Hunter Biden and a former FBI director were hired by a Romanian tycoon later convicted of bribery – and represented him in meetings with top U.S. officials – emails from Hunter’s laptop show.

Romanian real estate tycoon Gabriel Popoviciu was convicted in his home country in 2016 of bribing a university official to buy a 550-acre plot of government-owned land for a drastically reduced price.

Popoviciu hired Hunter earlier that year as part of an influence campaign to persuade anti-corruption prosecutors to cut a deal or drop the case.

The hiring was revealed in 2019, but DailyMail.com can now reveal the extensive propaganda and persuasion campaign planned by Hunter for the Romanian criminal, all while Hunter’s father was Vice President.

Emails on Hunter’s abandoned laptop reveal how Joe Biden’s son and his colleagues leveraged their US government connections and plotted a propaganda campaign for the grafting Romanian tycoon.

The arrangement raises more questions about Hunter’s dodgy business deals that threatened to compromised his father – the vice president.

Emails show Hunter’s colleagues, partners in law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, Christopher Boies and Michael Gottlieb, seeking to set up meetings with the US Ambassador to Romania, after discussing among themselves whether he would intervene in Popoviciu’s case.

Hunter brought in political heavyweight and family friend Louis Freeh, the former director of the FBI, to use his US law enforcement contacts for Popoviciu’s advantage, and was offered a referral fee as a result.

Hunter and his colleagues also discussed a media campaign, including to major U.S. publication the Wall Street Journal, to support their client who was later found guilty of bribery.

None of them were required to register for this work under FARA, due to various exemptions including those for lawyers of foreign defendants.

Popoviciu was first mentioned in Hunter’s emails in September 2015. At the time Hunter worked at law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

Firm partner Chris Boies wrote to Hunter and his business partner Devon Archer with the subject line ‘Popoviciu’, and the message: ‘Let’s discuss when convenient…‘
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Source: kagbabe

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  1. kagbabe

    The following week Gottlieb wrote an email to Hunter saying that he had spoken to the US ambassador – but was reluctant to describe his conversation in an email. ‘Hans called me to discuss a development that is best relayed over phone. Can we connect either tonight or first thing tomorrow? Bottom line is that we should proceed with requesting the meeting,’ he wrote

    Gottlieb complained to his colleagues about a Politico article praising Romanian prosecutors for cracking down on corruption.

    ‘This kind of article is likely to make our efforts with the USEMB [the US embassy] an uphill battle, and why I expect HK [Klemm] has had little interest in taking any kind of public position,’ Gottlieb wrote.

    Hunter weighed in, suggesting they enlist the help of Biden family friend and former FBI director Louis Freeh.

    ‘Agreed Michael. Is now the time to begin to assemble a more high profile team that can speak to the injustice here,’ Hunter wrote. ‘Who do we have at the firm that can speak with authority about anti-corruption. Mike I was going to reach out to Judge Freeh and if you can think of others of that stature I think now is the time to read them into the situation and see if they are willing to help. Ambassador Gittenstein mentioned names like former US Atty Patrick Fitzgerald.’

    The following week Gottlieb wrote an email to Hunter saying that he had spoken to the US ambassador – but was reluctant to describe his conversation in an email.

    ‘Hans called me to discuss a development that is best relayed over phone. Can we connect either tonight or first thing tomorrow? Bottom line is that we should proceed with requesting the meeting,’ he wrote.

    In a March 24, 2016 email titled ‘Re Meet with H. Klemm’, Hunter wrote to Gottlieb: ‘Where are we meeting?’

    A source involved in the meeting told DailyMail.com that Hunter did join Gottlieb and the U.S. ambassador in at least one meeting.

  2. kagbabe

    One of my partners is best friends with the newly appointed Ambassador to Romania.’

    The property tycoon didn’t appear again in Hunter’s inbox until May 2016, when he was on the brink of a bribery conviction in a Romanian court.

    Hunter and his colleagues scrambled into action, with then-Boies Schiller attorney Michael Gottlieb even seeking the help of then-US Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm in a last-ditch effort to stop the corruption conviction. ‘I have reached out to Klemm and asked him to help us broker the meeting [with Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors],’ Gottlieb wrote to Hunter on May 17, 2016.

    ‘We should put together a persuasive deck with all the procedural and substantive defects in the indictment / case against Gabs, and we should also probably put together the start of what would be a press strategy. And we’ll want to line up the big names to bring over.’

    A legal source involved in the discussions told DailyMail.com that they never went through with the planned action.

    ‘All of the ideas discussed in this email, including the preparation of a deck and press plan, were never implemented or executed,’ the source, who was a member of Popoviciu’s legal team, said.

    ‘All of this was being discussed as part of a potential strategy, which depended entirely on scheduling a meeting with the Romanian Government on the case. But that meeting was never scheduled, and never happened, because the Romanian Government declined.’

  3. agraboski2020

    I wish he would be held accountable

  4. fastback_sixtyfive

    I still don’t understand why this guy hasn’t been arrested for consorting with a foreign government.

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