Jefferson Morley | November 6, 2019
Firm Hired by Ukraine’s Burisma Tried to Use Hunter Biden as Leverage
Joe Biden’s vulnerability to President Trump’s attacks on his son’s business dealings in Ukraine are illustrated by this Wall Street Journal report. There’s still a lot we don’t know about Biden’s sinecure with the Burisama, an energy company assembled by a corrupt oligarch.
The documents—email exchanges between State Department staff members made public this week—show that the consulting firm, Washington-based Blue Star Strategies, used Hunter Biden’s name in a request for a State Department meeting and then mentioned him again during the meeting as part of an effort to improve Burisma’s image in Washington.
Mr. Biden was appointed to the Burisma board in 2014, when the company and its owner faced allegations of corruption, and he remained there until April of this year.
Hunter Biden’s actions don’t justify President Trump’s efforts to extort the Ukraine government into announcing an investigation of the Bidens. But Hunter Biden’s employers clearly wanted to cash in on his name. The Burisma-Biden relationship may not have been a legally corrupt, as Trump charges without evidence, but it did present a conflict of interest from which the Vice President did not recuse himself.