Hunter Biden hired for Ukraine gig just 2 months after report of discharge from Navy for cocaine use

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While the left is quick to call attention to the myth known as “white privilege,” the real privilege in America is reserved for Democrats.

Look no further than Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, the current front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Biden’s son is at the center of the controversy over a call President Donald Trump had with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, with Trump requesting the leader get to the bottom of potentially corrupt actions involving the Bidens and a Ukrainian prosecutor.

The young Biden was on the board of Burisma Holdings, which is one of the largest gas and oil companies in the Ukraine, according to Business Insider. He was being paid as much as $50,000 monthly for the role, which he held for five years, from 2014 through 2019.

It was also in 2014, just a few months after Biden obtained the lucrative gig, that the Wall Street Journal reported that he was discharged from the Navy for cocaine use:

Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, according to people familiar with the matter.

Hunter Biden, a lawyer by training who is now a managing partner at an investment company, had been commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve, a part-time position. But after failing a drug test last year, his brief military career ended.

While this was reported in October 2014, Biden was discharged in February of that year, two months before getting a position on the board putting him “in charge of the Holdings’ legal unit,” according to a news release at the time.

(Hunter told the New York Times that the release was not accurate and that he was never in charge of Burisma’s legal affairs.)

“The company’s strategy is aimed at the strongest concentration of professional staff and the introduction of best corporate practices, and we’re delighted that Mr. Biden is joining us to help us achieve these goals,” said Alan Apter, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings.

Biden joined the company about a month after the contentious Russian annexation of Crimea.

More on the controversy from Business Insider:

From the start, Hunter’s role at Burisma was criticized by ethics watchdogs as a conflict of interest for his father, who was still vice president at the time and heavily focused on pressuring Ukraine to do a better job rooting out corruption. But some ethics watchdogs at the time also said that unless there was clear evidence Hunter got the job to influence US foreign policy then there was no cause for concern.

Yoshiko M. Herrera, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin and an expert on Russia and Eurasia, spoke with The Washington Post on conflicts of interest in Hunter Biden taking the role while his father was vice president.

“I think there is a conflict of interest even if it doesn’t break any laws. It’s a big deal,” the professor said. “It’s the vice president, who is the point person of the Obama administration’s policy on Ukraine, and his son is suddenly hired to be a director on the board of Ukraine’s largest private gas producer.”

As Business Insider reported, there are concerns in the Trump administration that Biden improperly leveraged his role as vice president to push for the ousting of a the top prosecutor in Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating corruption — this being the alleged quid pro quo incident involving Joe Biden.

“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that,” Trump told Zelensky, according to the transcript from their call. “If you can look into it … it sounds horrible to me.”

At issue is whether Biden was trying to prevent his son from getting caught up in the corruption probe.

Yet, the liberal media in this country obsessed with taking down President Trump has little interest in the whole sordid affair, other than to repeatedly state that there is “no evidence” of wrongdoing.

Yes indeed, it’s nice to be a Democrat.


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