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Hunter Biden’s business partners, assistants visited White House over 80 times when Biden was VP

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FIRST ON FOX: Four business partners, a vice president, and two assistants at Hunter Biden’s now-defunct firm visited the White House more than 80 times when his father was vice president in the Obama administration, Fox News Digital has found.

President Biden has repeatedly insisted he had no knowledge of Hunter’s business dealings amid dual criminal and congressional investigations into the first son and his family. 

However, Joan Mayer, who says she was the vice president of Hunter’s now-defunct investment firm Rosemont Seneca Advisors from 2008 to 2017 on Linkedin, made at least 17 visits to the White House during that time, according to visitor logs reviewed by Fox News Digital.

In October 2009, Mayer attended a vice presidential briefing and met with then-Biden aide Danielle Borrin. Less than a month later, she met with then-Biden executive assistant Nancy Orloff in the West Wing. In July 2013, she met in the West Wing with Kellen Suber, another executive assistant to Vice President Biden at the time, according to the logs.

President Biden and his son Hunter Biden attend the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 10, 2023.

President Biden and his son Hunter Biden attend the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 10, 2023. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


In December 2013 and 2014, Mayer attended holiday receptions at the vice president’s White House residence at Number One Observatory Circle, according to visitor logs. In September 2015, she attended a Jewish community reception at the vice president’s residence. She also met with Kaitlyn Demers, who was serving as an associate counsel in Biden’s office, in June 2016 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), which houses the vice president’s ceremonial office.

Another former Hunter Biden assistant, Anne Marie Person, visited the Obama White House at least five times before she left the firm in 2014 to join then-Vice President Biden’s staff, according to the visitor logs. One of those visits included an April 2014 meeting with Kathy Chung, the former Biden aide who currently serves as the Pentagon’s deputy director of protocol, and was likely interview-related ahead of starting her job there.

Throughout much of her five-year tenure working for Biden during the Obama administration, Chung regularly communicated with Hunter, transmitting information about his father’s schedule and passing messages directly from the then-vice president to Hunter and assistants in his office, Fox News Digital previously reported.

Hunter Biden during the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House on April 10, 2023.

Hunter Biden during the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House on April 10, 2023. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)


In May 2014, Person was hired as a staff assistant to the then-vice president. Her brother, Francis “Fran” Person, was a longtime Biden aide who left the White House just a few months after she joined Biden’s office. 

FOX Business previously reported on Fran Person’s ties to Hunter and how Rosemont Seneca Advisors had a financial stake in a company run by Fran and a Chinese executive with ties to officials at some of the highest levels of the Communist Party of China. Person previously claimed that “Hunter Biden, Rosemont Seneca Advisors or any affiliate or associate have never held any equity in any Harves affiliated company,” despite multiple emails from Hunter and his business partner Eric Schwerin contradicting this claim. 

Fran Person, a former adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, unsuccessfully ran for Congress in South Carolina's 5th Congressional District in 2016.

Fran Person, a former adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, unsuccessfully ran for Congress in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District in 2016. (Fran Person/YouTube screenshot)

Fran would go on to visit the White House at least seven times after he left his role there and later became a top executive at the Harves Group, a DC-based affiliate of China’s Harves Century Group, a “top tier private chinese real estate development firm,” according to a 2015 email from Fran to Hunter. Person previously told Fox News Digital the visits were “personal in nature” and that he was “visiting with old colleagues and friends” 

Both Person siblings kept in frequent contact with Hunter and Schwerin, then-president of Rosemont Seneca Advisors, during their Obama-Biden administration roles using their government emails, Fox News Digital previously reported

Person and Mayer did not respond to Fox News Digital inquiries on whether they discussed Rosemont Seneca business during their visits with White House officials.

Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti gestures after playing a round of golf with President Biden at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 17, 2021.

Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti gestures after playing a round of golf with President Biden at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 17, 2021. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

Schwerin, who “managed almost every aspect” of the financial life of the Bidens, according to Hunter’s ex-wife, was no stranger to the White House when Biden was vice president, visiting at least 27 times during the Obama administration. He met with Anne Marie Person at least three times between February and June 2016, a Fox News Digital review found. Steve Ricchetti, who currently serves as Biden’s White House counselor, also met with Schwerin at least twice in 2016. The two visits occurred in room 272 on Feb. 29 and room 276 on Aug. 17 at the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB)

In addition to Person and Ricchetti, Schwerin made three other visits with staffers from Vice President Biden’s office in 2016, including John McGrail, who was a counselor to Biden, on July 15 and Sept. 9 at the White House. He also met with Kaitlyn Demers, who was serving as an associate counsel in Biden’s office in 2016, on June 28. She served as a special assistant to President Biden and chief of staff Ron Klain until last summer.

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden, joined by Hunter Biden, at an art show for their granddaughter Maisy Biden at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on April 1, 2023.

