Former FBI Director Louis Freeh gave $100,000 to a trust for 2 of President Biden’s grandchildren as he sought to pursue “some very good and profitable matters” with him, newly surfaced emails revealed Thursday.
Freeh apparently made the reward in April 2016 — whereas Biden was the outgoing vice chairman — and shortly earlier than he instructed Biden’s son, Hunter, that “I would be delighted to do future work with you,” in accordance to the emails.
“I also spoke to Dad a few weeks ago and would like to explore with him some future work options,” Freeh wrote on July 8, 2016.
“I believe that working together on these (and other legal) matters would be of value, fun and rewarding.”
In one other electronic mail to Hunter Biden the next yr, Freeh described seeing Joe Biden at church earlier within the day “and he said hi walking back from communion–I didn’t get the chance to return greetings.”
“If you have his cell and personal email, I’d like to have his contacts (will protect),” Freeh wrote on March 12, 2017.
“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 initials FSS are an obvious reference to the regulation agency of Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, the place Freeh, a former federal decide, was a associate on the time.
The following month, Freeh wrote Hunter Biden concerning the reward he’d made to the trust for the kids of Hunter’s late brother, Beau Biden, who died of mind most cancers in 2015, and Beau’s spouse, Hallie, with whom Hunter later had an affair.
“As you know, our family foundation made a $100K contribution to Hallie’s children’s trust last year,” Freeh wrote on April 24, 2017.
But Freeh stated 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 deliberate to repair the scenario by making “a new $100k gift” and having 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 added.
“Sorry for the extra burden.”
Hunter Biden replied the identical day, “Thanks so much and of course no burden at all. Speak to you soon.”
A doc connected to the e-mail chain was titled, “Biden Trust Contribution Letter 4.26.16.pdf.”
The emails between Freeh and Hunter Biden don’t point out whether or not Freeh was ever ready to do enterprise with Joe Biden or what precisely he had in thoughts.
But they present that Hunter Biden referred a shopper — crooked Romanian actual property tycoon 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 wrote on July 8, 2016.
“I will meet him in Paris Sunday and then we’ll deploy to Bucharest and
get to work.”
Freeh added: “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.”
Freeh performed an impartial overview of Popoviciu’s corruption conviction earlier than the Romanian Court of Appeals, however it was affirmed by Romania’s High Court of Cassation and Justice, which in 2017 sentenced him to seven in years in jail, Freeh said in a press release on the time.
The emails between Freeh and Hunter Biden had been saved on a water-damaged laptop computer laptop that Wilmington, Del., restore store proprietor John Paul MacIsaac has stated was dropped off in April 2019 and by no means retrieved.
MacIsaac supplied a tough drive containing the contents of the MacBook Pro to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, and Giuliani gave The Post a replica of the arduous drive in October — leading to blockbuster exclusives about Hunter’s controversial enterprise dealings in Ukraine and China.
Meanwhile, the laptop computer was seized by the FBI in December 2019, apparently as a part of what Hunter Biden final yr described as a probe of “my tax affairs.”
Last month, Hunter stated that his attorneys had been “being completely cooperative” however denied they were negotiating a plea deal for him.
In a June 21, 2016, electronic mail on which Hunter Biden was CC’d, Freeh appeared to reference Popoviciu whereas mentioning his illustration of Israeli diamond trader Beny Steinmetz.
Freeh famous that the Romanian courts had denied an software from Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate, additionally identified as DNA, “for warrants to arrest Mr. 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 added.
Earlier this yr, Steinmetz was convicted in Switzerland of paying bribes for permits to mine iron ore in Africa and was sentenced to 5 years in jail and a fantastic that amounted to about $56 million.
Steinmetz is interesting that case.
Freeh reportedly stopped working as a lawyer in August when he offered his Freeh Group International Solutions risk-management agency to the AlixPartners consulting firm, the place he’s now a managing director.
An electronic mail to Freeh was returned by an AlixPartners government who stated Freeh was touring and didn’t instantly provide any touch upon his behalf.
Neither the White House nor Hunter Biden’s lawyer instantly returned requests for remark.