Rob Walker exposed as financier in mysterious Biden family payments
Rob Walker, the Hunter Biden associate who paid Biden family members after receiving a $3 million wire transfer from a Communist-backed Chinese energy company, has political ties dating back to the Clinton administration .
House investigators identified Mr Walker as a ‘critical witness’ in their probe into the finances of President Biden and his family after uncovering bank documents revealing suspicious payments totaling about $1 million just two months after the end of his term as vice-president in 2017.
The reason for the payments remains a mystery.
The Biden family’s overseas business deals have fueled suspicions of influence peddling due to the family’s huge profits with businesses that were frequently linked to countries where Mr. Biden led White House policy of Obama, especially China and Ukraine.
The House Oversight and Accountability Committee requested an interview with Mr. Walker as part of its investigation into the Biden family finances. He has a Friday deadline to respond and could face a subpoena if he voluntarily refuses to cooperate.
Long before Mr Walker acted as a Biden family financier, he got his start in politics working on President Bill Clinton’s campaign, according to biographical details found in the Foreign Investment Proposals.
After serving in the Clinton campaign, Mr. Walker played a role in the Clinton administration as Special Assistant to Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater and later as Assistant to Federal Aviation Administrator Jane Garvey in the George W. Bush administration.
While in government, Mr. Walker rubbed shoulders with officials across the administration, on Capitol Hill and in foreign governments, making contacts he would highlight to potential foreign investment partners. . Mr Walker launched the relationship after leaving government and opening what he described as an international consultancy specializing in helping US companies establish operations overseas.
He registered as a Capitol Hill lobbyist from 2009 to 2011 under his firm Robinson Walker LLC, a sole proprietorship formed in Delaware and headquartered at the time out of a residential address in a leafy Washington neighborhood. on the banks of the Potomac.
Quarterly filings show Robinson Walker LLC racked up at least $120,000 in lobbying fees on behalf of a West Coast aerospace company.
The Robinson Walker LLC account was then used to facilitate a $3 million electronic payment from a Chinese energy company and to make a series of payments to members of the Biden clan.
Bank records obtained this year by the House Oversight and Accountability Committee show that Mr Walker’s company made payments totaling more than $1 million to Mr Biden’s brother James Biden, his son Hunter Biden and his daughter-in-law Hallie Biden. Payments were made over three months from March 2017.
Mr Walker received the multi-million dollar wire transfer from State Energy HK Ltd., a Chinese company affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party-backed CEFC China Energy Co.
The committee also uncovered multiple payments to an unknown account identified only as “Biden.”
The details were released by the committee earlier this month in a memo stating that the funds were distributed as follows:
• $35,000 to Hallie Biden.
• $610,692 to Hunter Biden.
• $360,000 to James Biden.
• $70,000 in a mystery account simply labeled “Biden”.
The committee memo says a company affiliated with James Gilliar, another Biden family associate, received more than $1 million from Mr. Walker’s business account on March 2, 2017, the day after the wire transfer. Chinese.
It’s unclear when Mr. Walker, a University of Arkansas alum, first crossed paths with Hunter Biden, who is a Georgetown alum and Yale Law School graduate. However, Mr Walker’s wife, Betsy Massey Walker, was one of Jill Biden’s top aides during Mr Biden’s tenure as vice president.
In her 2019 book, Ms Biden named Ms Walker among “the many women and men who worked around the clock in the White House.”
By the end of Mr. Biden’s eight years as vice president, Mr. Walker and Hunter Biden had established close business ties.
According to a 2020 Senate report, Mr. Walker was associated with at least three separate companies linked to the president’s son, including Oldaker, Biden and Belair LLP, Seneca Global Advisors and Rosemont Seneca Advisors.
In a May 2017 email to another Hunter Biden business partner, Tony Bobulinski, Mr. Walker said he had “generally acted as a surrogate for H around the country and abroad at the looking for opportunities”.
Mr. Bobulinski told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in a 2020 interview that Mr. Walker had a “very close relationship with the Biden family.”
He said Mr. Walker pushed for a meeting between Mr. Bobulinski and Mr. Biden in Los Angeles. The meeting, which took place in May 2017, was specifically organized to discuss a joint CEFC, the communist-backed Chinese energy giant affiliated with State Energy HK Limited.
Mr Biden has repeatedly denied ever discussing his son’s business deals.
According to documents filed by the State of Delaware, Robinson Walker LLC has been dissolved. The company is listed as having failed to pay a tax bill of $1,770 in June 2021.
In 2018, Mr. Walker formed a separate company, Loblolly Interests LLC, headquartered at his residential address in Little Rock, Arkansas. This company was also dissolved.
Mr Walker was on the list of co-founders and managing directors of a California venture capital firm called Pilot Growth Equity.
In his biography, which appeared on Pilot Growth’s website as recently as July last year, Mr Walker is described as having “extensive private and public sector experience in international business, politics and the government”.
Mr. Walker still lists Pilot Growth as his current employer on LinkedIn, but his biography has been removed from the company’s website.
Mr Walker has refused to cooperate with the 2020 Senate investigation into the Hunter Biden trade deals. He also did not respond to requests from The Washington Times for this report.
Hunter Biden’s legal team said the House surveillance memo exposing the suspicious payments was without merit.
“Hunter Biden, a private citizen with every right to pursue his own business activities, has joined several business partners in seeking a joint venture with a private and legitimate energy company in China,” his lawyers said. “As part of this joint venture, Hunter received his share of good faith seed money which he shared with his uncle, James Biden, and Hallie Biden, with whom he was involved at the time, and shared the expenses. .”
The White House also brushed off the memo.
Committee chairman Rep. James Comer said he intends to get answers from Biden’s kingpin.
Days after revealing the Chinese wire and subsequent payments, Mr. Comer asked Mr. Walker to appear before the panel as he conducts his in-depth investigation into the Biden family’s long trail of overseas business dealings. .
“These records reveal that the three parties likely all received one-third of China’s money, and it’s unclear what services were provided in return,” said Comer, a Kentucky Republican. “The Oversight Committee has many questions for Rob Walker, and we look forward to getting answers for the American people.”