several fronts. That month, it made a $34 million investment into a fund managed by Rosemont.

Biden had set up a “sister company” called “Rosemont Realty” which announced in August 2015 that the above mentioned “Gemini Investment was buying a 75 percent stake in the company. The terms of the deal included a $3 billion commitment from the Chinese, who were eager to purchase new US properties. Shortly after the sale, Rosemont Realty was rechristened Gemini Rosemont.”

Li Ming, Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Limited and Gemini Investments chairman, was among many in the Chinese business world to commend the deal. “Rosemont, with its comprehensive real-estate platform and superior performance history, was precisely the investment opportunity Gemini Investments was looking for in order to invest in the US real estate market. We look forward to a strong and successful partnership.”

Another said, “The plan was to use Chinese money to acquire more properties in the United States. We see great opportunities to continue acquiring high-quality real estate in the US market. The possibilities for this venture are tremendous.”

In 2015, BHR announced a deal with Chinese state-owned military aviation contractor Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). They were interested in purchasing an American company called Henniges, which “manufactures technology with military applications.”

All transactions having anything to do with national security must be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Several government agencies were involved in the approval process. One of those was John Kerry’s State Department. The deal passed. AVIC hold a 51% stake in the new company and BHR, 49%.

Interesting, huh?

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Media That Once Accused 47 Republicans of Violating the Logan Act Now Says John Kerry Is In the Clear

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A little shot and chaser action this morning for you.

President Trump caused a bit of a kerfuffle this week in the media because he dared to suggest that John Kerry, who violated every aspect of the Logan Act with his interactions with Iran, should be prosecuted for his crimes. As I pointed out in my previous piece, I personally think the Logan Act is garbage and would be found unconstitutional if pursued, but that didn’t stop the Obama administration from using it as a pretext to target Michael Flynn. It also didn’t stop the media from suggesting 47 Republicans Senators should be prosecuted under it for their opposition to the Iran deal.

So what’s changed?

Here’s CNN back in 2015.

Forty-seven Senate Republicans may have broken the law this week. But no one’s losing any sleep over it.

Pundits and legal scholars are raising questions over whether Sen. Tom Cotton and the 46 Senate Republicans violated the Logan Act when they penned a letter to Iran’s leaders on Monday, undercutting President Barack Obama’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear agreement with those same leaders. The law, passed in 1799, forbids any U.S. citizen — acting without official U.S. authority — from influencing “disputes or controversies” involving the U.S. and a foreign government.

Now, to be fair, CNN was at least living in reality enough that they admitted no prosecution was likely. In fact, they went so far as to lay out why the law probably wouldn’t hold up. Those were simpler times. But they spun the whole thing as “of course Tom Cotton and others are guilty, but they’ll get off on the technical faults of the law.”

We saw similar pieces from The Washington Post, Politico, and The Guardian, among many others. The thing to notice here is that the media started and instigated the conversation about Republicans breaking the Logan Act, even as most of the article belatedly admitted it wouldn’t stand up to constitutional scrutiny.
Fast forward to 2017 and we saw numerous articles referencing the Logan Act as legitimate in pursuit of charges against Michael Flynn. See here, here, and here.

Here’s The New York Times letting us know why Trump should “fear” the Logan Act and that he certainly broke it.

That leads us to this week, where the media all the sudden decided not only is the Logan Act not worth talking about, it’s crazy sauce to even suggest that John Kerry be prosecuted under it. Instead of doing speculative pieces as they’ve done for Republicans for years, they immediately started to push out the “fact-checks” to provide direct cover. This example via CNN.

Since the act’s creation, correspondence and interaction between Americans — lawmakers, former lawmakers, and citizens alike — has become increasingly common.

It’s also common for former secretaries of states and diplomats to stay in touch with their counterparts around the world.

Last year, before the administration decided to pull out of the deal, the Boston Globe reported that Kerry was taking part in meetings with big players in Iran, meetings which were promptly criticized by the Trump administration. However, last October, Kerry told reporters that he had not met with Iranians since the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and had seen Iran’s foreign minister at a few international security meetings.

Trump alleged that Kerry “is talking to Iran and has been. He’s had many meetings and phone calls and he’s telling him what to do.”

But Matt Summers, a spokesman for Kerry, said in a statement that Trump’s claim “is simply wrong, end of story.”

Why would you quote John Kerry’s spokesman in a fact-check? The author goes on to let us know that because John Kerry said so, he certainly didn’t actually violate the Logan Act, even though she actually quotes him as admitting to meeting with the Iranians before Trump pulled out of the Iran deal.

The Washington Posts resident Democratic moutpiece also made the same case, using John Kerry’s spokesman as evidence in a fact-check. He then goes on to spin the whole thing as misconduct by Trump for suggesting such a prosecution.

