Former FBI Director Louis Freeh gave $100,000 to a trust for the grandchildren of President Joe Biden, according to newly surfaced emails. The financial contribution to Biden's family allegedly happened in 2016, when Biden was vice president. The ex-FBI director reportedly sent emails to Hunter Biden expressing that Freeh would like to work "with you and dad."
What did the new Hunter Biden emails say?
Freeh said he made a $100,000 donation to a private trust for two of Joe Biden's grandchildren, according to emails leaked from Hunter Biden's laptop that were published by the Daily Mail on Thursday night.
"As you know, our family foundation made a $100K contribution to Hallie's children's trust last year," Freeh allegedly wrote to Hunter on April 24, 2017. "My accountants (PWC) now advise that since the grant did not go to a 501(c) organization [a charity], it was not a proper foundation gift. So we've been in touch with the IRS and PWC and want to correct the situation as follows: I'll make a new $100k gift to Haley's trust, and Hallie's trust will reimburse the foundation by paying it $100k. Sorry for the extra burden. Best regards and warm regards to Hallie, Dad and Mom."
The generous "gift" was sent to the two children of Hallie Biden, the widow of Joe's late son Beau, who later became Hunter's lover.
"Thanks so much and of course no burden at all. Speak to you soon," Hunter Biden responded.
The Daily Mail published several communications between Freeh and Hunter dating back to mid-2016.
On July 8, 2016, Freeh allegedly emailed Hunter Biden in an email marked "confidential and privileged," which said the former FBI director told the then-vice president's son that he "would be delighted to do future work with you."
"I also spoke to Dad a few weeks ago and would like to explore with him some future work options," Freeh reportedly wrote. "I believe that working together on these (and other legal) matters would be of value, fun and rewarding."
"Have a great weekend and our love to Mom and Dad," Freeh allegedly signed off.
Freeh reportedly copied Hunter on an email sent July 21, 2016, in which the ex-FBI director discussed one of his clients, Beny Steinmetz.
Hunter replied on Aug. 24, 2016, to see if there was anything he could do to help.
Freeh reportedly replied, "I would like to talk with you and Dad about working together next year. No doubt both he and you have many options and probably some which are more attractive than my small shop," an apparent nod to his consultancy firm.
"As you know, we have both a law firm and 'solutions/investigations' group with a very good brand, DC and DEL (and NYC) offices, and a profitable and interesting global practice (eg., I'm currently representing the Malaysian PM and his family)," Freeh allegedly boasted. "So if it's something which interests you both, let's talk about it at some point. I'm very flexible and we could set it up as an equity-share or whatever works best. It would certainly be an honor to work with you both."
On March 12, 2017, Freeh allegedly sent an email to Hunter requesting his father's contact information.
"I say [saw] Dad in St Joe's and the 900a today and he said hi walking back from communion–I didn't get the chance to return greetings," Freeh purportedly said. "If you have his cell and a personal email, I'd like to have his contacts (will protect). I would still like to persuade him to associate with me and FSS —as we have some very good and profitable matters which he could enhance with minimal time."
The initials FSS are most likely a reference to the law firm of Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, where Freeh was a partner at the time along with Stanley Sporkin, who was previously the general counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency and chief enforcement officer at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"Hunter replied with Joe's personal cell, and an email address for Kathy Chung, a staffer from Biden's vice presidential office who he kept on after leaving the White House," the Daily Mail reported.
Who is Louis Freeh?
Freeh is a former federal judge and served as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Presidents Bill Clinton and Geroge W. Bush.
At the time of the emails, Freeh ran a consulting firm, which represented three wealthy individuals who were all later convicted on corruption charges.
Beny Steinmetz, an Israeli diamond and minerals magnate, was convicted last January of corrupting foreign agents and forging documents by a Geneva court. The billionaire, who was once named the richest person in Israel, was sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly bribing officials to control mines in Africa. Steinmetz is appealing the case.
Romanian real estate tycoon Gabriel Popoviciu, who was accused of fraud and corruption, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2017.
Ex-Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was sentenced to 12 years in jail after he was found guilty on all seven counts in the first of several multimillion-dollar corruption trials, according to the BBC.