While the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) released a fourth batch of emails to America First Legal (AFL), a conservative legal firm, they refuse to hand over a number of emails that NARA claims are privileged and shielded from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), according to Just the News.
The batch of heavily redacted emails that AFL received did clearly display cases of correspondence between Hunter Biden and his father's office when Joe Biden was Vice President. It showed that Hunter was advising his father's office on a number of occasions and raised concerns over the mixing of his son's business dealings and his father's political office.
One of the items sought by AFL was the correspondence between one of Hunter's business partners, Eric Schwerin, and the Office of the Vice President (OVP) about a "China Lunch" that occurred before an official visit by the then-President of China, Hu Jintao, to the United States in 2011. While NARA acknowledged the existence of this correspondence, they refused to hand over the emails citing that its release "would disclose confidential advice between the President and his advisors, or between such advisors."
The New York Post previously reported on the contents of the correspondence that appeared in Hunter Biden's discarded laptop which also held the same subject line of "China Lunch." The contents of the conversation appeared to showcase Hunter and Eric determining who would receive Joe Biden's invitations to that state event. Eric then related Hunter's suggestions for who ought to receive the exclusive invitations to an OVP staffer.
What NARA did release was correspondence between Hunter and his father's staff from 2010 that discussed planning for Vice President Biden's trip to Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa. Hunter sent an email inquiring about scheduling a phone call to White House staffer Alan Hoffman to "talk about Africa". A follow-up email that occurred after the call was sent by Hunter to a staffer for Second Lady Jill Biden. That email raised the subject of discussing "Nairobi ideas" but was too heavily redacted to discern anything else. A third email was withheld completely but was entitled "Summary Africa."
An unrelated communication in 2010 was a discussion between OPV staffers about a "letter request from Hunter" where one asked the other to write a letter to the brother of a Biden campaign staffer at the behest of Hunter.
An email chain appeared to show Rick Vitali, a campaign staffer, reached out to Hunter to ask him to have his father "send a note" to Vitali's brother, Sam. Hunter used a business contact to comply with the request.
Gene Hamilton, Vice President of AFL, commented that "[t]hese records–which are only a small portion of the actual records that the National Archives possess–demonstrate for the American people, yet again, continued evidence of influence peddling and personal enrichment by the Biden family. The full extent has yet to be seen, but with each release, we are painting a fuller picture for the American people of the extent to which the Biden family business was intertwined with the official business of the United States."