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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.

    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
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    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."
    Vadym Pozharskyi (right), an Advisor to the Board of Directors at the Burisma Holdings with former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski (left)
    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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