- Emails obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Hunter Biden was asked for his FBI contacts while representing his now convicted CEFC partner Patrick Ho in 2017
- The day of Ho’s arrest, an attorney working with him on the case asked for ‘the names of the FBI agents you spoke with’ – to which Hunter replied: ‘Working on it’
- Last week, Israeli energy expert Dr. Gal Luft claimed Hunter had an FBI mole who tipped off CEFC execs that they were under investigation
The news comes as a whistleblower claims Hunter used a top former or current FBI official code-named ‘One Eye’ to funnel secret bureau information to his Chinese business partners.
Patrick Ho – convicted of bribery and money laundering in 2018 – was secretary general of CEFC, the Chinese oil giant Hunter partnered with, and which sent the Biden family more than $5million.
The first son described Ho as the ‘f***ing spy chief of China’ in a May 2018 recorded conversation on his abandoned laptop, and court documents show Ho was under surveillance by federal law enforcement in an espionage-related investigation.
But that didn’t stop Hunter taking a $1million wire payment to represent Ho as his attorney before he was arrested in November 2017, or agreeing to speak to FBI agents to glean information on the case against his Chinese Communist Party-connected client.
On September 18, 2017, Ho retained Hunter with a $1million contract.
The agreement, obtained by DailyMail.com from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, describes Ho as ‘Deputy Chairman and Secretary General of China Energy Fund Committee’ (CEFC) and says Hunter would provide ‘Counsel to matters related to US law and advice pertaining to the hiring and legal analysis of any US Law Firm or Lawyer’.
Two months later, Ho was cuffed by FBI agents who intercepted him at JFK Airport in New York on November 18, 2017 on charges of bribing African government officials for CEFC.
Emails from Hunter’s laptop show he hired lawyers at Krieger Kim & Lewin, a law firm specializing in cross-border criminal cases, to represent Ho alongside him.
The afternoon of the arrest, law partner Edward Kim wrote to Hunter: ‘if you’re able to find the names of the FBI agents you spoke with, that would be helpful.’
Hunter replied: ‘Working on it.’
Hunter’s apparent contact with the FBI over the case has taken on a new significance, following allegations that he was involved in a scheme to buy secret bureau information for his Chinese colleagues.
Israeli energy expert Dr. Gal Luft, who has hosted several conferences with CEFC’s nonprofit arm, says that Hunter had an FBI mole with the code name ‘One-Eye’, who tipped off CEFC executives that they were under investigation.
Luft, 56, came forward with the claims after he was arrested on gun running and illegal foreign lobbying charges in Cyprus, and is currently fighting the US authorities’ attempt to extradite him.
He claims the charges are a trumped-up attempt to silence him over his alleged dirt on the Bidens.
The energy expert claimed that Hunter’s ‘One-Eye’ contact was either a current or former FBI official, ‘extremely well placed, who they paid lots of money to [provide] sealed law enforcement information.’
Luft claims that he was told this information by CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming.
He said Ye was tipped off by ‘One-Eye’ that prosecutors for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) were investigating the Chinese oil giant executives in late 2017.
Luft’s story was recounted to the New York Post last week by the energy expert’s lawyer Robert Henoch, who is currently in Israel fighting Luft’s extradition to the US.
‘One-Eye’ told Ye about a sealed indictment naming ‘an Asian, an African, and a Jewish guy,’ Henoch told the Post.
Ye then fled to China, leaving behind his mother, wife, two children and their nanny at his $50million penthouse at 15 Central Park West.
Before he left the US, Ye hired Hunter as his lawyer, the First Son told the New Yorker in a 2019 interview.
Ye reportedly offered Hunter $1million to be his ‘private counsel’ – though the only $1million payment that appears on Hunter’s accounts around that time is for his representation of Ho.
The CEFC deputy was described as ‘the patsy’ and ‘the fall guy’ by Henoch.
Ye told Ho that he would be safe returning to the US, despite confessing to Hunter in the summer of 2017 that he was worried about being under federal investigation, according to a July 2019 New Yorker interview with Hunter.
Ho was arrested as soon as he landed at JFK in November that year.
In February 2018, Ye was also arrested by Chinese authorities on unspecified corruption charges, and has not been seen since.
Stories on Ye’s disappearance became one of the most censored on Chinese social media site WeChat in 2018, according to an analysis by the University of Hong Kong and free speech campaign group Global Voices.
Luft claims that he contacted the Justice Department about Hunter’s alleged FBI mole, and was interviewed by federal investigators in Brussels for more than 18 hours on March 28 and 29, 2019, according to the Post.
About a month later, Joe Biden announced his presidential bid, and Luft claims he did not hear from the DoJ again – until his arrest in Cyprus last month over gun-running charges.
‘I’ve been arrested in Cyprus on a politically motivated extradition request by the US,’ Luft tweeted on February 18.
‘The US, claiming I’m an arms dealer. It would be funny if it weren’t tragic. I’ve never been an arms dealer. DOJ is trying to bury me to protect Joe, Jim & Hunter Biden. Shall I name names?’
Luft’s Israeli attorney, Mordechai Tzivin, told the Jerusalem Post that the arrest was ‘a good way to shut him up because he knows a lot of information on Hunter’.
The Post reported that Luft has given evidence to investigators for the House Oversight Committee, which is conducting a probe into the Bidens and their business dealings.
Committee Chair, Kentucky Republican James Comer, said Luft was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ in their investigation into the Biden family.
‘We had already identified this individual,’ he told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo on March 2.