A photo shows Joe Biden using some of his troubled son’s company partners from Kazakhstan in what seems to be the exact same Washington, DC, power-dining spot where Hunter Biden introduced the future president into his overseas cronies.
Online pictures of the interior of Cafe Milano match the background of the shot which reveals the Bidens grinning while flanked by Kazakhstani oligarch Kenes Rakishev and Karim Massimov, a former prime minister of Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, President Biden was described to The Post as a standard at the restaurant, which touts itself as”Where the world’s strongest men and women go.”
Hunter Biden worked with Rakishev — who has family ties to the regime of former Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev — to find US investments for his or her 300 million-plus fortune between 2012 and 2014, the Daily Mail has reported.
The unverified picture of this Bidens, Rakishev and Massimov was posted online in 2019, according to a website timestamp, from the Kazakhstani Initiative on Asset Recovery, that did not state where or if the photo was shot.
But on Wednesday, The Post exclusively revealed that Joe Biden met with Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakhstani business associates in Cafe Milano’s”Garden Room” on April 16, 2015, while he was vice president under President Barack Obama.
The guest list for the event included”3 chairs for our KZ [Kazakhstan] friends,” based on an email Hunter Biden delivered to his then-business spouse Devon Archer three months earlier.
Those invitees weren’t identified farther, but Archer was invited to a”little private breakfast” in Massimov’s suite at the Willard Hotel the morning of the gathering, another email reveals.
“There are plenty of matters the Prime Minister is eager to discuss with you personally and he is going to be thankful for the chance to spend quality time ” that email said.
I look forward to seeing you soon and to many chances to work closely together,” composed Holtzman, then the chairman of Kazkommertsbank, Kazakstan’s biggest bank.
The following year, Hunter Biden described Massimov as a”close friend,” according to another email.
Hunter Biden has acknowledged struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism, such as during his dad’s winning 2020 White House bid, during which he stormed from an intervention staged with his dad and other relatives.
“I thought,’I want to figure out a way to inform him I’m gonna do something, so that I can go take another hit,”’ he told CBS This Morning final month.
“It’s the one thing I could think, actually.”
The digital correspondence is included on a hard drive which holds the contents of a notebook computer that has been abandoned at a repair shop in the Bidens’ hometown of Wilmington, Del., in April 2019 and never recovered, the store’s proprietor has told The Post.
The MacBook Pro was seized by the FBI in December 2019, apparently in connection with what Hunter Biden claimed last year is a probe of”my tax issues” by federal government in Delaware.
Last month, Hunter Biden said his attorneys were”being utterly cooperative” but denied they were negotiating a plea deal for him.