Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, was viewed as a pipeline to the Obama-Biden administration by his business associates, according to a researcher who focuses on government integrity who was provided access to emails between the associates.
Bruner is the associate director of research at the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) and author of "Compromised: How Money and Politics Drive FBI Corruption" and "Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties."
The GAI is led by famed investigative journalist Peter Schweizer.
Bruner cited emails between Hunter Biden and his former associates including Devon Archer, Bevan Cooney, and Jason Galanis.
According to Bruner, one email said "let's leverage Hunter Biden more," another email allegedly described the "direct administration pipeline" as "other currency" when discussing how to pitch to investors.
The emails Bruner cited were provided by Cooney, who is currently in prison serving a sentence for his involvement in a 2016 bond fraud investment scheme.
Cooney authorized Schweizer access to his Gmail account after learning of his 2018 book "Secret Empires," which casts lights on the Bidens' foreign dealing.
Cooney's brother, Scott Cooney, allowed Schweizer and him access to those emails, Bruner told The Epoch Times.
The Reported Hunter Biden MaterialsBesides Cooney's emails, there are several other batches of materials circulating among journalists and lawmakers.
One is the alleged hard drive from Hunter Biden's laptop which reportedly was provided by a computer repair service in Delaware via President Donald Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The hard drive was reportedly given to the FBI.
The Epoch Times can not verify independently if the hard drive belongs to Hunter Biden.
Other materials, including emails and text messages from Hunter Biden's former business partner Tony Bobulinski, have also been released. The Epoch Times has access to Bobulinski's materials.
Bruner: Not "an election issue"Though most of the materials emerged before the November election, the issues surrounding the Bidens' foreign deals are not "an election issue," Bruner said.
"Secret Empires," one of the first book which addressed the Bidens' foreign dealings comprehensively, was published back in March 2018.
"A lot of people think this is, you know, October surprise or just for the election to tarnish Joe Biden's name," he said. "These stories were released in 2018 in a book called 'Secret Empires.' ... Joe Biden wasn't a candidate, we didn't ever think Joe Biden would run for president, we kind of just followed the money."
Bobulinski, the former Hunter Biden partner who spoke out about the Bidens' foreign deals, was a Democratic donor for years.
"We have been given access to a Gmail account with the credentials. So this isn't, you know, stolen, hacked, planted, manipulated, it's like, just like, when any of the viewers might log into their Gmail account, that's we got that kind of access to it," he said.
"More and more Hunter Biden's business associates coming forward," he added.