Then-Vice President Joe Biden utilized an alias when emailing his son Hunter, including about policy issues, according to recently revealed information from the younger Biden’s laptop. The information follows further discoveries of emails written by the president under an assumed name.
A 2014 email from Hunter Biden’s laptop showed that his father emailed him under the alias “Robin Ware.” According to the email, Joe Biden discussed the employment of then-Deputy White House Counsel John McGrail.
According to the email, Hunter initiated the June 2014 conversation, saying that the elder Biden should speak to him prior to making a decision.
“J. McGrail very much wants to serve as detail fr treasury,” Hunter wrote his father.
“Re Johnny call me right away Dad,” Joe Biden responded.
The email regarding McGrail is one of about 5,000 pieces of correspondence involving an alias from or to the president.
This includes about ten emails in which Obama White House staffers copied Hunter Biden on communications. In addition, there were 27 emails from Joe Biden’s pseudonymous email on Hunter Biden’s email.
Hunter Biden had received an email as “Robert Peters” regarding former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Poroshenko was responsible for the firing of former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who had been investigating Burisma, the energy company on which Hunter Biden was paid more than $80,000 to serve on its board.
Joe Biden, as vice president, notably threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid to the Eastern European country unless Shokin was fired from his position.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee and in the Senate are seeking more answers regarding the president’s use of such aliases in communication. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) are each requesting a review of the emails written to or from Biden under an assumed name.
Rep. @NancyMace: “We have to get access to these emails [with Joe Biden’s pseudonyms].”
“Every time we turn over a stone, we look under the rug, we look under a rock, we find more evidence of potential bribery, money laundering, etc. And none of it happens without Joe Biden.” pic.twitter.com/4PfGTI79Jh
— GOP (@GOP) August 31, 2023
The senators asked the National Archives for more information regarding the correspondence. The Archives stated that there is a review process for releasing the emails. The senators wrote in a joint letter that they would like to know which “presidential offices participated” in such a review and whether Biden and Obama administration officials reviewed the documents.