The mainstream press is going to have a hard time burying this one.
The New York Post uncovered a cache of never-before-seen emails. The emails reveal that then-Vice President Joe Biden met with a prominent executive at a Ukrainian energy firm. This is the same firm that employed his son. The emails are dated less than a year before he pressured Ukrainian prosecutors to fire a prosecutor who was pursuing a corruption investigation into the company.
Bidens’ Ukraine Dealings
Biden’s meeting with the Burisma executive came to light when reporters discovered a series of email messages between Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and Vadym Pozharskyi, a key advisor to the Burisma board. Pozharskyi sent a thank-you email to Hunter on April 17, 2015, to express his appreciation for the younger Biden’s brokering a meeting between himself and the vice president.
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“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” Pozharskyi wrote in the email.
The email came about a year after Hunter joined the company at a salary of $50,000 per year. However, Biden’s son has no experience in the oil & gas industry, and the arrangement has been the subject of significant GOP scrutiny as a result. The situation became particularly alarming when the senior Biden threatened to cut off U.S. aid to Ukraine if the government didn’t fire a prosecutor investigating Burisma for corruption. Ukraine quickly fired the prosecutor, and the investigation into Burisma disappeared overnight.
Other emails discovered by reporters seem to substantiate the claim that Burisma hired Hunter to exploit his father’s political influence. In an email from May 2014, Pozharskyi wrote to Hunter Biden. He said, “We urgently need your advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message/signal, etc .to stop what we consider to be politically motivated actions.”
Hunter quickly replied to Pozharskyi’s concerns. “Who is ultimately behind these attacks on the company? Who in the current interim government could put an end to such attacks?”
Someone discovered the emails on a water-damaged MacBook Pro. It was left at a repair shop in Delaware, the Bidens’ home state. It produced a treasure trove of shady documents and other compromising materials. Some have raised concerns over the authenticity of the emails. However, other files found on the laptop’s hard drive are difficult to dispute, including what the New York Post described as a “ raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter [Biden] … smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.
A customer brought the computer in for repairs. However, the customer never paid for the service or returned for the computer, according to the store owner. This happened despite numerous attempts to contact the client. The FBI seized the computer in December after the shopowner alerted the bureau to its existence. However, the government didn’t reveal the evidence to the American people for almost a year.
Luckily, the shop owner took the initiative to make a copy of the hard drive contents before the feds took the laptop. He later shared the contents with former mayor Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello. Then, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon told The Post about the hard drive in September. Guiliani gave Post journalists a copy of the hard drive contents on Sunday.
Biden Continues to Deny
Biden has repeatedly denied any improper contact with Burisma and claims his son’s employment at the company was legitimate. He has replied angrily to any questions about the incident and insistently professed both his own and his son’s innocence. However, the treasure trove of emails reveals there’s more to the story.
Less than eight months after Pozharsky sent the thank-you email to Hunter Biden expressing his gratitude for the brokered meeting with his father, then-Vice President made an official trip to Kieve to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. During the meeting, he threatened to withhold a $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee from Ukraine if the country’s leaders didn’t fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Shokin was pursuing a major corruption investigation into Burisma and Hunter Biden at the time.
Joe Biden later bragged about the incident to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018. “I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden infamously bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018. “Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
With less than three weeks until Election Day, the treasure trove of hidden emails creates a serious problem for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Biden has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in his son’s dealings with Ukraine, but evidence continues to mount indicating the contrary. This is the strongest evidence of impropriety yet. However, most of the mainstream media will likely continue their efforts to bury the story.