Look, the point here isn’t to say that John Kerry actually should be convicted under the Logan Act. I wouldn’t hold up but perhaps we should make him a test case? Regardless, the overall point here is the vastly different media reactions. When it’s Republicans, we get lots of op-eds and hard news pieces full of “well, maybe they did break the law” speculation. When it’s John Kerry we get nothing until President Trump brings it up, then we get “fact-checks” exonerating Kerry and chastisement of the President for even suggesting it. This despite the fact that the media have suggested use of the very same law multiple times to target Republicans.

It’s absurd. Can we all just come to an agreement that we aren’t going to bring up this ridiculous law anymore for political reasons? The problem is that the mainstream media would never play by consistent rules even if they existed. The next time they can, the Logan Act will undoubtedly be in vogue to suggest again. Mark it down.

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Media Gets Triggered By Trump Saying John Kerry Should Be Prosecuted, But There’s a Problem

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Earlier this week, President Trump said that John Kerry should be prosecuted under the Logan Act. This immediately caused uncontrollable spasms and hair to spontanously combust in newsrooms across America.

How could Trump possibly suggest that a political opponent should be jailed!

To be sure, the Logan Act is abject garbage as a law. That doesn’t change the fact that Kerry is clearly in violation of it as it is written. In actuality, I’d expect any prosecution under the law would eventually be found unconstitutional, but that didn’t stop Sally Yates and Democrats across American from yelling about it in relation to Michael Flynn for two years.

So why the gnashing of teeth now when the President suggests an actual violation of it be prosecuted? The bigger problem here is the hypocrisy though. You know who else is going around talking about jailing their political opponents? That would be nearly every major Democrat in the country.

Here’s a great montage of all the bloviating.

Now, oddly enough, I don’t remember any major media figure, including Toobin and Maddow above, objecting to Democrats suggesting that Bill Barr should be thrown in jail for absolutely no actual legal reason. In fact, most media members have treated it as a realistic, even laudable position.

This just shows how unserious these people are. Anything Trump says must be opposed. Anything Democrats do must be supported. It doesn’t matter if it involves blatant hypocrisy.

While John Kerry is not going to be prosecuted under the Logan Act, it is still great to see Trump make the media turn flips over it in the same week they were all calling for Barr to be hauled away in handcuffs. It’s one of his greatest skills.

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Lock him up: John Kerry should be prosecuted under the Logan Act for his chats with Iran, says Trump

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Shhhhhh. You had me at “John Kerry should be prosecuted.”

The news cycle moves so quickly in the Trump era that not only is my attention span down to six seconds but in the rush to keep up with major stories I’m apt to miss things like the president calling on Twitter for a former Secretary of State to be prosecuted for undermining his foreign policy. That happened a few weeks ago, in late April. Trump doubled down on it today during a media availability:

I wrote three separate posts about this last September, when Kerry admitted that he’d met with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, “three or four times” since after leaving office. There’s nothing inherently suspicious about ex-diplomats meeting with current diplomats but Kerry/Zarif meetings are noteworthy since they were the two main brokers of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. And although Trump was still abiding by the nuclear deal at the time Kerry met with Zarif, it was common knowledge that that status quo wouldn’t last forever. Kerry was asked on Fox News in September whether he had told Zarif to wait Trump out. His answer: “I think everybody in the world is talking about waiting out President Trump.”

Here’s the Logan Act:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

The point of tearing up the nuclear deal and reinstating sanctions on Iran is to pressure Khamenei into agreeing to terms more favorable to the United States. Total denuclearization, ideally. Lefties would tell you Trump’s goal is war war war but as you can see in the clip, he’s basically dangling North-Korea-style rapprochement at them. Call me, he says. Let’s work something out. If Kerry’s whispering in Zarif’s ear that he should wait Trump out and hold on for a Democratic successor in 2021, at which point the Obama nuclear deal might be reinstated and sanctions lifted, then why shouldn’t Zarif continue to resist Trump’s pressure tactics?

He’s undermining Trump’s leverage. Working to “defeat the measures of the United States,” to borrow a phrase. And this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of doing that since “retiring.”

He won’t be prosecuted, though, partly because no one gets prosecuted under the Logan Act. It gets tossed around whenever a political enemy gets caught talking to foreign diplomats — some lefties wanted Mike Flynn charged under it for his phone chats with the Russian ambassador before becoming NSA — but literally no one has been convicted of the offense, which is why even some conservatives think it’s time to repeal it. Certainly Dan McLaughlin is right that the statute could be abused potentially by prosecuting political opponents whose behavior was less dubious than Kerry’s. Pay close attention to Trump’s answer in the clip, though, and you’ll hear him say that his “people” don’t want to charge Kerry — implying that the subject *has* come up, presumably at the president’s urging. Is this what Bill Barr had in mind last week when Kamala Harris asked him if the president had ever “suggested” that the DOJ open an investigation on someone and Barr suddenly turned evasive? How many other people has POTUS proposed prosecuting?

