Hunter Biden said his Secret Service detail was annoyed when he ditched them to pursue business deals in Kazakhstan, according to a batch of emails between President Joe Biden’s son and his then-Ukrainian business partner.
The 2014 emails, obtained by the Washington Examiner from his purported laptop, document digital conversations between Hunter Biden, his Rosemont Seneca business partner and fellow Burisma board member Devon Archer, and Ukrainian Burisma official Vadim Pozharskyi. With Hunter Biden’s father in the White House during his second term as vice president, the trio discussed plans to seek an energy deal with then-prime minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Massimov.
“Vadim — I’ve chosen to carry on from Paris without the Secret Service,” Hunter wrote in a message dated May 26, 2014. “They are not happy about it, but it seemed far too complicated and unnecessary. Best, Hunter.”
Pozharskyi had wanted to know how many Secret Service members might be accompanying Hunter Biden, saying in one message to “please let us know how many Secret Service officers will be joining us for our Kazakhstan trip, so that we can arrange an appropriate charter.” And in a message directly to Hunter Biden that he had been “instructed to order big 14 seats private charter in any case” and so “should you chose eventually to invite them with you, airplane is big enough in any case.”
Earlier that month, Archer sent a message to Hunter Biden and Pozharskyi laying out his plans for the trip to Kazakhstan, including a birthday celebration in one Kazakh city and then a meeting with Massimov, prime minister of the country from 2007 to 2012 and then again from 2014 to 2016, in Kazakhstan’s capital. Archer said this would be followed by a potential business trip to China’s capital to meet with members of the massive state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation.
“I will provide a full itinerary for KZ next week but the primary meeting is set with the Prime Minister of KZ, Masimof, on June 2nd. Everything will revolve around that meeting and the subject will be securing the highest quality proven reserve fields in KZ. Additional concepts for cooperation will be discussed as well. Please provide some additional potential objectives from your side,” Archer wrote in a message directed to Pozharskyi and copied to Hunter on May 7, 2014. “Additionally, my 40th birthday party in Almaty on the 31st will be a focus :)). Tentatively, we are looking at arriving in Kiev early evening the 28th and departing Kiev after dinner the 30th or early morning the 31st. Spending Sunday in Almaty and then meetings in Astana Monday and Tuesday.”
Archer, a friend of current Biden climate czar John Kerry’s stepson Christopher Heinz, was convicted in 2018 for securities fraud and conspiracy charges tied to the sale of $60 million in bonds from a development group related to Oglala Sioux tribe.
The emails were contained in Hunter’s laptop and provided to the Washington Examiner by Jack Maxey, the former co-host of Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast. Cyber forensic experts from Maryman & Associates were commissioned to examine the laptop’s contents that were found on a copy of the hard drive obtained by the Daily Mail. The review concluded that “no indications were found that would indicate the data was manufactured.”
Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign, along with many in the media, dismissed the laptop story as being part of a Russian disinformation operation, without evidence. However, concerns about Hunter Biden gained broader attention late last year after multiple outlets reported the Justice Department is investigating him in connection with his taxes, potentially related to his overseas business with China and other countries.
Former President Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said last year that “there is no intelligence that supports that, and we have shared no intelligence … that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign.” A report released by the Biden administration’s intelligence community concluded Russia meddled in the 2020 election, but it did not reference the laptop story and reached no public conclusions related to it.
Massimov made an appearance in laptop emails published by the Daily Mail in May, in which March 2015 international businessman Marc Holtzman invited Archer to “a small private breakfast with Prime Minister Karim Massimov of Kazakhstan in Washington, D.C.” on April 16. The email, which Archer forwarded with an “FYI” to Hunter, said that Massimov “will be most delighted if you will please join us for a small breakfast at one table at the Willard Hotel” in the morning, noting “there are several matters the Prime Minister is eager to discuss with you and he will be grateful for the opportunity to spend quality time together.”
Biden’s son went on a media blitz earlier this year to promote his memoir, Beautiful Things, during which he admitted the laptop allegedly dropped off for repairs at a Delaware repair shop could be his, but he doesn’t remember. But Hunter Biden said, without providing any evidence, it could have been stolen, he could have been hacked, or Russian intelligence could have been involved.