FIRST ON FOX: Divorce attorneys for Hunter Biden and his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle knew money had hit Hunter’s bank account from a “Romania deal,” emails show, indicating the opposite Buhle’s earlier claims that he “burys his head in the sand” when it comes to Hunter’s finances.
During a press conference Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer revealed that Buhle was one of several members of the Biden family, including Hallie Biden, who received foreign money and that Hunter received more than $1 million from in Romania.
According to 2016 and 2017 emails reviewed by Fox News Digital from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, divorce attorneys for Hunter and Buhle were aware of payments from a “Romania deal” and discussed how it will be divided into two parties.
Rebekah Sullivan, who represented Buhle during the divorce, appeared frustrated in a Dec. 15, 2016, email to Sarah Mancinelli, Hunter’s attorney.
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“In the disclosures, help me understand why it took so long to get this basic information. Hunter’s office confirmed to Kathleen a deposit of more than $120,000 into Hunter’s TD account, as funds from the ‘Romania deal, ‘” Sullivan wrote.
“There is no reason to continue to delay providing us with TD account statements and all expenses since the end of the last statement,” Sullivan added. “It would be more than fair to immediately ask Hunter to give Kathleen half of the $120,000, and immediate disclosure about her TD account.”
After Mancinelli forwarded Sullivan’s email to Hunter, he denied that “my office falsely confirmed the TD deposit” and accused his soon-to-be ex-wife of spying on him.
“Only two people know that and I’m one of them,” Hunter told his lawyer. “The only way he knows that is because he has access to all my texts and emails.”
A month later, Mancinelli emailed Sullivan after consulting with Hunter Biden and his longtime business partner, Eric Schwerin, to provide edits for his first draft of the email to Kathleen’s attorney. . Hunter gave the green light after Schwerin’s edits and Mancinelli sent the email, proposing an “interim support and payment arrangement,” which included Buhle receiving a portion of funds from a payment “Romania” expected by Hunter.
“Our primary purpose in the proposal below is to project for Kathleen the payments Hunter expects to receive this month and how the funds will be allocated – including funds for retainer payments,” he wrote. Mancinelli. “Hunter believes a $60,000 ‘Romania’ related payment could come before the end of January.”
“If that payment is received, Owasco, PC will pay a bonus in the amount of $60,000 and have $34,000 left after taxes,” he said, referring to one of Hunter’s many companies.
Mancinelli said $10,000 of the remaining funds will go directly to Buhle, another $10,000 will go to his legal retainers, $10,338 will go to Hunter and the rest will go to two other outstanding debts.
Sullivan objected, saying Hunter shouldn’t get it and that the $18,500 should go to Buhle’s retainers.
It is not clear how much the two parties agreed upon. Sullivan, Mancinelli and Hunter’s current attorney did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.
While discussing the payment arrangement, Schwerin sent an email titled, “Income,” informing Hunter that he had made at least $1,295,000 in 2016 from “Owasco, PC (representing Burisma and any payments to Romania). “
The revelation that Buhle’s divorce lawyer knew about the money coming from Romania and that Buhle received thousands of dollars from the country as part of the divorce appear to contradict his claims last year that he did not he knew about Hunter’s finances.
“My head was kind of buried in the sand,” he told CBS News in June, later saying he “barely understood” the nuances of Hunter’s business.
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Hunter’s business dealings with Romania were highlighted in a report released by the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. Gabriel “Puiu” Popoviciu, a Romanian tycoon facing criminal charges related to corruption and bribery, reportedly hired Hunter Biden in 2016 to advise him on the case. Popoviciu was eventually convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in August 2017, NBC News reported in 2019.
At that time, Vice President Biden called on the Romanian government to fight corruption. “Corruption can represent a clear and present danger not only to a country’s economy, but to its national security,” he said in a speech in Romania in 2014.
Biden held a meeting at the White House with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis Sept. 28, 2015.
According to the GOP committee, within five weeks of the White House meeting, Bladon Enterprises Limited, a Cyprus-based company allegedly owned by Popoviciu that he used to manage business in Romania, began making Robinson Walker, LLC bank account deposits, totaling over $3 million from November 2015 to May 2017.
In one of the transactions from early November 2016, Robinson Walker, LLC, owned by Hunter’s longtime business partner and friend, Rob Walker, received $183,329.29 from Bladon Enterprises Limited. Hunter then received $122,179 from Robinson Walker, LLC, a few weeks before the email to Buhle’s lawyer mentioning the “Romania deal.”
Several Biden family accounts, including those of Hunter, Hallie Biden and an unnamed Biden, received approximately $1.038 million from the Robinson Walker, LLC account after the Bladon Enterprises deposits, and 16 of the 17 transactions took place while Biden was vice president.
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“The Committee continues to investigate why Hallie Biden, a reported school counselor, would receive any payment after the Bladon Enterprises deposit was made to the bank account of Robinson Walker, LLC,” the report said.
“It appears from bank records that the Bidens used Robinson Walker, LLC to conceal that the source of these payments was Popoviciu,” the report continued. “The Committee is investigating Hunter Biden and his business associates’ dealings with US government officials on behalf of Popoviciu.”