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Thomas Gallatin / Sep. 24, 2020

Senate GOP Exposes More of Hunter Biden's Shady Dealings

The smoke of corruption surrounding the Bidens has only grown thicker.

When aiming to be seen publicly fighting corruption, it’s always a bad look to be suspected of engaging in corruption, but such is the case with the Bidens. Recall that the reason Hunter Biden is now a well-known name is due to the Democrats’ nakedly political attempt to remove President Donald Trump from office via a dubious whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call to Ukraine. Trump asked the president of Ukraine to look into the clearly suspect dealings the Bidens had in Ukraine. This entirely legitimate request set the Democrats off, as they clearly could not abide Trump working to expose dirt on their favored presidential hopeful. Thus, they commenced the absurd impeachment debacle.

The serious questions that intentionally were never answered by the whole impeachment charade remain. Yesterday, however, thanks to an 87-page report released by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Senate Committee on Finance on their investigation into Hunter Biden’s shady foreign dealings, those questions have once again come front and center.

One significant factor must not be missed: The Senate initiated the investigation into Hunter one month before Congress was notified of the dubious whistleblower complaint regarding Trump’s Ukraine phone call. The investigation began after “Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) publicly raised conflict-of-interest concerns about the sale of a U.S. company to a Chinese firm with ties to Hunter Biden,” Ryan Saavedra reported.

But it wasn’t only Republican senators who raised concerns over Biden’s questionable activity. Even State Department officials at the time expressed alarm. Back in 2015, George Kent, the acting deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, emailed colleagues raising concern over “the presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board,” noting that it “was very awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.”

The report includes a summary of the following key findings:

  • In October 2015, senior State Department official Amos Hochstein raised concerns with Vice President Biden, as well as with Hunter Biden, that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board enabled Russian disinformation efforts and risked undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine.

  • Although Kent believed that Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board was awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anti-corruption agenda in Ukraine, the Committees are only aware of two individuals — Kent and former U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein — who raised concerns to Vice President Joe Biden (Hochstein) or his staff (Kent).

  • The awkwardness for Obama administration officials continued well past his presidency. Former Secretary of State John Kerry had knowledge of Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board, but when asked about it at a town hall event in Nashua, N.H. on Dec. 8, 2019, Kerry falsely said, “I had no knowledge about any of that. None. No.” Evidence to the contrary is detailed in Section V.

  • Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland testified that confronting oligarchs would send an anticorruption message in Ukraine. Kent told the Committees that Zlochevsky was an “odious oligarch.” However, in December 2015, instead of following U.S. objectives of confronting oligarchs, Vice President Biden’s staff advised him to avoid commenting on Zlochevsky and recommended he say, “I’m not going to get into naming names or accusing individuals.”

  • Hunter Biden was serving on Burisma’s board (supposedly consulting on corporate governance and transparency) when Zlochevsky allegedly paid a $7 million bribe to officials serving under Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Vitaly Yarema, to “shut the case against Zlochevsky.” Kent testified that this bribe occurred in December 2014 (seven months after Hunter joined Burisma’s board), and, after learning about it, he and the Resident Legal Advisor reported this allegation to the FBI.

  • Hunter Biden was a U.S. Secret Service protectee from Jan. 29, 2009 to July 8, 2014. A day before his last trip as a protectee, Time published an article describing Burisma’s ramped up lobbying efforts to U.S. officials and Hunter’s involvement in Burisma’s board. Before ending his protective detail, Hunter Biden received Secret Service protection on trips to multiple foreign locations, including Moscow, Beijing, Doha, Paris, Seoul, Manila, Tokyo, Mexico City, Milan, Florence, Shanghai, Geneva, London, Dublin, Munich, Berlin, Bogota, Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, Hong Kong, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Brussels, Madrid, Mumbai and Lake Como.

  • Andrii Telizhenko, the Democrats’ personification of Russian disinformation, met with Obama administration officials, including Elisabeth Zentos, a member of Obama’s National Security Council, at least 10 times. A Democrat lobbying firm, Blue Star Strategies, contracted with Telizhenko from 2016 to 2017 and continued to request his assistance as recent as the summer of 2019. A recent news article detailed other extensive contacts between Telizhenko and Obama administration officials.

  • In addition to the over $4 million paid by Burisma for Hunter Biden’s and Archer’s board memberships, Hunter Biden, his family, and Archer received millions of dollars from foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds.

  • Archer received $142,300 from Kenges Rakishev of Kazakhstan, purportedly for a car, the same day Vice President Joe Biden appeared with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arsemy Yasenyuk and addressed Ukrainian legislators in Kyiv regarding Russia’s actions in Crimea.

  • Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.

  • Hunter Biden opened a bank account with Gongwen Dong to fund a $100,000 global spending spree with James Biden and Sara Biden.

  • Hunter Biden had business associations with Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army. Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in cash flow.

  • Hunter Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries and who appear to be linked to an “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”

After reviewing this report, it becomes apparent that Hunter Biden made a lot of money off of shady relationships with wealthy foreign individuals — individuals with direct connections to foreign governments such as China, Ukraine, Romania, and even Russia. Furthermore, it becomes increasingly evident that the only reason Hunter Biden’s “consulting” company was able to establish these lucrative contracts (as he has no clear expertise for that which he was “hired” to “consult”) was because his father was vice president. In short, these foreigners/governments were buying influence.

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