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Newly revealed unconfirmed emails show that Hunter Biden introduced his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a principal executive at Ukrainian energy company Burisma less than one year before the VP pressed government officials in Kyiv to terminate a top prosecutor who was currently investigating the firm for corruption.
The emails, which were obtained by the New York Post, expose the as-yet unrevealed meeting between the elder Biden and Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma’s board of directors.
In an April 17, 2015 email sent about a year after Hunter Biden joined Burisma’s board for a reported $50,000 a month, Pozharskyi expressed his appreciation for the meeting, the Post reported.
“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,” says the email, according to the paper.
In May 2014, an email from Pozharskyi, who is reportedly the third leading executive at Burisma, asking Hunter Biden for any “advice on how you could use your influence” to help the energy firm.
The emails clearly refute the former vice president’s previous claims that he has “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” in comments to Fox News in October 2019, as he ramped up to run for president.
The Post said the emails are part of “a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.”
In July, Hunter Biden told The New Yorker that he had spoken to his former VP father “just once” about overseas business, but that, too, does not comport with an August 2014 photo initially unearthed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson showing both Bidens playing golf in the Hamptons with Devon Archer, “who served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings with Hunter,” the network reported.
Other news reports indicate that Joe Biden was in the Hamptons around the same time.
Last fall, as the Democrat-controlled House moved to impeach President Donald Trump over an alleged quid-pro-quo request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski — a charge that does not match a transcript of a phone call released by the White House in which Trump allegedly made the request — the president suggested that the Bidens did talk about Burisma.
“And now, he made a lie when he said he never spoke to his son,” Trump said at the time. “Of course you spoke to your son!”
Joe Biden has admitted on video that he pressured then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the spring of 2016 when he was leading the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy to fire the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was currently investigating corruption allegations at Burisma.
The former VP threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid unless Poroshenko fired the prosecutor, which he did.
The threat — the quid pro quo — came at a time when Hunter Biden was serving on Burisma’s board.
In President Trump’s July 25, 2019 phone call with Zelenski, he suggested the Ukrainian leader may want to consider investigating possible corruption links between the Bidens and Burisma. Promised military aid to Ukraine was delivered.
As for the damning emails, they were contained in a water-damaged MacBook Pro computer that was left at a repair shop in Delaware in April 2019, the store’s owner said.
“Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images,” the Post reported.
The computer repair shop owner said the customer who dropped it off never paid for having it repaired. The owner told the Post he tried repeatedly to contact the owner without success.
The owner also could not positively identify Hunter Biden as the customer but did say the laptop had a sticker denoting the Beau Biden Foundation, which was established in the name of his late brother who was also a former Delaware attorney general.
Court documents obtained by the Post show that the FBI seized the laptop and its hard drive in December after the shop owner said he told the bureau he had them.
But before he turned the items over, the shop owner said he copied the hard drive and eventually gave that to former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.
In September, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon told the NY Post about the existence of the hard drive. Giuliani gave the Post a copy of the hard drive on Sunday.
Joe Biden admittedly pressured Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to fire Shokin less than eight months after Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for the introduction, the Post said.
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