Hunter Biden: The Fast Facts That May Surprise You

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While not directly engaged in American politics, Hunter Biden’s association with the incumbent president has made his name recognizable to a broader audience than many seasoned politicians. This recognition stems from various controversies he has been involved in, which have raised questions about their potential connections to his father, Joe Biden. Hunter is the only surviving son of President Joe Biden and is presently married to his second wife, South African documentarian Melissa Cohen.

Here are some facts about Hunter Biden that may surprise you:

1. He Worked For A Credit Card Company Backing Legislation His Father Was Working On

According to Biography, between 1996 and 1998, Hunter Biden worked as a lawyer for Delaware-based banking holding company MBNA America. His hiring was criticized because, at the time, Joe Biden was supporting the credit card legislation MBNA was backing. In 2008, CBS reported that MBNA paid Hunter Biden an undisclosed amount as a consultant while his father backed the bill they were supporting. 

2. He Worked For Bill Clinton

Following his departure from the position of executive vice president at MBNA in 1998, Hunter Biden got a job in then-President Bill Clinton’s administration as a policy director specializing in the internet economy, according to Biography. 

3. He Tested Positive For Cocaine On His First Day In The Navy

Hunter Biden received an age waiver to enter the Navy because of the recommendation of former military intelligence officer Greg Keeley. In May 2013, he was sworn into the Navy Reserves at the White House, with his father, Joe Biden, conducting the swearing-in.

Assigned to a reserve unit at Naval Station Norfolk, Hunter Biden tested positive for cocaine in a urine sample taken on his first day of duty. This positive drug test would normally lead to discharge from the Navy, as per Navy regulations. Hunter’s explanation was that he was unaware of how the drug had entered his system, saying that a cigarette given to him by strangers outside a Washington bar might have been laced with cocaine.

Ultimately, Hunter Biden chose not to contest the Navy’s decision and was officially discharged from the Navy on February 18, 2014, as indicated by records obtained by The New Yorker.

4. His Laptop Revealed Drug and Prostitute Use

In October 2020, the New York Post revealed the contents of a MacBook Pro laptop abandoned at a Wilmington, Delaware, computer repair shop belonging to Hunter Biden. 

According to The Daily Mail, the contents include involvement with explicit content involving prostitutes and possible criminal activities involving drug trafficking and prostitution.

According to the Daily Mail, Hunter posted his drug-fueled activities, interactions with prostitutes, and involvement in explicit videos on an adult website. 

5. He Has Five Children

Hunter Biden, the second son of President Joe Biden, is the father of five children. He had his first three children with his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, and his youngest son, Beau Biden Jr., with his current wife Melissa Cohen. Additionally, he fathered a daughter named Navy Roberts in 2018 with an Arkansas woman named Lunden Roberts. This daughter’s existence was initially kept private due to a legal dispute over paternity and child support.

6. His Paintings Cost As Much As a House

Hunter Biden’s paintings, dated around 2021 and 2022, sell in a SoHo showroom with prices ranging from $75,000 for works on paper to $500,000 for large canvases, according to the New York Post. 

Some of them are done on metal. 

According to ArtNet News, at least one of his collectors is a Democratic donor who gave $13,414 to President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and was later named to his Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.

7. The Burisma Controversy

Hunter Biden took up a paid position on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited in April 2014.

 He later acknowledged that his connection to his father, who was overseeing U.S. policy in Ukraine, likely played a role in obtaining the job.

Trump was impeached in 2019 based on accusations that he try to coerce Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up information about Hunter’s corrupt dealings at Burisma. 

In August 2023, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, led by Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.), released a bank records memorandum revealing that during Joe Biden’s vice presidency, the Bidens and their associates received millions of dollars from oligarchs in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine, including payments from Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina to a shell company associated with Hunter Biden.

Hunter Biden’s receipt of these payments and his family’s interactions with the people involved, including then-Vice President Biden having dinner with some of them in Washington, D.C., have prompted further inquiries into potential improprieties, compromising situations and threats to national security. 

8. Legal Troubles

Hunter Biden is currently under investigation concerning tax and gun-related charges after a very favorable plea deal arranged with the prosecutor fell through under the scrutiny of the federal judge overseeing the case.

Rachel Emmanuel

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