There is a corruption case against Hunter Biden

Joe and Hunter Biden

Ukrainian prosecutors have good reason to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.  And they reportedly have been investigating him since well before President Trump made his controversial telephone call to President Zelensky of Ukraine.

It’s not just that Hunter Biden served on the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company, even though he has no special knowledge of the Ukraine or the energy industry, at a time when his father was President Obama’s “point man” for Ukraine policy.

Ukrainian prosecutors told journalist John Solomon that Burma Holdings apparently made unexplained transfers of money to a U.S. company partly owned by Hunter Biden, in possible violation of Ukrainian law.

Hunter Biden hasn’t been charged, let alone convicted, of a crime.  But there are objective reasons, not just partisan political reasons, to look further at his record.

Back in January, 2018, Joe Biden boasted to the Council of Foreign Relations about how he pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire Special Prosecutor Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold $1 billion in needed loan guarantees.

Solomon took the trouble to get Shokin’s side of the story and wrote an article about it for The Hill, an on-line news service.

He was told that Ukrainian prosecutors re-opened the investigation following Biden’s speech.  That’s significant, because he wrote his article in April, and President Trump’s controversial phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymer Zelensky about the case was on July 21.

Solomon reported:

The prosecutor … [Biden] got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.

The general prosecutor’s official file for the Burisma probe — shared with me by senior Ukrainian officials — shows prosecutors identified Hunter Biden, business partner Devon Archer and their firm, Rosemont Seneca, as potential recipients of money.

Shokin told me in written answers to questions that, before he was fired as general prosecutor, he had made “specific plans” for the investigation that “included interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden.”

After Shokin was fired, the investigation was wound up without any charges filed against Burisma Holdings or Hunter Biden.

Yury Lutsenko, the current special prosecutor, said that, after Biden’s speech, he re-opened the case.  He told Solomon he found out things he’d be happy to share with Attorney General William Bar.  He didn’t say what these things were.   That, of course is not evidence of anything.  But there is other evidence against Hunter Biden.

Solomon reported:

… [F]ederal authorities in America, in an entirely different case, uncovered financial records showing just how much Hunter Biden’s and Archer’s company received from Burisma while Joe Biden acted as Obama’s point man on Ukraine.

Between April 2014 and October 2015, more than $3 million was paid out of Burisma accounts to an account linked to Biden’s and Archer’s Rosemont Seneca firm, according to the financial records placed in a federal court file in Manhattan in an unrelated case against Archer.

The bank records show that, on most months when Burisma money flowed, two wire transfers of $83,333.33 each were sent to the Rosemont Seneca–connected account on the same day.

The same Rosemont Seneca–linked account typically then would pay Hunter Biden one or more payments ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 each.

Prosecutors reviewed internal company documents and wanted to interview Hunter Biden and Archer about why they had received such payments, according to interviews.

Lutsenko said Ukrainian company board members legally can pay themselves for work they do if it benefits the company’s bottom line, but prosecutors never got to determine the merits of the payments to Rosemont because of the way the investigation was shut down.

It’s legitimate to wonder why Ukraine shut down the investigation when it did, and why it reopened it when it did, but that’s not relevant to the facts of the case.

None of this would justify President Trump threatening to withhold financial aid unless the investigation was re-opened or even asking that a criminal investigation be pursued as a favor.  Two wrongs don’t make a right, as my mother used to say.

[Update 9/28/2019]  John Solomon is getting a lot of flak from fellow reporters because his reporting is quoted by supporters of President Trump.  But so far as I can tell, his critics do not question the accuracy of his facts.

[Update 9/30/2019]  The more I learn about this case, the less I think I know.  I’ve added three links that present defenses of Joe Biden’s conduct.  They do not claim that there is no Burisma Holdings corruption case to investigate.

LINKS

Biden Inc.: How ‘Middle Class’ Joe’s family cashed in on the family name by Ben Schreckinger for POLITICO.

Joe Biden’s 2020 nightmare: A closed probe is revived by John Solomon for The Hill last April.

These once-secret memos cast doubt on Joe Biden’s Ukraine story by John Solomon for The Hill yesterday.

Let’s get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections by John Solomon for The Hill [Added 9/28/2019]

Leaked Memo: Colleagues Unload on John Solomon, the Journalist Who Kicked Off Trump’s Ukraine Conspiracy by Maxwell Tani and Justin Baragona for The Daily Beast. [Added 9/28/2019]

Journalist John Solomon leaves The Hill to start his own media outlet by Paul Bedard for the Washington Examiner.  [Added 9/28/2019]

That Biden-in-Ukraine Storhy Is ‘Absolute Nonsense’ by Robert Mackey for The Intercept [Added 9/30/2019]

Trump, Giuliani, Biden and Ukrainegate by Viola Gienger and Ryan Goodman for Just Security. [Added 9/30/2019]

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago by James Risen for The Intercept [9/30/2019]

Hunter Biden: The Most Comprehensive Timeline by Jim Geraghty for National Review.  Still lots of unanswered questions.  [Added 9/30/2019]

When Ukraine’s Prosecutor Came After His Son’s Sponsor, Joe Biden Sprang Into Action by Moon of Alabama.  Many suspicious facts.  Much to investigate.   [Added 10/4/2019}

Hunter Biden’s Perfectly Legal, Socially Acceptable Corruption by Sarah Chayes for The Atlantic.  [Added 10/14/2019]

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2 Responses to “There is a corruption case against Hunter Biden”

  1. Ray Davis Says:

    I think two things are true here. President Trump should not have been using that forum to address this situation. I do find that inappropriate, especially considering Joe Biden is among, hopefully not for long, the top contenders for his job. That said, anyone who looks at the whole Hunter Biden situation and says there’s no corruption there is simply blinded by partisan goggles. I think it’s politically foolish, but if Dems want to investigate this topic, have at it. However, let’s not do what we did with the Clinton email and Clinton Foundation scandals and not investigate potential corruption on all sides.

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  2. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    Cluster f****.

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