Kenneth Vogel issued a number of Freedom of Information Act requests last year with the State Dept.. Part of the information he was looking for was copies of all letters that “mentioned” Hunter Biden, one of the officials at the United States embassy in Romania, between Aug. of 2015 and Dec. of 2019, according to Business Insider.
When he learned the agency would not begin processing these records until April 2023, Kenneth Vogel filed a FOIA lawsuit in Jan.. A case hearing was scheduled for March 17.
However, the New York Times’ lawyer David McCraw filed a legal motion last week which said the State Dept. had agreed to start producing the records next month.
Business Insider reported that McGraw wrote a letter to the judge that will be presiding in the case, U.S. District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken, He wrote: “The State Dept. has started to identify records in response to The Times’s FOIA requests. They have agreed to start processing the records for production as it is continuing to identify the responsive records that are left.”
Plus, Vogel asked for all records that mention Tony Bobulinski, who made the headlines in Oct. 2020 when emails that was on Hunter Biden’s lap top were revealed. It turned out that Hunter Biden had introduced Tony Bobulinski to Joe Biden in a meeting in May 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. He was to work as CEO of SinoHawk Holdings LLC, a joined venture between the Chinese energy company, CEFC and the Joe Biden family. Tony Bobulinski famously confirmed that “The Big Guy” that was said in one of the emails on the laptop, was referring to Joe Biden and saying he was to receive ten percent of the possible profits.
Kenneth Vogel has also wanted all letters referring to former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who is said to have donated $100,000 to a trust for Hunter Biden’s kids in April 2016 prior to a meeting with then-Vice Pres. Joe Biden to talk about “some very profitable and good matters.”
The New York Post released a screenshot of a email from July 2016 in which Louis Freeh wrote to Hunter, “I would be happy to work in the future with you.” Apparently, he was very happy.
Even though it is not clear where Kenneth Vogel is going with all of this, he’s obviously anxious to get these records from the State Department. And the State Dept. seems equally anxious about giving them over.