Hunter Biden and his colleagues at a high-powered legislation agency tried to leverage their authorities connections within the ultimate months of the Obama administration in a failed bid to assist a Romanian actual property tycoon avoid a conviction on bribery costs.
Emails obtained from Hunter’s deserted laptop computer present the youthful Biden — then working as a counsel at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP — reached out to former FBI Director Louis Freeh in June 2016 in regards to the case of Gabriel Popoviciu, who was accused of buying land to construct a Bucharest mall at a below-market worth, the DailyMail reported.
In a June 18, 2016 electronic mail, Hunter Biden informed Freeh — then a associate on the Delaware-based legislation agency Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan — that he believed Popoviciu was “a good man that’s being very badly treated by a suspect Romanian justice system … Time is of the essence and my client has never balked at bringing whatever team it takes together at whatever cost to obtain justice.”
While Freeh’s preliminary response, which started “Thanks for your note and for thinking of me,” was noncommittal, he was quickly absolutely invested in Popoviciu’s case.
“I will see my good friend Ron Noble (former SecGen INTERPOL), in NY on Thursday,” Freeh wrote Hunter three days after the preliminary electronic mail, “and most likely he knows this DNA [Romanian National Anti-Corruption Directorate] prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kobesi, very well. Let me talk to him and see what the possibilities may be to meet with her and to initiate a dialogue which would remediate the situation.”
In a subsequent electronic mail, the previous FBI head advised Popoviciu had worth to American legislation enforcement.
“FYI,” Freeh wrote in a July 8 electronic mail to Hunter Biden obtained by The Post, “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 didn’t elaborate on what these “other matters” have been.
Later within the electronic mail, Freeh informed Hunter Biden he would “like to make a small payment to you for this referral-and for your continuing work on this matter. This is a standard practice … We would just need your bank information in order to make a
“Thank you Judge Freeh … So honored that you agreed to take this on,” Hunter answered.
“Thank you Hunter and I would be delighted to do future work with you,” Freeh responded. ” I additionally spoke to Dad [Joe Biden] just a few weeks in the past and would really like to discover with him some future work choices. I consider that working collectively on these (and different authorized) issues can be of worth, enjoyable and rewarding.”
On May 17, 2016, one month earlier than Hunter Biden contacted Freeh, Boies Schiller colleague Michael Gottlieb revealed in an electronic mail that he had reached out to then-US envoy to Romania Hans Klemm in an effort to assist dealer a gathering with Romanian prosecutors.
“I have reached out to Klemm and asked him to help us broker the meeting,” Gottlieb wrote. At that time, Hunter Biden advised to Gottlieb it was “time to assemble a more high profile team that can speak to the injustice here … Mike I was going to reach out to Judge Freeh and if you can think of others of that stature I think now is the time to read them into the situation and see if they are willing to help.”
None of this maneuvering paid off. Popoviciu was sentenced by a Romanian court docket in 2017 to seven years in jail. In an announcement at the time, Freeh described how he was retained to conduct an “independent review” of the case “with the assistance of a team of experienced former federal prosecutors and former FBI Special Agents, one of whom speaks Romanian fluently.”
“This sentence and conviction are not supported by either the facts or the law,” stated Freeh.
Last month, The Post reported that Freeh gave $100,000 to a belief for 2 of President Biden’s grandchildren as he was trying to woo the then-vice president to do work related together with his legislation agency.