More than half of Americans think President Biden had some involvement in his son’s overseas business deals, according to a new poll.
The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll of 2,851 registered voters, released Monday, found that 60 percent believe “Joe Biden has aided and abetted Hunter Biden’s business,” while 40 percent say they don’t think 81 -year president had every involvement.
“While the news has turned to other topics, voters remain concerned about Hunter Biden and how involved President Biden is in his business,” Harris Poll chairman Mark Penn said in a statement to the Hill.
“Hunter received a high unfavorable rating — worse than the president — and most believe the president at least knew about his dealings,” Penn added.
Hunter’s 55 percent unfavorable rating is the highest among more than two dozen public figures pollsters were asked to rate.
President Biden’s 48% unfavorable rating was the second highest.
The president claims he has never had a business conversation with his 53-year-old son and has repeatedly denied knowledge of his dealings, despite emails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop and congressional testimony from the first son’s former business partner Devon Archer suggesting otherwise .
Then-Vice President Joe Biden dined at Cafe Milano in Washington, D.C., at least twice with Hunter and some of his shady business associates, Archer told lawmakers in July.
The first dinner included Moscow’s former first lady Elena Baturina, who later transferred $3.5 million to a company linked to Hunter and Archer; Kazakh businessman Kenes Rakishev, who transferred $142,300 used for a luxury car to Hunter; and former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov, Archer said.
“[Joe Biden] walked into the room and shook everyone’s hand,” Archer recalled.
The second meal was attended by Burisma gas company CEO Vadim Pozharsky, “Hunter, Joe, myself, Karim Massimov, a Greek Orthodox priest, maybe one of [the] The World Food Program,” Archer noted.
“[Joe Biden] We had dinner. He had dinner,” Archer recalls of the second date at Cafe Milano.
Emails from Hunter’s laptop also show the first son informing an attendee that “Dad will be there, but for now it will stay between us” and Pozharski thanking Hunter the morning after, writing: “Thank you for inviting me in Washington and you gave me the opportunity to meet your father and we spent some time together.
Archer also revealed that Joe Biden, again while vice president, “had coffee” with Jonathan Li, the future CEO of Chinese state investment fund BHR Partners and that Hunter held a 10% stake in BHR until at least 2021 , later put his father on speakerphone with Lee as well.
In July 2017, Hunter told a Chinese business partner that he was “sitting down” with his father and the two “would like to understand why the commitment was not fulfilled,” according to a WhatsApp message disclosed to Congress by IRS whistleblowers. which were an investigation into the finances of the first son.
The Republican-led impeachment inquiry into President Biden, which began in September, seeks to determine the extent of the president’s alleged involvement in his family’s extensive foreign business dealings and whether the president committed any wrongdoing.