- The House Oversight Committee claims that while Joe Biden was Vice President, his office worked closely with Hunter Biden’s business contacts concerning media questions about Ukrainian firm, Burisma.
- Emails between Biden’s office and Hunter’s associate, Schwerin, were publicly disclosed, suggesting the VP was directly involved in shaping the narrative about Hunter’s association with Burisma.
- Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer argues this demonstrates a clear overlap between Biden’s official duties and his family’s business matters.
While Joe Biden was serving as Vice President, his office reportedly collaborated with Hunter Biden’s business associates to address media queries concerning the Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma, in December 2015, as indicated by the House Oversight Committee.
The Oversight Committee submitted a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) this past Wednesday, requesting all related information and documents concerning the communication between Hunter Biden’s business associates and the Vice President’s office during Joe Biden’s term.
Specifically named in the committee’s request were Eric Schwerin, Devon Archer, Vuk Jeremic, Rob Walker, and Jeffrey Cooper – all previous business associates of Hunter Biden.
On Dec. 4, 2015, Schwerin reportedly sent an email to then-VP Biden’s communication assistant, Kate Bedingfield, with recommended statements for the White House to provide journalists looking into Hunter Biden’s connection with Burisma before Joe Biden’s visit to Ukraine.
Bedingfield responded, indicating the “VP signed off on this,” based on emails the House Oversight Committee examined.
The statement from Bedingfield to Schwerin detailed, “Hunter Biden is a private citizen and a lawyer. The Vice President does not endorse any particular company and has no involvement with this company.”
Schwerin had earlier sent Bedingfield a statement on Hunter’s behalf, stating, “The Vice President has pushed aggressively for years — both publicly with groups like the US-Ukraine Business Forum and privately in meetings in with Ukrainian leaders — for Ukraine to make every effort to investigate and prosecute corruption in accordance with the rule of law. It will once again be a key focus during his trip this week.”
In July, Devon Archer testified before the House Oversight regarding Hunter Biden’s interaction with Burisma executives Mykola Zlochevsky and Vadim Pozharskyi.
During his time on Burisma’s board, Hunter Biden was reportedly earning over $80,000 monthly, according to bank statements disclosed by the Oversight Committee.
The committee’s chairman, Republican Kentucky Rep. James Comer, released a statement claiming, “Joe Biden never built an ‘absolute wall’ between his family’s business dealings and his official government work – his office doors were wide open to Hunter Biden’s associates.”
He further stated there’s evidence of collaboration in efforts to manage media reports on Burisma’s corruption while VP Biden was actively endorsing an anti-corruption narrative in Ukraine.
NARA has acknowledged receiving Comer’s request and will provide a response as mandated by the Presidential Records Act.
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