LAPTOP EMAILS: JOE TASKED HUNTER WITH HOLLYWOOD-CHINA OUTREACH
“VP would like you to participate in the mtg. thanks.”
Joe Biden Hosts Xi Jinping at the Vice President’s Residence in February 2012, days before the two men inked a deal in Los Angeles expanding Hollywood movie studios’ access to the Chinese market. (White House photo by David Lienemann)
Recently uncovered emails reveal a concerted effort in March-April 2014 by then Vice President Joe Biden to have Hunter Biden assist his outreach to lobbyist Chris Dodd, who at the time was furthering Joe’s efforts to expand Hollywood movie studios’ access to China.
One email, in particular, provides clear and convincing proof that, despite his lies to the contrary, VP Joe knew plenty about his son’s overseas business relationships and was apparently directing him to put them to use to pursue Joe’s unstated objectives with Hollywood and the Chinese.
This goes well beyond Hunter bragging to a drinking partner of his ability to guide his father’s thinking; this is his father as sitting Vice President using government resources and staff to request his son to join him in his White House office during business hours to help set government policy.
I call that malfeasance in office, an impeachable offense.
Here’s my screenshot of the somewhat tersely worded email sent by Joe’s long-time, trusted assistant Kathy Chung from her official White House email account to Hunter’s executive assistant who passed it on to him, “VP would like you to participate in the mtg. thanks.” The email’s subject line reads: “Thursday, 1:00 pm mtg. with Sen. Dodd.”
As a former Joe Biden staffer I can attest most of us referred to him as the VP, though some called him boss. I always referred to him as the VP.
Note that Katie Dodge, Hunter’s executive assistant at Rosemont Seneca Partners, provides the reply that Hunter has a golf date with his brother Beau scheduled for that time. Beau was then battling cancer. In a little more than a year he would be dead, and Hunter and Beau’s widow, Hallie, would be sleeping together in a haze of heavy drug use while Hunter was still married to his first wife.
But let’s stay focused on Joe because he’s the one who needs to be impeached.
With this revelation, we now have three more potential witnesses who can, if subpoenaed by Congress or a grand jury, provide testimony about Joe Biden’s criminal activities — Katie Dodge, Kathy Chung, and Chris Dodd, who would be quite an existential witness given what I’ve seen in White House Visitor Logs, but I’ll get to that later.
White House Visitor Logs have Christopher Dodd down for a 1:00 p.m. appointment on April 10th, 2014, with Vice President Biden in the West Wing, though Dodd’s exact time of entry is blank — possibly because of Hunter’s golf date, the in-person meeting was converted to a phone conference and Dodd never went through the gate. Dodd’s appointment was made at 2:14 p.m. on April 9th, 2014, by Charles Fromstein, a staffer in OVP (Office of the Vice President.) So Kathy Chung wrote her email advising Hunter of his father’s wishes before Chris Dodd’s appointment was even set up. To me that suggests Joe most certainly wanted Hunter there.
That email aside, there is no further indication in the Laptop that Hunter attended the meeting with Chris Dodd either in person or on the phone. It does, however, appear that this was a follow-up attempt by Joe to get together with Hunter and Chris Dodd.
On March 5th, 2014, so about a month earlier, Kathy Chung, again from her desk in the West Wing, had forwarded an email to Katie Dodge from OVP staffer Charles Fromstein advising that Chris Dodd would have to reschedule a planned meeting with an disclosed date due to upcoming travel. Also CCed on Kathy Chung’s forwarded email was Kellen Suber, another OVP staffer. Though it was Katie Dodge who replied with a quick thank you, Hunter was the primary addressee on Chung’s email.
I would also note that for this set of emails Hunter’s Laptop seems to be time stamping them on West Coast time.
The topic of the Dodd-Hunter-Joe meeting is never revealed. However, given what has transpired since, there are clues as to what they were cooking up.
Former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, a longtime Biden ally and friend during their decades serving beside each other in the Senate, was in April 2014 the chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), a position he assumed in March 2011. His duty was to represent the five major motion picture producers — NBC Universal (Comcast,) Paramount Global (National Amusement,) Walt Disney Studios (The Walt Disney Company,) Warner Bros. Entertainment (Warner Bros. Discovery,) Sony Pictures (Sony Group Corporation.)
Having his buddy Chris Dodd heading the MPAA during his VP tenure was a bonanza for Joe because it gave him the opportunity to strengthen his ties to two critical constituencies for his presidential ambitions: Hollywood and China.
In my book Joe Biden Unauthorized and the 2020 Crackup of the Democratic Party, an inscribed hardcover copy of which I mail to every paid subscriber, I describe a mammoth deal Joe Biden brokered in February 2012 in which then Vice President of China Xi Jinping agreed to let the MPAA studios dramatically expand their access to the Chinese market. Chris Dodd was instrumental in consummating that deal.
