Hunter Scandal from 2012: Ron Klain, Joe's Charity, and $20K
Over the course of the last several years, the nation has gotten to know Hunter Biden a little bit better than they used to, and not in the sort of way that the White House would appreciate.
You see Hunter, son of President Joe Biden, has long been associated with scandal – some of his own doing, and some that appear to be a collateral effect from being in the orbit of his father. This, of course, doesn’t fill the American voter with the sort of confidence that they’d like in a candidate, and so the Biden White House and their pals in the mainstream media have been trying to dim the details of Hunter’s place in the influence-peddling ecosystem.
This week proved that this task may very well be impossible, as another salacious bit of shady business was revealed.
President Biden’s White House chief of staff Ron Klain reached out to Hunter Biden in September 2012 for help in raising $20,000 for the Vice President’s Residence Foundation (VPRF), telling him to “keep this low low key” to prevent “bad PR,” according to emails reviewed by Fox News Digital.
Klain, who had left his chief of staff position in then-Vice President Biden’s office a year earlier but was the foundation’s chairman at the time of the emails, told Hunter that he needed to “tackle a piece of unpleasant business” and needed Hunter’s help.Trending:
The Vice President’s Residence Foundation is a nonprofit entity used to assist in preserving and furnishing the vice president’s official residence located on U.S. Naval Observatory grounds.
The request reads like the script of a bad movie about corporate shenanigans.
“The tax lawyers for the VP Residence Foundation have concluded that since the Cheney folks last raised money in 2007 and not 2008, we actually have to have some incoming funds before the end of this fiscal year (i.e., before 9/30/12 – next week) to remain eligible to be a ‘public charity,'” Klain said in an email to Hunter.
“It’s not much – we need to raise a total of $20,000 – so I’m hitting up a few very close friends on a very confidential basis to write checks of $2,000 each,” Klain continued. “We need to keep this low low key, because raising money for the Residence now is bad PR – but it has to be done, so I’m trying to just collect the 10 checks of $2,000, get it done in a week, and then, we can do an event for the Residence Foundation after the election.”
And, what’s more:
Hunter then forwarded the email a few hours later to his longtime business partner, Eric Schwerin, who helped manage a majority of Hunter’s finances. Schwerin responded by telling him that they could “discuss this and some other bills on Monday” and asked whether Hunter thought “they would take a corporate check from Owasco,” which appeared to be referring to Hunter’s law firm, Owasco PC.
With Joe Biden’s approval ratings still slumping so far underwater that they risk getting the bends if they ever rebound, news about Hunter Biden’s improprieties certainly complicate the calculus of a re-eleciton campaign in 2024.