Discovery of Classified Documents at President’s Home Renews Concerns of Son’s Ties to China: Cybersecurity Adviser

Discovery of Classified Documents at President’s Home Renews Concerns of Son’s Ties to China: Cybersecurity Adviser
President Joe Biden leaves St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church after attending a mass in Rehoboth Beach, Del., June 18, 2022. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)
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Classified documents found at President Joe Biden’s Delaware home highlight ongoing concerns about his son Hunter Biden’s business ties to individuals associated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Rex Lee, a cybersecurity expert with experience in advising both the private sector and government, said in an interview with NTD, a sister media outlet of The Epoch Times.

Classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president have been discovered at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, where Biden previously had an office, and at one of his homes in Wilmington, Delaware.

White House attorneys disclosed that the first batch of materials was found on Nov. 2, 2022, at the Penn Biden Center, which prompted a follow-up search that led to the discovery of more documents on Dec. 20, 2022, in the garage of the president’s Wilmington home. On Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, more documents were found in the president’s home library.

The potentially classified documents found in Biden’s former office space and in his home could have come from his time as the vice president before leaving office in 2017.

The document originally discovered on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop shows that the younger Biden lived in the president’s Wilmington, Delaware, residence between March 2017 and February 2018, New York Post’s Miranda Devine revealed.

Lee raised concern about this finding in light of Hunter Biden’s ties to Chinese private equity firm Bohai Harvest RST (BHR).

“If you look at Joe Biden as vice president from 2008 to 2016, these documents have been at that residence at least from 2019, if the reports are correct. And that’s the same time that Hunter Biden was renting that residence, which is Joe Biden’s home,” Lee told NTD’s “China in Focus.”

“Hunter Biden was actively lobbying on behalf of BHR during this timeline.”

In 2013, Hunter Biden’s investment firm Rosemont Seneca Partners reportedly signed a deal with Bohai Capital, a subsidiary of the state-owned Bank of China, to form a $1 billion joint-venture investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST.

Hunter Biden held a 10 percent stake as of May 2022, according to company records.

Ties to Chinese Military Intelligence

Lee further pointed to Chinese businessman Patrick Ho, who also has ties to Chinese military intelligence and the CCP.

“There’s another concerning piece of information. And it has to do with Chinese businessman Patrick Ho. ... He was also associated with and very close to Hunter Biden during this period through the BHR relationship,” he said.

Ho, a Hong Kong-based businessman, served as secretary-general of a CEFC subsidiary, China Energy Fund Committee, an oil conglomerate that made billions of dollars in Russia, Eastern Europe, and parts of Africa.

Entities connected to Hunter Biden in 2017 and 2018 received millions from Chinese energy giant CEFC, according to a Senate report (pdf) released on Sept. 23, 2020.

In 2017, Hunter Biden’s private company Owasco was paid $1 million to represent Ho, who was later “charged and convicted of international bribery and money laundering offenses stemming from his work for the CEFC-backed China Energy Fund Committee,” according to the Senate report.

Hunter Biden had referred to Ho in an email (pdf) as “the [expletive] spy chief of China.”

“And then this can also tie in James Biden, President Biden’s brother, because in 2017, Patrick Ho was arrested in the United States. And the first person that he had called was James Biden to get him out of jail,” Lee said.

He pointed to the timeline in about 2017 when Hunter Biden was reported to be struggling with his drug and alcohol problems.

Lee took note of the fact that the younger Biden might have had access to the documents when he was at the apex of his alcohol and drug problem and at the same time being associated with Ho.

“You can look at this as a dangerous mix here. And all of this together poses a national security threat to the United States,” Lee said.

The Epoch Times reached out to the White House for comment but didn’t receive a response by press time.

Katabella Roberts contributed to this report.
Hannah Ng is a reporter covering U.S. and China news. She holds a master's degree in international and development economics from the University of Applied Science Berlin.
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