By Rita Li
A recovered voicemail reveals President Joe Biden called his son, Hunter Biden, in late 2018 to discuss a New York Times report on the latter’s dealings with a Chinese oil tycoon who had been charged with financial crimes.
The leaked voicemail contradicts Biden’s claims that he never spoke with Hunter about his overseas business transactions.
“I think you’re clear,” Biden said to Hunter in the audio, first released by Daily Mail on June 27. “And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”
The voicemail, dating back to Dec. 12, 2018, came from Hunter’s old iPhone backup on his abandoned laptop. It came after the NY Times published an article detailing Hunter’s ties with Chinese oil giant CEFC’s former chairman, Ye Jianming, who was arrested in China on bribery charges in 2018.
“Hey pal, it’s Dad,” Biden began with his message. “It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you.”
“I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good,” he said.
Hunter Biden’s Chinese Business Dealings
The NY Times reported on a private meeting between Ye and Hunter in Miami in May 2017.
Moreover, when a top aide of Ye, Patrick Ho, was arrested by the FBI for corruption and bribery in 2017, Ho reportedly called Biden’s brother, James Biden. The latter later told the NY Times that he believed the call was intended for his nephew Hunter.
According to a disclosed letter, CEFC China Energy also paid Hunter $1 million to find a U.S.-based attorney for Ho, whom Hunter once called “the spy chief of China.”
Throughout his presidential campaign, Biden repeatedly denied any knowledge of his son’s overseas business dealings.
“I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” Biden said at a Democrat fundraiser in Iowa in 2019, accusing then-President Donald Trump of trying “to smear” him.
During the second presidential debate in 2020, Biden went further, claiming that stories about his son’s laptop were “a Russian plant.”
Since taking office, Biden has denied such allegations on several occasions, both in person or via his press spokespersons.
The White House didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
“SMOKING GUN!” Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) wrote on Twitter upon the release of the voicemail message. “Even Big Tech can’t ignore President Biden’s Hunter problem anymore,” he said in another post.
“It’s time for a hearing,” the GOP lawmaker concluded.