Then-Vice President Joe Biden’s office exchanged tens of thousands of emails with members of his family and their respective firms during the Obama administration, according to new documents released Tuesday from the U.S. National Archives.
A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request obtained through America First Legal showed Biden used his vice presidential email account to exchange more than 29,000 emails with his son Hunter, his brother Jim, and their business groups — directly contradicting a previous claim Biden made during his 2020 presidential campaign.
“These damning numbers further confirm that there was never a wall separating the Office of the Vice President and Hunter Biden’s business endeavors,” the non-profit law group led by former senior members of the Trump administration said in an X-post. “In fact, there was extensive commingling between them.”
According to court documents posted by the legal group, Biden’s Office exchanged 19,335 emails with Hunter’s private equity firm Rosemont Seneca, 4,243 emails with his son, 1,751 emails with Jim Biden, and 3,738 emails with Jim’s Lion Hall Group consulting firm, which allegedly has ties with the Chinese Communist Party.
In 2019, Biden reportedly said he never discussed business matters with his son or brother and pledged there would be “an absolute wall” between his administration and personal and private matters.
“There wasn’t any hint of scandal at all when we were there,” Biden said at the time. “And I will impose the same kind of strict, strict rules. That is why I have never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else in the distant family about their business interests, period.”
Although it’s unclear what content is included in the emails since the National Archives said it would take more than 15 months to process the information, all three Biden family members and the firms named in the FOIA request are involved in the GOP-led investigation of an alleged Biden family influence-peddling operation.
“There was never a wall between the Biden’s personal lives, business endeavors, and the government,” the law group said in a separate social media post. “Our lawsuit against the National Archives just unearthed that Biden’s Vice Presidential office emailed with Hunter and Jim Biden over 29,000 times. So much for that wall…”
House Oversight Committee member Rep. Marjorie Taylore Greene (R-GA) said on social media, “The Big Guy was definitely involved. Heavily.”
The National Archives and Records Administration faces a separate lawsuit from Southeastern Legal Foundation, which sued the nation’s official record keeper to turn over approximately 5,400 emails connected to then-VP Biden’s pseudonym accounts to investigate allegations that Biden communicated with Hunter regarding his foreign business dealings dating back to 2017.
Biden administration officials have insisted that the president has done nothing wrong.
“They keep turning up documents and witnesses showing that the president wasn’t involved, never discussed these business dealings, and did nothing wrong,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reportedly said in August. “There’s been zero evidence showing otherwise.”