Hunter Biden Sued by Chinese 'Client'

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The story of Biden Inc. and all the money the family received from China got a bit spicier this week. The latest chapter involves Chinese energy giant CEFC, known to have sent millions of dollars to various Biden family members and associates. One CEFC official doesn't seem to be satisfied with the terms of the arrangement, however. Dr. Patrick Ho, who was employed by CEFC, sent a letter last week to Hunter Biden's attorney Abbe Lowell, demanding that Hunter pay back one million dollars he was given to provide "legal services." He asked that their attorney-client arrangement be terminated and that the money be returned because Hunter never provided them with any legal services. The plot thickens. (NY Post)

Hunter Biden was paid $1 million by Chinese firm CEFC to act as attorney for their employee, Dr Patrick Ho, but now Ho is threatening to sue the first son within seven days unless he gets the money back — because he claims Hunter did no legal work for him.

Ho sent a legal letter to Hunter last week requesting that their attorney-client agreement be terminated immediately and threatening legal action unless he receives a detailed list of services provided by Hunter and reimbursement for the unused funds, as laid out in the 2017 contract.

Ho’s letter, sent by Hong Kong law firm Huen & Partners to Hunter’s attorney Abbe Lowell in Washington, DC, set a deadline of seven days for the repayment of any remaining funds.

This isn't the first time we've heard of Patrick Ho over the course of the Biden Inc. saga. The arrangement in question dates back to 2017 when Joe Biden was out of office as Vice President, but the family was still raking in big bucks from overseas "business partners." Ho was already in plenty of trouble then. Shortly after sending the million dollars to Hunter, he was arrested and later convicted for paying bribes to the presidents of Chad and Uganda. He was sentenced to three years in prison and deported to Hong Kong. 

Patrick Ho has had some bad blood with Hunter Biden for a while now. He reportedly told friends that Hunter had never done anything for him and never even visited him in prison. Of course, he's already been convicted of attempting to bribe other world leaders, but I'm sure the money he sent to the Bidens was totally on the up-and-up, right?

Perhaps Ho has been keeping an eye on the news of all the investigations into the Biden family. Multiple witnesses have testified that the Bidens received vast sums of money for no apparent reason. You'll note that he claims he sent the money and then Hunter "did no work" for him in return. That language probably wasn't accidental. The implication here is probably that he expected to curry favor with Joe Biden in the expectation that he could either keep him out of prison or at least get him out early if he went. Instead, he got nothing. Perhaps he's looking to exact some revenge or he's really seeking to get his money back. Possibly both. 

The Post includes some of the testimony that Hunter provided to Delaware district judge Maryellen Noreika during his failed plea deal last year. Patrick Ho's name shows up there as well. The judge asked Hunter about the million dollars and was told that it was money he received as "payment for legal fees." But the only law firm that Hunter Biden was in any way associated with at that time, Boise Schiller, had no record of any such payments and was unaware of it. Hunter's lawyer had to step in and say that he was serving Patrick Ho "through his own law firm." Biden was then forced to admit that he didn't really have a law firm, but his shell company Owasco PT "acted as a law firm entity" (whatever that was supposed to mean).

All we really know for sure about that period in 2017 and 2018 is that there was a lot of money sloshing around involving the Bidens. It all looked very shady. And we know from his own testimony that Hunter was still hooked on booze and crack at the time. Now some of the non-Biden players from that era are starting to come to light. Things might get very interesting going forward. 

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David Strom 6:40 PM | April 18, 2024