Committee: Biden Family Pocketed Millions From Russian Underworld – Congressional investigators allege that the Biden family pocketed millions from a Russian oligarch, tied to her country’s underworld, who dined with then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2014 and 2015.
Joe Biden Might Be In Deep Trouble
“During Joe Biden’s vice presidency, Hunter Biden sold him as ‘the brand’ to reap millions from oligarchs in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine,” House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer said in a statement. “It appears no real services were provided other than access to the Biden network, including Joe Biden himself. And Hunter Biden seems to have delivered. This is made clear by meals at Café Milano where then-Vice President Joe Biden dined with oligarchs from around the world who had sent money to his son.”
Russian Oligarch Dines With Bidens
Bank records show that Yelena Baturina, wife of late Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, wired $3.5 million to an account belonging to Rosemont Seneca Thornton, a shell company controlled by Hunter Biden and Devon Archer.
The House Oversight Committee noted that Archer was the only name appearing on Rosemont Seneca Thornton’s documents but that the Rosemont Seneca entities were intended to shift monies from Russian, Ukrainian, and Kazakh sources. Speaker Kevin McCarthy noted that the Bidens received a total of $20 million from these sources while Joe Biden was vice president.
Rosemont Seneca Thornton was intended to silo work being done by James “Jimmy” Bulger, a Biden business associate who also was nephew of Irish mob boss Whitey Bulger.
This entity was formed in anticipation of working with the Chinese investment group BHR Partners run by Jonathan Li, who Archer testified met with Joe Biden prior to establishment of the partnership with the Biden family.
Bank records show that Baturina wired $3.5 million to Rosemont Seneca Thornton on Feb. 14, 2014. On Mar. 11, 2014 Rosemont Seneca Thornton wired $2.7 million to an account belonging to Rosemont Seneca Bohai. The Rosemont Seneca Bohai account opened on Feb. 13, 2014, the day before Baturina’s wire was posted in the Rosemont Seneca Thornton account.
Baturina Allegedly Tied to Russian Mafia
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev fired Luzhkov in 2010. A 2010 State Department cable noted that Baturina had ties to Russian criminal enterprises.
“Sergei Kanev, an investigative crime reporter at the liberal newspaper Novaya Gazeta, told us that Luzhkov’s wife, Yelena Baturina, definitely has links to the criminal world, and particularly to the Solntsevo criminal group (widely regarded by Russian law enforcement as one of the most powerful organized crime groups in Russia),” the State Department cable said.
It also noted that Luzkhov had close ties to a corrupt criminal enterprise involving the KGB’s successor the FSB, the Russian Interior Ministry, and the Russian state militia.
Joe Biden Dines With Baturina and Kazakh Oligarch
Devon Archer testified to Congress last week that then-Vice President Joe Biden dined with Baturina in the spring of 2014 at Georgetown’s exclusive Café Milano, as was Luzhkov.
Rakishev also was closely associated with Kazakhstan’s corrupt former President Nursultan Nazarbayev and was referred to as his “wallet.” He is known for having those who cross him physically beaten or imprisoned in Russia.
The Marco Polo report on the Biden laptop notes that Hunter Biden and Archer allegedly acted as an “unregistered agent” for Rakishev. The report notes that Rakishev was closely linked to Putin’s circle and that his father-in-law had been ambassador to Russia. Rakishev used the Latvian bank ABLV for many of his transaction. The bank was cutoff from the U.S. financial sector due to its involvement in money laundering.
The 2014 dinner at Café Milano that included Joe Biden occurred in the same time period.
A year later, on Apr. 16, 2016 Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, Baturina, Rakishev, and Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi had a second dinner at Café Milano.
Bidens Get Allegedly Get Millions From Rakishev, Other Sources
Hunter Biden met Rakishev at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 5, 2014, according to the House Oversight Committee report. Rakishev wired $142,300 to Rosemont Seneca Bohai from a Singaporean account on Apr. 22, 2014. Hunter Biden allegedly used the money the next day to buy an expensive sports car.
The committee noted that Archer and Hunter Biden received $1 million annually from their roles on the Burisma board.
The Bidens also allegedly received $3 million from Romanian oligarch Gabriel Popoviciu, who was convicted of bribery and “complicity in the abuse of power” in Romania.
“It’s clear Joe Biden knew about his son’s business dealings and allowed himself to be ‘the brand’ sold to enrich the Biden family while he was Vice President of the United States. The House Oversight Committee will continue to follow the money trail and obtain witness testimony to determine whether foreign actors targeted the Bidens, President Biden is compromised or corrupt, and our national security is threatened,” Comer said in a statement.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.