New records released by Republicans in the House of Representatives reveal that President Joe Biden exchanged emails 54 times with his son Hunter Biden’s business associate during his time as vice president under former President Barack Obama’s administration. Some of the emails were exchanged around the same time Joe Biden traveled to Ukraine and Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
House Republicans recently launched a formal impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden. A press release by the House Ways and Means Committee explained, “Key to Congress’s impeachment inquiry is this fact: There is no doubt that Joe Biden was complicit in his son’s global influence peddling scheme, and this gross abuse of office gives the appearance that the best way to influence the White House is to pay the President’s son.”
According to NBC News, the records released by House Republicans provide a list of the dates and the individuals involved in the emails; however, the content of the email messages has not yet been released.
NBC News reported that email records show Joe Biden emailed Eric Schwerin, Hunter Biden’s business associate, 35 times around the then-vice president’s trips to Ukraine. The outlet noted that the majority of the email exchanges between Joe Biden and Schwerin occurred around the same time Hunter Biden was hired to serve on Burisma’s board in Ukraine.
While a White House spokesperson refused to comment when approached by NBC News, the spokesperson directed the outlet to previous statements made by House Democrats, who have explained that Schwerin served as a financial adviser for Joe Biden between 2009 and 2017.
The revelation of the email records between Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s business associate was made public recently by House Republicans in the aftermath of IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler’s testimony to Congress.
The email records were presented to the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this month with a sworn affidavit. Ziegler told Congress, “There were multiple emails found with Hunter Biden and his business associates.”
In Tuesday’s press release, the House Ways and Means Committee stated, “From the campaign to the White House, President Biden and his allies have repeatedly denied any connection to his son’s business dealings – claiming that he had never spoken to his son about his business, then later, that he wasn’t involved. But mountains of evidence released by the Ways and Means Committee have thoroughly debunked these claims, leaving little doubt that President Biden was complicit in Hunter Biden’s use of the ‘Biden Brand’ to sell access to the White House around the world.”