A new development in the ongoing saga of Hunter Biden’s business dealings has emerged this week. In a letter sent to Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, Abbe Lowell, Hunter Biden’s lawyer, denied that Joe Biden was present when his son sent a threatening WhatsApp message to Chinese business associate Henry Zhao.
The revelation comes as IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley uncovered evidence that Hunter demanded payment from Mr. Zhao via WhatsApp messenger.
The July 2017 WhatsApp message Hunter Biden sent to Henry Zhao is as follows according to the IRS whistleblower:
“I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.”
Abbe Lowell also accused Republicans of faking the WhatsApp message.
“The screengrab images you posted are not real and contain a myriad of issues. In short, the images you circulated online are complete fakes.” Abbe Lowell wrote in a 10-page letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith.
Hunter’s lawyer was referring to the graphic posted by Chairman Jason Smith.
JOE WAS IN THE ROOM. pic.twitter.com/2WYAP8YWS6
— Jason Smith (@JasonSmithMO) June 22, 2023
The House Ways and Means Chairman simply put Hunter’s WhatsApp message in a graphic to illustrate the threatening text.
It is important to note that this incident occurred in relation to Harvest Fund Management – a company with which Hunter had ties through BHR Partners, a private investment fund co-owned by the Bank of China.
BHR Partners was founded by Hunter in 2013 and allegedly used to facilitate many of his questionable business dealings abroad.
In response to Abbe Lowell’s claims about Joe Biden’s involvement in this matter, lawyers for Gary Shapley have since issued their own statement attacking the House Ways and Means Chairman for attempting to discredit their investigation into these activities.
“Biden family lawyers have resorted to intimidation before—reportedly threatening federal prosecutors with “career suicide” if they charged Hunter Biden—so this attempt to intimidate our client and the oversight authorities scrutinizing the politicization of that case is no surprise. IRS SSA Gary Shapley has scrupulously followed the rules and blew the whistle to Congress about the unequal application of tax laws pursuant to 26 U.S.C. §6103(f)(5) and 5 U.S.C. §2302(b)(8)(C), a process facilitated lawfully by the authority of both Chairs of the tax committees, including Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR)—with whom we are still working cooperatively to arrange follow-up testimony to supplement for the Senate any topics not covered in the transcripts of questioning by Republican and Democrat staff already released by the House Ways and Means Committee.” Shapley’s lawyer Mark Lytle wrote.
It appears that they are intent on continuing their pursuit of justice despite any attempts at interference or obstruction from those connected with the Bidens.
As more information continues to come out regarding how deeply connected Joe and Hunter Biden were with these questionable deals abroad, it becomes increasingly apparent that there is the preferential treatment being provided by both the FBI and DOJ when it comes to investigating matters related to either man.