“THIS STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 4, 2019) — Referencing a new report by investigative journalist John Solomon, “Hannity” host Sean Hannity on Monday night reported that the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings is shown in newly-released documents to have made contact with the U.S. State Department on more than one occasion in 2016.
At the time, then-putative Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter sat on the company’s board of directors, receiving a salary of $50,000 a month which may have emanated from U.S. taxpayer money.
“According to Solomon, Hunter Biden was, in fact, peddling his influence, and we now have access to dam*ing new documents tonight showing how Hunter’s company, Ukrainian oil-and-gas giant Burisma Holdings, they used Hunter Biden – yeah, the vice president’s son at the time… – to try and win special favor from the Obama administration,” Hannity said in his opening statement. [sic]
Solomon obtained the new documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, he reported on his website Monday.
“Hunter Biden and his Ukrainian gas firm colleagues had multiple contacts with the Obama State Department during the 2016 election cycle, including one just a month before Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire the prosecutor investigating his son’s company for corruption, newly released memos show,” Solomon’s report begins.
The former prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, claims he was pressured to tender his resignation in a sworn affidavit Solomon posted last month.
Solomon further wrote that the referenced contact between Burisma and State occurred in February 2016, approximately a month before the elder Biden, who was the Obama regime’s designated liaison, successfully pressured Ukraine to call for and receive the prosecutor’s resignation within the remaining “six hours” Biden’s would remain in the country.
President Trump’s personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, contends that Shokin was aggressively pursuing an investigation into Burisma that was about to encompass Hunter Biden concerning his connections to the firm when he was terminated by former Ukrainian president Petro Poroschenko.
Video of the elder Biden boasting of Shokin’s termination emanated from an address he gave at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in January 2018 wherein he said he told Ukrainian-government officials they would not receive $1.5 billion in U.S. aid if they did not comply with his demand.
Hunter Biden had no experience in the energy industry but sat on the Board for five years, Reuters reported on October 18. “… the younger Biden is hardly the first relative of a high-ranking politician to try to cash in on his or her famous relative’s position,” NPR reported last week.
Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, reportedly met with then-Secretary of State John Kerry on March 2, the emails Solomon obtained show.
During a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was elected in April, Trump asked Zelenskiy to look into whether or not the Burisma-Biden connection involved corruption.
In mid-September, a “whistleblower” complaint was made public alleging that Trump exerted undue influence on Zelenskiy during the call which was politically-motivated and imperiled national security. Some have said that the individual who filed the complaint is not a “whistleblower,” but rather, a “leaker” who presented only second-hand information and is pursuing a political agenda of his own.
The complaint served as the catalyst for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to announce an official “impeachment inquiry” on September 24 which was formalized, largely along party lines, last Thursday, to include heretofore unreleased deposition transcripts and witnesses called by the Republicans, who are currently the House minority party.
The resolution approved last week specifies that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff must approve all witness requests.
On Monday afternoon, the Intelligence Committee released two transcripts from former U.S. officials Marie Yovanovitch and P. Michael McKinley.
Trump has claimed that the name of the “whistleblower” should be released, a belief echoed Monday night by U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, where Trump, Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared at a rally on the eve of the commonwealth’s gubernatorial election.
Trump is hoping Kentuckians will re-elect Gov. Matt Bevin (R).
“Just three weeks before Burisma’s overture to State,” Solomon further wrote in his article, “Ukrainian authorities raided the home of the oligarch who owned the gas firm and employed Hunter Biden, a signal the long-running corruption probe was escalating in the middle of the U.S. presidential election.”
Hannity connected Hunter Biden’s arrangement with Burisma as leading to a second “deal” involving $1.5 billion in a “private equity deal” from China shortly after father and son traveled there on Air Force Two.
“This stinks to high heaven,” Hannity concluded later in his monologue. “…It’s so nice to know people in high places….It reveals a level of sick nepotism and influence-peddling…,” he said, faulting the media for failing to report it.