Greedy Joe

Biden's Drive To Tap 'Earnings Potential' Led To China-Backed Deals
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21:  Vice President Joe Biden gets money to pay for his lunch at Capriotti's sandwhich shop, on November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.  Capriotti's is a Delaware based Italian hoagie chain and a favorite of the Vice President.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

At a glance

As the prospect of Joe Biden’s move from politics to the private sector drew nearer, entities and people associated with foreign interests — especially in China — surfaced more frequently.

A year after the 2010 conversation about Joe Biden’s “future earnings potential,” for instance, Hunter Biden began exploring an investment opportunity inside China with both excitement and trepidation.

By 2016, as Joe Biden was planning to leave the Obama White House, those conversations with Hunter Biden had graduated to “wealth creation” and the founding of a foreign policy think tank, according to emails that have taken on new significance after the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s office and home renewed focus on the first family’s foreign business deals.

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