John Kerry Lied, Knew of Biden-Burisma Link
Former Secretary of State John Kerry lied when he said he knew nothing about Hunter Biden’s obscenely lucrative job with Burisma Holdings, the energy company at the center of the Biden-Burisma influence-peddling scandal.
The latest on the scandal, which blew up this week again with e-mails published in the New York Post, is found in the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s report about Biden-Burisma: Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns.
The report includes testimony from Kerry’s chief of staff, who admitted briefing the former secretary of state. Another top advisor sent Kerry newspaper clips about Biden-Burisma.
Good thing is, we don’t need to ask what Kerry knew and when he knew it. The report answers both questions.
On April 16, 2014, Vice President Biden met with his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, at the White House. Five days later, Vice President Biden visited Ukraine, and he soon after was described in the press as the “public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.”
The day after his visit, on April 22, Archer joined the board of Burisma. Six days later, on April 28, British officials seized $23 million from the London bank accounts of Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky. Fourteen days later, on May 12, Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma, and over the course of the next several years, Hunter Biden and Devon Archer were paid millions of dollars from a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch for their participation on the board.
As TNA reported last year, George Kent, a State Department official, was understandably concerned about Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma given that his father was the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine.
As Kent told the committee, “I had learned that Hunter Biden had been appointed to a board of this company, that I had just raised U.S. concerns about the owner of the company, who we believed had been engaged in money-laundering.”
The problem was this, he continued:
I said I believe that this creates the perception of a potential conflict of interest, given Vice President Biden’s role and his very strong advocacy for anticorruption action, and that I thought that someone needed to talk to Hunter Biden, and he should [step] down from the board of Burisma.
Kent was right to be concerned, and he repeatedly stated his concerns to his superiors.
But Hunter Biden wasn’t the only problem.
In 2016, Vice President Biden forced the Ukrainian government to fire their top prosecutor, who, in probing Zlochevsky and Burisma, planned to question Hunter Biden.
Biden publicly bragged that he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees from Ukraine if it did not pink-slip Viktor Shokin.