On the heels of the US Presidential election, the NY Post published an article that exposes presidential nominee Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine and Burisma. While extremely controversial, the article showcases photos of Joe Biden’s son with illicit drug paraphernalia and emails that Burisma exchanged with, at the time, Vice President Joe Biden. The allegations over the past few months of Joe’s son being on the company’s board seems to have been verified by this explosive expose. The evidence is undeniable, but has proven to be a nothing burger according to mainstream media outlets. However, the emails obtained by the NY Post were verified to come from a laptop that was given to authorities by a computer repair shop, after the owner found them on the hard drive. The law is clear – since the store policy explicitly states that if you leave your item without pay or return, the item (or laptop in this case) has it’s legal ownership relinquished to the repair shop.
As for the details on what the emails confirm, the TLDR is as follows:
Burisma Holdings Limited (Ukrainian: Бурісма Холдингс), the company at the center of this scandal, is actually a holding company for a group of energy exploration and production companies. It is based in Kyiv, Ukraine, but registered in Limassol, Cyprus. Burisma Holdings has operated in the Ukrainian natural gas market since 2002 and is one of the largest private natural gas producers in Ukraine. The man behind the enterprise is Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, and owns it through his company Brociti Investments Limited (Ukrainian: Бросіті Інвестментс Лімітед).
Now, as confusing as this may sound, it’s not an unusual arrangement for large corporations. But that isn’t the scandal, only the markings of something suspicious. The story the Post is claiming says that Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company. Video evidence even shows Joe Biden bragging about it at the Council Of Foreign Relations.
The information was recovered from a computer that was dropped off at a repair shop in April 2019, according to the store’s owner. The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the store owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.
The emails show show that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month. In a lengthy memo to his then-business partner, Devon Archer, who already sat on the Burisma board, Biden repeatedly mentioned “my guy” while apparently referring to then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Less than eight months after Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for the introduction to his dad, the then-vice president admittedly pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into getting rid of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee during a December 2015 trip to Kiev.
“I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden infamously bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.
“Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
Under President Barack Obama, Joe Biden was the point person for US policy toward Ukraine, and he held a press conference there with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on April 22, 2014. Hunter Biden’s email to Archer is dated a little more than a week earlier.
“The announcement of my guys [sic] upcoming travels should be characterized as part of our advice and thinking- but what he will say and do is out of our hands,” Hunter Biden wrote on April 13, 2014.
“In other words it could be a really good thing or it could end up creating too great an expectation. We need to temper expectations regarding that visit.”
The email, labeled from Robert Biden — Hunter’s first name — is among a trove of messages, documents, photos and videos purportedly recovered from a MacBook Pro laptop that a Delaware computer shop owner told The Post was brought in for repair in April 2019 and never picked up.
In the email, Hunter Biden wrote to Archer, “We need to ask for long term agreement and across the board participation. This is a huge step for us that could easily become very complicated. And if we are not protected financially regardless of the outcome we could find ourselves frozen out of a lot of current and future opportunities.
“The contract should begin now- not after the upcoming visit of my guy.”
“That should include a retainer in the range of 25k p/m w/ additional fees where appropriate for more in depth work to go to BSF for our protection. Complete separate from our respective deals re board participation.”
It’s unclear if Hunter Biden or Archer got any of the $25,000 a month mentioned.
Hunter Biden was reportedly paid as much as $50,000 a month by Burisma before his lawyer has said he “stepped off” the board in April 2019.
“BSF” appears to refer to the high-profile law firm Boies, Schiller, Flexner, which represented Al Gore during the US Supreme Court battle over the results of the presidential 2000 election, which was won by George W. Bush.
Hunter Biden was “of counsel” to the firm when he was asked to join the Burisma board in April 2014, according to a statement posted by his lawyer, George Mesires, on the website Medium in October.
The email to Archer contained 22 bullet points and bore the subject line “Tmrw.” In No. 22, Hunter Biden told Archer, “Buy a cell phone from a 7/11 or CVS tmrw and ill do the same,” and following the bullet points, Hunter Biden wrote, “This could be the break we have been waiting for if they really are smart enough to understand our long term value. If they are looking to just use us until the storm passes then we risked far too much for far too little.
“Finally, we need to have a plan on how we develop a corporate entity or LLP that allows us to draw on funds generated here to free us from existing (under-producing current commitments) and to build our own investment and expansion strategy. Maintaining the status quo is not an option,” he added.
“We can preserve our interest in the areas where minimal involvement is appropriate but should not get greedy and try to keep all the balls in the air that exist today.”
Hunter Biden then used a series of initials — RCP, RSTP and BHRT — to apparently refer to the men’s other business interests that “all make sense and can co-exist and progress without our day to day oversight.”
“But Advisors and the BD need a transition plan,” he added. The email finished with Hunter Biden saying, “We should also find a highly credible and discreet firm to perform due diligence and deep information for us on an ongoing basis. The kind of people that can get us information that’s not available through a google search and some phone calls.”
“We can use our own funds to pay for it and I’m sure your buddies down in Little Creek have some trusted independent contacts that do that sort of work,” he added. The reference to Little Creek is unclear, but there is a US Navy station located in Virginia Beach, Va., that’s called Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
Hunter Biden’s lawyer refused to comment to the New York Post on the specifics when asked, but instead attacked Rudy Giuliani.
“He has been pushing widely discredited conspiracy theories about the Biden family, openly relying on actors tied to Russian intelligence,” the lawyer, George R. Mesires, said of Giuliani.
The Joe Biden campaign did not return requests for comment to the NY Post.