'More money than God:' Chinese titan lavished Hunter Biden with 3-carat gem, offer of $30 million

The Biden family offered their services to a huge, Chinese-government-linked energy consortium to expand its business around the world. How do we know? Because of hundreds of emails documenting the deal found on Hunter Biden’s laptop, left in a Delaware repair shop in April 2019. In her new book, "Laptop from Hell," New York Post columnist Miranda Devine tells the tale:

James Gilliar, a wiry, 56-year-old British ex-SAS officer, got to know Ye Jianming, the 40-year-old chairman of CEFC, when they were both working in the Czech Republic.
CEFC was a Chinese conglomerate, one of the largest energy companies in the world.
Ye’s task at was to spend $1.5 billion as quickly as possible to ensure the Czech Republic would become China’s "Gateway to the European Union," a priority of President Xi.
Gilliar connected with Hunter Biden through trusted Biden family friend Rob Walker, a former Clinton administration official whose wife, Betsy Massey Walker, had been Jill Biden’s assistant when she was second lady.
Gilliar emailed Walker in February 2015 to praise Hunter’s appearance in Beijing at a board meeting of the fledgling investment fund Hunter had founded with John Kerry’s son, called BHR.
"Hunter was great," Gilliar wrote to Walker. "True sheikh of Washington."
He emailed Hunter a few weeks later: "It has been made clear to me that CEFC wish to engage in further business relations with our group."
Gilliar knew CEFC was the capitalist arm of President Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative to spread China’s influence – and debt traps – across the world. No Chinese company executed its goals more ardently than CEFC and its young chairman, who was dubbed the "Belt and Road billionaire" in the press.
Chairman Ye had built his provincial energy company into a Fortune 500 colossus virtually overnight, an achievement described by Chinese news agency Caixin as "another great enigma in the miraculous world of Chinese business." He enjoyed the support of President Xi and was former deputy secretary general of the government’s propaganda arm, the China Association for International Friendly Contacts. 
In a rare interview with Caixin at CEFC’s palatial marble headquarters in Shanghai’s upscale French Concession District, Ye is portrayed as a "hermit king" sitting on a golden chair in "a room that resembles a miniature Great Hall of the People."
Uniformed staff members wearing earpieces glide by. "Most of them were young women wearing smart clothes and bright faces."
Ye’s face was "as expressionless as a stone statue. Amidst the gilded surroundings, his canvas shoes had an eye-catching plainness. . . .
"In his public activities as a private entrepreneur, Ye Jianming is always walking alongside important foreign political figures. He has been photographed with world leaders such as Israeli President Peres, Turkish President Erdogan, Chadian President Déby, and European Commission President Juncker. He has met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the Prime Minister of Bulgaria held a feast to welcome him."
In the winter of 2015, Chairman Ye and CEFC Executive Director Jianjun Zang, a.k.a. "Director Zang," flew to Washington, D.C. A meeting with Ye was scheduled in Hunter’s diary for Dec. 7, 2015, in a week that was a swirl of back-to-back Christmas parties hosted by Joe and Jill at the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.
One of his former associates, who spoke on condition of anonymity, believes that Hunter brought Chairman Ye to meet Joe at one of those parties. There is no indication of any such meeting on the laptop, but Hunter had a pattern of introducing business associates to Joe when they came to D.C.
After a frustrating experience in another Chinese deal as a minority partner in private equity firm BHR, in which the payday would not come until the end of the fund’s life, Hunter and his uncle Jim Biden wanted more control of the CEFC partnership and a regular income stream.
Enter Tony Bobulinski. The naval officer turned wealthy institutional investor came highly recommended by Gilliar to build what they planned would be a world-class investment firm, called SinoHawk, named after Hunter’s late brother Beau’s favorite animal, the hawk.
In December 2015, Gilliar tells Bobulinski he needs help structuring a Chinese joint venture for "one of the most prominent families in the United States."
The plan is to "build an investment firm like Goldman Sachs," he writes in a WhatsApp message, transcripts of which were obtained separate from the laptop.
"The family is the Biden family," Gilliar will soon disclose. Joe, who has announced that he will not run for president in 2016, will be actively involved once he leaves office, and the Bidens expect billions of dollars of projects to flow through the company, Gilliar says.
He lets Bobulinski in on the last piece of the puzzle in March 2016: the Bidens’ Chinese partner is CEFC, which has "more money than God," he writes. "This is the capital arm of one belt one road."
At about this time, Bobulinski is introduced to Rob Walker, who tells him he is "a proxy for Hunter Biden, Jim Biden and the Bidens around the world."
Finally, in February 2017, Gilliar sends Bobulinski a WhatsApp message saying he wants to introduce him to his "partner."
"Who is your partner?" asks Bobulinski.
"Hunter Biden," replies Gilliar.
Bobulinski is leery. "I understand you want me to . . . help drive things in the US, but Hunter is [already] here."
Gilliar: "Money there, intent there . . . skill sets missing . . . We need to create the best deal platform in history, and they haven’t got a clue." Bobulinski doesn’t like the fact Hunter "was kicked out of US Navy for cocaine use."
"But he’s super smart," says Gilliar. "Just a lot of under achievers around them using their name. Has a few demons but u are used to those, right?"
Bobulinski asks: "Is he the decision maker or the Chinese?"
Gilliar: "New platform. Best discuss face to face but I’m the driver."
Later, Bobulinski asks: "Ok who is putting up the $10MM [million]?"
Gilliar: "Joint vehicle – half us and then equally split – money is already in. Discuss more face to face."
Three weeks after his father left office, in 2017, Hunter flew to Miami with Gilliar and Walker to meet Chairman Ye, who was there for the Miami International Boat Show.
They booked into the $700 a night beachfront Nobu Hotel on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, and scheduled lunch with the Chinese for Thursday in a private room set for 10 at the Bourbon Steak restaurant in the ritzy JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa, where Ye was staying with his entourage.
