State Department memos show an “anecdote, buried in five-year-old diplomatic files provides a fresh illustration of the awkward, uncomfortable conflict of interest State officials perceived as they tried to fight pervasive corruption in Ukraine under Joe Biden’s leadership while the vice president’s son collected large payments as a board member for an energy firm widely viewed as corrupt” reported Just The News.
Interviews and State Department memos show only eight months after Biden’s son Hunter joined the board of Burisma Holdings, the “Ukrainian gas company may have paid a $7 million bribe to the local prosecutors investigating the firm for corruption.” State officials believed the bribe to be a “gross miscarriage of justice that undermined months of US assistance.”
Just The News writes “the concerns were eventually reported to the FBI, although it is not clear whether the allegations were ever investigated more fully, according to current and former U.S. and Ukrainian government officials.” While the memos surrounding the alleged bribe do not make mention of Hunter Biden or his position at Burisma, some memos show then State Department official George Kent and “his bosses in Kiev and Washington were acutely aware of the vice president’s son’s role in the company.” Kent was sent to the U.S. embassy in Kiev to lead anti-corruption efforts.
When Democrats attempted to impeach President Donald Trump last year, “Kent testified he believed the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine created a prohibited appearance of a conflict of interest for the U.S. government” reported Just The News. Additionally, that spring of 2015, “shortly after the bribery concerns surfaced” Kent tried to “raise the conflict issue with the vice president’s office but was rebuffed.”
Kent also made an attempt to end “a State Department relationship with Burisma through a USAID clean energy program because he continued to believe Burisma was corrupt and should not be dealing with the U.S. government.” But not only were they dealing with the U.S. government, the U.S. government’s son was on their payroll.
It’s no wonder that “just weeks before the Burisma bribery allegations surfaced, the prosecutor general had tried to arrange a personal meeting with Joe Biden.” Reportedly the meeting was never arranged due to scheduling conflicts, but U.S. officials later worried the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Mr. Yarema, “might have sought to raise the Burisma probe with the vice president because of Hunter Biden’s connections, according to interviews” explains Just The News.