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NYT: Did Joe Biden strongarm Ukraine to protect his son’s job? And will Republicans pounce?

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Did Joe Biden use his position as vice-president to shield his son Hunter from a corruption probe in Ukraine? The New York Times at least asks the question in describing a curious coincidence of American diplomatic demands for the removal of Kyiv’s equivalent of an attorney general, supposedly for ignoring corruption. However, one potential instance of corruption that had greatly interested Viktor Shokin involved Burisma Holdings — and guess who got $50,000 a month from Burisma?

It was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt government to clean up its act. And one of his most memorable performances came on a trip to Kiev in March 2016, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.

The pressure campaign worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament.

Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.

Hunter Biden was a Yale-educated lawyer who had served on the boards of Amtrak and a number of nonprofit organizations and think tanks, but lacked any experience in Ukraine and just months earlier had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. He would be paid about $50,000 per month for his work for the company, Burisma Holdings.

The implication here seems especially clear coming from the Times. Burisma had no particular reason to hire Biden at a rate of $600,000 a year, except to just be a Biden when the chips were down. Mykola Zlochevsky might have considered that a rather cheap price to get a prosecutor off his back that might have shut down his operations in a corruption probe. And it seems to have worked; Ukraine dropped the probe into Burisma after Biden’s intervention, and Hunter remained with Burisma until last month, when his father readied his presidential-campaign launch.

Now, however, Ukrainian prosecutors are taking another look at Burisma. The new prosecutor-general has decided to reverse the earlier decision to drop its investigation of Zlochevsky. A new probe might uncover some uncomfortable revelations about how the prosecutor-general’s predecessor found himself out of a job, thanks to Joe Biden.

Give the New York Times’ Kenneth Vogel credit for reporting on this — and for holding off on the “Republicans pounce!” angle until the tenth paragraph. No, seriously:

But the renewed scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s experience in Ukraine has also been fanned by allies of Mr. Trump. They have been eager to publicize and even encourage the investigation, as well as other Ukrainian inquiries that serve Mr. Trump’s political ends, underscoring the Trump campaign’s concern about the electoral threat from the former vice president’s presidential campaign.

The Trump team’s efforts to draw attention to the Bidens’ work in Ukraine, which is already yielding coverage in conservative media, has been led partly by Rudolph W. Giuliani, who served as a lawyer for Mr. Trump in the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. Giuliani’s involvement raises questions about whether Mr. Trump is endorsing an effort to push a foreign government to proceed with a case that could hurt a political opponent at home.

That’s a fair angle from Vogel, especially given Giuliani’s efforts to revive the Burisma probe. Most other news outlets — and even the NYT — would have run the “Republicans pounce!” part of the story first and buried those first four paragraphs long after the fold. In fact, if both parts of the story are accurate, then the two parts are roughly equivalent. Two different administrations could have manipulated diplomatic power for the personal benefit of its top members, although the nature of the benefits are somewhat different.

Hunter might come up in another more recent story about Biden. Yesterday, Biden scoffed at the idea that China was a threat to the US economy, a comment that might raise some eyebrows among Biden’s supporters in Big Labor:

Allahpundit thought it strange that Biden would scoff at a threat that’s now widely accepted by people on both sides of the political aisle. Peter Schweitzer warned about it several weeks ago by following the money back through the Bidens and the Kerrys, whose sons had formed a partnership called Rosemont Seneca:

Less than a year after opening Rosemont Seneca’s doors, Hunter Biden and Devon Archer were in China, having secured access at the highest levels. Thornton Group’s account of the meeting on their Chinese-language website was telling: Chinese executives “extended their warm welcome” to the “Thornton Group, with its US partner Rosemont Seneca chairman Hunter Biden (second son of the now Vice President Joe Biden).”

The purpose of the meetings was to “explore the possibility of commercial cooperation and opportunity.” Curiously, details about the meeting do not appear on their English-language website.

Also, according to the Thornton Group, the three Americans met with the largest and most powerful government fund leaders in China — even though Rosemont was both new and small.

The timing of this meeting was also curious. It occurred just hours before Hunter Biden’s father, the vice president, met with Chinese President Hu in Washington as part of the Nuclear Security Summit.

There was a second known meeting with many of the same Chinese financial titans in Taiwan in May 2011. For a small firm like Rosemont Seneca with no track record, it was an impressive level of access to China’s largest financial players. And it was just two weeks after Joe Biden had opened up the US-China strategic dialogue with Chinese officials in Washington.

Remember when sources close to Biden leaked that his hesitation about jumping into the race involved supposed attacks on his family? That got framed around Hunter’s struggles with addiction. That might have been a little misdirection to pre-empt more scrutiny of Hunter’s connections to foreign governments and his father’s potential conflicts of interests and outright interventions over them.

Small wonder, then, that Trump has jumped all over this. Bernie Sanders can’t be far behind, especially after yesterday’s comments about China.

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