A former business partner of Hunter Biden reportedly said in an email that Biden didn’t disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in income on his tax returns.
Eric Schwerin, the former president of Rosemont Seneca Partners, sent an email to Biden in 2017 that said he needed to “amend” his 2014 tax returns to include about $400,000 in income he made as a member of the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, according to NBC News.
“In 2014 you joined the Burisma board and we still need to amend your 2014 returns to reflect the unreported Burisma income,” reads the email, dated Jan. 16, 2017.
The email reportedly noted that Biden, the son of President-elect Joe Biden, made $1.2 million in income when factoring in the $400,000 he made as a board member of Burisma. NBC News said it was provided the email by Rudy Giuliani’s attorney Robert Costello. Costello said he was in possession of one of Hunter Biden’s hard drives from a computer repair store in Delaware.
However, NBC noted it did not have access to the hard drive and did not independently verify the authenticity of the email.
“It is not known what, if any, action Hunter Biden took in response to the email,” the report stated.
Hunter Biden acknowledged the claim in a statement on Wednesday.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” he wrote. “I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisers.”
Joe Biden defended his son on Friday during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware.
“I’m proud of my son,” he said.
It is believed that federal authorities are investigating Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China.