Hunter Biden’s former business associates were hinting at a push to “get Joe involved” in a joint venture with Chinese Energy Company CEFC.
In text messages dating back to 2017, Hunter’s now-ex-associates James Gilliar and Tony Bobulinski discussed a breakdown of the joint venture with CEFC, the “stakes” and appeared to hint at discussions about getting the now-president-elect involved.
It was unclear how the group, which included Gilliar, Bobulinski, Hunter Biden, Jim Biden, and Rob Walker, may have planned to get Biden involved.
Bobulinski, in a text message to Gilliar on April 30, 2017, asked, “what is the deal with Joe Biden as he wasn’t part of the discussion but now seems a focal point.”
“USP” in business dealings typically stands for “unique selling proposition” or “unique selling point.” A source, though, said “USP” could also stand for U.S. persons.
A few days before, regarding a conversation about a meeting which included what appeared to be high-level CEFC executives including the chairman—slated for Sunday, May 7, 2017— Gilliar asked Bobulinski to come up with an “a lister to meet chairman Sunday.”
The venture never came to fruition and the transfer of CEFC funds to Sinohawk Holdings never took place.
Sources: The Hill and NBC News; Photo: Associated Press