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden, joined by Hunter Biden, at an art show for their granddaughter Maisy Biden at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, on April 1, 2023. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

President Biden and Hunter Biden 

President Biden and Hunter Biden  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

John Robinson “Rob” Walker, another one of Hunter Biden’s former business partners at Rosemont Seneca Partners, appeared on the White House visitor logs at least 16 times when Biden was vice president. Walker’s name resurfaced last month when House Oversight Committee Republicans said they obtained records showing members of the Biden family received more than $1 million in payments from accounts related to Walker and their Chinese business ventures in 2017.

Devon Archer, the co-founder of Rosemont Seneca Partners, visited then-Vice President Biden at least twice, in 2009 and 2014. The December 2009 visit was a holiday reception at Biden’s residence and the April 2014 visit was with Biden in the West Wing. He also played golf with Biden and Hunter at least once during the Obama administration in August 2014 in the Hamptons, months after they joined the board of Burisma Holdings.

Hunter’s former personal assistant, Katie Dodge, visited the Obama White House at least nine times from December 2012 to July 2015.

Dodge met with Suber, Biden’s then-executive assistant, in the Went Wing on January 15, 2013, and again three days later on Jan. 18. She attended an inaugural reception at the vice president’s residence in January 2013, and two holiday receptions at his residence in December 2013 and 2014 – the same events attended by Mayer.

President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, step off Air Force One, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y. 

President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, step off Air Force One, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Another Hunter business associate, Arlene Busch, formerly a partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, the parent company of Rosemont Seneca Advisors, visited the White House at least four times between 2009 and 2013. Two of those visits were to the vice president’s residence for holiday receptions, and one of those receptions was the same one attended by Mayer and Dodge on Dec. 15, 2013, according to the logs.

Now-defunct Rosemont Seneca Technology Partners (RSTP) co-founder and managing partner Neil Callahan and RSTP managing director John DeLoche also visited the White House in April 2014. The visits appeared to be for tours. The point person they met with for the tours, which were a week apart, was Suber.

The White House, Hunter’s attorney, Dodge and Busch did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.



Texas court tosses billionaire’s defamation suit against Beto O’Rourke

A Texas appeals court on Friday dismissed a billionaire’s defamation lawsuit against Democrat Beto O’Rouke that was brought after O’Rourke criticized a $1 million campaign contribution to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

The ruling by the Third Court of Appeals in Austin comes more than a year after O’Rourke repeatedly made critical remarks about the donation during a failed run for governor, at one point saying that it “looks like a bribe to me.”


The contribution came from Kelcy Warren, chairman of pipeline company Energy Transfer, which reported about $2.4 billion in earnings related to the catastrophic February 2021 winter storm that sent natural gas prices soaring in Texas.

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An appellate court in Texas has dismissed a Republican megadonor’s defamation lawsuit against Democratic former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Warren, a major Republican donor, accused O’Rourke of trying to humiliate him and discourage other Abbott supporters from making campaign donations.


In the court’s opinion, Chief Justice Darlene Byrne wrote that a reasonable person would view O’Rourke’s statements as “the type of rhetorical hyperbole that is commonplace in political campaigns.”

Dean Pamphilis, an attorney for Warrren, said the decision would be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court.


Abbott’s campaign said at the time that it was not involved in the lawsuit. The governor went on to easily beat O’Rourke and win a third term.

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Kansas Gov. Kelly taps DEA inspection chief to head highway patrol

  • Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has named Drug Enforcement Administration Inspection Division head Erik Smith as the state’s next highway patrol superintendent.
  • Smith’s predecessor, Herman Jones, retired amid sexual harassment allegations and federal lawsuits over policing practices.
  • Smith, an Ellsworth, Kansas native, will take office on July 7. Until then, Lt. Col. Jason DeVore will head the department.

The Kansas governor chose a high-ranking U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official Friday to head the state highway patrol, replacing a retiring superintendent who is facing federal lawsuits over the agency’s policing and allegations that he sexually harassed female employees.

Gov. Laura Kelly’s appointment of Erik Smith came on retiring Superintendent and Col. Herman Jones’ last day. Until Smith can take over as superintendent July 7, patrol Lt. Col. Jason DeVore, who also was named as a defendant in the sexual harassment lawsuit, pursued by five patrol employees.

Smith has strong ties to Kansas. He is a native of the small central Kansas town of Ellsworth, holds a criminal justice degree from Friends University in Wichita, and served nine years with the Sedgwick County sheriff’s office, also in Wichita, before joining the DEA. He has been chief of the DEA’s Inspection Division since 2021.


Smith’s appointment must be confirmed by the Kansas Senate next year. Lawmakers are out of session for the year, but a committee of Senate leaders will determine this summer whether Smith can serve as acting superintendent until a confirmation vote.

