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Hunter Biden's 'Ties With Blue Star Probed By Feds' as Explosive Burisma E-Mails Revealed

© AP Photo / Pablo Martinez MonsivaisIn this 11 October 2012 file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of his father's, Vice-President Joe Biden's, debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. In 2014, then-Vice-President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So eyebrows were raised when Biden's son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian gas company. President Donald Trump prodded Ukraine's president to help him investigate any corruption related to Joe Biden, now US President.
In this 11 October 2012 file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of his father's, Vice-President Joe Biden's, debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. In 2014, then-Vice-President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So eyebrows were raised when Biden's son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian gas company. President Donald Trump prodded Ukraine's president to help him investigate any corruption related to Joe Biden, now US President. - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.06.2021
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The lobbying company, Blue Star, was involved in the scandal as Hunter Biden was on the board of Ukrainian gas firm Burisma in 2019 and Blue Star was hired to improve the image of Burisma's owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, who has been accused of corruption in Ukraine and has also been investigated by UK authorities.

Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, might have been deeply involved with Blue Star Strategies - a government relations consultancy firm from DC that is reportedly under investigation by the Justice Department, - according to email messages from his laptop.

Blue Star co-founder and chief executive, Karen Tramontano told Congress that although her company was hired by Ukrainian gas firm Burisma, she had not been trying to influence US policy on its behalf. She also claimed Hunter did not direct any of her firm's work for Burisma and that at first, she did not even know he was on its board. According to Tramontano, she had met Hunter Biden or spoken with him on two occasions before 2015.

© AP Photo / Charles DharapakVice President-elect, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, stands with his son Hunter during a re-enactment of the Senate oath ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington
Hunter Biden's 'Ties With Blue Star Probed By Feds' as Explosive Burisma E-Mails Revealed - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.06.2021
Vice President-elect, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, stands with his son Hunter during a re-enactment of the Senate oath ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington

However, emails, revealed by the Daily Mail, show that the two of them have been in touch on a number of occasions. They also suggest that on 3 November 2015, days before Blue Star's hiring, Hunter Biden mentioned the DC company and its chief executive in a message exchange with Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi.

"Let me have one final call with them and verify once more that they understand the scope so we can all feel the retainer is in line with the work required. I trust [Blue Star co-founder] Sally [Painter] and Karen implicitly so I believe we are all aligned but I want to have one last conversation with them to confirm before we proceed."
CC BY-SA 4.0 / Spekter1 / Vadym Pozharskyi (right), an Advisor to the Board of Directors at the Burisma Holdings with former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski (left)
Hunter Biden's 'Ties With Blue Star Probed By Feds' as Explosive Burisma E-Mails Revealed - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.06.2021
Vadym Pozharskyi (right), an Advisor to the Board of Directors at the Burisma Holdings with former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski (left)

Two days later, Hunter confirmed to Pozharskyi that "[Fellow Burisma board member] Devon [Archer] and I do feel comfortable with BS [Blue Star] and the ability of Sally & Karen to deliver … Looking forward to getting started on this".

According to a Politico report this month, the Department of Justice is now investigating Blue Star for allegedly failing to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and the new disclosures from Hunter's abandoned laptop make Tramontano's sworn testimony more than questionable.

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