WASHINGTON — First son Hunter Biden’s “flirty” former secretary JiaQi “Jackie” Bao, who pushed for “Uncle Joe” Biden to run for president and has been linked to the Chinese government, is the focus of a new House Republican inquiry into the first family’s extensive overseas business dealings.
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the top Republican on the House oversight committee, demanded information Wednesday from FBI Director Christopher Wray on the Biden family’s links to Bao while Hunter and his uncle James Biden raked in $4.8 million from Chinese government-linked CEFC China Energy in 2017 and 2018.
Comer wrote that “Committee Republicans are concerned Hunter Biden may have been compromised by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and foreign intelligence services (FIS),” signaling what’s likely to be a major line of inquiry if Republicans reclaim subpoena powers by retaking the House in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
The letter says that Bao “worked for the [Chinese government’s] National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which ‘is in charge of China’s macroeconomic planning’ and approves any major project that receives foreign funding” and therefore “was linked to the Communist Party of China (CCP), her employer before the Biden family.”
“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,” the letter says.
“In documents obtained by Committee Republicans, Hunter Biden refers to the founders and chairman of CEFC [Ye Jianming] as his ‘partner’ and the vice-chairman of CEFC, Patrick Ho, as his client and the ‘f–king spy chief of China,’” Comer writes.
“Documents obtained by Committee Republicans reveal that Bao was also working for CEFC employees linked to the CCP. Regarding a potential US liquified natural gas (LNG) purchase Bao and the Bidens sought to sell to China, Bao told Hunter Biden, Jim Biden and CEFC associates in an email that ‘my job is to make sure our interest is protected’.”
Bao “attended negotiations with US energy companies, and helped execute financial transactions,” the letter goes on. “Bao appeared to be effectively running the joint venture under Hunter Biden’s name. She produced yearly reports and business plans for Hudson West III, the joint venture Hunter Biden created with the Chinese firm, CEFC.”
CEFC was regarded as an arm of Beijing’s “Belt and Road” foreign-influence initiative.
A May 2017 email regarding the Biden family’s CEFC partnership described the “big guy” as being due a 10% cut. Two former Hunter Biden associates, Tony Bobulinski and James Gilliar, identified Joe Biden as the “big guy” and Bobulinski says he met with Joe Biden in the same month about the deal. The president has denied making any money from his son’s overseas business deals and claimed he never even discussed the enterprises.
Comer’s letter to Wray focuses narrowly on Bao’s role. The Kentucky Republican has previously likened Bao to Fang Fang, the suspected Chinese spy who allegedly seduced House intelligence committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).
“She’s a very attractive girl…. We discussed [Bao] with [a] whistleblower, and according to the whistleblower, they were more than just business associates if you know what I mean,” Comer said in a Fox News interview last month.
Although the precise nature of Bao’s relationship with Hunter Biden is unclear, she emailed him about returning his “doggy chain necklace” and wrote in another message, “One of my New Year’s Wishes is that you could drink less… I will do anything and everything to make you happy so that alcoholic beverages’ widely believed mythical function as a stress reliever won’t be an excuse for indulgence!”
Comer asked Wray to share what the FBI knows about Bao and whether former FBI special agent Timothy Thibault, who recently resigned amid allegations he covered up evidence against Hunter Biden, had anything to do with the matter. He also asked for any information on foreign spy agencies compromising the Biden family and about CEFC efforts to buy US energy assets.
“In early 2018, the Biden-CEFC venture was cut short when the Bidens’ Chinese partners
were arrested for attempting to bribe foreign leaders and other economic crimes. Nonetheless, Bao seemed determined to remain close to the Biden political orbit even after the initial relationship dissolved, a hallmark of foreign intelligence activity,” Comer’s letter continued.
“The relationship between Bao and Hunter Biden appears — from evidence obtained by Committee Republicans—to have become personal and exceeded a professional capacity. Seemingly attempting to enrich Hunter Biden, Bao told him that the disarray over the arrest of the CEFC founder ‘will present a great opportunity to gain’ and ‘you should continue to pursue this investment thesis on natural gas’.”
Comer wrote that “Bao’s efforts to remain close to the Biden family following the CEFC venture collapse raises serious concerns about Bao’s motives and plans with the Biden family.”
“Specifically, did the CCP push Bao to ensure that the Bidens continued selling American LNG to China? If so, this presents an alarming national security threat,” Comer wrote.
“To further ingratiate herself with the Biden family, Bao took a concerted interest in Joe Biden’s presidential aspirations and strategy. In December 2018, the New York Times published a story about the Biden family’s dealings with CEFC, about which — prior to printed publication — Joe Biden called his son and told him, ‘I think you’re clear.’ Shortly thereafter — and still four months before he announced it to the American people — Bao sent a text message to Hunter: ‘Uncle Joe should run for President in 2020.’”
In 2018, she reportedly wrote to the future first son that Joe Biden ” will be one of the best presidents in our country’s history” and that then-President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods were “a failure thus far.”
The Post could not reach Bao for comment and Hunter Biden’s attorney Chris Clark did not immediately respond to an inquiry regarding their relationship.
Republicans say Biden is too soft toward China on a variety of issues, including on Chinese exports of fentanyl, which drove a record 107,000 US drug overdose deaths last year. Biden also rarely mentions an interest in determining the origins of COVID-19, which killed more than 1 million Americans after possibly leaking from a Chinese lab. Biden’s administration is openly considering repealing Trump administration tariffs on Chinese goods.
The CEFC deal was just one of an array of enterprises in which Republicans seek to better understand Joe Biden’s role.
In 2013, Hunter Biden co-founded the investment firm BHR Partners just 12 days after joining his father aboard Air Force Two for an official trip to Beijing, where he introduced his dad to BHR CEO Jonathan Li in a hotel lobby. Joe Biden later wrote college recommendation letters for Li’s children.
BHR Partners was influential in facilitating a 2016 deal in which a Chinese company bought a Congolese cobalt mine from American and Canadian companies. Cobalt is an important material for making electric vehicle batteries.
Clark said less than a week after President Biden’s November 2021 summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the first son had divested a 10% stake in BHR Partners. But Clark and the White House provided no further details — such as who may have bought the stake and for how much — and online business records show he still holds the 10%.