Emails found on a laptop that Hunter Biden abandoned at a computer repair shop seem to show negotiations between Biden and a now-bankrupt Chinese private energy firm.
The New York Post released a report on the emails Thursday, the day after it published an article about emails that show the younger Biden used the name of his father, who was then vice president of the United States, to increase his pay from a Ukrainian company.
Emails from 2017 show Biden corresponding with several people linked to the energy firm CEFC China Energy Co. A May 2017 email sent to Biden details compensation for six people, one of whom appears to be Biden. The email does not describe specifically what the compensation is for, or what the business deal entails, but does specify that Biden would be "Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC." The correspondence also lists Biden's pay as "850" and "some office expectations he will elaborate." Several equity holders of the venture are mentioned, with "H" to be allotted "20" (presumably percent) and a notation about someone identified only as "the big guy:" "10 held by H for the big guy?"
In another 2017 email, Biden describes a deal struck with Ye Jianming, who was then the chairman of CEFC, to provide Biden with $30 million over three years "for introductions alone." Biden also wrote that the chairman had changed the deal to one that gave each man 50% ownership of a holding company.
Biden wrote to a man named Gongweng Dong that:
"the reason this proposal by the chairman was so much more interesting to me and my family is that we would also be partners inn [sic] the equity and profits of the JV's [joint venture's] investments."
Dong has been linked to real estate deals involving companies owned by Ye. An August 2017 photo shows a handwritten chart that lays out ownership of the holding company, called Hudson West, as shared between Biden and "chairman."
Hudson West III opened a line of credit in September 2017, against which credit cards in the names of Biden and his aunt and uncle were issued, according to a report issued in September by two U.S. senators. More than $100,000 of purchases were made on the cards. Biden's law firm was a part owner of Hudson West.
Another email includes an attorney engagement letter between Biden and Ching Ping Patrick Ho, who formerly worked for the government of Hong Kong and was a close ally of Ye. The letter stipulates a $1 million attorney retainer fee to be paid to Biden. In 2018, a federal jury convicted Ho of bribery schemes involving African officials.
Ye was taken into custody by the Chinese government in 2018 and has been missing ever since.
Joe Biden's campaign has not commented on the latest reports about the emails.