But Hunter flew home the day before the lunch. He already had met with Ye, over a private dinner on the Tuesday night, at which the CEFC chairman made him an offer too good to refuse: $10 million a year, for a minimum of three years, for "introductions alone," as Hunter would later assert in an imperious email to CEFC executives.
Ye sealed the new alliance with a rich gift – a 3.16 carat diamond worth $80,000. Photographs of the stunning stone appear on Hunter’s laptop along with a grading report that lists it as a "round brilliant" of Grade F with prime "VS2" clarity and "excellent" cut.
The gift could not have come at a better time. Hunter was in the middle of an ugly divorce from Kathleen, and his office manager, Joan Peugh, had just sent him the latest in a series of overdue bills, a tax collection notice from the District of Columbia for $47,226.78.
Hunter would tell the New Yorker’s Adam Entous that he had flown to Miami to meet Chairman Ye purely for charitable purposes, hoping to secure a donation to World Food Program USA, the nonprofit on whose board he served and which he had used before as a cover for his foreign business activities.
Hunter said it was just chance that the altruistic encounter "turned to business opportunities" and claimed to be surprised when Ye gave him the diamond. He didn’t mention the happy coincidence that his business partners Gilliar and Walker were with him in Miami to clinch a business deal with CEFC.
But the diamond was just an appetizer.
Nine days after Hunter’s meeting in Miami with Ye, $3 million is wired into an account for Rob Walker’s company, Robinson Walker LLC, from State Energy HK Limited, a Shanghai-based company linked to CEFC, according to the Chuck Grassley-Ron Johnson inquiry.
On March 1, another $3 million is wired to Robinson Walker by the same company. Both transactions are flagged by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement network in a "suspicious activity report," filed with the Senate committees as "Confidential Document 16."
Using the document as a source, the Grassley-Johnson report of Nov. 18, 2020, says: "At the time of the transfers, State Energy HK Limited was affiliated with CEFC China Energy, which was under the leadership of Ye Jianming. In the past, State Energy HK Limited transferred funds to at least one company associated with Hunter Biden’s business associate, Gongwen Dong . . .
"These transactions are a direct link between Walker and the communist Chinese government and, because of his close association with Hunter Biden, yet another tie between Hunter Biden’s financial arrangements and the communist Chinese government."
The Senate report concludes it is "unclear what the true purpose is behind these transactions [$6 million from CEFC] and who the ultimate beneficiary is."
We know from the laptop that Hunter received regular payments from Robinson Walker. One document lists $56,603.74 from Robinson Walker as income for Rosemont Seneca Advisors, between June and December 2017.
Rob Walker paid at least $511,000 to Hunter’s firm Owasco in 2017, according to an email from Hunter’s tax accountant, Bill Morgan.
Walker tells Bobulinski his role in CEFC is "being a surrogate for H [Hunter] or Jim when gauging opportunities, i.e. digging around in Texas on high speed rail with some of my republican friends . . . or hitting new countries and contacts abroad where things are lukewarm, but not hot enough for H to close or too odd for H to be present . . ."
On March 5, 2017, Page Six breaks the news that Hunter and his brother’s widow Hallie are an item.
When Hunter doesn’t show up for a scheduled meeting three days later in New York, Gilliar tells Bobulinski it doesn’t matter: "In brand he’s imperative but right now he’s not essential for adding input to business."
It is at this point that Gilliar explains to Bobulinski that the Chinese involved in CEFC are "intelligence so they understand the value added" of the Biden name.
Bobulinski remains troubled by Hunter’s scandals, and Gilliar, who is in Australia with Director Zang looking for acquisitions, is worried he might pull out. So, he arranges for him to meet Hunter the following month at the Chateau Marmont, in Bobulinski’s hometown of L.A.
They meet by the hotel pool in April and speak for two hours while Hunter chain-smokes. Bobulinski finds him respectful and polite. Hunter boasts that he has his father’s ear and can bypass his advisers.
Hunter tells Bobulinski how the joint venture vehicle should be structured and expresses caution about U.S. laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which prohibits businesses paying bribes to foreign officials. He appears to conflate that law with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a 1938 antispying law that requires anyone acting as a lobbyist for a foreign power to register with the U.S. government as a foreign agent.
"No matter what, it will need to be a U.S. company at some level in order for us to make bids on federal and state funded projects," Hunter writes later.
"Also, we don’t want to have to register as foreign agents under the FCPA which is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know.
"Regardless we should have a . . . company called CEFC America, and ownership should be 50 me 50 them. We then cut up our 50 [percent] in a separate entity between the 4 of us."
Hunter seems focused, but Bobulinski is puzzled about Uncle Jim’s frequent meddling in CEFC business.
For instance, in April 2017, Jim pulls strings at New York’s elite Horace Mann School to get Director Zang’s daughter Rouqi fast-tracked for entry, although she ends up enrolling in another school.
Jim also writes a letter on behalf of CEFC to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting a meeting. "We intend to discuss potential projects and investments in New York." He lists the other attendees as Hunter, Chairman Ye, Director Zang, and an unnamed "Member of the Royal Family of Luxembourg."
"What is the deal w Jim Biden as he wasn’t part of the discussion but now seems a focal point?" Bobulinski asks Gilliar. "What role does Jim see himself playing?"
"Consultant is what he’s offered as [far as] I know," Gilliar replies. "He [Hunter] brought in Jim simply to leverage getting more equity for himself and family in the final hour, that is evident."
In another WhatsApp message, Gilliar tells Bobulinski: "With H [Hunter’s] demons, could be good to have a backup, he [Jim] strengthens our USP [unique selling point] to Chinese as it looks like a truly family business, and I like the dude."
With the deal progressing, Hunter tells Bobulinski it’s time for the next step.
"I want Dad to meet you," he says.
Excerpted with permission from "Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide" (Post Hill Press), out Tuesday.

