Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
And no, that’s not a point in his favor because he was still raking in gobs of cash from the company.
News has come out that Hunter Biden, while being paid $83,000 a month by a corrupt Ukrainian gas company named Burisma, never even actually visited the company on business. He was on their board for five long years, yet never made one appearance at the place that was shoveling him an enormous about of money for doing essentially nothing.
Nothing suspicious about that at all, right?
Hunter Biden never worked in Ukraine in 5 yrs on Burisma’s board
Hunter had no qualifications for this role & did no real work for Burisma. He was window dressing, an attempt an influence peddling with no real indication that it was unsuccessful either https://t.co/uAfR2PzWxE
— Dawn Orlando (@Aramaithea) October 18, 2019
Biden got $50,000 a month in salary and never had to come to the home office? That’s quite a gig, especially for a corporate board director. Normally, those positions involve responsibility for overseeing the operations of the organization and ensuring regulatory compliance, which is tough to do when one never sets foot in the country where the corporation operates.
Even more unsurprisingly, one of the people Reuters interviewed (who is the source for Ed Morrisey’s above article at HotAir) admitted that Hunter Biden was hired to try to protect the company from ongoing investigations.
Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a businessman and former member of the Ukrainian parliament who knows the Burisma founder, said it had been Zlochevsky’s idea to appoint Biden as a director. “It was to protect (the company)” at a time when it was facing investigations, said Onyshchenko, who left the country in 2016. In the run up to Biden’s appointment, a popular uprising led to the removal of the Russian-backed Yanukovich in February 2014.
Zlochevsky was tightly connected with the former regime in Ukraine and was seen as corrupted by Russian influence. It was that person, after the ouster of his former government, who thought “hey, let’s hire the U.S. Vice President’s son, pay him a ridiculous sum, and never even have him visit the company or sit in a board meeting.” There’s so much smoke there that I’m choking as I write this.
The reason Hunter Biden was hired is incredibly obvious and it didn’t even take the above admission to see it. Burisma wanted a sort of human shield, betting that Joe Biden would do whatever it takes to protect his son. In the end, the former VP did just that, ensuring the prosecutor that was looking into Hunter Biden was fired and he used the threat of withholding one billion dollars in aid to do so.
If any part of this story had the name Trump in it, it’d not only be bandied about as the worst scandal in 50 years, it’d be headlining the “impeachment inquiry” currently going on.
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