While Strasser's work on the editorial side makes sure to display some emails in between Bobulinski and James Gillar in 2015 and 2016, or as Strassel puts it, "While Joe Biden was still Vice President," one thing is missing from these communications: any indication that Hunter Biden was involved or even knew it was happening.
What the earlier emails and communications actually contain is a plan between Bobulinski and Gillar to include Hunter Biden in the deal and use his name for leverage with a Chinese investor. It's not Hunter Biden speaking – it's Bobulinski trying to get involved in what he calls "one of the most famous American families". to give his business an advantage. Gillar would be another partner in Sinohawk. Between them, Bobulinski and Gillar owned 63% of the company.
It wasn't until 2017, after Joe Biden resigned, that Bobulinski appeared to approach Hunter Biden and his uncle James Biden about the deal, and he convinced the couple to get involved. At this point, it appears that Hunter consulted his father about whether to invest in the plan, which in part brought about efforts to secure a joint venture Chinese oil company CEFC China Energy Co.
The plan was neither illegal nor secret. Nothing that depended on Joe Biden breaking rules or giving Biden his presence. Also, there is absolutely no evidence that Joe Biden was ever involved.
What happened next was … nothing. Instead, CEFC collapsed, no money was ever invested, and the whole plan did nothing. Nobody really seems to have lost anything but time, but the "billion dollars" that Bobulinski bragged about and that Donald Trump mentions over and over again absolutely never happened.
On the editorial side, Strassel focuses on communication between Bobulinski and Gillar wonders whether or not to include Hunter Biden in their deal. It is clear that Bobulinski and Gillar is really wondering if it's worth giving up 12% of the company if Hunter Biden's name gets into the deal. But again, neither Hunter nor James Biden seem to be part of these discussions. However, Bobulinski insists that 10% of the company has been kept secret for Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, the journalists actually point out some things that Strassel somehow couldn't get into her column. Among other things, the texts and emails provided by Bobulinski show no one "discussing a role for Joe Biden in the company".
And one of the two people who Strassel repeatedly quotes had something to say. "I want to clear up any speculation that former Vice President Biden was involved in the 2017 discussions about our potential business structure," said Gillar. “At no point is I aware of any involvement by the former Vice President. The activity in question never resulted in any project revenue. "
Bobulinski and Gillar planned a partnership with a Chinese energy company in 2015 and 2016. They reached out to Hunter and James Biden in 2017, no doubt because they not only thought their names would look good on the deal, but because Hunter was already involved in an international energy company – a thing called Burisma. At some point, Hunter Biden may have touched the base with his father. If so, it seems Joe Biden warned him about the deal. In the end it fell apart.
In turn, how was this summed up by people with the facts?
The company, which was founded in 2017 after Mr. Biden left the vice presidency and prior to his presidential campaign, never received funding proposals from the Chinese firm or closed any deals, according to people familiar with the matter. Company records examined by the Wall Street Journal show Joe Biden is not involved.
A total of, Bobulinski emerges as someone whose business went south, and instead of taking part of the responsibility, he would rather blame someone else. Strangely enough, he appears to be supportive of Trump.