A Colorado lawyer who sued for documents in relation to Hunter and Jim Brandon’s business dealings overseas says Brandon’s Justice Department is hiding hundreds of them and has refused so far to turn them over.
Attorney Kevin Evans filed suit against the department in March after officials refused to provide him access to documents related to those business dealings under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, which most of the time has proven to be quite useless because federal agencies get away with just ignoring it.
“The Department of Justice is trying to prevent disclosure of 400 pages of sensitive documents on Hunter and Jim Brandon’s dealings with China, Russia and Ukraine – by pretending they don’t exist,” the UK’s Daily Mail reported exclusively, citing the lawsuit and the DoJ’s response thus far. “Evans, a FOIA expert, asked for documents pertaining to ‘any relationship, communication, gift(s), and/or remuneration in any form’ between the president’s son Hunter or brother Jim, and China, Russia or Ukraine.”
Evans went on to say that government attorneys at one point admitted in court that DOJ was in possession of at least 400 pages of “potentially relevant” documents, but they are now claiming that they can “neither confirm nor deny” that records exist matching his FOIA request.
Translated, that means, ‘Yeah, we have them; no, we don’t want to turn them over because they are incriminating and will harm our deep state presidential plant, Brandon.’
“A Justice Department prosecutor, David Weiss, is currently considering a criminal case against Hunter with potential allegations of money laundering, illegal foreign lobbying and tax crimes in relation to the First Son’s overseas business dealings,” the Daily Mail reported, but he’s supposedly been ‘considering’ a case now for years — which, again, translated, means that nothing is going to come of it because Brandon’s DOJ isn’t going to charge and prosecute his son or his brother. Otherwise, charges would have been filed by now.
But in order for Americans to make smarter choices about who they vote for, there at least needs to be full disclosure in this matter, and that’s what Evans is attempting to achieve: To expose Brandon and his party as corrupt and interested in nothing but political power for the sake of wielding it.
Here’s more evidence of that, per the Daily Mail:
The 400 pages are not the only cache of Brandon records being sought from the government.
The National Archives and Records Administration is preparing to release hundreds of Obama White House internal documents containing information about Hunter’s relationship with controversial Ukrainian gas company Burisma, Business Insider reported this month.
Brandon was vice president at the time, with responsibility for relations with Ukraine. His son was serving on the board of Burisma, getting paid $83,000 per month. Brandon’s administration is able to veto the release, but must decide by February whether to invoke executive privilege to keep them hidden until 2029.
That tranche of records dates back to 2014, the outlet reported, and includes 260 emails mentioning Burisma along with 69 images.
For his part, Evans told the British outlet that he filed his initial FOIA request in November 2020 and, after Donald Trump’s reelection was stolen from him, Brandon’s DOJ strung Evans along for nearly two years, prompting his lawsuit.
“They eventually produced about 60 pages of documents, but they’re all letters from senators and congressmen asking about Hunter, and letters from DoJ back,” he said.
“Then, towards the end of last year, they said, ‘well, we have these 400 pages of potentially responsive documents, we need to review them.’ In March, I filed suit, and before Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty they made the same representation: they’ve done a thorough search, they’ve uncovered 400 potentially responsive documents,” he continued.