Hunter Biden used Joe’s VP perks to pursue deal with Carlos Slim

Hunter Biden used the perks of the vice presidency — events, conferences with Joe Biden and flights on Air Force Two — to pursue business deals with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim whereas his father was in workplace, data present.

Hunter’s involvement with Slim, at one time the world’s richest man, commenced quickly after a White House state dinner the magnate attended in May 2010, alongside with Joe and Jill, to honor Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

The diary on Hunter’s abandoned laptop reveals he and Slim had been each friends at a State Department luncheon throughout President Calderon’s go to, which was hosted by his father and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Spanish tenor Placido Domingo additionally reportedly attended.

The charmed path that all the time opens for Hunter when his father meets a international chief or oligarch led him to Mexico on a VIP journey the next 12 months. Hunter’s diary in May 2011 reveals a “tentative tour hosted by Carlos Slim” of the tycoon’s non-public “Soumaya Museum,” in Mexico City, which Slim based and named after his late spouse Soumaya Domit. Containing priceless sculptures from Pre-Spanish Mesoamerica, it’s the most visited museum within the nation. There could possibly be no higher honor provided to Hunter than a personal tour with the billionaire founder.

Hunter additionally had breakfast with Slim’s buddy, Mexican billionaire Carlos Bremer, at his magnificent villa within the shadow of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain vary in Monterrey. Bremer, former director of the nation’s inventory trade, had donated tens of millions of {dollars} to the Clinton Foundation and sat on the Foundation’s board.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim
Hunter Biden used the perks of his dad’s vice presidency to pursue enterprise offers with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
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Hunter subsequently would maintain in-person and video convention conferences with Slim’s sons, Carlos Jr. and Tony Slim, between 2011 and 2015, though the laptop computer doesn’t point out what got here of the encounters.

Hunter would go to Mexico once more in March 2012, April 2013, September 2014, and February 2015. His closing recorded flight to Mexico City was with his father aboard Air Force Two in February 2016. Hunter’s business partner Jeff Cooper, who ran one of many largest asbestos-litigation companies within the nation, Illinois-based SimmonsCooper, was on the flight. Hunter owned 3 p.c of Cooper’s enterprise capital agency Eudora Global, in accordance to emails.

Cooper additionally seems in a November 19, 2015, {photograph} with Joe, Hunter, Carlos Slim, one other Mexican billionaire, Miguel Alemán Velasco, and his son Miguel Aleman Magnani, founding father of finances airline Interjet, on the vice chairman’s residence in Washington, DC.

Earlier that 12 months, Hunter and spouse Kathleen had stayed at Magnani’s Acapulco mansion.

This was additionally across the time that Carlos Slim turned the most important shareholder in The New York Times.

Hunter’s uncle Jim Biden, Joe’s youthful brother, was eager on leveraging the Slim connection for revenue, emails on the laptop computer present.

Jim emailed Hunter on May 7, 2015, a couple of deal which might contain Slim and a Mexican state-owned oil and fuel agency, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). “Have a very real deal with Pemex (Carlos Slim) need financing literally for a few days to a week,” he wrote.

“Have the seller (refinery /slims) and buyer major being delivered from pipeline in (h/ USA) Nothing is simple but this comes very close. As always the devil is in the detail! Any interest on the long skirts part?”

Uncle Jim nonetheless was hopeful of a Slim windfall in 2017 when he despatched Hunter a “short list of foreign friends for next phase.” The checklist included Slim, who Jim described as “very friendly” and “arguably the richest man in the world.”

Carlos Slim, Joe Biden and Miguel Aleman Velasco in 2015.
Carlos Slim, Joe Biden and Miguel Aleman Velasco in 2015.

Hunter and Cooper had been hoping for Slim household cash for Cooper’s on-line gaming firm Ocho Gaming and digital pockets agency ePlata, through which Hunter had a 5.25 p.c stake by way of his agency Owasco.

“Just wondering who is the best first major partner outside [the Aleman family’s airline] Interjet. Obviously [the] Slims provide that if we could actually sell them on the idea and not have them just take it and create their own,” Hunter emailed Cooper in February 2015.It was Gabriel Zinny from Democratic lobbying agency Blue Star Strategies who first steered promoting Cooper’s gaming pursuits to Carlos Slim, whose agency Telmex was getting into the net gaming enterprise.

“Below is an article from today’s press about Slim getting into the business in Mexico,” Zinny wrote to Cooper in April 2012, forwarding a Reuters piece headlined “Tycoon Slim taps online gaming market in Mexico.”

Vice President Joe Biden (R) speaks as his son, Hunter Biden, looks on in 2016.
Hunter Biden traveled to Mexico City was with his father aboard Air Force Two in February 2016.
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“It sounds like a potential good exit strategy for your investment.”

Zinny additionally was performing for an additional of Hunter’s rich Latin American associates, Manuel Estrella, proprietor of building consortium Grupo Estrella and listed by Forbes as one of many prime 20 richest entrepreneurs within the Dominican Republic.

In an e mail in December 2012, Hunter launched Estrella to Cooper as “a good friend of mine” [and] “the perfect partner as you explore bringing online gaming to the Dominican Republic.”

Two years later, Hunter would organize for Estrella to meet Joe Biden. “Hunter I just met your father!” Estrella emailed Hunter on June 19, 2014. “So exciting.”

Zinny adopted up with his personal e mail to Hunter: “Thank you so much Boss! Just talked to Manuel [Estrella] who was really excited. You are too generous with your latinos fans!!”

Estrella as soon as had expressed curiosity in investing in a “new hotel” in Haiti with Hunter’s firm Rosemont Seneca and the “Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund.”

“He would like to invest in this new hotel, giving Rosemont Seneca an equity participation and bringing the Fund as a potential investor,” Zinny wrote Hunter on October 28, 2010. The deal doesn’t seem to have occurred and communications with Estrella ceases in August 2015.

But in 2018, Hunter nonetheless was optimistic about earning profits from his Slim connections. Despite Joe Biden claiming he’s by no means mentioned his son’s enterprise with him, there’s a textual content message from July 24, 2018, on the laptop computer:

“Spoke to my dad about ‘Slim ask,’ ” Hunter wrote Cooper after a go to from his father in Los Angeles.“Oh that sounds SO F’ING GOOD” replied Cooper.

Miranda Devine’s e-book, “Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide,” is out in September.

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