Tony Bobulinski attorney accuses Oversight Dems of ‘gaslighting,’ false smears against Hunter Biden associate

An attorney for Hunter Biden’s ex-business associate Tony Bobulinski accused House Democrats of ‘abusive conduct and disingenuous mischaracterizations’ of his testimony on the Biden family’s business dealings. 

In a letter to Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the ranking member and lead Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Bobulinski’s counsel Stefan Passantino asserted that Democrats were attempting to assassinate his client’s character. 

‘We are watching the death throes of a political narrative that will be shattered upon the imminent public release of Mr. Bobulinski’s testimony before the House Committees on Oversight and Judiciary yesterday,’ Passantino wrote. 

‘The facts are before Congress and will soon be before the American people. Minority assassination of Mr. Bobulinski’s character and grotesque mischaracterizations of his words will only serve to highlight the gaslighting and vilification Mr. Bobulinski has endured since he reluctantly came forward almost four years ago to share with the public the facts of his business experience with the Biden family,’ the letter continues. 

‘As the public will see soon enough, Mr. Bobulinski has the facts and the receipts, and no amount of character assassination will change that.’

Bobulinski testified behind closed doors for more than eight hours on Tuesday as part of the House impeachment inquiry against President Biden. He is one of the Republicans’ star witnesses, having worked with Hunter Biden to create the joint-venture SinoHawk Holdings with Chinese energy company CEFC. 


Behind closed doors, sources said Bobulinski told the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees that he had ‘personally met’ with Joe Biden in May 2017 in Los Angeles on the sidelines of the Milken Conference for somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour. 

Fox News Digital first reported on that meetings between Bobulinski and Biden in October 2020.

Joe Biden, on May 3, 2017, spoke at the conference, hosting ‘A Conversation with the 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.’

Just days after the May 2, 2017, meeting came the now-infamous May 13, 2017, email, which included a discussion of ‘remuneration packages’ for six people in a business deal with a Chinese energy firm. The email appeared to identify Biden as ‘Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,’ in a reference to the now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co.

The email includes a note that ‘Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.’ A proposed equity split references ’20’ for ‘H’ and ’10 held by H for the big guy?’ with no further details.

Bobulinski testified Tuesday that Joe Biden is ‘the big guy,’ a claim he has made since 2020. IRS whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Ziegler, who claimed that politics had influenced the yearslong federal investigation into Hunter Biden, have also said ‘the big guy’ was known to be Joe Biden.

Bobulinski claims that Joe Biden was ‘the Brand’ sold by Hunter Biden and other family members as part of a ‘foreign influence peddling operation.’ 

President Biden has repeatedly denied any involvement in his son Hunter’s business dealings. House Democrats have rallied behind the president, with Raskin claiming that Bobulinski ‘offers absolutely no testimony that indicates any criminal activity by President Biden… or evidence that President Biden was involved in Hunter Biden’s businesses.’

In the letter, Passantino said Raskin’s statement is ‘categorically false’ and pushed back against other claims made by House Democrats, insisting that a soon-to-be-released transcript of Bobulinski’s testimony will prove them wrong. 

‘Equally concerning are the false allegations impugning Mr. Bobulinski’s character and statements about law enforcement. Unlike those making these accusations, Mr. Bobulinski has a proud and exemplary history of serving this country in the military and his patriotism cannot be questioned,’ Passantino wrote.

‘As the transcript will show, Mr. Bobulinski did NOT accuse the FBI of lying about his voluntary statements before them in October 2020. The transcript will show that when Mr. Bobulinski was asked by the Minority about second-hand accounts of his words rather than asking him direct questions, Mr. Bobulinski simply corrected errors in the FBI’s internal 302 report about his statements.’

‘As Mr. Bobulinski testified yesterday, these errors could have been corrected years ago if Mr. Bobulinski had been shown the FBI’s internal summary or if ANY government agency had reached out to us at the time,’ the letter states.

Reached for comment, a spokesperson for House Oversight Democrats pointed to several statements from committee members questioning Bobulinski’s credibility as a witness. Democrats have urged the committee to release the transcript of his testimony after Oversight Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., accused them of ‘witness intimidation.’ 

‘Let’s read between the lines here: we asked questions on the very real credibility issues with your witness,’ Rep. Jasmine Crockett, D-Texas, posted on X. ‘If his claims can’t stand up to the most basic scrutiny, that’s on you.’ 

‘Hey Chairman Comer. You invited a sham witness and we asked basic questions — his lack of credibility is on you! Why not release the transcript?’ posted Rep. Robert Garcia, D-Calif. 

President BIden’s brother, Jim Biden, will be the next witness to testify to the committee as part of the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. Hunter Biden is expected to appear for his deposition on Feb. 28.

Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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