Herman Jones

Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Herman Jones (pictured) will be succeeded by high-ranking DEA official Erik Smith, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kelly had faced pressure from the Republican-controlled Legislature to dismiss Jones, but he announced in February that he would retire. In announcing Smith’s appointment, Kelly made no mention of the allegations surrounding Jones and the patrol and thanked Jones for his 45 years in law enforcement. In a statement released by the governor’s office, DeVore thanked Kelly for her “steadfast support” of the agency.

A federal judge is considering the legality of a patrol tactic known as the “Kansas two step,” in which troopers make traffic stops and then draw out their interactions with drivers, allegedly so that they get time to find incriminating information or get a drug-sniffing dog to the scene. The judge had a trial last month in a lawsuit that argues that troopers use the tactic even when they have no reasonable suspicion of a crime.


Critics contend that the patrol targets motorists coming from other states where marijuana is legal. Kansas is among the few states with no legalized form of marijuana.

Meanwhile, a trial is scheduled in September in the sexual harassment lawsuit against Jones, DeVore and the state, alleging that the female employees faced a hostile work environment.

Jones has denied allegations of improper conduct, and Kelly has stood by him, telling The Topeka Capital-Journal in December that the state conducted two independent investigations and found “no substance to the allegations.”


Jones and DeVore settled a third lawsuit last year, filed by two majors who alleged that they were pushed out of the patrol in 2020 in retaliation for helping female employees file sexual harassment complaints. The patrol restored the two men to their previous positions, and they received more than year’s worth of back pay.

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WI GOP proposes giving Gov. Evers less than 25% of new state licensing jobs he requested

Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled finance committee voted Thursday to give the state’s embattled professional licensing agency a fraction of the new positions that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers requested to improve application turnaround times.

Evers had included 80 new positions for the Department of Safety and Professional Services in his budget proposal. Republicans on the finance committee voted Thursday evening to give the agency 17.75 new positions. Thirteen of them would be temporary. The Republicans also voted to spend an additional $6.2 million for technology and equipment improvements within the agency.

The Department of Safety and Professional Services oversees licensing for hundreds of occupations, including doctors, nurses, construction and trades workers, accountants and realtors. Republicans have blamed Evers’ administration for lengthy agency delays in processing license applications and answering calls.


Dan Hereth, who took charge of the troubled department last year, testified in March that wait times for license applications had decreased to an average of 38 days, an improvement on the nearly 80-day averages reported in 2021.

Evers requested 20 new positions for the department in the 2019-2021 budget and 12 positions in the 2021-2023 budget. But the Legislature approved only one new position each time.

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Wisconsin’s Republican-run finance committee has voted to deny Democratic Gov. Tony Evers more than three-quarters of new state licensing agency positions he proposed. (Melina Mara/Pool via REUTERS)

Democrats on the finance committee railed against the latest Republican plan, saying 17 new positions won’t be nearly enough to improve the agency’s performance. Rep. Evan Goyke said Republicans can no longer criticize Evers for the agency’s struggles after refusing to give the department the people it needs.

“It’s not enough,” Goyke said. “You own any issues going forward.”

Republican Rep. Shannon Zimmerman said that the GOP doesn’t want to “overcorrect” with dozens of new positions. The combination of new leadership, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and influx of technology should lead to further improvements, he said.

“We should expect they’ll perform better with fewer people,” he said.

Republican Mark Born, a committee co-chair, was more blunt, saying he hoped the department would “get its (expletive) together.”


In other budget actions Thursday, committee Republicans:

  • Approved providing $15.3 million more annually for workers within the state Corrections Department. The move brings total overtime funding for prison workers to about $95.6 million annually. Evers’ budget called for providing about $47.6 million annually for overtime expenses. Lawmakers have been struggling to fill mounting vacancies within the prison system for years. More than 1,500 corrections officer jobs, or one in three of the total positions needed to run the state’s prisons, were vacant as of the most recent pay period in June, according to the department’s website. The committee’s co-chairs, Sen. Howard Marklein and Rep. Mark Born, said the committee would consider raises for corrections workers soon but didn’t give a date.
  • Stripped provisions from Evers’ budget that would have used state dollars to backfill soon-to-expire federal funding for the state Justice Department’s Office of School Safety. The office is currently funded in part with about $1.8 million in federal COVID-19 relief dollars. That funding stream will expire in December. The governor’s budget would have backfilled that loss with $996,000 in state tax dollars. Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, said in a statement that the committee’s move left him stunned.
  • Approved spending $123,600 in the second year of the budget to fund three forensic analyst positions within the state crime labs. The governor’s budget would have spent $154,800 in the second year to continue funding four analyst positions. The positions are currently funded through federal COVID-19 relief aid but that money will stop in 2024-2025. Forensic toxicologists typically test for drugs, alcohol and poison in tissue, blood and urine.
  • Deleted the governor’s plan to spend $547,000 over the biennium to add four more DNA analysts to the crime labs.


The committee is expected to finish revising Evers’ budget by the end of June and forward it on to the full Assembly and Senate for floor votes. Approval by both houses would send the spending plan back to Evers, who can use his partial veto powers to rewrite the document.

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