We knew it all along, but the Washington Post on Thursday confirmed that the Obama administration intentionally ignored a warning of corruption in 2015 by top State Department official George Kent about former vice president and 2020 hopeful Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s board position with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company.
According the report, the Obama administration allowed Hunter to maintain his position at Burisma, even though they know his being there was corrupt as the day is long.
From The Washington Post:
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.
That’s probably what Joe Biden means when he says it was looked into and nobody thought there was anything wrong. #EyeRoll
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.
The Democrats: it’s okay when we do it.
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.
Didn’t have the bandwidth? So, Joe Biden ran the administration when it came to his own son and not the president?
The Washington Post has previously reported that there had been discussions among Biden’s advisers about whether his son’s Ukraine work would be perceived as a conflict of interest, and that one former adviser had been concerned enough to mention it to Biden, though the conversation was brief.
Then how come it took all this time for the Post to say anything? And how come the Post isn’t defending President Trump’s statements about the corruption of Joe and Hunter Biden concerning Burisma and Ukraine?
Kent made the comment on Tuesday during a closed-door impeachment hearing, which was started by a phone call between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky where nothing wrong was said.
The Democrats look the other way when there’s corruption among their own, and at the same time they make up corruption accusations against Trump.
I sincerely hope this impeachment charade costs the Democrats the House.
Apparently the Obama administration had already let Hunter work at Burisma, receiving $166,000 a month – $83,000 a month salary for being on the board, and an additional $83,000 for consulting fees. I know of no other company in the world where a member of the board of directors would also be a consultant to the same company. At the time, though, Kent did warn the administration that Burisma was corrupt and that Hunter Biden should not be allowed to work with them. This went beyond the appearance of corruption. It was pure corruption that the son of the vice president, who had zero experience in gas or the energy industry at all, was put on the board of a foreign gas company and paid a large salary. They were buying the vice president!
Any way you look at it, Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma was the Ukraine government either buying favor with the US vice president, or it was a direct pay-for-play scheme. And now we know that President Obama was warned about the corruption and he did absolutely nothing about it. This is the same man who multiples times bragged that he was so proud that his administration had not been plagued with scandals that would have embarrassed them. That’s the biggest understatement since General Custer said, “Ooh, look! I think they’re friendly Indians.”