First son Hunter Biden has called on the Justice Department to probe allegations that his former business partner Tony Bobulinski lied to federal investigators about his relationship with the first family, according to a report.
The demand for an investigation came in a letter sent to DC US Attorney Matthew Graves last month by Biden’s attorneys, accusing Bobulinski of mischaracterizing his ties to and contact with the Biden family “for the sake of maligning the character and reputation of [Hunter] Biden and his family, and to boost his own sense of self-worth,” according to ABC News.
The letter, written by the 53-year-old first son’s lawyer Abbe Lowell, also claims Bobulinski misled FBI investigators in October 2020 about the extent President Biden benefitted from his family’s foreign business dealings.
“Even in an era in which people peddle knowing lies with the goal of their falsehoods being repeated and disseminated for their political advantage, these statements by Mr. Bobulinski cannot and must not go unchecked,” Lowell wrote, according to the outlet.
Bobulinski, a US Navy veteran, alleged one month before the 2020 presidential election that Joe Biden was involved with his son and brother Jim Biden’s dealings with Chinese energy company CEFC, which reportedly paid the Bidens $4.8 million in 2017 and 2018.
Bobulinski claims that he spoke with Joe Biden about the Chinese government-linked CEFC deal and that the then-candidate was referred to as the “big guy” due to a 10% cut in a new corporate entity.
Another Hunter Biden business associate, James Gilliar, also identified Joe Biden as the “big guy.”
Lowell claims Bobulinski was “making things up” and argued that Bobulinski “has no basis in fact by which to assert that there was a reference to the ‘big guy’ or that it was not his own musing or that it was a reference to Vice President Joe Biden.”
He further alleges in the letter that Bobulinski didn’t attend a 2017 meeting in Miami where Hunter Biden, CEFC chairman Ye Jianming and others initially discussed the China deal.
“If Hunter Biden and the Biden family are so determined to ensure that the full truth is put before the American People, Hunter, Jim, Joe and I should all appear together before Congress, publicly and under oath,” Bobulinski told ABC News in a statement. “They can name the date, time and place and I would certainly be willing to do that for the American people.”
He added that the contents of Lowell’s letter is “patently false” and accused the Biden family of “trying to weaponize the DOJ against me.”
The Republican-led House Oversight Committee accused Hunter Biden’s legal team of trying to intimidate a potential Joe Biden impeachment inquiry witness by sending the letter.
“Hunter Biden and his legal team are once again attacking anyone who speaks out against the Bidens,” the Oversight Committee said in an X post. “This time, their target is Tony Bobulinski, a potential witness in our investigation.
“We will not tolerate witness intimidation. The truth will come out soon enough despite the Biden team’s threatening tactics. We will give Hunter the opportunity to clear the air and speak with us soon.”
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