Judicial Watch Sues State Department for Hunter Biden Documents

By Michael W. Chapman | April 21, 2022 | 12:08pm EDT
Hunter Biden and his father, President Joe Biden.  (Screenshot, NYP)
Hunter Biden and his father, President Joe Biden. (Screenshot, NYP)

(CNS News) -- Judicial Watch, a government watchdog organization, announced on April 20 that it had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for all messages/communications that mention Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden. 

The State Department did not reply to Judicial Watch's Feb. 11 FOIA request, but did email saying it was invoking a 10-day extension because of "unusual circumstances." However, as of April 15, the State Department had not complied with the FOIA request. Thus, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 

“The State Department is unlawfully ignoring FOIA law to protect Hunter and Joe Biden,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a press release. “We have no doubt, given our prior finds, that the State Department has many secrets about Biden corruption.”

 Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. (Screenshot)
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. (Screenshot)

The lawsuit is seeking "[a]ll cables/teletypes and email messages sent via the SMART system that reference Hunter Biden, excluding any records that consist solely of media articles or compilations."

SMART is the State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolkit used by the State Department. 

Hunter Biden currently is under a federal criminal investigation in Delaware, apparently for tax issues and his international business deals, which may also concern Joe Biden. 

A report by Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) about potential conflicts of interest involving Hunter Biden and the White House showed, 

-- "Before ending his protective detail [2009-2014], Hunter Biden received Secret Service protection on trips to multiple foreign locations, including Moscow, Beijing, Doha, Paris, Seoul, Manila, Tokyo, Mexico City, Milan, Florence, Shanghai, Geneva, London, Dublin, Munich, Berlin, Bogota, Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, Hong Kong, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Brussels, Madrid, Mumbai and Lake Como."

Photos reportedly from Hunter Biden's laptop. (Screenshot)
Photos reportedly from Hunter Biden's laptop. (Screenshot)

-- "In addition to the over $4 million paid by Burisma [in Ukraine] for Hunter Biden’s and [business partner Devon] Archer’s board memberships, Hunter Biden, his family, and Archer received millions of dollars from foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds."

-- "Archer received $142,300 from Kenges Rakishev of Kazakhstan, purportedly for a car, the same day Vice President Joe Biden appeared with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arsemy Yasenyuk and addressed Ukrainian legislators in Kyiv regarding Russia’s actions in Crimea."

-- "Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow."

-- "Hunter Biden opened a bank account with Gongwen Dong to fund a $100,000 global spending spree with James Biden and Sara Biden."

-- "Hunter Biden had business associations with Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army. Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in cash flow."

-- "Hunter Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries and who appear to be linked to an “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”

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