Biden Adviser Linked To Burisma During Corruption Investigation, Emails Reveal

 June 20, 2024

Newly uncovered emails show a deeper connection between Hunter Biden and a senior Burisma executive, raising fresh concerns amid the ongoing Biden impeachment inquiry.

Documents reveal Hunter Biden's efforts in 2014 to facilitate discussions between a Burisma executive and a key State Department official.

In 2016, the FBI discovered emails indicating that Hunter Biden was actively coordinating with Vadym Pozharskyi, a senior executive at Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company. This coordination aimed to connect Pozharskyi with Amos Hochstein, who was serving in the State Department at that time.

The law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, where Hunter Biden was employed, played a crucial role in facilitating these interactions. This new evidence was only recently turned over to the House Oversight Committee and was not part of the data recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2019.

During a Senate testimony in 2020, Hochstein stated that he could not recall any contact with representatives from Burisma as far back as 2014. However, these documents now call his memory into question.

Newly Discovered Emails Between Hunter Biden And State Department Official

The significance of these emails is underscored by their timing, which coincides with the UK's Serious Fraud Office freezing the assets of Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, in July 2014. This action was part of a broader corruption probe, with which the FBI was also involved.

At the same time, the State Department deemed Burisma as a company with a corrupt reputation, advocating for robust accountability measures. This context makes the revealed communications particularly sensitive.

Hunter Biden’s continued interactions with State Department officials over the next few years involved discussions about Burisma's legal challenges and potential meetings, further deepening the scrutiny of these relationships.

Engagement Of Lobbyist And Further Senate Testimonies Highlight Concerns

During this period, lobbyist David Leiter was also actively lobbying for Burisma, possibly reinforcing the company’s efforts to navigate its legal troubles in the U.S. Hochstein, in later testimony, disclosed conversations he had in 2015 with both Hunter and then Vice President Joe Biden about Hunter’s role at Burisma.

These conversations were part of efforts to make the Vice President aware of the potential reputational risks his son’s involvement with Burisma might pose. Hochstein’s remarks underscore the perceived implications of Hunter Biden's board position.

However, in 2015, the UK authorities released Zlochevsky’s assets after a lack of sufficient cooperation from Ukrainian prosecutors, highlighting challenges in the international fight against corruption.

Emails Reveal Urgency And Potential Influence At High Levels

The emails in question include one where Hunter Biden urgently requested the contact information for Amos Hochstein, reflecting the immediate need for high-level contacts. "Pls send D Amos' contact info," Hunter wrote, highlighting the direct approach to secure influential connections.

Senator Ron Johnson commented on the revelations, suggesting, "Well, it proves that what Hunter Biden was selling for all those millions of dollars was influence and access." This stark accusation points to the potential for misuse of position and access.

Additional emails outline a strategy to facilitate meetings and handle emerging concerns swiftly, as Heather King, presumably advising on the matter, emphasized the need for rapid engagement with the State Department.

Complexity Of The Case As Viewed By Key Figures

Hochstein later tried to clarify his interactions, indicating a possible disconnect in his recollection of events. His testimony reflects the complexity and potential gaps in the narrative around the State Department's dealings with Burisma.

"It sure seems that way, but I can't recall it. David Leiter was mentioned in this article. I may have mentioned the article to her, but I really have no idea," Hochstein noted, complicating the understanding of his role in the process.

In his conversation with Hunter Biden, Hochstein affirmed, "In my conversation with Hunter Biden, I did not recommend that he leave the board," signaling his nuanced position during the discussions.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the recently surfaced emails provide significant insights into the interactions between Hunter Biden and key figures both within Burisma and the U.S. State Department. These interactions, notably the efforts to connect Pozharskyi with Hochstein, coincide with critical moments in investigations related to corruption charges against Burisma's owner. The involvement of lobbyists and the

State Department’s stance on Burisma's legal troubles underscores the intricate web of influence and accountability that these revelations bring to light.

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