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Hunter Biden incorrectly claimed to pay roughly $50,000 a month in rent on a 2018 form that surfaced amid controversy of classified documents found stored in President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, revealed this month.
The form also lists the president’s Wilmington home as his son Hunter’s address. Hunter Biden’s financial entanglements with foreign businessmen and his penchant for using his last name to secure favors sparked concerns that, had Hunter Biden been living at the house with classified documents, people with ill intent toward the United States may have found the sensitive papers.
The form, found on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, was attached to a July 27, 2018, email to a California apartment complex ostensibly trying to secure a lease for the president’s son. The apartment was actually for Hunter Biden’s cousin, Caroline, the daughter of the president’s brother James, as she was sentenced to two years probation and wanted to serve her time in California where Hunter Biden was living at the time, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Caroline Biden seemingly never made it to The Golden State. Though Hunter Biden tried to secure her housing, the property manager of the apartment complex did not approve the application. The form that claimed Hunter Biden’s rent payments equaled $49,910 and other falsities came out of a hurried exchange between Hunter Biden, his assistant Katie Dodge, and the property manager.
“Please fill out and get back to the guy below ASAP. I’m driving with aunt Val but I need this done in the next 45 mins or so. I don’t know of (sic) that’s possible but I need it for Caroline’s parole officer,” Hunter Biden emailed Dodge on July 27, 2018. Attached to the email was a version of the application to rent an apartment at a Los Angeles luxury apartment complex, the Villa Carlotta.
The filled-out form contained multiple errors. It suggested Hunter Biden paid a monthly rent of nearly $50,000; the amount matched what Hunter Biden’s firm paid quarterly for office space in the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. The amount also matched his firm’s down payment for the space.
The form also claimed that Hunter Biden had never been convicted of a crime, nor had one ever been expunged from his record. Hunter Biden was arrested for drug possession in 1988, but had the charge expunged from his record. Hunter Biden has a long history of drug abuse and has checked into rehab multiple times throughout his life.
President Biden’s personal attorneys found classified documents stored in the garage of his Wilmington home on December 20. Attorneys found classified documents on at least two more occasions earlier this month. The FBI found more classified documents in the home last week.
The revelation of the documents has set lawmakers on Capitol Hill questioning what kind of security risks the sensitive papers have caused.
“This has all the pattern of an influence-peddling scheme, and it also has the makings of a potential cover-up,” House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) told Fox News on Sunday. “Five different locations at least. Who knows what those personal attorneys have been doing, and when you look at all the things that our investigation is covering with respect to the influence peddling, there’s a lot of connections with the CCP directly to both Hunter Biden, Hunter Biden’s uncle Jim, and Joe Biden.”
A previous headline for this piece incorrectly stated that Hunter Biden claimed to pay rent for his niece. The rent was paid for his cousin.