According to public records and data discovered on his old laptop, Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s second-born son, has received the perks of being the son of a powerful politician for his entire adult life. According to The New York Post, his adult privilege began in 1988, when he was jailed for drug possession at the age of 18 at a time when his father, then a senator from Delaware, was campaigning for harsher punishments for drug users.
In a 2006 statement made when he was nominated to serve on the Amtrak Reform Board, Hunter Biden acknowledged to getting special treatment, saying he was “cited for possession of a prohibited narcotic in Stone Harbor, NJ.”
According to a 2019 Chronicle of Higher Education story, Dean Guido Calabresi received a call from President Bill Clinton, the school’s most influential alumnus, asking him to admit Hunter Biden, a recent Georgetown graduate.
Calabresi assured Clinton that he would not intervene since the dean’s office at Yale Law had been separated from the admissions process to avoid such pressure. Hunter was then turned down by the admissions office. Calabresi, on the other hand, spoke with Hunter and pushed him to attend a different law school before applying to Yale as a transfer student. Hunter Biden attended Georgetown University Law School for a year before being accepted to Yale University in the summer of 1994.
Calabresi was nominated for a federal judgeship by Clinton the following year. Senator Joe Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, and he was in charge of shepherding Calabresi’s candidacy. Calabresi, now 89, told The Post, “I had nothing to do with that acceptance and don’t recall hearing about it at the time.”
Hunter’s professional career took off at breakneck pace, and the good news kept flowing. Hunter landed a position at MBNA, a huge Delaware-based bank, in 1996, just out of law school. MBNA was his father’s top political supporter. According to Miranda Devine’s book Laptop from Hell, the $100,000-a-year job came with an undisclosed signing bonus. He was promoted to executive vice president of the bank within a year.
Hunter Biden reached out to William Oldaker, a D.C. lawyer who worked on his father’s failed 1988 presidential campaign, in 1998, after becoming dissatisfied with his career in banking. According to the New Yorker, Oldaker threw out feelers to Commerce Secretary William Daley, another Biden campaign veteran, who landed him a job as a “policy director specialized in the emerging Internet economy.” Hunter continued to work for the bank as a lobbyist throughout this time, earning a $100,000 yearly retainer for five years, according to Laptop from Hell.
Joe Biden was thinking about running for president in January 2006, and he was searching for his son to stop lobbying and find a low-profile private-sector position. According to legal records acquired by Politico, Hunter Biden’s uncle James contacted New York financial advisor Anthony Lotito regarding the purchase of a hedge firm named Paradigm.
Hunter Biden joined the law firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner as “of counsel” in 2010. Hunter Biden was paid $216,000 per year by the Boies company, according to an email from Eric Schwerin dated Jan. 16, 2017. According to Laptop from Hell, it was a “no-show” position that did not require Hunter Biden to keep normal office hours or attend meetings.
Schwerin was the head of Hunter Biden’s investment business, Rosemont Seneca Partners, which was cited in correspondence tying Hunter and his father to questionable overseas ventures across the hard drive. The legal firm’s representatives did not reply to a request for comment from The Washington Post.
“The charges of corruption against the Bidens are serious and real, as evidenced by Hunter’s laptop. In the meantime, the Biden administration is frantically attempting to conceal proof of wrongdoing. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told The Washington Post that “there has to be a Special Counsel who doesn’t answer to Joe Biden to fully examine the charges of Biden family wrongdoing.”
When he applied to Yale Law School in 1993, the perks persisted. According to a source in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the dean at the time, Guido Calabresi, received a phone call from then-President Bill Clinton, the school’s most influential alumnus, requesting him to accept Biden, who had recently graduated from Georgetown University.
Calabresi had declined to utilize his position as dean to resolve admissions concerns, telling Clinton that he couldn’t assist. The dean, on the other hand, met with Hunter Biden and advised him to enroll in a different law school and then transfer to Yale after a year. Biden took the advise and proceeded to Georgetown University Law School for a year before being accepted to Yale the following year, in 1994.
That was also the year Clinton nominated Calabresi for a federal judgeship, but the 89-year-old retired dean claims he had nothing to do with Biden’s acceptance and has no recollection of hearing about it at the time.
Hunter Biden’s success continued, including in 1996, when he secured a position at MBNA, a Delaware-based bank that also happened to be his father’s biggest campaign supporter, says Miranda Devine of the New York Post in her book “Laptop from Hell.” Hunter Biden’s first position earned $100,000 a year plus a non-disclosed signing bonus, and he was an executive vice president at the bank in less than a year, according to Devine.
Then, according to emails from the laptop, when MBNA’s founder, Charlie Cawley, died in 2015, former Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman, a longtime friend of Joe Biden’s, invited Hunter to attend the burial. Hunter Biden sought a position in the Clinton administration through William Oldaker, an attorney who had worked on his father’s presidential campaign in 1988, just a few years later, in 1998. According to The New Yorker, Oldaker landed Hunter a position as a “policy director specialized in the growing Internet sector” through Commerce Secretary William Daley.
However, Biden continued to take money from the bank, pulling $100,000 a year for the following five years, according to Devine. Hunter Biden went to work for Oldaker in a lobbying firm after President George W. Bush entered office in 2000, followed by many other business employments. Joe Biden, on the other hand, was considering a bid for the White House in 2006 and wanted his son to leave the lobbying business.
According to legal records, Hunter’s uncle, James Biden, engaged with New York financial advisor Anthony Lotito to buy the Paradigm hedge fund at that time. In 2009, the Bidens were able to purchase the hedge fund with $1 million in capital, but they finally had to refund the money. Hunter Biden was eventually employed as a “of counsel” by the legal firm of Boies, Schiller, and Flexner in 2010, earning $216,000 per year, according to an email on his old laptop. His presence was not required for the work.