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Milwaukee BLM 'militant' says Christmas parade attack may be start of 'revolution'

Activist Vaun Mayes said, 'It sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin'

A Milwaukee Black Lives Matter activist said the Christmas parade attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin, appears to signal "the revolution" may have begun. 
"I don’t know. Now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened," Vaun Mayes said on Facebook Live on Monday. "But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade."
Mayes is a well-known activist in Milwaukee. He describes himself as a "Battle rapper, Community activist, Songwriter, Tattoo artist, Militant," in his Twitter bio, which is accompanied by various hashtags, including "#BlackLivesMatter,"  "#BlackLoveMatters" and "#RBG."
"I said I wasn’t going to speak on no rumors. Y'all are repeating some of the stuff that, you know, that has come up. And I can tell you that the initial person who reached out to me said that they believe that this has to do with the verdict, and so I made an assumption of which side it would be from, but I don’t know," he added in the video, referring to the not-guilty verdict of Kyle Rittenhouse. The video was filmed at the scene of the parade attack. 
Mayes did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Twitter regarding what he meant by "the revolution." Black Lives Matter also did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Mayes’ Facebook Live video. 
Rittenhouse was acquitted on Friday following a high-profile trial regarding the fatal shootings of two men and the injury of another during riots in Kenosha last summer. The riots came in response to a White police officer shooting a Black man, Jacob Blake, leaving him partly paralyzed. 
Police have not released a motive behind the attack on Sunday night, which left five dead and 48 others injured after a car drove through a Christmas parade. No connection has been found between the attack and the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Authorities arrested Darrell Brooks Jr. and charged him with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
Though his motive is unclear, a Facebook account appearing to belong to Brooks under one of his aliases, "MathBoi Fly," commented that he "wasn’t surprised 1 bit" about the Rittenhouse verdict.
Brooks, 39, also has an extensive criminal record stretching back to 1999, and made bail twice in Wisconsin this year despite having an active sex crime warrant in Nevada.

