Former FBI Director Louis Freeh donated $ 100,000 to a trust for two of President Biden’s grandchildren as he sought to pursue “a very good and profitable business” with him, recently emerged emails revealed Thursday. .
Freeh apparently gave the gift in April 2016 – when Biden was the outgoing vice president – and shortly before he told Biden’s son Hunter, “I’d love to work with you in the future,” according to emails.
“I also spoke to Dad a few weeks ago and would like to explore some future work options with him,” Freeh wrote on July 8, 2016.
“I think working together on these issues (and other legal issues) would be useful, fun and rewarding.”
In another email to Hunter Biden the following year, Freeh described seeing Joe Biden at church earlier today, “and he said hello back to me from Communion – I didn’t. had the chance to return my greetings.
“If you have her cell phone and personal email, I’d love to have her contacts (will protect),” Freeh wrote on March 12, 2017.
“I would always like to persuade him to partner with me and the FSS, because we have some very good and very profitable subjects that he could improve in a minimum of time.”
The initials FSS are an apparent reference to the law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, where Freeh, a former federal judge, was a partner at the time.
The following month, Freeh wrote to Hunter Biden about the gift he had made to the trust for the children of Hunter’s late brother Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015, and the wife of Handsome, Hallie, who Hunter later had an affair with.
“As you know, our family foundation made a contribution of $ 100,000 to Hallie’s Children’s Trust last year,” Freeh wrote on April 24, 2017.
But Freeh said his accountants “are now advising that the grant did not go to a 501 (c) organization, it was not a proper founding giveaway” and that he plans to remedy the situation by doing ” a new gift of $ 100,000 “and by having the trust” pay the foundation back by paying it $ 100,000 “.
“I can handle this with the lawyers (see attached), but I wanted to let you know before I do anything, so what we’re trying to do is clear,” he added.
“Sorry for the added burden.”
Hunter Biden responded the same day: “Thank you very much and of course no burden at all. Talk to you soon. “
A document attached to the email chain was titled “Biden Trust Letter of Contribution 4.26.16.pdf”.
The emails between Freeh and Hunter Biden do not indicate whether Freeh ever did business with Joe Biden or what exactly he had in mind.
But they show that Hunter Biden referred a client – crooked Romanian real estate mogul Gabriel “Puiu” Popoviciu – to Freeh in mid-2016.
“I wanted to thank you again for referring us Gabriel and we have
finalized a lawyer engagement letter with him, ”Freeh wrote on July 8, 2016.
“I will meet him on Sunday in Paris, then we will deploy to Bucharest and
set to work. “
Freeh added, “FYI, I have had conversations with the head of the FBI’s Criminal Division and the Bureau sincerely wishes to meet and debrief Gabriel on any other matters he might be willing to discuss.”
Freeh conducted an independent review of Popoviciu’s corruption conviction before the Romanian Court of Appeal, but it was upheld by the Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice, which in 2017 sentenced him to seven years in prison , Freeh said in a press release at the time.
Emails between Freeh and Hunter Biden – first reported by the Daily Mail – were stored on a water damaged laptop which, according to Wilmington, Del., Owner of Repair Shop John Paul MacIsaac, was dropped off in April 2019 and was never recovered.
MacIsaac provided a hard drive containing the contents of the MacBook Pro to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, and Giuliani gave the Post a copy of the hard drive in October – leading to blockbuster exclusives on Hunter’s controversial trade relations in Ukraine and China.
Meanwhile, the laptop was seized by the FBI in December 2019, apparently as part of what Hunter Biden described last year as an investigation into “my tax affairs.”
Last month, Hunter said his lawyers were “completely cooperative,” but denied negotiating a plea deal for him.
In a June 21, 2016 email in which Hunter Biden was CC’d, Freeh appeared to refer to Popoviciu while also mentioning his portrayal of Israeli diamond trader Beny Steinmetz.
Freeh noted that Romanian courts had rejected a request by the Romanian National Anti-Corruption Directorate, also known as DNA, “for arrest warrants against Mr. Steinmetz”.
“As a result, I should be able to get some information on his Romanian case (similar but beyond yours) and DNA – which may be of great use to us,” Freeh added.
Earlier this year, Steinmetz was convicted in Switzerland for paying bribes for iron ore permits in Africa and sentenced to five years in prison and fined around $ 56 million .
Steinmetz is appealing this case.
Freeh reportedly quit working as a lawyer in August when he sold his risk management firm Freeh Group International Solutions to consulting firm AlixPartners, of which he is now managing director.
An email to Freeh was returned by an AlixPartners executive who said Freeh was traveling and did not immediately comment on his behalf.
Neither the White House nor Hunter Biden’s attorney immediately returned requests for comment.