Hunter Biden Cleared for Ukraine Work by Obama Admin, Despite Concerns
The plot thickens…
Donald Trump’s looming impeachment has backfired on the Democratic party in a big way, particularly as it pertains to the 2020 campaign of Joe Biden.
House Democrats have been holding an “inquiry” into the President’s July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which a whistleblower complained of unethical and possibly illegal conduct by the Commander in Chief. The White House immediately released a memorandum of the call, with the President insisting that no wrongdoing occurred on the call.
The left has insisted that the President was using foreign aid money to pressure Zelensky into investigating the business dealings of Hunter Biden within Ukraine. Hunter is, of course, the son of Joe Biden; former Vice President under Barack Obama and current 2020 candidate for President.
Trump believes that Hunter Biden may have profited unethically from his father’s status on the world’s stage – a theory that is getting a good, hard look from voters.
New reports show that Hunter’s work abroad caught the eyes of the Obama White House, and may have even gotten a little help too.
The Obama administration dismissed warnings raised by top State Department official George Kent in 2015 that the Ukrainian company that was employing then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter at the time was corrupt, the Washington Post confirmed Thursday.
The Post’s report suggested the Obama administration allowed Hunter Biden to continue serving on Burisma Holdings’ board of directors although it knew the company was corrupt.
The details of the situation were worrisome.
Echoing a report from NBC News issued earlier this week, the Post noted:
A career State Department official overseeing Ukraine policy told congressional investigators this week that he had raised concerns in early 2015 about then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company but was turned away by a Biden staffer, according to three people familiar with the testimony.
George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, testified Tuesday that he worried that Hunter Biden’s position at the firm Burisma Holdings would complicate efforts by U.S. diplomats to convey to Ukrainian officials the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of confidentiality rules surrounding the deposition.
Kent said he had concerns that Ukrainian officials would view Hunter Biden as a conduit for currying influence with his father, said the people. But when Kent raised the issue with Biden’s office, he was told the then-vice president didn’t have the “bandwidth” to deal with the issue involving his son as his other son, Beau, was battling cancer, said the people familiar with his testimony.
Despite these concerns, Hunter Biden was given the green light to do business within Ukraine.
Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign has been spiraling downward in recent weeks as ethical questions linger in the minds of the American voter.
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