President Joe Biden sent or received 82,000 pages of private email exchanges using three accounts and fake names when he served as vice president, according to the National Archives.
Biden used a series of pseudonyms in emails about both family and official business, according to emails found on Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop. Although his use of false names has been reported, it is the first time the sheer volume of the correspondence has been made public.
The accounts the over 82,000 email pages were sent or received from included: “email@example.com; JRBWare@gmail.com; and Robert.L.Peters@pci.gov.” The correspondence spans over the eight-year period that Biden served as Barack Obama’s vice president.
The substantial figure was disclosed Monday by the National Archives as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the conservative nonprofit organization Southeastern Legal Foundation.
The bombshell admission comes as the GOP seeks records revealing Joe Biden’s use of pseudonyms to discuss his activities involving Ukraine with his son Hunter during the elder Biden’s time as vice president. The information is central to the ongoing impeachment inquiry into the sitting president.
The amount is much higher than the 33,000 emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deleted from her personal server, causing a scandal.
Elected officials are legally required to preserve all correspondence conducted during their time in office, including any government-related work on personal servers.
The president’s emails span eight years. The archives said the sheer volume means it will take a while to provide copies of all correspondence.
“NARA has completed a search for potentially responsive documents and is currently processing those documents for the purpose of producing non-exempt portions of any responsive records on a monthly rolling basis,” stated the filing.
It says due to the “scope” of FOIA request, “the volume of potentially responsive records is necessarily large.”
“NARA has identified approximately 82,000 pages of potentially responsive documents, and it is currently processing those documents and preparing any non-exempt responsive documents for production on a rolling basis,” said the filing.
The GOP has asked NARA for an unprecedented document that indicates that then-Vice President Joe Biden took a call with Ukraine’s then-president Petro Poroshenko on May 27, 2016. Republicans say the document was emailed to ‘Robert L. Peters’ with Hunter Biden copied on the email.
At the time, Viktor Shokin, a top Ukrainian prosecutor, was investigating oil company Burisma Holdings for corruption — the same company Hunter Biden sat on the board of.
Demands for records follow Devon Archer’s testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee
The demands for records come after Hunter Biden’s former business partner Devon Archer testified in front of the House Oversight Committee earlier this month that Joe Biden’s ‘brand’ protected Burisma because “people would be intimidated to mess with them.”
The presence of Hunter on Burisma’s board and access to his father — then vice president — led to the company’s ‘longevity’ because they had the “capabilities to navigate D.C.,” said Archer, according to the transcript.
Hunter’s business associate and best friend sat with him on the board of Burisma starting in 2014. They also started Rosemont Seneca Partners together, an investment advisory firm.
Archer confirmed that Hunter put Joe on speakerphone 20 times over ten years during business meetings, which was a “signal” of “value,” and Hunter used his dad as “defensive leverage.”
He also told legislators that Joe Biden sat and had dinner in person on at least two occasions with Hunter and his foreign business partners, who then wired money almost immediately following to companies related to Biden.
The then-vice president also sat in on another dinner with Hunter Biden and his partners in 2015 at Café Milano in Washington, D.C., confirmed Archer.
“Dear Hunter,” reads a note from an executive in Ukraine after the dinner. “Thank you for inviting me to D.C. and giving me an opportunity to meet your father and [spend] some time together.”
During another dinner with executives from Burisma at the Four Seasons in Dubai, Hunter said he could relieve some “government pressure” on the company.
Archer testified Burisma was “getting pressure” and, as a result, “requested Hunter, you know, help them with some of that pressure.”
He said it was “government pressure” from the continuing Ukrainian investigation into the company at the time, led by prosecutor Shokin.
But, Archer said Shokin “wasn’t specifically on my radar as being an individual that was — that was targeting him. But, yes, there was constant pressure. And it was like a whack a mole in regards to the pressures that had to resolve,” continued Archer.
He said the Burisma executives weren’t specific when they asked directly, “Can the big guy help?”
Instead, they used the “amorphous” term: “Can we get help in D.C.?”
Archer said it was understood that “D.C.” meant Hunter’s influence based on his connection to his then-V.P. father.
“Well, I mean, he was a lobbyist and an expert, and obviously, he carried, you know, a very powerful name. So, I think it was that’s what they were asking for,” Archer said.
In March 2016, it is alleged Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid to Ukraine if Shokin wasn’t fired for corruption, which he eventually was.
“Joe Biden has stated there was ‘an absolute wall’ between his family’s foreign business schemes and his duties as Vice President, but evidence reveals that access was wide open for his family’s influence peddling,” said Comer in a statement.
“We already have evidence of then-Vice President Biden speaking, dining, and having coffee with his son’s foreign business associates. We also know that Hunter Biden and his associates were informed of then-Vice President Biden’s official government duties in countries where they had a financial interest.”
Archer also added Hunter Biden referred to his father as “my guy,” which Republicans noted following the Monday closed-door testimony.
According to the transcript, Hunter Biden was “getting paid a lot of money” by Burisma and “wanted to show value” by getting credit for President Biden’s earlier trip to Ukraine in 2014.
“I can’t guide my father in what he’s going to do on this trip, but let’s get credit for it,” said Archer, referencing what Hunter was thinking by referring to his dad as “my guy.”