Hunter Biden has lived on his father’s influence and connections his entire life, a review of public information and data in his former laptop show.
The soon-to-be first son got his first break in 1988 when he was arrested for drug possession. At a time when Senator Joe Biden was imposing tougher sentences on drug addicts to bolster his real war on drugs, Hunter Biden was treated with kid gloves.
“I was cited for possession of a controlled substance in Stone Harbor, NJ. There was pre-trial intervention and the record was expunged,” he said in a statement after being named for serve on the Amtrak Reform Board in 2006.
Biden’s family benefits continued for Hunter when he applied to Yale Law School.
Dean Guido Calabresi received a call from the school’s most powerful alumnus, President Bill Clinton, asking him to accept Hunter Biden, a recent graduate from Georgetown, according to a 2019 report in Chronicle of Higher Education.
Calabresi, who had isolated the dean’s office from the Yale Law admissions process to avoid such pressure, told Clinton he would not interfere. The admissions office then rejected Hunter.
But Calabresi met Hunter, encouraged him to go to another law school and then apply to Yale as a transfer student. Hunter Biden went to Georgetown University Law for a year and was admitted to Yale in the summer of 1994.
Clinton nominated Calabresi for a federal judgeship the same year. At the time, Sen. Joe Biden was chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the person tasked with spearheading Calabresi’s nomination.
“I had nothing to do with that acceptance and I don’t remember knowing it at the time,” Calabresi, now 89, told The Post.
“The only qualification Hunter seems to have was his last name,” GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik told The Post. The upstate Republican Conference and House GOP chairwoman has promised to subpoena the first son if her party retakes the House midterm in 2022.
Good news rolled in for Hunter, whose professional career took off at lightning speed. In 1996, fresh out of law school, Hunter landed a job with Delaware-based bank giant MBNA, his father’s biggest campaign donor. The $100,000-a-year gig came with an undisclosed signing bonus, according to Post columnist Miranda Devine’s book Laptop From Hell. Within a year, he was the bank’s executive vice president.
When MBNA founder Charlie Cawley died in 2015, Hunter Biden was invited to the funeral by former Delaware senator Ted Kaufman, one of Joe Biden’s closest associates, the show’s emails about the laptop.
In 1998, tired of the bank, Hunter Biden contacted William Oldaker, a DC attorney who worked on his father’s aborted 1988 presidential campaign, for help finding a job in the Clinton administration. Oldaker sent antennae to Commerce Secretary William Daley, another Biden campaign alum, who landed him a job as a “policy director specializing in the booming internet economy,” according to the New Yorker. Meanwhile, Hunter was still being paid as a lobbyist for the bank, taking an annual retainer of $100,000 for five years, according to Laptop From Hell.
When President George W. Bush and the Republicans came to town after the 2000 election, Hunter Biden decamped with Oldaker to the lobbying boutique Oldaker, Biden & Belair. Positions on the Plum board followed, including one at Eudora Global, an investment firm founded by fellow Joe Biden donor Jeff Cooper.
In January 2006, Joe Biden was once against the idea of the presidency and was looking for his son to stop lobbying and find a more low-key job in the private sector. Hunter Biden’s uncle James contacted New York financial adviser Anthony Lotito about buying a hedge fund called Paradigm, according to Lotito’s legal documents obtained by Politico.
Lotito did not respond to requests for comment from The Post.
The Bidens received $1 million in funding for the 2009 purchase of the hedge fund from St. Louis law firm SimmonsCooper, whose managing partner was Jeff Cooper. The business ended badly and the Bidens had to return the money.
In 2010, Hunter Biden became an “attorney” at the law firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner, run by Democratic super lawyer David Boies. In a January 16, 2017 email to Hunter Biden from Eric Schwerin. it is revealed that the Boies firm was paying Hunter $216,000 a year.
It was a “no show” job that didn’t require Hunter Biden to keep regular office hours or attend meetings, according to Laptop From Hell.
Schwerin was the chairman of Hunter Biden’s investment firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, an investment firm mentioned throughout the hard drive in posts linking Hunter and his father to shady foreign deals.
Representatives for the Boies law firm did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.
“The corruption allegations against the Bidens – as documented in Hunter’s laptop – are serious and real. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is desperately trying to cover up evidence of corruption. There must be a special counsel who is unresponsive to Joe Biden to fairly investigate the Biden family corruption allegations,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told the Post.