According to visitor logs, Eric Schwerin paid 19 trips to the White House, including a meeting with Joe Biden. In 2010, Hunter Biden’s most powerful investing partner had a formal meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.
According to the New York Post, Biden met with Eric Schwerin, owner of the Rosemont Seneca business, while serving as vice president under previous President Barack Obama. Hunter Biden’s overseas business connections, both past and present, have been linked to Schwerin. Hunter’s finances have been scrutinized closely as evidence develops that his father was used as a bargaining chip.
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According to archival visitor records from the Obama White House, the meeting with Joe Biden was one of 19 trips Schwerin made to the White House, where he also spoke with a range of vice president’s staffers. In 2012, Ron Klain asked Hunter Biden for money for a VP house, according to emails: ‘Keep this very low quiet.’ ‘Raising money for the Residence now is horrible PR,’ Klain told Hunter.
According to emails seen by Fox News Digital, President Biden’s White House chief of staff Ron Klain reached out to Hunter Biden in September 2012 for assistance in raising $20,000 for the Vice President’s Residence Foundation (VPRF), instructing him to “keep this down low key” to avoid “poor PR.”
In an email to Hunter, Klain said, “The tax lawyers for the VP Residence Foundation have concluded that since the Cheney folks last raised money in 2007 and not 2008, we actually have to have some incoming funds before the end of this fiscal year (i.e., before 9/30/12 – next week) to remain eligible to be a “public charity.” “It’s not much – we need to fund a total of $20,000 – so I’m asking a few very close pals to write cheques for $2,000 apiece on a very secret basis,” Klain added.
“We need to keep this low-key since soliciting money for the Residence now is bad PR – but it needs to be done, so I’m simply trying to collect the ten $2,000 checks in a week, and then we can hold a Residence Foundation event after the election.” Hunter forwarded the email to his longstanding business associate, Eric Schwerin, who helped manage the majority of Hunter’s funds, a few hours later. Schwerin replied by saying they could “address this and some other bills on Monday” and asking whether Hunter believed “they would take a corporate check from Owasco,” which looked to be a reference to Hunter’s legal business, Owasco PC.
Schwerin wrote Hunter three days after Klain’s original email, letting him know that he had spoken with Klain and was checking on whether the foundation would take a check from Owasco. Klain was the chairman of VPRF in 2012. Hunter did not specify if he used Owasco to give to the organization or if he supported Klain in obtaining donations from others. However, according to a 990 tax form from fiscal year 2012, the foundation received $20,500 in contributions.
Klain was president of Case Holdings at the time of his correspondence with Hunter, which is the holding company for “the wide-ranging for-profit and philanthropic interests of AOL co-founder Steve Case and his wife Jean,” according to a press release, and includes investments in Hawaii, the Case Foundation, and Revolution LLC, the venture capital firm where Klain also worked. He was also a member of the Center For American Progress Action Fund’s board of directors.
VPRF’s tax papers state that its activities include “steady costs,” such as insurance premiums and professional services, as well as “cyclical costs,” such as decorating, refurbishing, and moving artworks to and from storage.
According to the VPRF’s 2012 tax return, “the VPRF is formed and administered in a way designed to attract public support and maintains a continuous and bona fide program for requesting money from the general public.” The tax forms show that “the VPRF commenced fundraising at the end of its 2012 Fiscal Year and continues fundraising into the 2013 Fiscal Year.” “Funds were raised entirely from public sources in each of these years.”
The charity’s 2012 fiscal year went from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012, the same month Klain approached Hunter Biden for assistance in collecting funds and when the nonprofit “resumed fundraising.” Hunter Biden is currently under federal investigation for possible tax, money laundering, and foreign lobbying violations stemming from his previous business relationships abroad, but Klain defended him on Sunday, telling ABC News that President Biden is “confident that his son did not break the law.”
The 2012 emails follow previous disclosures detailing Hunter Biden’s behind-the-scenes activities after Joe Biden assumed the vice presidentship. In the early years of his father’s first term as vice president, Fox News reported that a registered Serbian foreign agent and the Serbian Ambassador to the United States were in talks with Hunter Biden to coordinate the scheduling of an investment meeting with Serbia’s president and Serbian “high net worth individuals.”
Hunter Biden indicated in emails between 2010 and 2011 that his relationship with a Chinese businessman known as “Super Chairman” by Hunter and his colleagues and who was imprisoned on money laundering charges in China had “everything to do with my last name.” Hunter Biden also sought to assist a Chinese oil executive buy an African oil field after he was advised the firm had links to countries sanctioned by the US, according to documents obtained by the Free Beacon. Fox News Digital reached out to the White House, Schwerin, and Hunter’s attorney for comment.
Hunter Biden’s destroyed laptop contains a sequence of emails between Hunter and his partners in Rosemont Seneca’s joint venture with Chinese investment firms Bohai Capital and BHR, according to emails recovered from his laptop. Schwerin emailed Jonathan Li, the CEO of BHR, in February 2017. Hunter had already received Li’s son’s résumé as well as a list of institutions to which he wanted to apply. “Jonathan, Hunter requested that I send you a copy of the Brown University recommendation letter that he asked his father to submit on Christopher’s behalf,” Schwerin wrote.
It’s unknown whether Li’s son was accepted to Brown University and, if so, if he went. The emails were sent from a laptop that was purported to be Hunter Biden’s. “We don’t comment on the laptop,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said when questioned about the content of the emails. The president has denied discussing Hunter’s business pursuits with his son on several occasions. Jenn Psaki, the White House press secretary, was asked earlier this month if Biden’s declaration that he has not addressed his international business activities with his son is still true. Psaki answered, “Yes.”