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Protesters angry over Rittenhouse acquittal demand communist revolution: 'The only solution is communist revolution!'

Protesters angry that Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all criminal charges against him gathered in Chicago on Saturday and demanded a communist revolution.

What happened?
Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition led the protest in downtown Chicago. Jackson called the Rittenhouse verdict a "major blow against justice and open season by the violence of right-wing military," according to WBBM-TV.
The protesters reportedly demanded the Justice Department intervene and investigate the Rittenhouse trial because the jury was "mostly white." However, data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that nearly 80% of Kenosha residents are, in fact, white.
Video taken from the rally showed demonstrators parading down Chicago streets with a large sign that read, "Rittenhouse—Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! No Facist USA. Organize Now For Real Revolution." Another sign read, "End The Trump Era. Stop White Supremacy." The crowd was chanting, "If we don't get it— shut it down!" and "No Justice, No Peace!"
At one point during demonstrations, protesters began openly calling for a communist revolution.
"The only solution is communist revolution! The only solution is communist revolution! The only solution is communist revolution!" the crowd chanted. "That's right! We need communism. That's what we need. We need that! We need that, sister, we need that very much!"
Other protesters who spoke to local media voiced frustrations using trite talking points.
"I'm still very, very disappointed. Just a travesty of justice. The illegal gun possession, the Kenosha police basically deputizing him. All of it is based in racism," one protester told WGN-TV.
Another protester told the same outlet the Rittenhouse verdict represents "a green light for more white supremacy vigilante terror."
Despite demands for DOJ intervention into the decision by 12 of Rittenhouse's peers to conclude he acted in self-defense, thereby making him not guilty of committing murder, it remains unclear what the Justice Department could do, if anything at all.
Rittenhouse was never charged with a federal crime, nor did the murder accusations against Rittenhouse invoke violations of federal law.
More from WOFL-TV:
Rittenhouse was not accused of a hate crime and because he is not a member of law enforcement, he cannot be charged with depriving anyone of their civil rights as a federal agent. Rittenhouse was also not accused of a robbery on federal property or involving a federal business.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department's explains on its own website the agency cannot intervene in matters of state law.
"The Department of Justice has no authority to intervene in matters of state law. The Department of Justice can assume jurisdiction only when there has been a violation of federal law," the DOJ website states.

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'F*** Joe Biden' pepperoni pizza — created amid supply chain woes — is a hit at Florida shop: 'I love pressing those buttons'

Leave it to a Florida pizzeria with New Jersey roots to turn an off-the-cuff middle finger at President Joe Biden into a hit that may become a boon to the end-of-the-year bottom line.

Phil Solorzano — the outspoken founder and owner of Solorzano's Pizzerias, which boast six locations in Sarasota County — was at his wit's end with the supply chain slowdown last month, Patch reported.
And Solorzano placed the blame on rising costs and item unavailability squarely on Biden's shoulders, the outlet said.
"Pepperoni more than doubled. Most products have doubled," he told Patch. "Kenny [Palin, general manager and franchise owner] has been telling me for months there are products you can't find, that are out for two to three weeks. It's just a pain in the butt."
With that, Solorzano called up Palin and said, "Yo, Kenny, put 'FJB' — 'F*** Joe Biden' — on a pizza," the outlet said, adding that Solorzano noted it was a "jab" at the president.
Palin — who worked with Solorzano's for seven years as general manager before purchasing the Gulf Gate/Siesta Key and Longboat Key locations Nov. 1 — told Patch the supply chain problems are right in his face, but they do what they can for customers.
"It costs more to make, but we sell it at the same price," Palin added to the outlet.
'It's taken on a life of its own'
During the first couple of days in the life of the 'FJB' pepperoni pizza, Solorzano's sold only sold a handful of them, Patch said.
But last week, Suncoast News Network reported that 10 pies were sold on Monday, then another 20 on Tuesday. And now they're flying out the door.
The "FJB" has "really blown up," Palin told Patch. "It's taken on a life of its own."
With all the attention they're getting, Solorzano's is rolling out "FJB" T-shirts, which sold out before the first shipment arrived, according to SNN. What's more they're adding "LGB" pizza Thursday — the infamous initials for "Let's Go Brandon," the Patch reported.
How have folks reacted?
And the pizza joint has seen its share of positive and negative responses to its "FJB" pizza.
"We're getting both reactions, obviously," Solorzano told Patch. "People know who we are, and who I am on social media. I kind of show no mercy, and people know my opinion. They agree with us, or if they don't agree with us, they laugh at us and know we're joking around most of the time. That's how I am."
Palin added to SNN that "business owners have also reached out to us and said, 'Hey, listen, we wish we were in a position to where we could be true to ourselves and say what we really want to say.'"
As far as dealing with angry comments from "some real haters," Solorzano noted to Patch that most of them "live out of the state or even out of the country. They've never been to Florida. They've never been to our restaurant. They were never going to eat here in the first place."
But what about potential boycotts? "I love it," he told SNN. "Please, please boycott us. That would be like the 500th boycott which does nothing but bring us more business."
"I love ruffling those feathers. I love pressing those buttons. And you know why? Because why not," Solorzano also told SNN.
He added to Patch: "I'm from Jersey, and the best way I explain it is real Jersey pizza equals real Jersey people. We're honest people. This is how I feel. Just because I own a business doesn't mean I signed away my freedom of speech."
What about Trump?
Oh, and for those who think Solorzano's isn't an equal opportunity offender, know that those who want their special toppings to spell out the same profane message to former President Donald Trump are in luck.
"If you wanna walk in here and order an 'FDT' pizza, we'll make it now, happily," Palin told SNN. "So it's just business. It's good fun. It's lighthearted humor. It's politics. And it's not meant to be the end all be all."

