Calls on Director Wray to provide information about this national security threat
WASHINGTON—As part of the investigation into the Biden family’s suspicious business dealings, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) today is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to provide information about a Biden family associate closely linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), JiaQi Bao. Bao provided Hunter Biden insight into purchasing liquified natural gas reserves in the United States to sell to China, had access to the Biden family’s financial information, liaised with CCP-affiliated agents on the Bidens’ behalf, urged Hunter to encourage his father to run for president, and supplied the Biden family campaign advice related to China. In the letter to Director Wray, Ranking Member Comer raises concerns about Communist China gaining access to the Biden family’s sensitive information and requests documents and information related to this national security threat.
“Documents obtained by Committee Republicans reveal Hunter Biden’s business partner and close personal associate was linked to the Communist Party of China (CCP), her employer before the Biden family. JiaQi “Jackie” Bao provided Hunter insight into purchasing liquified natural gas reserves in the United States to sell to China, had access to the Biden family’s financial information, and liaised with CCP-affiliated agents on the Bidens’ behalf. After infiltrating the Biden family, Bao urged Hunter to encourage Joe Biden to run for president months before he announced and then supplied the Biden family campaign advice related to China. Media reports and documents reviewed by Committee Republicans suggest that Bao and Hunter’s relationship extended beyond professional obligations—a common tactic employed by Chinese intelligence agents. Committee Republicans are concerned Hunter Biden may have been compromised by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and foreign intelligence services (FIS). Due to the interconnected nature of the Biden family’s finances and business dealings, this type of access would jeopardize U.S. national security,” wrote Ranking Member Comer.
Bao received a degree at Tsinghua University, which is a recruiting hub for China’s intelligence service and has been designated a very high risk for economic espionage and links to cyber-attacks against PRC rivals. Bao then worked for the PRC’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which oversees China’s macroeconomic planning and approves any major project that receives foreign funding. Bao joined Hunter Biden as he was attempting to do business with CEFC, a Chinese energy company closely affiliated with the Chinese government. Documents obtained by Committee Republicans reveal that Bao was also working for CEFC employees linked to the CCP. Bao appeared to be effectively running the joint venture under Hunter Biden’s name and sought to remain close to the Biden family following its collapse.
“Committee Republicans are alarmed that someone who got her start working for the PRC and tied to Chinese espionage was able to successfully infiltrate the Biden family business,” continued Ranking Member Comer. “In addition to the Chinese government through Bao, it is likely that Hunter Biden may have been compromised by other FIS agents throughout his time as an influence peddler and during his efforts to sell off American resources. Given recent revelations that a senior FBI official, Timothy Thibault, failed to investigate the Hunter Biden matter, Committee Republicans are concerned Special Agent Thibault ignored information about the role Bao played in the Biden family business and whether national security was compromised. The FBI’s lack of interest in Biden family dealings is troubling. The national security threat of an FIS gaining access to a presidential family’s sensitive information is too great to ignore.”
The letter to Director Wray can be found here.
More on Oversight Republicans’ investigation into the Biden family’s suspicious business dealings can be found here.