Former FBI Director Louis Freeh reportedly donated $100,000 to a trust for President Biden’s two grandchildren while he pursued “future work” with Hunter Biden according to emails that have recently surfaced.
The gift appears to have been made in April of 2016. At the time, Biden was vice president. Shortly thereafter, Freeh allegedly told Hunter Biden in an email that “I would be delighted to do future work with you.”
The emails seem to indicate that the former FBI director was attempting to establish a business relationship with both Joe and Hunter Biden, according to the Daily Mail. The emails are allegedly from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.
Freeh was the FBI director under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush. He reportedly ran a consultancy firm with some clients considered controversial, including a convicted Malaysian prime minister who stole billions of dollars from his country, a Romanian real estate billionaire who was convicted of bribery, and a French-Israeli diamond magnate also convicted of bribery as well as $145 million property graft. He is a former judge and attorney as well.
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— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 21, 2021
Freeh emailed Hunter Biden in 2016 stating that he had spoken with the former vice president and then proposed that they work together on private ventures after Biden left office, Daily Mail reported.
“I also spoke to Dad a few weeks ago and would like to explore with him some future work options,” Freeh stated on July 8, 2016. “I believe that working together on these (and other legal) matters would be of value, fun and rewarding.”
Freeh also mentioned he was working for then-Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. He was ensconced in a scandal concerning one of the world’s biggest financial frauds and would later be sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2020.
The following year, Freeh wrote in an email referring to Joe Biden: “If you have his cell and personal email, I’d like to have his contacts (will protect).” Hunter gave the former director his father’s cell number and email.
“I would still like to persuade him to associate with me and FSS—as we have some very good and profitable matters which he could enhance with minimal time,” the FBI director noted. FSS seems to refer to the law firm of Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan where Freeh was a partner.
The next month, Freeh wrote another email to Hunter Biden concerning the donation he made to the grandchildren’s trust connected to Hunter Biden’s late brother, Beau Biden, and his wife.
“As you know, our family foundation made a $100K contribution to Hallie’s children’s trust last year,” Freeh commented on April 24, 2017.
Freeh then announced that his accountants “now advise that since the grant did not go to a 501(c) organization, it was not a proper foundation gift” and that he would adjust by making “a new $100k gift” and have the trust “reimburse the foundation by paying it $100k.”
“I can handle this with the lawyers (see attached) but wanted to let you know first before doing anything-so it’s clear what we’re trying to do,” he told Hunter Biden. “Sorry for the extra burden.” There was a pdf file attached to the email thread that was entitled, “Biden Trust Contribution Letter 4.26.16.pdf.”
There is no evidence in the emails that Freeh ever actually did business with Joe or Hunter Biden. In a 2014 press release, Freeh referred to Joe Biden and his son Beau as “dear friends.” In a May 2010 email to a colleague, Hunter also called Freeh “a close friend.” Freeh also served on the Beau Biden Foundation.
Hunter Biden did refer a corrupt Romanian real estate businessman named Gabriel “Puiu” Popoviciu to Freeh in mid-2016.
“I wanted to thank you again for referring Gabriel to us and we have finalized an attorney letter of engagement with him,” Freeh stated on July 8, 2016. “I will meet him in Paris Sunday and then we’ll deploy to Bucharest and get to work.”
Freeh continued: “FYI, I have had conversations with the head of the FBI’s Criminal Division and there is a sincere Bureau interest in meeting and debriefing Gabriel on other matters he may be willing to discuss.” Popoviciu was eventually convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.
In that 8/2016 email, Freeh also discussed the case of another foreign criminal: Romanian property tycoon Gabriel Popoviciu, who was convicted of bribery earlier that year. Popoviciu hired both men in a bid to halt his prosecution. pic.twitter.com/TgetxcZ0BH
— Josh Boswell (@JoshTBoswell) May 20, 2021
In a 2016 email that copied Hunter Biden, Freeh referenced Popoviciu while discussing his representation of Israeli diamond trader Beny Steinmetz.: “Accordingly, I should be able to obtain information about his Romanian case (similar in overreaching to your own) and DNA–which may be very useful to us,” Freeh remarked.
Steinmetz was convicted in Switzerland for paying bribes to obtain permits for mining iron ore in Africa. He was sentenced to five years in jail and an approximate fine of $56 million. The case is currently being appealed.
Freeh had a third high-profile foreign client who was later convicted of corruption: Beny Steinmetz, a diamond magnate, who in the past 6 months has been found guilty by a Swiss and a Romanian court of bribery dating back to 2006.
(Freeh was not implicated in any charges) pic.twitter.com/gItHbZysJC
— Josh Boswell (@JoshTBoswell) May 20, 2021
The former FBI chief reportedly sold his Freeh Group International Solutions risk-management firm to the AlixPartners consulting company in August and took a position as managing director there.
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