By James Lynch
Then-Vice President Joe Biden used a pseudonym to exchange more than 50 emails with one of Hunter Biden’s business associates, newly released emails show.
Joe Biden sent 54 private emails to Hunter Biden’s close business associate and accountant, Eric Schwerin, by using the “Robin Ware” alias, according to an email search released Tuesday by the House Ways and Means Committee. The email data was provided to the committee by IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler, who testified Tuesday behind closed doors alongside IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley.
The Ways and Means Committee released 56 new pages of documents Tuesday including the email search. Back in September, the committee released more than 700 pages of documents to support Shapley and Ziegler’s initial testimony accusing the Department of Justice (DOJ) of giving Hunter Biden special treatment during its ongoing investigation.
Burisma paid Hunter Biden more than $80,000 per month to be a board member of the company despite his lack of experience with Ukraine or the energy sector, bank records show.
The House Oversight Committee subpoenaed Schwerin in November to have him appear for a closed-door deposition to discuss Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. He visited the White House on at least 27 occasions during the Obama administration, according to archived visitor logs first reported by Fox News.
Archived emails show Schwerin coordinated with then-VP Biden’s office to handle media strategy ahead of a trip Joe Biden took to Ukraine in December 2015. The Oversight Committee wrote a letter to NARA in September demanding access to those communications and other correspondence between Joe Biden’s vice presidential office and his son’s business associates.
Schwerin handled the finances for Hunter Biden and his family before the pair had a falling out, the New York Post reported based on a memoir written by Kathleen Buhle, Hunter’s ex-wife, with whom he has three children.
Hunter Biden once described Schwerin as a “close confidant” in a February 2014 email exchange from his abandoned laptop archive.
“Suspiciously, email traffic between Joe Biden and Schwerin would routinely increase before and after the Vice President’s various trips to Ukraine. In the days before Joe Biden’s June 2014 trip, he and Schwerin exchanged five emails. After that trip and before the Vice President’s November trip back to Ukraine, he and Schwerin emailed an astonishing 27 times,” Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith said in a statement.