By JOSH BOSWELL
After Hunter Biden’s plea deal dramatically fell apart in court this week, the Department of Justice made clear it is still looking into potential foreign lobbying and money laundering charges against him.
And now after a painstaking investigation using documents from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, interviews with sources and subpoenaed records obtained by DailyMail.com, we can reveal exactly what evidence may be used against the First Son.
The information lays out a laundry list of potential foreign influence violations that span China, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Kazakhstan, Mexico and other Latin American countries.
The new legal peril for Hunter, 53, comes on the day his former partner Devon Archer is set to testify before the House Oversight Committee where he is expected to tell of alleged links between then Vice President Joe Biden and Hunter’s murky web of international business contacts.
Hunter’s lawyers thought he would be let off the hook when he appeared in court in Delaware last week but Trump-appointed federal Judge Maryellen Noreika threw out a plea deal that had been slammed as a ‘slap on the wrist’.
That meant a separate diversion deal that would have ensured no further prosecutions on issues probed by Delaware prosecutor David Weiss also fell by the wayside.
In a dramatic collapse of their ‘sweetheart’ deal with Delaware prosecutors in court Wednesday, it emerged that US Attorney David Weiss is still investigating the First Son, potentially for illegal foreign lobbying and money laundering.
When asked by the judge, Justice Department lawyers confirmed they were looking at potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a law to limit foreign influence on US officials that has already ensnared several former officials in Donald Trump’s administration.
DailyMail.com has uncovered evidence of Hunter’s overseas business dealings that come dangerously close to violating the anti-foreign lobbying act – with some even involving his father, Joe Biden.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com last November, a whistleblower claimed he was on a 2012 phone call with then-Vice President Joe and Hunter discussing a Latin American online gambling business.
‘With the direct observations I had, it’s obvious Joe was participating in the business,’ the source said. ‘He wasn’t passive, he was talking about it. If I had to describe him, he was like a member of the Board of Directors’
DailyMail.com obtained business records, an archive of the gambling website, and emails from Hunter’s laptop referencing the South American web gambling operation.
Attorney Jeff Cooper, who was Hunter’s business partner in the gambling venture, a Biden family friend and a longtime major donor for the president, was allegedly on the call.
Cooper said the whistleblower’s claim was a ‘complete fabrication’.
But another of Hunter’s friends and business partners, Devon Archer, is set to testify to the House Oversight Committee on Monday with similar claims.
Sources close to Archer say he is preparing to tell Congress that on at least two dozen occasions, Hunter had Joe on speakerphone at his meetings with foreign potential business partners including from Ukraine and Romania, touting the then-VP’s alleged involvement in his son’s deals.
If the claims are true, Hunter’s payment by foreign companies to allegedly wield influence with his father while Joe was a government official, could land the First Son with FARA violation charges – among other potential crimes.
The whistleblower said he has not testified to a Delaware grand jury, but has given evidence to lawmakers investigating the Biden family.
Emails and photos from Hunter’s abandoned laptop obtained by DailyMail.com revealed that Hunter arranged for his Mexican billionaire business partners to visit the White House multiple times and even meet his father.
In one February 2016 email, Hunter spelled out a shocking apparent quid pro quo with Interjet airline owner Miguel Aleman Magnani, before flying to Mexico with his business partner Cooper and then-VP Joe on Air Force 2 for a meeting with him.
‘We have so many great things to do together and I want you at the plane when [the] VP lands with your Mom and Dad,’ Hunter wrote.
‘I haven’t heard from you since I got you a mtg for Carlos and your Dad,’ referring to Mexican oil baron Carlos Slim and Magnani’s billionaire media magnate father Miguel Alemán Velasco, who he brought to the White House for a meeting with the VP the year before.
‘We have been talking about business deals and partnerships for 7 years. And I really appreciate you letting me stay at your resort villa…but I have brought every single person you have ever asked me to bring to the F’ing WHite House and the Vice President’s house and the inauguration and then you go completely silent.’
Orchestrating the meeting between the Latin oligarchs and VP Joe without telling the DoJ could breach FARA rules – especially if Hunter was trying to lobby his father on his foreign partners’ behalf.
Hunter joined the board of Ukrainian gas firm Burisma in 2014, while Joe was VP with responsibility for US relations with Ukraine.
Joe publicly boasted about getting the country’s chief prosecutor Victor Shokin fired. At the time, Shokin was investigating Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky for corruption.
Hunter and Joe were allegedly paid a $10 million bribe by Zlochevsky to kill the criminal investigation.
A longtime paid FBI informant told their handler they were present when Zlochevsky discussed the alleged bribe in a meeting around 2015, according to an FBI record published by Congress.
A source close to the Biden federal probe told DailyMail.com that elements of the informant’s story were corroborated by the Bureau, such as travel records matching the description of the alleged meeting with Zlochevsky.
All the evidence was passed to Weiss’ prosecution team in Delaware in 2020. It is unclear whether they investigated the claims further.