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Hunter Biden’s efforts to score big money in China while his father was vice president were far-reaching, including proposals to build a SeaWorld theme park in the communist country and to get Beijing to invest in an NBA arena in America, emails and memos obtained by Just the News show.

The deals also involved a Chinese state-owned bank, former Obama ambassador to China Gary Locke and one of then-Vice President Joe Biden’s closest aides, his former body man Francis “Fran” Person, the memos show.On July 17, 2015, for instance, Hunter Biden emailed his business partners Jim Bulger and Devon Archer asking them to reach out to Person about a “very real China deal he is working on.” In a separate email to Archer, Hunter Biden vouched for Person as “my Dad’s body guy for 8 years.” Person had left the vice president’s staff about a year earlier, and would later run unsuccessfully for Congress.

The deal was a joint-venture to build SeaWorld amusement parks in China with land acquisitions, construction, and development financed by the Chinese Communist Party’s state-owned development bank. The China Development Bank is run by CCP officials and has been described as the “engine” that powers Beijing’s economic development policies.

Person, a cofounder of a China-focused investment group called Harves, replied the same day to Hunter Biden’s introductory email (on which he’d be copied). Teasing Harves’ SeaWorld pitch, Person bragged of Harves’ high-level connections in China and informed Biden and his colleagues that that he had just “finished a meeting with former Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, who is on the board of Harves Investment Group.” Person described the Harves Investment Group as a U.S.-based “extension” of the “tier 1 real estate development company” Harves Corporation in China.

“We have all the pieces in place in China to move on this,” Person wrote the younger Biden.

Archer responded to the pitch, offering up Rosemont’s connections to the private equity division of the Blackstone financial behemoth. At the time, Blackstone was one of SeaWorld’s largest investors, and Rosemont Capital (founded by Archer and former Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson Christopher Heinz) also appeared to be a stakeholder.

A few days later, Person sent Hunter Biden and his associates additional details and fact sheets about the SeaWorld pitch. Person stated, “Harves Investment Group wants to structure our relationship with Rosemont as a strategic partner to broker this potential joint venture….it’s important to Harves that everyone involved gets their fair share of compensation and equity for contributions.”

On July 21, 2015 — just three days after the SeaWorld overture — Person forwarded another pitch for a separate deal involving Chinese backers. This proposal came from a Harves’ director, Locke, who had stepped down from his role as Obama’s ambassador to China the previous year (and served as Obama’s Commerce secretary before that). Instead of developing properties in China, this project proposed to revamp a multipurpose sports arena in Seattle. Locke had served two terms as governor of Washington (1997-2005)

This Seattle arena project was even more ambitious than Harves’ SeaWorld proposal. According to Person, the Harves team hoped to not only build a new arena but also to develop the land around the arena, acquire a National Hockey League expansion team, and bring a National Basketball Association team back to Seattle.

Person mentioned meeting with a potential investor the following day while in Los Angeles for a fundraiser headlined by Hunter Biden’s father, then-Vice President Joe Biden. Person concluded his message by asking if Hunter Biden and his associates knew any investors who might be interested in the Seattle sports arena project, dangling the prospect of what “could be a gold opportunity for investment in sports.”

For the SeaWorld project, the Biden team delivered their Blackstone contact Emily Ho. That same day, Person emailed Ho about the SeaWorld project. He emphasized that Harves Century Group (based in Shenyang, China) is a “top tier” real estate development company with backing from the state-owned China Development Bank and that Harves has “a savvy team with experience in China including Former Secretary of Commerce and Ambassador to China Gary Locke.”

Harves’ and CDB’s offer was attractive. According to Person, the Chinese consortium would “provide 100% of the capital as well as perform the construction for the entire project” and “fully fund” the development “including the Park(s) and surrounding area.” What Harves wanted from SeaWorld was “their brand, park design, as well as management and technical support.”

Emily Ho quickly responded that “we’ve conveyed the information directly to SeaWorld to explore,” and since SeaWorld was a public company in which Blackstone held a sizable stake, Blackstone would “directly manage [Harves’] interest.”

Harves’ SeaWorld deal was never fully realized, but in March 2017 Blackstone sold its stake in SeaWorld to a Chinese conglomerate called Zhonghong Zhuoye. The dream of building SeaWorld parks in China was kept alive until 2019, when Zhonghong’s affiliate defaulted on its debts and was forced to sell its stake in SeaWorld.

The Harves’ sports arena deal in Seattle met a similar fate. The arena investor and developer that Person had pitched to Hunter Biden et al failed to deliver on the contract and racked up a debt with the city (though the debt was repaid later). By December 2016, the deal was pronounced dead, and the property was sold

Before the China-backed deals that Person pitched to Hunter Biden fell apart, Person sought to help Joe Biden’s potential political endeavors and sought help from Hunter Biden with his own ambitions for higher office.

In October 2015, Person linked Hunter Biden up with another Harves’ executive named Rick Wade. Wade had served as a campaign official for Barack Obama in 2008 working on voter outreach in South Carolina as well as directing Obama’s national African-American outreach strategy. “Rick could help put together that core of African American leaders if your dad decides to run,” Person wrote to Hunter on Oct. 4.

Hunter’s email correspondence with Person dropped off for a few months as the deals they were working on failed to materialize, but in February 2016 Person launched a campaign for Congress in South Carolina. Hunter Biden became a major behind-the-scenes fundraiser, imploring his partners and associates to donate the maximum to Person’s campaign.

