Hunter Biden business partner Rob Walker told congressional investigators on Friday that he was “never” involved in any of President Biden’s son’s business activities.
Walker testified for hours before the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees last year after being subpoenaed.
Walker arrived at 10:00 am. “I answered as many questions as I could,” he told reporters as he left around 6 p.m.
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Fox News Digital obtained a copy of Walker’s opening statement, in which he testified under oath that the accusations against the president and his first son were “baseless,” but “welcomed the opportunity to provide context to some of the events that are often made public. It is a focus of members of these committees.”
Walker said he and Hunter “became friends” during the Clinton administration in 1999 and began working together around 2008 “doing business development and consulting with various individuals, businesses and NGOs.” .
Walker said Hunter was “an intelligent, caring and generous person whose demeanor and strong interpersonal skills made him a valuable and effective business partner.”
He also said Hunter “lost his way” when his brother Beau Biden became “severely ill” and later died.
“I’m glad he’s on the mend and I hope he and his family are doing well,” Walker said.
He detailed his work with Hunter, saying that the opportunities they had together “were within the bounds of various, varied, substantial and legitimate business activities.”
“To be clear, President Biden – whether in office or as a private citizen – has never been involved in any of our business dealings. Any statement to the contrary is simply false,” Walker testified. “Hunter made sure there was always a clear line between any business and his father. Always.”
She added: “And as his partner, I’ve always understood and respected that boundary.”
Walker said he was “very concerned” that his testimony “could be taken out of context to serve a political purpose rather than reveal the truth.”
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“I therefore respectfully request that any public statements regarding this interview be accompanied by the release of a full transcript of what I said here today so members of the public can form their own conclusions about what did and did not happen during my business dealings with Hunter,” he said. .
Walker’s testimony came as part of the House impeachment inquiry against President Biden.
Hours after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, interviewed reporters, Walker testified that “a few weeks after Joe Biden left as vice president, Hunter Biden and his team, working with these guys, are coming in. China’s contract with this branch of energy company CEFC.
“There’s a lunch at the Four Seasons in a few days,” Jordan said, attended by CEFC executives Hunter, James Gilliar and Walker. “Joe Biden is standing and giving a presentation,” Jordan said. A few days later, Jordan said, $3 million was sent to Walker from a Chinese company.
“I think it’s just timing, just a sequence,” Jordan said.
Jordan and House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., told his attorney in November about the subpoena, explaining that Walker had set up a limited liability company called Robinson Walker LLC. The chairmen said it was “used as a vehicle to receive foreign funds and send some of the money to members of the Biden family.”
One example that Comer and Jordan provide is when Joe Biden served as vice president, Robinson Walker LLC received millions of dollars from a company owned by Romanian Gabriel Popoviciu, who was the subject of a high-profile corruption case in his home country.
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“After receiving this money, Robinson sent more than $1 million to the accounts of the Biden family, including Walker, Hunter Biden and Hallie Biden,” Comer and Jordan wrote.
But Comer and Jordan noted that these payments from Romania to Robinson Walker LLC “began approximately five weeks after then-Vice President Biden met with the President of Romania, where the issue of corruption was discussed in an official reading.”
When asked what Hunter had done for Popoviciu, Walker told the committee that Hunter had flown to Romania to meet with the US ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm, who had just been confirmed.
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Comer and Jordan also note that Robinson Walker LLC received a $3 million payment from Chinese company State Energy HK Limited in February 2017, less than two months after Biden left the Obama administration. In the three months following that payment, Comer and Jordan said Robinson Walker LLC “made more than $1 million in additional payments to members of the Biden family and their companies, including entities associated with Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden and James Biden.”
According to an FBI FD-302 form detailing Walker’s 2021 interview with Special Counsel David Weiss’ team and obtained by the House Ways and Means Committee, Walker said “the $3 million amount is more of a ‘thank you’ from CEFC.”
In subpoenaing Walker, Comer and Jordan said he could provide evidence relevant to the impeachment inquiry, saying Walker “played a key role in the Biden family’s business dealings and a complex chain of financial transactions used to conceal foreign nationals and the sources of funds the Biden family received.”
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After receiving money from the CEFC entity in March 2017, Walker testified that Hunter told her to send payments to her uncle, James Biden, and her sister-in-law, Hallie Biden, even though they did not work for the CEFC entity. In addition, James Biden asked for a piece of money from the CEFC organization, even though he was not involved in the deal. Walker called Hunter to confirm the wire transfer to James Biden.