Fresh revelations from the U.S. National Archives may erode the credibility of then-Vice President Joe Biden’s contention of creating an “absolute wall” between his tenure as Obama’s deputy and his family’s business ventures. Documents released Tuesday reveal that the former Vice President’s office engaged in an estimated 29,000 email exchanges with his son Hunter, brother Jim, and their respective enterprises, directly challenging Biden’s previous assertions made during his 2020 presidential campaign.
Our FOIA lawsuit against the National Archives has now revealed that then-Vice President Biden's Office had:
🚨19,335 emails with Rosemont Seneca
🚨4,243 emails with Hunter Biden
🚨1,751 emails with Jim Biden
🚨3,738 emails with Jim’s Lion Hall Group pic.twitter.com/yFTfvvLqdC
— America First Legal (@America1stLegal) October 10, 2023
The documents came to light on Tuesday after a successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by America First Legal, uncovering an extensive web of correspondence that contradicts Biden’s 2019 pledge of a divide between his administration and his family’s private affairs. According to these unearthed records, Biden’s office communicated 19,335 times with Hunter’s Rosemont Seneca, 4,243 times with Hunter, 1,751 times with Jim Biden, and 3,738 times with Jim’s Lion Hall Group.
Contextualizing this intense communication, one needs to remember Biden’s words from 2019: “I have never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else in the distant family about their business interests, period.” These findings, however, suggest otherwise. What these emails contain is still unclear as the National Archives estimates more than 15 months would be needed to process the information. But perhaps their sheer volume is indication enough that the Vice President’s office was considerably more entangled with Biden family business than previously portrayed.
These entities named occupy the center of an ongoing GOP-led investigation into alleged influence-peddling in the Biden family. The National Archives now face litigation from the Southeastern Legal Foundation to surrender approximately 5,400 emails linked to Biden’s pseudonymous accounts, dating back to 2017. Such pressure from governmental and legal investigations has the potential to create precedent for accountability in the upper echelons of political power.
The White House has continuously assured the public of the President’s innocence in the unfolding scenario. White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, dismissed these accusations in August, reaffirming that Biden “did nothing wrong.” The mounting evidence in the form of email exchanges between Biden’s administration and his family’s business ventures, however, begs further scrutiny.
As this breaking news unfolds, multiple sides echo within the heated halls of American politics: one underscoring presumed guilt, as the America First Legal declared: “There was never a wall between the Biden’s personal lives, business endeavors, and the government.” Another side insists upon Biden’s innocence, as represented by Karine Jean-Pierre’s assertion.
A consequential verdict remains to be handed down. Regardless of the direction it takes, these revelations embody a turning point in our understanding of the interface between personal family businesses and public office by those in power. The allegedly “absolute wall” claimed by Biden during the 2020 campaign appears perforated, at least, raising imperative questions about political ethics and accountability.
In conclusion, the Biden Email saga adds another dimension to the examination of political transparency and probity in the United States. As these digital papers flower into public attention, the credibility of the President’s previous assertions hangs in balance. The road to accountability might look long and winding, but the first steps have been taken. As we anticipate additional revelations in the upcoming months, it bears remembering that the quality of our democracy could very well hinge on the extent to which presumed barriers are upheld or breached.