The special counsel report on Joe Biden’s unauthorized removal and disclosure of classified documents exposed much more than our president’s mental deficits and the breadth of his irresponsible handling of top-secret and classified information. The report revealed a close nexus between Hunter Biden’s influence peddling and his father’s responsibilities and access to intel during the elder’s term as vice president.
On Thursday, Special Counsel Robert Hur released the results of his investigation into the president stemming from the discovery of top-secret and classified documents at Biden’s D.C.-based Penn Biden Center, his private Delaware home, and the University of Delaware. While the specific details in the recovered documents remain unknown, the nearly 400-page report provided an extensive enough summary of the materials to confirm an overlap in the timing and topics of Joe Biden’s vice presidency and Hunter Biden’s “business” enterprises.
Appendix A of the report provided a table summary of the documents recovered. Many of the top-secret and classified documents concerned Ukraine during the time frame when Hunter Biden acted as an intermediary between Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, and the vice president. Recall that Hunter’s business partner, Devon Archer, told the House Oversight Committee that in early March 2014, he met Zlochevsky while in Moscow. And soon after, he and Hunter Biden joined Burisma’s board, receiving $83,000 per month.
The following month, Hunter Biden sent Archer an email dated April 13, 2014 — one week before Joe Biden would travel to Ukraine and meet then-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Referring to “my guys upcoming travels,” Hunter then elaborated on “22 points about Ukraine’s political situation, with detailed information about the upcoming election and predicting an escalation of Russia’s ‘destabilization campaign, which could lead to a full-scale takeover of the eastern region, most critically Donetsk,’” according to the New York Post.
Among the material recovered from President Biden’s unauthorized storage locales were several top-secret and otherwise classified or confidential documents discussing Ukraine. One undated document discussed issues related to Russian aggression toward Ukraine. Another, dated Sept. 17, 2014, consisted of a “Memorandum for the Vice President from staff members, with subject ‘U.S. Energy Assistance to Ukraine.’” Also dated Sept. 17, 2014, was an “event memo” from a vice-presidential national security staffer, titled, “Lunch with Ukrainian President Poroshenko,” which was scheduled for the following day.
The overlap between Joe Biden’s Ukraine-related work and Hunter Biden’s Burisma profiteering became more pronounced in 2015. On Dec. 2, 2015, the lobbying firm Blue Star Group, which Hunter Biden had arranged to work with Burisma, wrote to Burisma that it had “participated in a conference call today with senior Obama Administration officials ahead of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Ukraine next week.” The memorandum provided a summary of the conference call, telling Burisma that “Michael Carpenter, Vice President Biden’s Special Advisor for Europe and Russia, and Dr. Colin Kahl, the Vice President’s National Security Advisor, presented the agenda for the trip and answered questions about current U.S. policy toward Ukraine.”
Two days after receiving this memorandum, Burisma executives Zlochevsky and Vadym Pozharskyi, on Dec. 4, 2015, pushed Hunter Biden to call his father. The Burisma executives, according to Archer, expressed concern over the pressure they were under from Ukrainian investigators.
During Biden’s visit to Ukraine the following week, the vice president threatened to withhold U.S. loan guarantees from the country unless the Ukrainian president fired the prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin. Shokin was later fired, and Biden bragged about his role in the termination.
Last week, the special counsel reported recovering documents classified as “secret,” dated circa Dec. 12, 2015, “setting forth the purpose and talking points for a call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk.” A transcript of the call between Biden and Yatsenyuk was attached, with a handwritten post-it note showing the then-VP had directed his executive assistant: “Get copy of the conversation from Sit Rm for my Records please.”
That transcript, labeled “CONFIDENTIAL” and “EYES ONLY DO NOT COPY,” according to the special counsel, included “pleasantries” exchanged between the two, “and the Prime Minister heaped praise upon Mr. Biden for his December 9, 2015 speech to Ukraine’s parliament.”
In that speech, Biden told Ukrainian lawmakers, “[I]t’s not enough to set up a new anti-corruption bureau and establish a special prosecutor fighting corruption. The Office of the General Prosecutor desperately needs reform.”
A Change in U.S. Policy
Biden continues to maintain that his demands to Ukraine to fire the prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, represented U.S. policy. But that policy seemed to have made a sharp turn from just months earlier. For instance, according to the House Oversight Committee, in “June 11, 2015, then-Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland wrote Prosecutor General Shokin, applauding his office’s progress in anti-corruption efforts.”
Then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt would likewise publicly state in September 2015, “[W]e want to work with Prosecutor General Shokin so the [Prosecutor General Office] is leading the fight against corruption.” That same month, “the Interagency Policy Committee asserted Prosecutor General Shokin had made sufficient progress in combating corruption to warrant a third guarantee of a $1 billion loan,” according to House Oversight Chair James Comer.
