Hunter Biden was asked to use his FBI contacts to help his Chinese business partner arrested for bribery and money laundering – as whistleblower claims president’s son had ‘mole’ agent who tipped them off to investigation
- Emails obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Hunter Biden was asked for his FBI contacts while representing his now convicted CEFC partner Patrick Ho in 2017
- The day of Ho’s arrest, an attorney working with him on the case asked for ‘the names of the FBI agents you spoke with’ – to which Hunter replied: ‘Working on it’
- Last week, Israeli energy expert Dr. Gal Luft claimed Hunter had an FBI mole who tipped off CEFC execs that they were under investigation
The news comes as a whistleblower claims Hunter used a top former or current FBI official code-named ‘One Eye’ to funnel secret bureau information to his Chinese business partners.
Patrick Ho – convicted of bribery and money laundering in 2018 – was secretary general of CEFC, the Chinese oil giant Hunter partnered with, and which sent the Biden family more than $5million.
Emails obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Hunter Biden was asked for his FBI contacts while representing his now convicted CEFC partner Patrick Ho (right) in 2017
When lawyers from Krieger Kim & Lewin law firm emailed Hunter asking for ‘the names of the FBI agents’ he spoke with, following Ho’s arrest on November 18, 2017, Hunter replied: ‘Working on it’
The first son described Ho as the ‘f***ing spy chief of China’ in a May 2018 recorded conversation on his abandoned laptop, and court documents show Ho was under surveillance by federal law enforcement in an espionage-related investigation.
But that didn’t stop Hunter taking a $1million wire payment to represent Ho as his attorney before he was arrested in November 2017, or agreeing to speak to FBI agents to glean information on the case against his Chinese Communist Party-connected client.
On September 18, 2017, Ho retained Hunter with a $1million contract.
The agreement, obtained by DailyMail.com from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, describes Ho as ‘Deputy Chairman and Secretary General of China Energy Fund Committee’ (CEFC) and says Hunter would provide ‘Counsel to matters related to US law and advice pertaining to the hiring and legal analysis of any US Law Firm or Lawyer’.
Two months later, Ho was cuffed by FBI agents who intercepted him at JFK Airport in New York on November 18, 2017 on charges of bribing African government officials for CEFC.
Emails from Hunter’s laptop show he hired lawyers at Krieger Kim & Lewin, a law firm specializing in cross-border criminal cases, to represent Ho alongside him.
The afternoon of the arrest, law partner Edward Kim wrote to Hunter: ‘if you’re able to find the names of the FBI agents you spoke with, that would be helpful.’
Hunter replied: ‘Working on it.’
Hunter’s apparent contact with the FBI over the case has taken on a new significance, following allegations that he was involved in a scheme to buy secret bureau information for his Chinese colleagues.
Ho, pictured in a courtroom sketch in February 2018, was arrested and later convicted of paying bribes so a Chinese energy conglomerate could secure business advantages
The Chinese businessman is pictured with former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan
Ho was the secretary general of the Chinese oil giant and hired Hunter as his lawyer on a $1M contract in September 2017 – two months before he was arrested for bribery, documents show
Court filings show Ho was under surveillance by federal law enforcement in an espionage-related investigation
Israeli energy expert Dr. Gal Luft, who has hosted several conferences with CEFC’s nonprofit arm, says that Hunter had an FBI mole with the code name ‘One-Eye’, who tipped off CEFC executives that they were under investigation.
Israeli energy expert Dr. Gal Luft (pictured) who has hosted several conferences with CEFC’s nonprofit arm, claimed Hunter had an FBI mole with the code name ‘One-Eye’, who tipped off CEFC executives that they were under investigation
Luft, 56, came forward with the claims after he was arrested on gun running and illegal foreign lobbying charges in Cyprus, and is currently fighting the US authorities’ attempt to extradite him.
He claims the charges are a trumped-up attempt to silence him over his alleged dirt on the Bidens.
The energy expert claimed that Hunter’s ‘One-Eye’ contact was either a current or former FBI official, ‘extremely well placed, who they paid lots of money to [provide] sealed law enforcement information.’
Luft claims that he was told this information by CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming.
He said Ye was tipped off by ‘One-Eye’ that prosecutors for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) were investigating the Chinese oil giant executives in late 2017.
Luft’s story was recounted to the New York Post last week by the energy expert’s lawyer Robert Henoch, who is currently in Israel fighting Luft’s extradition to the US.
‘One-Eye’ told Ye about a sealed indictment naming ‘an Asian, an African, and a Jewish guy,’ Henoch told the Post.
Ye then fled to China, leaving behind his mother, wife, two children and their nanny at his $50million penthouse at 15 Central Park West.
Ho (circled right) is pictured speaking at a February 2017 conference run by CEFC in Hong Kong where Israeli energy expert Dr. Gal Luft (circled) is seen sitting alongside Dr. Yuan Peng, vice president of the China Institute of Contemporary Relations (center) and think tank colleague, former CIA Director James Woolsey (far left)
Luft 56, came forward with the claims on Twitter last month after he was arrested on gun running and illegal foreign lobbying charges in Cyprus
CEFC’s chairman Ye Jianming (left) was also arrested in China on unspecified corruption charges in 2018 but has not been seen since. Ho was known as Ye’s lieutenant
Before he left the US, Ye hired Hunter as his lawyer, the First Son told the New Yorker in a 2019 interview.
