More On: Russia-linked escorts
A report from Monday says that Joe Biden accidentally paid for his son Hunter's dates with a Russian escort ring.
The Washington Examiner said that records from a laptop that Hunter Biden left at a computer repair shop in Delaware showed that President Biden sent his 52-year-old son $100,000 to help him pay bills from December 2018 to January 2019.
Hunter Biden, on the other hand, spent more than $30,000 on sex workers from November 2018 to March 2019. Records show that many of these workers had email addresses based in Russia and were connected to a "exclusive model agency" called UberGFE.
The report says that Joe Biden wired $5,000 to Hunter while his son was "actively engaged" with one escort. He was also persuaded to send another $20,000 to pay for his stay at a New York drug rehab program, which never happened.
The Post first wrote about the business dealings of President Biden's younger son in Ukraine and China in a series of articles in October 2020. These articles were based on documents and data found in the laptop.
Hunter Biden is now being investigated by the federal government for possible tax fraud related to his business dealings overseas. House Republicans want Hunter Biden's longtime business partner, Eric Schwerin, to turn over documents they think link the president to these business dealings.
There's no clue in the backup messages for the phone, which are on the laptop. The Post was the first to report that Joe Biden knew some of the money he sent to his son was going to be spent on sex workers. The Examiner has now found out the same thing.
Hunter Biden told the point of contact at UberGFE in a February 2019 message to a woman named Eva that his accounts were temporarily frozen because trying to pay her workers with Russian email accounts was "too much of a red flag" for his bank.
Photos show that Eva used Hunter's first name, Robert, in a text message to him. The message shows that she also asked him to send the money by wire, "like [he] did before."
A screenshot shows that Hunter said, "Send me Julia, and I'll give her the money."
"Ok," Eva responded.
In another case, the Washington Examiner said that Joe Biden sent Hunter $5,000 less than three hours before he filmed a fight with an escort over a $10,000 payment at a cottage in Boston.
In January 2019, Eva told Hunter Biden that 16 hours with an escort would cost a total of $9,500 and told him to send the money to a woman with a Russian email address.
Hunter Biden got an email less than 90 minutes later telling him that "Joseph R. Biden Jr." had sent him $5,000 through Cash App. Richard Ruffner, who worked for Joe Biden at the time, also texted Hunter to say that the amount was the most that could be spent since the "weekly limit is $7,500," as the report said.
Later, Joe Biden texted Hunter to see if the money went through, but text messages show that he didn't get a response that evening.
The report says that in text messages to Eva, Hunter Biden seemed to disagree with the amount of the payment. He also sent Eva a video of himself talking to the escort and asking if he had ever hurt her.
"Have I ever been anything... other than respectful?" Hunter Biden asked.
Hunter Biden at the time told his sister-in-law-turned-lover Hallie Biden in a text message that he was so broke that he couldn't rent skis. This was just one day before he made the video with the sex worker.
Between November 2018 and March 2019, records show that Hunter Biden gave more than $30,000 to Russian escorts who worked for Eva and UberGFE.
A copy of Hunter Biden's old laptop shows that he also looked online for "dc Russian escorts" and went to the UberGFE website on his iPhone XS to find sex workers in Boston.
Joe Biden has said that he had nothing to do with any of Hunter's businesses, but Republicans say that Schwerin visited the White House and other government buildings 27 times when Biden was vice president during the Obama administration.
Eva had to chase after Hunter Biden for six weeks to get paid for her work as an escort. The report says that in the end, she told him to send money to a bank account linked to women with "distinctively Eastern European names."
The Washington Examiner said that neither Hunter Biden's lawyers nor anyone from the White House or UberGFE replied to requests for comment.
“We can all sympathize with Biden’s love for his troubled son while recognizing that he was shoveling prodigious sums of money to Hunter Biden when the neon lights were flashing that Hunter was compromised and using the money to become ever more compromised — and with Russia, of all places,” former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy told the outlet.
McCarthy continued: “Joe Biden is a textbook example of why applicants with family members who maintain shady ties with foreign actors, particularly those connected to authoritarian anti-American regimes with highly capable intelligence services, get rejected when applying for a security clearance.”