To anyone who isn't dead set on using President Trump's phone call as an excuse to remove him from office, Hunter Biden's past ties to a Ukrainian energy company may look suspicious. They start looking more suspicious when examined in light of the history of the company itself.
On Sunday night's episode of Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News Channel, LevinTV host Mark Levin and Government Accountability Institute president Peter Schweizer took a hard look at Hunter Biden's business in the Ukraine and dad Joe Biden's proximity to it.
Schweizer explained that, prior to his father's election to the second-highest office in the land, Hunter Biden worked as a lobbyist and had no prior experience in foreign investment. Afterward, however, with some financial backing from then-Senator John Kerry's stepson, Hunter started an investment firm called Rosemont Seneca Partners.
Schweizer's 2018 book "Secret Empires" outlines the details of Hunter Biden's business dealings in both the Ukraine and China and how they happened and operated in such close proximity to his vice president father.
The Ukrainian portion of Hunter Biden's story begins in 2014, Schweizer explained. Shortly after Ukraine's troubles with Russia began that year, Joe Biden was made point person on the matter for the U.S. government. Two months after the country's former prime minister was driven from power and after Russian forces started to invade, the author explained, "a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma decides it's a great idea to hire the vice president's son as a consultant, adviser, and board member" despite his lack of background in the energy industry or in Ukraine.
"Keep in mind that Burisma is a corrupt company — it's probably the most corrupt company in Ukraine," Schweizer added. "There were lots of western firms that would not even deal with them, partly because it was headed by this Ukrainian oligarch named [Mykola] Zlochevsky, who was the former energy minister ... and he basically created Burisma by stealing assets — state assets — and putting them into his own company."
In fact, by the time Hunter Biden joined Burisma's board, the author elaborated, a U.K. government fraud office "had actually frozen Zlochevsky's assets and bank accounts because of money-laundering, all sort of other serious allegations."
Schweizer summed up the concerns about Hunter Biden's involvement with Burisma:
The point is Hunter Biden joined forces with a very corrupt oligarch, got a big payday. And he got a payday that he didn't deserve, Mark, because he wasn't selling his expertise; he had none. And a key question here that nobody seems to want to ask in the media is: What was he being paid for? He wasn't being paid for his expertise; what was he being paid for? And what were the Ukrainians expecting to get in return?
And I think when you overlay the financial payments with the fact that Joe Biden, as point person on Obama administration policy to Ukraine, was steering billions of dollars of western money to Ukraine, it becomes crystal clear exactly why they were paying him money: They wanted access, and they wanted to influence Joe Biden. And Joe Biden's been around a long time, and he had to know exactly why his son was being paid this money.
The two also discussed Hunter Biden's big Chinese business deal following an official United States delegation to the Asian country in 2013, the details of which were also outlined in "Secret Empires."
Schweizer is also the author of the 2015 book "Clinton Cash," which describes Bill and Hillary Clinton's suspicious financial actions, especially those while Hillary was U.S. secretary of state.
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