Justice Department and Congress Investigators are investigating the activities of classified documents handling in an investigation into a long-standing aide of President Joe Biden that has links to Hunter.
Kathy Chung, now an official at the Pentagon, is a crucial individual. She oversaw materials transport to Washington, D.C.’s Penn Biden Center after Biden left as vice president in 2017. Multiple reports said Chung has already been interviewed by federal investigators as part of the Justice Department’s probe. Over the weekend, Chung was contacted by members of Congress via a request for documents as part of an inquiry being conducted by Chairman James Comer (R.KY).
In early November, Biden’s attorneys found about 10 documents marked classified while clearing out Biden’s office at the center, according to his legal team, after which the FBI searched the think tank’s offices, per CBS News. Classified documents dating back to Biden’s time as vice president or even as a U.S. Senator were also discovered at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, leading Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to examine whether “any person or entity violated the law in connection with this matter.”
While Chung does not appear to have any involvement with the documents found at Biden’s residence, she reportedly did lead a small team at the end of the Obama administration who placed folders into boxes in the vice president’s White House office that made their way to a transition office, and then to another temporary location in Chinatown leased by the Penn Biden Center before they finally arrived at the think tank.
Chung was interviewed by federal agents in January 2004. The Washington Post, which relied heavily on Chung’s interview with federal agents. “person familiar with her account,”Chung, who was reportedly surprised that any classified records were found in her office at vice-presidential level, said she did not know. It is standard procedure for such documents to be returned to safes immediately following briefings by intelligence and national security officials. The newspaper spoke to an insider that Chung did not review the files after she packed them up.
Chung appears to have received her job — as an executive assistant to Biden while he was vice president — thanks to Hunter Biden. According to the Washington Post, Chung worked with Hunter Biden in the 1990s at the Commerce Department. Chung worked as a scheduling coordinator for Senator Mark Udall (D–CO) in spring 2012. She received an email from Hunter Biden describing a new opportunity. These emails were found on an old laptop thought to belong to younger Biden.
“Thanks for calling and thinking of me,”According to Fox News, Chung wrote Hunter Biden an email on May 14, 2001. “After the initial shock of taking in what you said … how could I pass up an opportunity to work for the Vice President of the United State [sic]!!!!”
Chung sent Hunter Biden another email on June 13, telling him her father had given her an assistant job. “I cannot thank you enough for thinking about me and walking me thru this,” Chung said. “What an incredible opportunity! Thanks, Hunter!!”
Hunter Biden’s tax and foreign business transactions, as well as his tax affairs are under investigation. Although Hunter Biden stated that he expected to be cleared from wrongdoings, Republicans raised concern about influence peddling in relation to Hunter Biden’s Chinese business transactions and access to classified areas.
Fox News reported that other emails from the laptop showed Hunter Biden communicating with Chung in years following Chung’s father’s hiring. The emails contain a message from Hunter Biden to Chung requesting that she attend a luncheon at the State Department honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Biden stated that President Obama was “surprised”He had government documents found in his office. On Monday, when asked by a reporter whether he took responsibility for the handling of documents that were mishandled, he answered, “No.”
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