Former Polish President and Burisma Board Member: Hunter Biden Was Hired Because of His Father’s Political Influence
This is what you call a pay-for-play scandal.
New memos released last week reveal Burisma Holdings, Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian natural gas company, pressured the Obama State Department to help end the corruption investigation during the 2016 election cycle just one month before then-Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor probing his son Hunter.
Joe Biden bragged about getting Viktor Shokin fired during a 2018 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations.
The media immediately covered for Biden and said his targeting of Mr. Shokin was totally unrelated to the prosecutor’s corruption investigation into Hunter and Burisma Holdings.
New memos released because of a FOIA lawsuit filed by award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon show Burisma Holdings contacted the Obama State Department several times during the 2016 election to discuss ending the probe.
In fact, Burisma Holdings actually name-dropped Hunter Biden when requesting help from the State Department.
According to CD Media last week former Ukrainian official Oleksandr Onyshchenko said Hunter Biden was receiving “off the books” payments from Burisma in the millions.
On Tuesday CD Media posted leaked records of payments to Hunter Biden from Burisma Holdings totaling millions.
Via CD Media:
The documents show 46 payments to Hunter Biden’s company from Novembe 2014 to November 2015.
There were 38 payments for $83,333 totaling more than $3.1 million.
That is just one year of payments.
Hunter Biden worked on the Burisma board for several years.
Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski told the AP on Friday that Hunter Biden, who did not speak Ukrainian and had no experience in the oil or gas industry, was only hired by Burisma, which at times paid as much as $83,000 per month, due to the influence afforded by his name.
Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former president of Poland who joined Burisma’s board around the same time as the younger Biden, told the Associated Press it was normal for corporations to seek out well-connected figures for advisory positions. The former president admitted that both he and Hunter Biden secured their posts with Burisma, which at times paid as much as $83,000 per month, due to the influence afforded by their names.
“I understand that if someone asks me to be part of some project it’s not only because I’m so good, it’s also because I am Kwasniewski and I am a former president of Poland,” Kwasniewski said. “And this is all inter-connected. No-names are a nobody. Being Biden is not bad. It’s a good name.”
The former president proceeded to claim that Hunter Biden was an integral part of the board, despite having no background in the energy sector and never once visiting Ukraine during his five-year tenure with Burisma.