Ye reportedly offered Hunter $1million to be his ‘private counsel’ – though the only $1million payment that appears on Hunter’s accounts around that time is for his representation of Ho.
The CEFC deputy was described as ‘the patsy’ and ‘the fall guy’ by Henoch.
Ye told Ho that he would be safe returning to the US, despite confessing to Hunter in the summer of 2017 that he was worried about being under federal investigation, according to a July 2019 New Yorker interview with Hunter.
Ho was arrested as soon as he landed at JFK in November that year.
In February 2018, Ye was also arrested by Chinese authorities on unspecified corruption charges, and has not been seen since.
Stories on Ye’s disappearance became one of the most censored on Chinese social media site WeChat in 2018, according to an analysis by the University of Hong Kong and free speech campaign group Global Voices.
Luft claims that he contacted the Justice Department about Hunter’s alleged FBI mole, and was interviewed by federal investigators in Brussels for more than 18 hours on March 28 and 29, 2019, according to the Post.
About a month later, Joe Biden announced his presidential bid, and Luft claims he did not hear from the DoJ again – until his arrest in Cyprus last month over gun-running charges.
‘I’ve been arrested in Cyprus on a politically motivated extradition request by the US,’ Luft tweeted on February 18.
Emails from Hunter’s laptop show Ho hired lawyers at Krieger Kim & Lewin, a law firm specializing in cross-border criminal cases, to represent Ho alongside him
Hunter told the attorneys he was working with them on Ho’s case
Luft claims the DOJ is trying to silence him to protect the president and his son
‘The US, claiming I’m an arms dealer. It would be funny if it weren’t tragic. I’ve never been an arms dealer. DOJ is trying to bury me to protect Joe, Jim & Hunter Biden. Shall I name names?’
Luft’s Israeli attorney, Mordechai Tzivin, told the Jerusalem Post that the arrest was ‘a good way to shut him up because he knows a lot of information on Hunter’.
The Post reported that Luft has given evidence to investigators for the House Oversight Committee, which is conducting a probe into the Bidens and their business dealings.
Committee Chair, Kentucky Republican James Comer, said Luft was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ in their investigation into the Biden family.
‘We had already identified this individual,’ he told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo on March 2.
DailyMail.com previously revealed former FBI director Louis Freeh gave $100,000 to a private trust for Joe Biden’s grandchildren and discussed ‘future work options’ with Hunter while Biden served as VP
‘We’ve had three people that were involved in the Hunter Biden shady business schemes that have communicated with my committee staff.
‘I think that people see the heavy-handedness of the Bidens. Either you’re getting picked up by the DoJ or you’re getting a letter from Hunter Biden’s personal attorney trying to intimidate you.’
‘We’re going to give them the opportunity to tell their story, even though the DoJ and the White House are fighting us every step of the way.’
Luft is co-director of Washington DC think tank the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. It boasts former CIA Director James Woolsey and former national security adviser Robert McFarlane as advisors.
Friends of Luft say he is well-connected in the intelligence community in both Israel and America, and he held energy conferences in China for the past decade or more.
He ran a conference sponsored by CEFC’s nonprofit arm from 2015 to 2018.
Hunter’s high-ranking FBI veteran contacts have been previously exposed by DailyMail.com.
In 2021 we revealed that Hunter worked closely with former FBI director Louis Freeh, representing Romanian real estate tycoon Gabriel Popoviciu who was later found guilty of bribery.
Freeh also gave $100,000 to a private trust for Joe Biden’s grandchildren, and wrote to Hunter in 2016 offering to set up a DC consultancy with the First Son and his then-Vice President father Joe.
In August 2016, Freeh emailed Hunter saying, ‘I would like to talk with you and Dad about working together next year’ once he was out of office as the vice president
In July that year, in an email marked ‘confidential and privileged’, Freeh wrote to Hunter that he ‘would be delighted to do future work with you’
‘I also spoke to Dad a few weeks ago and would like to explore with him some future work options,’ Freeh said in a July 2016 email.
‘I believe that working together on these (and other legal) matters would be of value, fun and rewarding.’
Freeh proposed representing overseas clients including the infamously corrupt former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was in the midst of a scandal over one of the world’s biggest financial frauds at the time.
Hunter described the former FBI director as a ‘close friend’ in a May 2010 email.
There is no evidence Freeh is the alleged ‘One-Eye’ FBI mole.
Conservative nonprofit Marco Polo, which compiled a report on Hunter’s Laptop after a two-year investigation, accused Hunter of illegal foreign lobbying over his representation of Ho.
The organization, run by former Trump White House staffer Garrett Ziegler, claims that Hunter’s $1million payment and outreach to government such as FBI officials for his Chinese business partner, without informing the Department of Justice of his relationship with CEFC, constituted a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
However, there are exemptions in FARA for attorneys representing foreign clients, which could have allowed Hunter to avoid the law’s registration requirements.