As part of its impeachment inquiry, the House Oversight Committee has been seeking records to establish how American policy shifted from supporting Shokin to demanding his firing. And now that Special Counsel Hur’s investigation into Biden has ended, Comer is demanding “unfettered access to these documents to determine if President Biden’s retention of sensitive materials were used to help the Bidens’ influence peddling.” As Comer stressed, in addition to the Ukraine-related documents, top-secret and classified documents connected to China — another key source of Hunter Biden’s millions — were recovered.
Comer had previously asked Hur whether any of the classified records “were related to the countries that his family conducted business with,” but the special counsel’s office refused to provide details on the seized material. Comer told The Federalist that “[w]hile the Justice Department has closed its investigation, the Oversight Committee’s investigation continues.”
More to Probe
“Important questions remain about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials related to specific countries involving his family’s influence peddling schemes that brought in millions for the Bidens,” Comer told The Federalist. “We will continue to provide the transparency and accountability owed to the American people.”
The key here, however, is not whether Joe Biden retained the documents to further Hunter Biden’s selling of access, but whether he shared details he had learned from his position as vice president with Hunter. Given the thousands of emails VP Biden exchanged using pseudonyms, the fact that he had no problem sharing classified information with his ghost writer, and that he has lied repeatedly about his involvement with Hunter Biden’s business affairs, it isn’t a stretch to believe he shared confidential information with his son to advance Hunter’s pay-to-play scheme.
But the special counsel’s report makes one more thing clear: Joe Biden will never face a jury — not because he is innocent, but because he lacks the mental competence.
Attorney General Merrick Garland apparently concurred in that assessment, as he approved Hur’s report. So surely then, Garland, as a member of the Cabinet, is discussing with his fellow cabinet members, the need to invoke the Twenty-Fifth Amendment… Right?
How do the recovered documents from President Biden’s storage locations highlight the connection between Joe Biden’s work on Ukraine and Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma?
The recently released special counsel report on Joe Biden’s unauthorized removal and disclosure of classified documents has brought to light a disturbing connection between Hunter Biden’s influence peddling and his father’s responsibilities as vice president. The report, conducted by Special Counsel Robert Hur, revealed a close nexus between Hunter Biden’s business ventures and his father’s access to intelligence during his time in office.
The report, which spans nearly 400 pages, summarizes the recovered documents and confirms an overlap in the timing and topics of Joe Biden’s vice presidency and Hunter Biden’s business activities. Many of the recovered documents pertain to Ukraine, particularly during the period when Hunter Biden acted as an intermediary between Burisma’s owner and the vice president. It is important to note that Hunter Biden and his business partner, Devon Archer, joined Burisma’s board and received a monthly salary of $83,000 shortly after Hunter met with Burisma’s owner in Moscow.
One document recovered from President Biden’s storage locations discussed issues related to Russian aggression toward Ukraine. Another document, dated September 17, 2014, was a memorandum regarding U.S. energy assistance to Ukraine. Additionally, an event memo titled “Lunch with Ukrainian President Poroshenko” was scheduled for the following day. These documents highlight the close connection between Joe Biden’s work on Ukraine and Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma.
The overlap between Joe Biden’s work in Ukraine and Hunter Biden’s profiteering from Burisma became even more pronounced in 2015. A lobbying firm that Hunter Biden arranged to work with Burisma informed the company that senior Obama administration officials, including Vice President Biden’s special advisor for Europe and Russia, presented the agenda for Biden’s upcoming trip to Ukraine. This demonstrates a clear link between Hunter Biden’s business endeavors and his father’s official duties.
During Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine, he threatened to withhold U.S. loan guarantees unless the Ukrainian president fired the prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin. Shokin was subsequently fired, and Biden boasted about his role in the termination. The special counsel report recovered classified documents from around the same time period, including a transcript of a call between Biden and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk. The transcript, labeled “CONFIDENTIAL” and “EYES ONLY DO NOT COPY,” praised Biden for his anti-corruption efforts.
It is worth noting that U.S. policy towards Ukraine and the firing of Viktor Shokin seemed to have taken a sharp turn. Just months prior to Biden’s visit, then-Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland applauded Shokin’s office for its progress in anti-corruption efforts. The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine also expressed support for working with Shokin to fight corruption. The House Oversight Committee has been attempting to establish how American policy shifted from supporting Shokin to demanding his firing as part of its impeachment inquiry.
In addition to the Ukraine-related documents, the special counsel report also revealed the recovery of top-secret and classified documents related to China, another significant source of Hunter Biden’s business ventures. House Oversight Chair James Comer has demanded unfettered access to these documents to determine if they were used to facilitate the Bidens’ influence peddling.
The release of the special counsel report raises serious questions about the Biden family’s dealings and the potential impact on Joe Biden’s actions as vice president. As investigations continue, it is crucial to ensure transparency and uncover any potential wrongdoing that may have occurred. The American public deserves to know the truth about their leaders and their actions while in office.
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