The White House has repeatedly refused to explain why President Joe Biden previously used a non-government email to communicate official Obama administration business to his son Hunter Biden, who, at the time, was receiving upwards of $80k a month as a board member for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Emails on Hunter’s abandoned laptop show that then-Vice President Joe Biden bypassed the Presidential Records Act, which requires the preservation of the president and vice president’s incoming and outgoing government-related communications, to share sensitive information including official White House schedules.
The elder Biden often used unofficial email addresses with pseudonyms such as “RobinWare456@gmail.com,” “Robert.L.Peters @pci.gov,” “JRB Ware,” and “67stingray” to disguise his transmissions to his sons, brother, and other government officials.
One year after they first demanded the White House answer for the president’s actions last year, Republican Sens. Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley are doubling down on their quest to get to the bottom of Biden’s secret, non-government emails that could have played a role in enriching the Biden family business.
In a letter to Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, the ranking member of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and the ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary explained how they were continually refused by the Biden administration the opportunity to investigate the president’s actions further.
“In fact, the White House Counsel’s office has even refused to join a phone call with our respective staff to discuss our request for information. For example, on April 25, 2022, then-Deputy Counsel to the President, Jonathan Su told our offices, ‘Our position remains unchanged and we will circle back if we have updates to share. We do not believe there is a need for a call on this matter.’ Our respective staff have requested that the White House define what its ‘position’ is; however, to-date the White House has failed to answer,” the senators wrote.
This lack of cooperation, the senators wrote, and “the White House’s failure to respond to our initial questions has raised even more questions with respect to the universe of communications that then-Vice President Biden engaged in with his family while he was Vice President and whether those communications have continued during his presidency.”
Johnson and Grassley gave Sauber until July 12 to answer their questions about whether Biden “properly stored and archived” his government-related emails and if he still uses unofficial addresses and pseudonyms to keep his family in the loop about official White House business.
The letter comes shortly after a report found that Biden left a voicemail for Hunter telling him he’s “in the clear” after a New York Times article was published in 2018 about Hunter’s corrupt Chinese business partners Ye Jianming and Patrick Ho.
“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you. I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you,” Biden said.