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Black Lives Matter leader vows 'riots,' 'fire,' and 'bloodshed' if incoming mayor resurrects anti-crime unit. Eric Adams fires back.

A Black Lives Matter leader is vowing there will be "riots," "fire," and "bloodshed" if New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams resurrects the NYPD's controversial anti-crime unit. Another BLM head threatened to make Adams' time as NYC mayor a "nightmare."

Adams granted a meeting on Wednesday to Black Lives Matter activists, including Hawk Newsome – the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York. The meeting was held behind closed doors inside the Brooklyn Borough Hall, but the 30-minute meeting was recorded and shared on Instagram by an attendee, according to the New York Daily News.
Newsome informed Adams, "We're not a traditional black social justice organization, we are more on the line of the Black Panthers."
Newsome told Adams that his organization would hold the mayor-elect responsible for any misconduct by NYPD.
Adams responded, "You're on the ground. Stop the violence in my community. I'm holding you accountable. Don't hold me accountable."
Adams then listed his resume to the group, "Being the mayor, being the borough president, being the state senator — I put my body on the line for my community, so I'm not here for folks to come and say, 'Eric, we're gonna hold you accountable.'"
He rebutted, "No, it's us. We need to do this together."
Adams again flaunted his experience as an NYPD captain and Democratic politician, "The same things I've been doing over the past 35 years I'm going to continue to do, and maybe you should look at those things I have done."
Adams said, "I am not changing who I am. I'm going to begin the way I am; I'm going to leave the way I came in."
Despite being granted a lengthy conference with the mayor-elect, members of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York were unsatisfied with Adams.
Chivona Newsome — co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York — said when politicians meet black people "they shuck, they jive, they use rap quotes" without providing a "crystal-clear agenda."
"It's pretty much however Eric Adams wants to go about it, that's how Black Lives Matter of Greater New York will address the problem," Newsome stated. "If he wants to see the city in an uprising, we can give him that. If he wants to end poverty ... we're here for that as well."
Newsome also pointed out that she was "the only woman in the room" and hinted that Adams may have dismissed her because of "misogyny or ageism."
Hawk Newsome — Chivona's brother — said after the meeting, "If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we're going to take to the streets again."
"There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed," he threatened. "There's no way we're going to let some Gestapos come in here and harm our people. We pray for peace, but black opportunities prepare for the worst."
"We have people in city council who can create problems for him," Newsome said. "We have people in the streets who can create problems for this administration by shutting it down."
Newsome said he wasn't "threatening anyone," but claimed there would be a "natural response to aggressive oppression" where "people will react."
Adams doubled down on his campaign promise to reactivate the NYPD's anti-crime units. During a Thursday appearance on CNN, Adams was asked about Newsome's messaging against the anti-crime unit.
"I made it clear on the campaign trail," Adams said. "I'm going to put in place a plainclothes gun unit. We must zero in on gun violence in our community. That was my promise, and I'm going to keep it."
Adams told WNYW that the group didn't mention any threats, "They didn't say any of that in the meeting."
"They know who I am, I ran on a very clear message: my city will not be unsafe," Adams continued. "I said it before and that is what I am going to continue to say. That is what I promised to New Yorkers, and that is what I'm going to deliver on."
In June 2020, New York Police Department disbanded its anti-crime unit. The anti-crime unit was involved in high-profile police shootings, including the deaths of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, and Eric Garner. Crime skyrocketed as much as 200% in the weeks following the disbanding of the anti-crime unit.

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