Michael Pillsbury, an informal adviser to the White House on China, told the Financial Times that he received "quite a bit of background" information from his contacts in the country related to Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and a $1.5 billion payment from the Bank of China.
Pillsbury would not fully divulge the details of the information he received, but did say he found the Chinese to be extremely secretive and guarded about Hunter Biden's business dealings in China.
"I tried to bring up the topic in Beijing," Pillsbury told Fox Business last week. "I've never seen them get so secretive in my entire life. They would discuss ICBM warheads sooner than talk about what Hunter Biden was doing in China with Vice President Biden."
While we don't know what exactly Pillsbury allegedly learned from his Chinese contacts, the $1.5 billion amount referenced is the same as the amount President Donald Trump claimed Hunter Biden received from the Bank of China, although that claim was not backed up with evidence.
Pillsbury would not say whether he was asked by President Trump to ask about the Bidens in China. He later denied that he told FT he received info on the Bidens, but the reporter, Demetri Sevastopulo, shared an email confirming the report.
Biden has dismissed all accusations of wrongdoing in China and in Ukraine as "flat-out lies, debunked conspiracy theories and smears" that the president is using to "undermine my candidacy for the presidency."
President Trump and his allies have been working to highlight alleged conflicts of interest and corruption by Joe and Hunter Biden in Ukraine, where Hunter was paid $50,000 per month as a board member for the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. Trump allies have also claimed that Biden's corruption extends past Ukraine to other countries, including China and Romania.