The ongoing review of President Joe Biden and his family’s alleged influence peddling has turned up yet another example from his younger brother James boasting of potential “introductions and…opportunities at the highest levels” to a Middle Eastern sheikh in a complement-laden letter fishing for a face-to-face.
Just when it seems as though the depths of the treasure trove that is Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop have been thoroughly plumbed, another gem is discovered further implicating the first family. After previously revealing that the then-vice president’s brother had used “his position and relationship” to broker a $140 million deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), a report from the DailyMail cast new light on a letter propositioning a Qatari prince to embark down a similar path.
In the August 1, 2017 letter presented by the outlet, first reported by Breitbart, the younger Biden brother addressed Mr. Khaled Sultan Al Rabban, the then-director of the Qatari Investment Authority (QIA), as he sought a meeting with the man’s boss, QIA CEO Sheik Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani.
Reading like a cold call, Biden referenced a mutual associate of theirs, Dr. Amer Rustom, before diving into his pitch “to assist in effectuating the vision of His Excellency (Al Thani), while knocking the “fractured nature” of then-President Donald Trump’s administration.
“My family could provide a wealth of introductions and business opportunities at the highest levels that I believe would be worthy of the interest of His Excellency,” he wrote, seeking a meeting with the prince in charge of the nation’s $170 billion investment fund.
“We are not, however, lobbyists and do not operate in that arena,” Biden stipulated before bragging about the greater influence his connections could provide. “Our relationships are deep and wide and have lasted through many years and many administrations.”
Again he slighted the sitting president, suggesting an effort to engage in deals contrary to the interest of the United States by writing, “We are not particularly close to this administration and have a different vision.”
As previously reported, James Biden had been pegged as the influential party in brokering a $140 million with the KSA as part of a resolution to a decades-old conflict between the Saudis and a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based construction company, Hill International, which had been hired in the 80s to build a desalinization plant in the Middle East.
It was said that Biden was hired in 2011 to arrange a back-door settlement for the construction company of $100 million, effectively blocking attorneys from receiving their expected 40 percent cut. According to one of the lawyers, Hill’s acting CEO Irvin Richter had “confided that he selected Biden because KSA would not dare stiff the brother of the Vice-President who would be instrumental to the deal.”
Following the involvement of the then-vice president’s brother, Hill secured $358 million in construction management contracts with the Saudis.
Last Wednesday, the deadline passed for James Biden, Hunter Biden and business partner Eric Schwerin to provide documents to the House Oversight Committee as an investigation related to their foreign business deals progressed. It remains to be seen whether subpoenas will be issued to obtain the requested information.
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