Obama Admin Coached Anti-Trump Ukraine Ambassador On Biden Scandal

November 6, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

The latest report from journalist John Solomon reveals that the Obama State Department saw Joe and Hunter Biden’s brewing Burisma scandal as a “Biden problem” during the 2016 US election, and specificialy coached now-recalled US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch on how to answer awkward questions about it.

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Authored by John Solomon of John Solomon Reports (emphasis ours)

In recent interviews, Joe Biden has distanced himself from his son’s work at a Ukrainian gas company that was under investigation during the Obama years, with the former vice president  suggesting he didn’t even know Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings.

There is plenty of evidence that conflicts with the former vice president’s account, including Hunter Biden’s own story that he discussed the company once with his famous father.

There also was a December 2015 New York Times story that raised the question of whether Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma posed a conflict of interest for the vice president, especially when Joe Biden was leading the fight against Ukrainian corruption while Hunter Biden’s firm was under investigation by Ukrainian prosecutors.

But whatever the Biden family recollections, the Obama State Department clearly saw the Burisma Holdings investigation in the midst of the 2016 presidential election as a Joe Biden issue.

Memos newly released through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Southeastern Legal Foundation on my behalf detail how State officials in June 2016 worked to prepare the new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, to handle a question about “Burisma and Hunter Biden.”

In multiple drafts of a question-and-answer memo prepared for Yovanovitch’s Senate confirmation hearing, the department’s Ukraine experts urged the incoming ambassador to stick to a simple answer.

Do you have any comment on Hunter Biden, the Vice President’s son, serving on the board of Burisma, a major Ukrainian Gas Company?,” the draft Q&A asked.

The recommended answer for Yovanovitch: “For questions on Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma, I would refer you to Vice President Biden’s office.

The Q&A is consistent with other information flowing out of State. As I reported yesterday, when a Burisma representative contacted State in February 2016 to ask for the department’s help in quashing the corruption allegations, Hunter Biden’s role on the company’s board was prominently cited.

And a senior State Department official who testified recently in the impeachment proceedings reportedly told lawmakers he tried to warn the vice president’s office that Burisma posed a conflict for Joe Biden but was turned aside.

There are no laws that would have prevented Hunter Biden from joining Burisma, even as his father oversaw Ukraine policy for the President Obama.

And the corruption investigations launched in 2014 by British and Ukraine authorities involving Burisma and its owner Mykola Zlocvhevsky involved activities that pre-dated Hunter Biden’s arrival on the board. They were settled in late 2016 and early 2017.

Some of Biden’s media defenders have falsely suggested the investigations were dormant. They were not.

The real public interest question involves Joe Biden. Federal ethics rules require government officials to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, and ethics experts I talked with say the vice president should have recused himself from issues affecting Burisma.

That became poignantly public when Biden leveraged the threat of canceling $1 billion in U.S. aid in March 2016 to get Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who just happened to oversee the Burisma probe. A month before the firing, Shokin escalated the corruption probe against Burisma by seizing the company owner’s property and assets.

Shokin says he was making plans to interview Hunter Biden and insists he was fired because he refused to stand down on the Burisma probe. Joe Biden insists he prompted Shokin’s firing because he believed the prosecutor was ineffective.

There are more memos and documents to be released in the coming months under the FOIA lawsuit I filed with the Southeastern Legal Foundation that may shine light on what actually happened.

But one thing is already clear: long before President Trump or his attorney Rudy Giuliani tried to make political hay out of the Burisma investigation, career State officials already saw it as an issue for Joe Biden.

via zerohedge

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  1. Dick Dutkiewicz

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    November 6, 2019 @ 3:20 pm

    Fake News

  2. Randy

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    November 6, 2019 @ 3:43 pm

    Uncle Joe involved in any type of quid pro quo with Ukraine over investigations about a Ukraine company Biden’s son was an official in a conflict of interest is an affront to Obama administration and democrats in general. Now any involvement, even when shown innocent, in fodder for an impeachment of Trump, of course a Republican. Now anyone who suggests that something is wrong about democrat activities is just a racist, a traitor, and other anti democrat descriptions around. It is all Trump’s fault and just further evidence of bad people the Republicans are to Barack, Uncle Joe, and any other god fearing democrats.

  3. Kamilla M.Siekierski

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    November 6, 2019 @ 3:44 pm

    When this is truth must be publicized .

    • Charlie

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      November 7, 2019 @ 8:07 am

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  4. Mike W

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    November 6, 2019 @ 4:17 pm

    When thinking of Obama – or whoever the hell he really is – corruption. Remember you are thinking about the left wind idol – the community organizer – who is so damned smart that he had to surrender his law license to avoid prosecution for lying on his Bar Application.

  5. Patricia A. Meemken

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    November 6, 2019 @ 7:37 pm

    Of course they did see this as a “potential issue!” Now that they have been exposed, they are frantically spinning the story in any direction that looks satisfactory to them and their news outlet cohorts.

  6. Nate-ncp

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    November 6, 2019 @ 10:20 pm

    Those damn Democrats will do anything to stack the deck in their favor, you can trust them only as far as you may throw them!

  7. Jeanne Karras

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    November 7, 2019 @ 12:57 am

    Wake up America! The Democrat Party has lost their way and are destroying our Country
    with their Socialist ideas. They will say anything , do anything, promise anything to stay in power.
    They have not done anything constructive for the last three years but have been obsessed with
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  8. Gary Stolp

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    November 7, 2019 @ 2:09 am

    Heads will roll, but they’re going to be Democrat heads. Only question is: “Will Obama’s head roll with the rest?”

  9. freddie mullins

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    November 7, 2019 @ 11:27 pm

    the dam democrats they no about joe biden the want to make look like he knew nothing about his son job he knew they are all crooked we have a great man in trump i am a democrat but i voted for trump and vote again for him in 2020 dem does nothing for the people but put you out of work f them fire them

  10. Dale Hammond

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    November 8, 2019 @ 4:25 am

    Both Biden’s belong in jail. Joe is on video with a UNMISTAKEABLE PRID-QUO PRO. This country would be even greater IF the DemocRATS would work WITH our president instead of working against him and us. It is unbelievable what the DemocRATS are doing to DESTROY our country. God, be merciful!

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