The photo at the top of my post was taken just a few days before that deal was signed. It depicts Joe and Xi at an intimate reception at the Vice President’s Residence during which Joe had several hours to converse privately with Xi. Just the two of them in a room — no staff, only interpreters.
This Hollywood-China deal was huge for the Obama-Biden 2012 re-election, for the studios and the movie industry as whole, and for Joe’s presidential aspirations, but as well for the leverage it gave China in Hollywood. So the Chinese certainly got what they needed out of it.
Chris Dodd played a major role in that. And he was ably assisted in that by a young woman who had just recently joined his MPAA staff straight out of the Obama White House. Her name was Kate Bedingfield.
Kate Bedingfield worked closely with Chris Dodd as a communications advisor from November 2011 to August 2015, at which point she returned to the White House as Vice President Joe Biden’s Director of Communications for the duration of his term. In 2019, Bedingfield joined Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. She is now his director of communications. Whatever skeletons exist between Joe, Hunter, Chris Dodd, and the Chinese, Kate Bedingfield knows where they are. She certainly would have been working with Dodd on the 2012 Xi-Biden deal and the 2015 Xi-Obama deal, which I’ll expand on momentarily.
My takeaway from discovering this Chris Dodd email is Kate Bedingfield’s role in it. If she has knowledge of how Hunter, Joe, and Chris Dodd worked together, she would be a fantastic witness for a grand jury or impeachment investigation.
But getting back to that April 2014 meeting, it wasn’t just Chris Dodd Joe wanted to hear from. Hunter’s input was just as important. The following morning, April 11th, 2014, Greg Schultz, a senior operative in Joe’s office, emailed Hunter during White House working hours from a non-government account to set up a coffee meeting for the coming week with the pithy phrase, “Couple of things I would love to go over with you,” as though he had some instructions from Joe to pass on.
I highlighted this email in a previous Substack as being evidence that Greg Schultz’s eventual coffee shop rendezvous with Hunter led directly to a longer, more strategic White House meeting between VP Joe, Hunter, and his Burisma board member business partner Devon Archer on April 16th, 2014, at approximately 11:00 a.m.
In another Substack, I identified emails that indicated the outcome of the Joe-Hunter-Devon Archer West Wing conference was to immediately schedule a call with Burisma board member Aleksander Kwasniewski. Well, I’ve since come across more emails regarding the former President of Poland, and they — if coupled with Chris Dodd’s portfolio and contacts — may prove to be quite sinister. But I’ll leave that discussion for a future post.
The timing of this Hunter-Dodd-Joe meeting was four months after Joe’s trip to Beijing in December 2013, during which Hunter and his daughter Finnegan accompanied VP Joe on Air Force Two. As a result of that “personal” trip with his father, the Bank of China agreed to invest $1.5 billion into Hunter’s company Rosemont Seneca Partners. Leveraging the business relationships Hunter had in China would have been of great interest to Joe and Chris Dodd. Is there any question that Joe wanted to get Hunter and Dodd together with him in his West Wing office even if he was committing a crime in doing so?
Final answer: no question at all.
During that 2013 trip, for which I also accompanied Joe as his stenographer, he logged yet another lengthy one-on-one meeting with Xi, who was then the president of the People’s Republic of China. And having seen how poorly Joe Biden has managed his illegitimate presidency, I have no doubt Xi Jinping got everything he needed and more out of Joe Biden in those discussions.
Xi would come through for Hollywood, Dodd, Joe, and Obama again in September 2015. Interestingly Kate Bedingfield left the MPAA to work for Joe the month before that deal was done, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in secret during a Xi state visit to see Obama. Here’s the link.
But there’s still a nagging question in the back of my mind, and this is why I used the word sinister.
I’ve presented evidence of Joe’s criminal malfeasance (promises made, promises kept,) and connected a few dots on who was helping Joe and Hunter work with China, and who should have to testify in a Joe Biden impeachment investigation. But the question remains: What did China get out of it? What did Joe Biden give away to Xi Jinping in those long one-on-ones to get these Hollywood deals?
I don’t know fully. There are many more dots in that line of inquiry. But here’s the direction I’m going. In November 2014, Obama traveled to Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit and several meetings with Xi Jinping. I was on that trip. The headline takeaway was a mostly fake U.S.-China agreement on climate change. But there was also a largely overlooked agreement on how the U.S. and China would expand their collaboration on infectious disease…this is the beginning of Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins funding gain of function research conducted by members of the People’s Liberation Army of China at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through grants to EcoHealth Alliance that were paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Here’s the White House press release.
I’m going to leave it there for now. Much more to come.
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