(Tea Party 247) – The notorious Ukrainian natural gas firm that placed Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President and now-presumed Democratic presidential nominee, placed enormous pressure on the Obama State Department throughout the 2016 election to help them evade a corruption probe according to newly released memos from the government.
This is HUGE.
“They keep trying through every channel they can,” an official at the State Department said of the firm, Burisma Holdings, and its American surrogates.
Just the News reports:
The memos, released to Just the News under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit assisted by the Southeastern Foundation, add new significance to a long-running Senate investigation into the Bidens’ activities and perceived conflicts of interest in Ukraine.
For instance, they show far more contact between Burisma and the U.S. embassy in Kiev than was acknowledged by witnesses during President Trump’s impeachment proceedings earlier this year. One issue in that trial was the more than $3 million Hunter Biden’s firm collected from Burisma while his father supervised Ukraine policy for President Obama.
The memos obtained by Just the News also were withheld from Senate investigators, who learned of their existence from the FOIA lawsuit.
“We have been so frustrated in our attempt to get the documentation that we need before we can sit down and interview people, and as I understand it, the documents you just obtained in your FOIA request we haven’t received unbelievably,” Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson told Just the News’ John Solomon on his podcast.
“I cannot tell you how frustrated and ticked off, I’ll use that word, ticked off about where we are here. So yeah, I subpoenaed the FBI. And, you know, expect additional subpoenas to be forthcoming,” Johnson (R-Wisc.) added.
When he was asked if a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be coming soon, Johnson replied, “Well, certainly a subpoena would bring it to his attention.”
We certainly hope Pompeo is already well aware of this! The American people need answers, especially as a man intimately–and quite crookedly–related to this scandal is currently running for president.
Just the News explains further:
The memos show Burisma’s lobbying efforts were led by a Democratic firm called Blue Star Strategies and aided by the nonprofit Atlantic Council foreign policy think tank, stretching from the State Department’s executive suite in Washington at the start of the election to the U.S. embassy in Kiev in the waning days of the Obama administration.
Burisma representatives repeatedly pressed for meetings, at times invoking Hunter Biden’s name, starting with a Blue Star conversation with then-Undersecretary of State Catherine Novelli in January 2016 before turning their attention to U.S. diplomats on the ground in Kiev, the memos show.
By summer 2016 — their mission to clear Burisma’s name still incomplete — Blue Star officials pigeonholed the new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, during her Senate confirmation hearing and then attended a private reception where she was honored, according to the memos.