Jeff Zients, the incoming White House chief of staff, met multiple times in 2016 with President Biden’s son Hunter Biden who is facing criminal and congressional probes into his past business dealings.
According to emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop and verified by Fox News Digital, Zients met with Hunter Biden twice in February 2016 and on another occasion in May 2016, just months before President Biden, the vice president at the time, was set to leave the White House. President Biden also attended the first two meetings which both took place at the U.S. Naval Observatory where the vice presidential residence is located.
During the first meeting — which took place on Feb. 12, 2016 — Zients, Hunter Biden, then-Vice President Biden met with David Rubenstein, a billionaire and founder of hundred-billion-dollar asset management firm The Carlye Group. Rubenstein is also the member of a series of other organizations including the World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
President Biden has been criticized for vacationing at Rubenstein’s mansion in Nantucket, Massachusetts, over the past several years. After he spent Thanksgiving at Rubenstein’s home in 2021, the White House said the president had previously visited the home.
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President Biden speaks alongside former White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and Vice President Kamala Harris on April 21, 2021.
President Biden speaks alongside former White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and Vice President Kamala Harris on April 21, 2021. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images )
Two weeks after the first meeting, Zients, Hunter Biden and then-Vice President Biden met with former lobbyist and current White House senior counselor Steve Ricchetti and David Bradley, a Washington, D.C.-based political consultant and chairman of media group Atlantic Media.
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Then, on May 24, 2016, Zients, Hunter Biden and Bradley met with Eric Lander, the recently-ousted director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Richard Klausner, the former head of the National Cancer Institute and a major biotech investor. Klausner was also previously the executive director for global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.