A ‘missing’ witness in the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Biden family’s alleged corruption is reportedly alive but living as a fugitive in a secret location.
Gal Luft, a former Israeli Defense Force colonel, vanished last month while he was on bail in Cyrus waiting extradition to the U.S. on seven charges.
Mr Luft is accused of conspiring to sell Chinese products to the United Arab Emirates, Libya, and Kenya. He is charged in connection to the Arms Export Control Act and Foreign Agents Registration Act. Mr Luft has denied the allegations made against him.
Mr Luft is claiming that he was left with no option but to flee his bail as he believes his chances of getting a fair trial are ‘virtually zero’. He claims he is a victim of political persecution by the US in an effort to protect President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and his brother Jim.
The House Oversight Committee was preparing to interview Mr Luft as part of their investigation into the Biden family before he fled his extradition.
Gal Luft (pictured), a former Israeli Defense Force colonel, vanished last month while he was on bail in Cyrus waiting extradition to the U.S. on seven charges
President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, step off Air Force One, February 4, 2023
‘The chances of me getting a fair trial in Washington are virtually zero,’ he told The New York Post in a phone call from an undisclosed location in a foreign jail.
‘I had to do what I had to do,’ Mr Luft told the publication, explaining his decision to skip bail. ‘I don’t want to get people in trouble,’ he added.
Cypriot police realized he had skipped bail after finding Mr Luft’s car abandoned near the airport. He told the publication he was in a different country now.
The former Israeli Defense Force colonel claims he was ‘charged for a thought crime’ amid his weapons trafficking allegations
The accusations date from an email with an associate five years ago.
Mr Luft told The New York Post: ‘I was asked by a bona fide arms dealer, an Israeli friend, to inquire with a company I knew if they had an item and what would be the price of an item.
‘This is where the conspiracy ended. No follow-up, no money, no brokering activity,’ he claimed.
Mr Luft also said there was sinister intent behind his extraction order which was issued on November 1, 2002 – seven days before the midterms. He claims that this was processed shortly before Democrats were expected to lose control of the House to Republicans who were wanting to investigate the Biden family over alleged corruption and abuse of foreign influence.
Mr Luft is claiming that he was left with no option but to flee his bail as he believes his chances of getting a fair trial are ‘virtually zero’
‘When it was clear the Republicans are going to win the House or the Senate, all of a sudden comes [Republican Rep. James] Comer and [Republican Rep. Jim] Jordan and the game is changing,’ Mr Luft told The New York Post’.
‘There will be questions and subpoenas and investigations [so] they [the administration] have to discredit me. I never thought of coming forward. Through 2020 I sat quiet like a fish.’
He added: I didn’t want to get caught up in this game, but when they arrested me I had no choice but to blow it up.’
Mr Luft made his claim earlier this year after he was detained at the Cyprus airport.
‘I’ve been arrested in Cyprus on a politically motivated extradition request by the US,’ he tweeted on February 19, 2023.
‘The US, claiming I’m an arms dealer. It would be funny if it weren’t tragic. I’ve never been an arms dealer.
‘DOJ [Department Of Justice] is trying to bury me to protect Joe, Jim & Hunter Biden. Shall I name names?,’ he wrote.
The tweet was brought to the attention of House investigators…
Mr Luft previously met with FBI officials and DOJ prosecutors in 2019, The New York Post reported, at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels.
He met with the officials to provide information that Chinese a state-controlled energy company CEFC paid $100,000 a month to Hunter Biden and $65,000 a month to his uncle Jim. He claimed it was due to their FBI connections and Biden name that would help promote Chinese business ventures around the world.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington, January 30, 2010
Joe Biden and brother Jim Biden (right) choose their flavor at Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream in Charleston, West Virginia, October 24, 2008
It comes after emails revealed earlier this year that Hunter Biden had been asked to use contacts in the FBI to help his Chinese business partner who was arrested for bribery and money laundering.
It was also claimed that Hunter Biden used a top FBI official code-named ‘One Eye’ to funnel secret bureau information to his Chinese business partners.
Patrick Ho – convicted of bribery and money laundering in 2018 – was secretary general of CEFC, the Chinese oil giant Hunter partnered with, and which sent the Biden family more than $5million.
Hunter Biden described Ho as the ‘f***ing spy chief of China’ in a May 2018 recorded conversation on his abandoned laptop, and court documents show Ho was under surveillance by federal law enforcement in an espionage-related investigation.
Hunter took a $1million wire payment to represent Ho as his attorney before he was arrested in November 2017. He also agreed to speak to FBI agents to glean information on the case against his Chinese Communist Party-connected client.
On September 18, 2017, Ho retained Hunter with a $1million contract.
The agreement, obtained by DailyMail.com earlier this year in March from Hunter’s abandoned laptop, describes Ho as ‘Deputy Chairman and Secretary General of China Energy Fund Committee’ (CEFC) and says Hunter would provide ‘Counsel to matters related to US law and advice pertaining to the hiring and legal analysis of any US Law Firm or Lawyer’.
Two months later, Ho was cuffed by FBI agents who intercepted him at JFK Airport in New York on November 18, 2017 on charges of bribing African government officials for CEFC.