Republican lawmakers are in an uproar following the discovery of a compelling 2015 email chain that sheds new light on President Biden’s controversial trip to Ukraine and his son Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma Holdings, an energy company based in the country.
The email chain reveals a significant revelation: just a month before then-Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine, during which he issued a threat to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid unless Ukrainian leaders dismissed their top prosecutor, Hunter Biden and Burisma executives were engaged in discussions about a potential contract for counter-messaging against any federal investigations targeting Burisma’s founder and then-president, Mykola Zlochevsky.
Emails retrieved from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop unveil a communication that transpired on November 2, 2015. Vadym Pozharskyi, an executive at Burisma, reached out to Hunter Biden, who held a position on the company’s board at the time. The email also included Devon Archer, another board member, and Eric Schwerin, the president of Rosemont Seneca Partners. The correspondence centered around a “revised proposal, contract, and initial invoice” from the lobbying firm Blue Star Strategies, which had caught the attention of all parties involved.
Within the email, Pozharskyi placed significant emphasis on the “ultimate purpose” of the agreement with Blue Star Strategies, emphasizing the goal of quashing “any cases/pursuits against Nikolay in Ukraine.” This reference was directed towards Mykola Zlochevsky, also known as Nikolay, the founder of Burisma. The revelations contained within these authenticated emails shed new light on the intentions and motivations surrounding Burisma’s engagement with Blue Star Strategies during that period.
“My only concern is for us to be on the same page re our final goals,” Pozharskyi wrote. “With this in mind, I would like us to formulate a list of deliverables, including, but not limited to: a concrete course of actions, incl. meetings/communications resulting in high-ranking US officials in Ukraine (US Ambassador) and in US publicly or in private communication/comment expressing their ‘positive opinion’ and support of Nikolay/Burisma to the highest level of decision makers here in Ukraine :President of Ukraine, president Chief of staff, Prosecutor General, etc.”
“The scope of work should also include organization of a visit of a number of widely recognized and influential current and/or former US policy-makers to Ukraine in November aiming to conduct meetings with and bring positive signal/message and support on Nikolay’s issue to the Ukrainian top officials above with the ultimate purpose to close down for any cases/pursuits against Nikolay in Ukraine,” Pozharskyi continued.
“I would tell Vadym that this is definitely done deliberately to the be on the safe and cautious side and that Sally and company understand the scope and deliverables,” business partner Eric Schwerin wrote to Hunter Biden and Archer the same day, forwarding Pozharskyi’s message. “And that we will be having regular (daily, weekly, monthly) opportunities be in through conference calls or memos to be continually refining and updating the scope.”
Amidst his tenure at Burisma, Hunter Biden is said to have facilitated a crucial connection between the company and Blue Star Strategies in an effort to combat corruption allegations targeting Mykola Zlochevsky, the company’s founder. Recent developments have cast a shadow over Blue Star Strategies, as it has become the subject of a federal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware for its lobbying activities in 2021. Interestingly, this very office, headed by U.S. Attorney David Weiss, is also leading the ongoing federal inquiry into Hunter Biden’s own business engagements, raising intriguing parallels and deepening the scrutiny surrounding his involvement with Burisma.
The revelation has ignited fervent discussions among Republicans, reigniting concerns about potential conflicts of interest and raising questions about the true nature of Hunter Biden’s connection to the Ukrainian energy company.
“The sequence of events that led to the firing of Viktor Shokin, and the subsequent comments by then-Vice President Biden, raise serious concerns as to what machinations were really at play — and were purposefully concealed from the American people,” expressed Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to Fox News Digital, a member of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee.
“Evidence makes it clear that Hunter Biden was only appointed to Burisma’s board of directors because of his last name and family’s network,” stated Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the committee’s chair. “The Department of Justice has been sitting on a mountain of evidence pointing to the Bidens’ corruption for years but has been engaged in a coverup. We need to root out this politicization and misconduct at the Department of Justice and deliver answers, transparency, and accountability to the American people.”
“Additional emails heighten concerns about the question of whether then-Vice President Biden was aware of his son Hunter’s engagements,” remarked Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI). “Whether in Ukraine or China, it’s difficult for Congress to rely on information from the Executive Branch with so many questions about whether our President and his family are compromised by foreign entities.”
“The House Oversight Committee will continue conducting thorough investigations into the Biden family to determine the degree to which the Biden administration may be making decisions for reasons other than to best serve the American public,” he added.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) remarked, “It seems like every day there is a new headline on another revelation of the corruption within the Biden Crime Syndicate. The emails further establish bribery and corruption between Ukraine officials and the Bidens. In short, they are evidence of potential criminal activity by Joe, the Big Man, Biden and his son, Hunter.”
“Putting personal interests ahead of American interests is not just a dishonor of the office, but treasonous,” he went on. “It is a major scandal unprecedented in the annals of our history and the House Oversight and Accountability Committee will investigate and expose as much of the ugly truth as possible.”
Rep. Russell Fry (R-SC) commented, “Yet again, it seems all roads lead to Hunter Biden’s ‘business deals’ being directly tied to his father’s position of power and influence. This adds to the long list of red flags surrounding Hunter and the Biden family that the Oversight Committee has been working to uncover for the past six months.”