President Joe Biden’s time serving as Barack Obama’s vice president has come under investigation after the National Archives made public the exchange of up to 82,000 pages of confidential emails. The revelation, which surfaced in the course of a lawsuit brought by the Southeastern Legal Foundation, highlighted the existence of pseudonymous email accounts and their ties to Hunter Biden, the son of President Biden.
Information in the Emails:
The eight years that Biden served as vice president are covered by the massive collection of private emails, which also contains correspondence with three fictitious email addresses: “email@example.com,” “JRBWare@gmail.com,” and “Robert.L.Peters@pci.gov.” The disclosure casts doubt on the nature of the correspondence and its consequences, especially in light of President Biden’s threat in 2015 to withhold US loan guarantees worth $1 billion from Ukraine.
Hunter Biden’s Contribution:
Hunter Biden, the president’s son, was copied on at least ten of the anonymous emails that were received between May 18 and June 15, 2016. An email dated May 26 told Hunter that then-Vice President Biden and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine were about to speak over the phone. Following Joe Biden’s order to dismiss Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was looking into Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma Holdings, this correspondence took place.
The Part Hunter Biden Plays in Ukraine
There has been controversy around Hunter Biden’s affiliation with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company. Hunter was paid around $1 million per year to serve on the board of the company from 2014 to 2019, despite having no prior experience in the energy sector. The emails now make people wonder how much Joe Biden and his son communicated about matters pertaining to the government.
Legal Proceedings and Inquiries from Congress:
In August, the Southeastern Legal Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint against the National Archives, requesting documents pertaining to Biden’s conversations with his son concerning government matters. Chairman of the House Oversight Committee James Comer also requested copies of the vice president’s Hunter-related pseudonymous correspondence, untouched.
FBI File and Impeachment Investigation:
House Republicans began investigating President Biden’s potential for impeachment in September, looking into allegations that he misused his position or profited from his son’s international business ventures. This comes after a classified FBI file was made public that claimed the owner of Burisma had given the President and his son a $10 million bribe.
Hunter Biden’s Professional Network:
Devon Archer, a former business colleague of Hunter, stated in July that Joe Biden had at least 20 conversations with his son’s business associates and that Hunter was added to Burisma’s board because of his family’s “brand.” The political scene is made more complex by the continued investigation into these linkages.
Reaction of National Archives:
After searching for possibly responsive materials, the National Archives will generate non-exempt files on a rolling monthly basis. The goal of the Archives’ and Southeastern Legal Foundation’s discussions is to focus the FOIA request in order to provide a quicker resolution.