Hunter Biden’s contacts delivered for Person (whom Hunter described as Joe Biden’s “third son” in his solicitations), and within a month of launching his campaign, Person had raised nearly $200,000. The Hill reported that the Biden connection “appears to be paying off.”

Just the News reached out to Locke, Person, and Hunter Biden’s attorney for comment. Locke was the only person to respond as of this writing.

“I have never pitched, nor have I been involved in or aware of any pitches to, Hunter Biden on any business deals or transactions by any group,” Locke said.

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More than 120 retired flag officers sign open letter warning that America ‘is in deep peril’

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More than 120 retired American military officials have signed an open letter warning that America has veered left under Democratic control and that the nation’s survival is on the line.

“Under a Democrat Congress and the Current Administration, our Country has taken a hard left turn toward Socialism and a Marxist form of tyrannical government which must be countered now by electing congressional and presidential candidates who will always act to defend our Constitutional Republic. The survival of our Nation and its cherished freedoms, liberty, and historic values are at stake,” the letter states.

Some of the signers include retired Army Brigadier General Donald Bolduc, who is running to serve as a U.S. Senator from the state of New Hampshire, and retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, the executive vice president of the Family Research Council. 

As one of the various issues raised, the letter described China as the largest outside threat to the U.S. and called for levying sanctions and restrictions in order to defend national interests and counter China’s “world domination goal.”

The retired military officials advocated for building a border wall. “Sovereign nations must have controlled borders,” they wrote.

Regarding the Democrat-backed elections-related legislation which was approved by the House earlier this year without any GOP support, they warned that,  “H.R.1 & S.1, (if passed), would destroy election fairness and allow Democrats to forever remain in power violating our Constitution and ending our Representative Republic.”

They expressed opposition to the idea of the U.S. participating in an Iran nuclear deal and called for nixing “the corrosive infusion of Political Correctness into our military which damages morale and war fighting cohesion.”

“Our Nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty,” they declare in the letter.

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Newsom offers cash to voters from budget windfall, federal COVID relief money, ahead of recall vote

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California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is offering COVID-19 relief money to resident-voters amid a likely recall election vote – using a stunning $75.7 billion state surplus that was fueled by capital gains taxes collected during the pandemic and $26 billion in direct state aid from the federal stimulus plan that congressional Democrats passed in March. 

Newsom announced the plan Monday in a statewide road show. Money in his $100 billion California Comeback Plan will help residents pay utility bills and back rent, according to Politico

Voters mounted a successful recall petition drive sparked largely by what they considered Newsom’s mismanagement of the pandemic, including over-strict health-safety measures.

The checks would arrive in voters’ mailboxes before the recall voter is expected to be put to residents on a November ballot.

Former  Gov. Gray Davis, who was recalled in 2003, suggested the announcement is good news, telling Politico: “It’s very significant, and it dovetails into the general perception that we are coming out of the pandemic, the worst is behind us, the future looks brighter as evidenced by the checks the public will soon receive.”

However, the budget windfall, the result in part of the state’s progressive tax structure, could result in an anti-tax movement like one three decades ago.

Under a constitutional spending cap, the state must refund taxes and direct more money to schools once revenues top a certain level, Politico also reports.

Senate Republican who warned of the federal package resulting in a slush fund for some states on Monday spoke against Newsom’s plan.

“This is one more reason why borrowing and sending tens of billions to California was a crying shame – and why every Republican in Congress opposed it,” Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted.

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Giuliani’s Lawyer Responds to FBI Raid of Apartment, Seizure of Electronic Devices

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After the FBI raided Rudy Giuliani’s apartment on Wednesday morning, the former New York City mayor and Trump attorney has responded through his attorney Robert Costello.

“Giuliani’s attorney Bob Costello says the raid ‘is totally unnecessary’ and the only reason for it is ‘bad publicity’ to “make him (Rudy) look like he’s some sort of criminal.” Fox News’ John Roberts tweeted, citing reporter Marta Dhanis.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Costello also called the FBI’s raid “legal thuggery.” Costello also gave his understanding of the raid.

“Mr. Costello said authorities arrived at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment at 6 a.m. and seized his electronic devices,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “Mr. Costello said the search warrant describes the investigation as a probe into a possible violation of foreign lobbying rules. Mr. Costello said the warrant sought communications between Mr. Giuliani and individuals including John Solomon, a columnist who was in communication with Mr. Giuliani about his effort to push for investigations of Joe Biden in Ukraine.”

Giuliani’s lawyer also said that in recent years “he had offered to answer investigators’ questions as long as they agreed to say what area they were looking at ahead of time,” the Journal continued. “He said they declined the offer.”

“It’s like I’m talking to a wall,” he added.

The Wall Street Journal gives further insight into what the FBI was seeking out, and it is by all appearances retribution for investigating the president’s son Hunter Biden.

“The investigation is looking into possible violations of foreign lobbying rules, and the search warrant sought communications between Giuliani and others including conservative columnist John Solomon,” Costello said.

The New York Times earlier reported that the FBI had raided the former mayor’s apartment.

“Federal investigators in Manhattan executed a search warrant on Wednesday at the Upper East Side apartment of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who became President Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, stepping up a criminal investigation into Mr. Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, three people with knowledge of the matter said,” the Times reported.

“One of the people said the investigators had seized Mr. Giuliani’s electronic devices,” the Times added. The raid is related to Giuliani’s investigation to “unearth damaging information about Mr. Biden and his son Hunter,” the report noted. The Associated Press confirmed the report.

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