Hunter Biden was asked by an adviser for Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings whether he could “use your influence” as son of Vice President Joe Biden to help stop “politically motivated actions,” according to an email obtained by Fox News.
“We urgently need your advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message / signal, etc .to stop what we consider to be politically motivated actions," a May 12, 2014 email reads from Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma's board.
The email is addressed to both Hunter Biden and his former business partner Devon Archer.
Less than a year later, Pozharskyi sent another email that mentions an invitation to meet with Hunter's father. It indicates that Biden’s son introduced the former vice president to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings less than a year before he pressured government officials in Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the company.
"Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some time together. It's realty an honor and pleasure," the email, dated April 17, 2015 reads.
"As we spoke yesterday evening, would be great to meet today for a quick coffee. What do you think? I could come to you office somewhere around noon or so, before or on my way to airport."
The emails, initially reported by the New York Post, offered new insight into the controversy surrounding the former vice president's ties to Ukraine -- an issue that swept U.S. media last year as House Democrats pursued an impeachment effort against President Trump.
They turned up in the hard drive of a laptop dropped off at a repair shop in 2019, the Post reported, adding that a copy of the hard drive ended up in the hands of Robert Costello, a lawyer for Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Trump.
Biden's campaign responded on Wednesday by denying any wrongdoing and claiming that the former vice president's schedule showed no meeting taking place.
"Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as 'not legitimate' and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing. Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath," Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.
"The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story," Bates continued. "They certainly never raised that Rudy Giuliani -- whose discredited conspiracy theories and alliance with figures connected to Russian intelligence have been widely reported -- claimed to have such materials."
Bates added: "Moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden's official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place."