It has been revealed that a former adviser to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) is a current board member of Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company known for giving Hunter Biden a lucrative role with the firm while his father served as vice president during the Obama administration, Breitbart reports.
The American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson broke the story about Joseph Cofer Black, a former CIA official who served as an adviser on national security matters in Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and joined the board of Burisma in 2017.
It seems that there had been rumors during the impeachment process about Black’s Burisma position, and Politifact used the Wayback Machine digital web archive to show that Black and Hunter Biden were at one time listed side by side as serving on the board together.
Extensive experience led to Burisma role
In addition to advising Romney’s ill-fated 2012 campaign, Black previously had a long career with the CIA and was the director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 1999-2002.
Lifson also noted that Black was succeeded at the Counterterrorism Center by John Brennan, who later went on to be CIA director.
George W. Bush then appointed Black ambassador at large and coordinator for counterterrorism in 2002.
Black reportedly left the CIA in 2006 and worked as vice chairman of Blackwater — a private defense contractor — for several years.
It is clear that Black was possessed of far greater experience on the international stage — the sort that would conceivably recommend him for the Burisma role — than Hunter Biden, someone who had no background in Ukraine, natural gas, or in the energy sector generally.
It is unclear from the American Thinker’s reporting how much money Black has been paid for his role on the Burisma board.
According to Lifson, it was indeed an “odd coincidence” that Romney was the only Republican who expressed significant outrage over Trump’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine in which the prospect of investigating the Bidens and Burisma was raised, ultimately voting to convict on the impeachment charge of abuse of power.
Politifact, for its part, attempted to debunk any suspicions about Romney’s motives, asserting that there was no known connection between Black’s Burisma position and Romney’s position with regard to impeachment.
Also curious to many, however, is the fact that Romney recently expressed resistance to the issuance of a subpoena in a probe of Burisma and the Bidens being conducted by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, though he has since signaled support for the efforts of the committee’s chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), to dig deeper into possible corruption.