Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop show he was instrumental in setting up a consulting deal between a Ukrainian energy company and two Democratic consultants under investigation for violating foreign lobbying laws.
Biden and colleagues at the private equity firm Rosemont Seneca helped Burisma Holdings hire Blue Star Strategies, a firm owned by former Clinton administration officials Sally Painter and Karen Tramontano. Biden’s emails show he played a bigger role than anyone had known in arranging Blue Star’s consulting work for Burisma. Neither Biden nor the Blue Star founders registered their work under the Lobbying Disclosure Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Biden’s work as a middleman could also explain why federal prosecutors began scrutinizing Blue Star’s work for Burisma. Republicans have scrutinized Biden over his work for the company, one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas producers, as well as with various Chinese companies. Federal prosecutors are also investigating Biden over his tax affairs and foreign business dealings.
Politico reported that federal prosecutors in Delaware investigating Biden’s taxes began probing whether Blue Star violated foreign agent laws by failing to disclose its work for Burisma. Both Biden and the Blue Star executives met with U.S. government officials to advocate on Burisma’s behalf, according to congressional testimony. Biden also met with Painter in November 2015 to discuss her potential work for Burisma.