President Biden warned his younger brother Frank Biden not to engage in deals that would haunt the family before the younger Biden announced his relationship with the Commander-in-Chief, according to a new report in an inauguration day advertisement.
The former Veep, whose scandalous son Hunter Biden is under investigation for potential federal tax fraud, reportedly warned his younger brother on the campaign.
“For God’s sake, take care of yourself,” Biden said, according to a Politico report published on Thursday.
“Don’t get drawn into something that would hurt you in the first place,” he added.
The report follows news that Frank Biden, a non-attorney senior advisor to Boca Raton-based Berman Law Group, mentioned his brother’s name in an ad for the firm on Jan. 20 – the same day Joe Biden would be Took office.
The Daily Business Review newspaper ad included a photo of the younger Biden and quotes describing his relationship with the new president, according to a CNBC report.
The ad focuses on a lawsuit brought by the Berman Law Group against a group of cane sugar companies in Florida.
“The two brothers Biden have long been committed to bringing environmental issues to the fore. The president-elect has vowed to rejoin the Paris Agreement and wants, for example, to set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gases, ”the ad in the paper said, according to the report.
In an email, Frank Biden denied allegations that he used his brother’s name to attract customers and told CNBC, “I never used my brother to attract customers to my company.”
“I will never be employed by a lobbyist or a lobby company,” he added.
However, Frank Biden isn’t the first member of the Biden clan to try to capitalize on the career politician’s name.
During the August campaign, Biden was forced to promise that if he were elected he would build an “absolute wall” between his family’s business relationships and the White House.
“I have never spoken to my son, brother, or anyone else about anything to do with their business. Period, ”he insisted.
In October, however, the Post released a bombshell batch of documents showing that Hunter Biden used his father’s name to win lucrative business deals in both China and Ukraine.
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then Vice President Biden, a senior executive at a Ukrainian energy company, less than a year before the senior Biden pressured Ukraine government officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to The Post.
The never-before-disclosed meeting is mentioned in a thank you note that Vadym Pozharskyi, an advisor to the Burisma board of directors, allegedly sent to Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board with a reported salary of up to $ 50,000 per month.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving me the opportunity to meet and spend with your father [sic] some time together. It’s real estate [sic] an honor and a pleasure, ”reads the email.
It is best known that the younger Biden traveled to China with his then-Veep father aboard Air Force Two, before landing a $ 1 billion profit on his business venture a few days later.
Biden was doing lucrative deals with China’s largest private energy company, which, according to another email from The Post, were “interesting to me and my family.”
Hunter Biden’s former business associate Tony Bobulinski came forward later in October accusing Joe Biden of lying about his involvement in his family’s overseas business.
Biden’s other brother, James Biden, has also been followed by allegations that he used Joe Biden’s name to win lucrative business deals.
In December it emerged that the Justice Department was investigating Hunter Biden’s overseas business.
The White House, which was asked for comment by CNBC on Wednesday, said the president’s name should not be used in any commercial activity by his family members.
“It is the policy of this White House that the president’s name should not be used in connection with any commercial activity, to suggest his approval or support, or in any way that could reasonably be understood,” the official said.