New Emails Reveals Hunter Biden Asked For $2M Retainer Plus 'Success Fees' To Unfreeze Libya Assets

New Emails Reveals Hunter Biden Asked For $2M Retainer Plus 'Success Fees' To Unfreeze Libya Assets

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
September 23, 2021

A pair of unpublished emails sent by Hunter Biden business associate revealed the president son agreed to use his "Beltway influence peddling" among mid-level Democratic donors to help them unfreeze Libyan assets while his father, Joe Biden was then-vice president, requesting for an annual $2 million retainer fee plus "success fees."

The emails obtained by Business Insider, and are unrelated to Hunter’s controversial "Laptop From Hell" scandal. In the first email dated January 28, 2015 sent to Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani, an Obama campaign donor from Sam Jauhari, another Democratic donor who has businesses in the Persian Gulf and was helping spearhead "The Libya Project." In the email, Jauhari tells al-Rahbani how Hunter, repeatedly referred as "#2 son" could help with their efforts, listing off a number of the young Biden connections, including his business partner. Chris Heinz, the step son of then- Secretary of State John Kerry and "wants" 2 million plus per year retainer fee for his help.

"Per phone conversation I met with #2 son. He wants $2 per year retainer +++ success fees. He wants to hire his own people - it can be close circle of people for confidentiality. His dad is deciding to run or not," the first email reads.

"His positives are he is Chairman of UN World Food Program, son of #2 who has Libya file, access to State, Treasury, business partner SofS [Secretary of State] J. [John] Forbes K [Kerry] son and since he travels with dad he is connected everywhere in Europe and Asia where M. Q. [Muammar Qaddafi] and LIA [Libya Investment Authority] had money frozen. He said he has access to highest level in PRC [China], he can help there," the email continues.

However, Jauhari notes that Hunter's drug and alcoholic addiction, as well as his obsession for having sex with. "low class hookers" might pose a "problem" in their endeavor

"His negatives are that he is alcoholic, drug addict - kicked [out] of U.S. Army for cocaine, chasing low class hookers, constantly needs money-liquidity problems and many more headaches," the email notes.

According to Insider, Jauhari and his partners expected to pocket as much as 5% of whatever sanctioned money they could free up for Libya.

The assets in Libya been frozen by the Obama administration under the deposed Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011. Libya's new government.was struggling to free up $15 billion in foreign assets

The second email, dated a little more than a year later on February 26, 2016 showed that talks with Hunter over the Libya deal was still ongoing. In the email, both Jauhari and al-Rahbani receive a report from John Sandweg, a lawyer who served as Obama's acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on his talks with Hunter and his team about the deal

"I spoke with HB's team yesterday. They are interested in the project, but emphasized that for them to get involved, the team (lobbyists, lawyers and PR) would need to be a small group of folks they have a tight relationship with. They do not want a large group involved and they only want people with whom they have a close relationship with due to the sensitivities surrounding their involvement," Sandweg wrote in the second email.

Sandweg confirmed to Insider that he had been in contact with one of Hunter's associate over the deal, but Jauhari ended up not hiring either for his efforts.

"They indicated they would consider it and I passed the message back," Sandweg told Insider. "Jauhari wound up hiring a different law firm instead."

Nearly a year after the New York Post broke the Hunter Biden laptop story that the mainstream media suppressed in covering the story, while social media suppressed the content, blocking it from being shared would suppress just less than a month before the 2020 presidential election, a new book would confirm the authenticity of the incriminating evidence.

The Libya deal was never consummated, but shows a clear pattern of Hunter willingness to profit off his father's highest public office title to selling his foreign influence.



Mona Salama

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a political reporter for The Floridian covering Congress, the White House and Congressional elections.

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