New York Times report highlighted by President Trump reveals new details
New details have emerged that connect Democratic 2020 hopeful Joe Biden’s family with the Ukrainian corruption scandal, according to a report by the New York Times that was highlighted by President Donald Trump.
The Wednesday report by the NYT reveals details of an alleged connection between the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden, and a political corruption scandal in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian government has reopened an investigation into a company that previously paid Hunter as much as $50,000 a month.
Hunter Biden’s former employer, Burisma Holdings, was the target of a probe by Ukraine’s top prosecutor — a prosecutor that the Ukrainian government was pressured to remove by Hunter’s father, Joe Biden.
President Trump promoted the report by retweeting a post by the Times article’s co-author Kenneth P. Vogel:
“NEW: The BIDENS are entangled in a Ukrainian corruption scandal:@JoeBiden pushed Ukraine to fire a prosecutor seen as corrupt,” tweeted Vogel with a link to his report.
“BUT the prosecutor had opened a case into a company that was paying HUNTER BIDEN. The Bidens say they never discussed it.”
NEW: The BIDENS are entangled in a Ukrainian corruption scandal:@JoeBiden pushed Ukraine to fire a prosecutor seen as corrupt.
BUT the prosecutor had opened a case into a company that was paying HUNTER BIDEN.
The Bidens say they never discussed it. https://t.co/tblUPYPJMG
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) May 2, 2019
In what the New York Times describes as one of Joe Biden’s “most memorable performances,” the then-vice president traveled to Kiev in March 2016 and “threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor [Yuriy Lutsenko], who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.”
According to the Daily Wire, Biden’s pressure tactic was a success; the Ukrainian Parliament soon removed Lutsenko.
But, it turns out, Biden’s son may have benefited significantly by his father’s actions.
“Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general,” Vogel reports.
While Hunter Biden had some significant credentials, including a law degree from Yale and has served on the boards of Amtrak and a few nonprofit organizations and think tanks, he “lacked any experience in Ukraine and just months earlier had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine,” Vogel notes.
Despite his lack of relevant experience and drug problem, Burisma Holdings paid him “as much as $50,000 per month in some months for his work for the company.”
The Bidens have denied any wrongdoing and Joe Biden insists he never discussed the matter with his son, but the reopening of the investigation into Burisma has put the spotlight once again on the corruption scandal and the Bidens’ connection to it.
The new information that has come to light, the Times reports, shows “how Hunter Biden and his American business partners were part of a broad effort by Burisma to bring in well-connected Democrats during a period when the company was facing investigations backed not just by domestic Ukrainian forces but by officials in the Obama administration.”
Hunter Biden denies having any role in shielding Burisma, whose board he was a member of from spring of 2014 until last month.
“I have had no role whatsoever in relation to any investigation of Burisma, or any of its officers,” he told the Times in a statement Wednesday.
“I explicitly limited my role to focus on corporate governance best practices to facilitate Burisma’s desire to expand globally.”
As The Daily Wire reported in late March, Peter Schweizer, Government Accountability Institute president and author of the bestselling book “Clinton Cash,” calls attention to the Bidens’ problematic Ukrainian involvement in his new investigative book, “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends.”
Schweizer appeared on Fox News to summarize some of the book’s key findings.