Senate Issues Biden Subpoena
(UnitedVoice.com) – On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security Committee approved a subpoena compelling testimony and documents from a Washington-based, Democratic-led consulting firm that represented Burisma Holdings. Burisma is the natural-gas company that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, served on the board for while he oversaw anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine. Republicans have long sought an investigation into Hunter’s work for Burisma.
Republicans want to know how someone with no experience in the energy industry could get a $50,000 a month position on Burisma’s board.
Earlier this year, Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) said he planned to subpoena Blue Star Strategies (BSS) to review records that could show potential conflicts of interest in Hunter’s role on the board. He said the committee wants to know if Hunter was able to improperly help out his father. In a closed-door deposition in October, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent said that Hunter’s role on Burisma’s board would complicate the State Department’s efforts to convey the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest to Ukraine.
In a 60 Minutes interview in October, Hunter acknowledged that if his last name were not Biden, he probably wouldn’t have secured this or other, lucrative deals for which he was not qualified. He either couldn’t, or wouldn’t, explain why he was on the board. After the interview, President Donald Trump said, “Hunter Biden would never have an office in the White House because he’s proven that his only qualification is being the son of Joe Biden.”
What Is the Committee Looking For?
According to the subpoena, the committee is looking for records regarding Blue Star Strategies’ work dating back to January 1, 2013. The committee wants to know how BSS potentially worked with Burisma Holdings or individuals associated with Burisma’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky. A committee spokesperson said it wants to know the extent that BSS “leveraged its connections within the Obama administration to gain access to and influence US government agencies on behalf of its corrupt client, Burisma.”
A Blue Star Strategies spokesperson said they don’t understand why the committee subpoenaed the company records and that they were fully cooperating. However, the spokesperson also said BSS delayed the committee for more than five months as they refused to allow the committee’s staff to speak with their attorney until last week.
Hunter reportedly connected Burisma with BSS to help them fight corruption charges. At the same time, his father, Joe Biden, was running US-Ukraine relations and policy for the Obama Administration. At a minimum, there clearly seems to be a conflict of interest. The committee wants to know and Blue Star Strategies may be able to help connect the dots.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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