A pair of emails from business associates of Hunter Biden reveal he offered to help them unfreeze Libyan assets for a $2million retainer plus ‘success fees’, while they also discussed their misgivings over his drug and alcohol use.
The email exchanges were between mid-level Democratic donors Sam Jauhari and Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani, who in 2015 were both working on behalf of the new Libyan government to free up billions in state foreign assets frozen by the Obama administration under the deposed Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011.
The emails are unrelated to those on his laptop, which outlined a number of his other business dealings, found at a computer repair shop in Delaware.
In the first email dated January 28, 2015 sent by Jauhari to al-Rahbani, and obtained by Business Insider, Jauhari discusses what he believes the younger Biden might bring to the table in their effort in terms of both positives and negatives.
Emails from mid-level Democratic donors Sam Jauhari (left) and Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani indicated they sought to hire Hunter Biden to help them free up billions in Libyan assets frozen by the Obama administration
Jauhari said Hunter might give them access to a number of high level officials in his role as chairman of the UN World Food Program and through his relationship with his father Joe Biden. Hunter is seen at the World Food Program Annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award Ceremony in 2016
He outlines the number of connections Hunter has, including his role as chairman of the UN World Food Program, and the relationship he has with his then-vice president father, which in turn could provide access to Obama’s file on Libya, as well as then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
‘Since he travels with dad he is connected everywhere in Europe and Asia where M. Q. [Muammar Qaddafi] and LIA [Libya Investment Authority] had money frozen,’ Jauhari writes, adding that Hunter has also said he has high level access in China, and that, ‘he can help there.’
China at the time had been blocking the release of roughly half of the $30billion in Qaddafi’s assets that Obama ordered frozen amid a bid to increase its influence in Africa.
Jauhari wrote that Hunter wanted ‘$2 per year retainer +++ success fees.’ Sources familiar with the effort told Business Insider that $2 meant $2million, and that Jauhari and his associates stood to gain 5 percent of whatever Libyan money they were able to free up.
Jauhari was frank about how Hunter’s issues with alcoholism and drug abuse might pose problems for their endeavor
Jauhari is frank, however, about how Hunter might pose problems for their endeavor.
‘His negatives are that he is alcoholic, drug addict – kicked [out] of U.S. Army for cocaine, chasing low class hookers, constantly needs money-liquidity problems and many more headaches,’ he wrote.
In the second email, dated a little more than a year later on February 26, 2016, talks with Hunter Biden over his role in the Libyan project appeared to still be ongoing.
In it, John Sandweg, a lawyer who served as Obama’s acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, sends Jauhari and al-Rahbani a report on his talks with Hunter, according to Business Insider.
The pair had been part of a group trying to unfreeze assets of Assassinated Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi (pictured left) Obama had frozen in 2011
‘I spoke with HB’s team yesterday. They are interested in the project, but emphasized that for them to get involved, the team (lobbyists, lawyers and PR) would need to be a small group of folks they have a tight relationship with,’ he wrote.
The talks came as Joe Biden was weighing his run for president, and in both emails they report that Hunter had requested secrecy over his involvement.
‘They do not want a large group involved and they only want people with whom they have a close relationship with due to the sensitivities surrounding their involvement,’ Sandweg wrote.
Ultimately, Jauhari ended up hiring neither Sandweg nor Hunter to help with the effort to free up the funds, but Sandweg confirmed to Insider that he had been in contact with an associate of Hunter Biden. ‘They indicated they would consider it and I passed the message back,’ he told the outlet.