Former White House stenographer Mike McCormick claims that then-Vice President Joe Biden visited Ukraine in 2014 to bolster the country’s energy industry just days after his son Hunter joined the board of natural gas company Burisma, implicating Joe Biden in a foreign influence-peddling “kickback scheme.”
McCormick, who was with current national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Air Force Two en route to Kyiv, alleges that Sullivan outlined how the US would help Ukraine build its gas industry during the trip.
This included providing “technical assistance to help Ukraine be able to boost production in their conventional gas fields” and offering “technical assistance relating to a regulatory framework, and also the technology that would be required to extract unconventional gas resources.”
Congress approved $50 million to support Ukraine’s energy sector
In December that year, Congress approved $50 million to support Ukraine’s energy sector, including the natural gas industry.
McCormick claims that the timeline of events suggests that Joe Biden used his position to help his son’s business interests. He states, “Joe Biden was over there telling them, ‘You can’t be corrupt! You can’t be corrupt!’ while he was corrupt.”
McCormick also alleges that he has relevant information that the FBI ignored, and he wants to testify before the federal grand jury in Delaware considering charges against Hunter.
Furthermore, he speculates that Hunter Biden may be linked to the classified documents found at his dad’s home in Wilmington, Delaware last year.
“That may feed into… the document storage, because if he… if Hunter was at his dad’s house where these documents were found on the day he wrote this email, that’s a pretty serious part of an investigation that puts Joe in the middle of handing off these documents to his son for illegal use,” McCormick said.
Hunter Biden joined Burisma in April 2014, but his role was not made public until the company’s May 12, 2014, press release. Emails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop include discussions in the run-up to his father’s visit to Ukraine.
Hunter was paid up to $1 million per year from 2014 through 2019 to serve on Burisma’s board, despite having no prior industry experience. Meanwhile, his father, Joe Biden, handled the Obama administration’s Ukraine portfolio.
Situation ‘reeks of corruption’ –Comer
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, who is leading a congressional inquiry into Joe Biden’s role in his relatives’ foreign business ventures, said, “Hunter Biden had no credentials to sit on the board of a Ukrainian energy company other than his last name being ‘Biden.”
“The fact that then-Vice President Joe Biden pushed natural gas production in Ukraine days after his son was appointed to the board of Burisma reeks of corruption,” he said.
Fourth-ranking House Republican Elise Stefanik added, “House Republicans are leading the charge in shining a light into the corrupt and illegal dealings of the Biden Crime Family.”
“The American people now know that Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings have compromised Joe Biden.”
“The truth is coming out, and I am committed to ensuring that the entire Biden Crime Family is held accountable for compromising our national security,” she said.