While former vice president Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden have been mostly given a free pass by Democrats and the media on their questionable dealings in Ukraine, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is about to blow the lid off.
The group wants answers from the federal government regarding the Biden-Burisma scandal, and it’s going to court to get them. In a statement released on Thursday, Judicial Watch described a pair of legal actions that they are initiating, which also include a lawsuit to get information about the so-called Ukraine whistleblower.
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“The first lawsuit seeks records of communications from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv related to Burisma,” the organization announced. Burisma is the oil and natural gas firm that hired Hunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, in 2014. Upon announcing his hiring, the company said he’d be “in charge of the Holdings’ legal unit and will provide support for the Company among international organizations.”
Hunter Biden later admitted in an interview with ABC News that he would “probably not” have gotten the job had it not been for his name.
In 2016, his father Joe Biden was caught bragging at a Council on Foreign Relations gathering that he had threatened to withhold American aid unless the Ukrainian government fired state prosecutor Viktor Shokin.
“I’m leaving in six hours, If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden could be heard gloating at the event. Watch:
Ukraine’s former top prosecutor – speaking to political website The Hill – accuses #JoeBiden of pressuring #Kiev into sacking him. RT LIVE https://www.youtu…
Shokin has said in a sworn affidavit that he had been forced out because he was looking into possible corruption at Burisma.
Democrats have accused Trump of focusing on Hunter Biden’s ties to Burisma as a ploy to damage his likely 2020 election opponent Joe Biden, but concerns of a possible conflict of interest were legitimate, and Trump was not the first to point them out.
“Here are just a few of the public sources that flagged questions surrounding this very same issue,” Trump defender Pam Bondi said Monday during the Senate impeachment trial. “The United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, Hunter Biden’s former business associate, an ABC White House reporter, Good Morning America, ABC, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Ukrainian Law Enforcement, and the Obama State Department itself . . . They all thought there was cause to raise the issue about the Bidens and Burisma.”
Judicial Watch’s statement went on to say, “The second lawsuit seeks records related to a January 19, 2016 meeting at the White House that included Ukrainian prosecutors, embassy officials, and CIA employee Eric Ciaramella, who reportedly worked on Ukraine issues while on detail to both the Obama and Trump White Houses.”
Ciaramella is alleged to be the individual who filed a whistleblower report against President Donald Trump regarding his July telephone call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. While there is no legal prohibition on identifying him, most media outlets have refused to do so, and during President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts even refused to read a question that contained his name.
Judicial Watch says it filed the suits after the State Department refused to supply information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.