Timeline of Hunter Biden in Ukraine
December 11, 2019
On January 20, 2009, Joe Biden was sworn in as Vice President of the United States under President Barack Obama. This newly acquired position would open up various opportunities for his son Hunter at organizations and businesses around the world. Hunter’s most notorious foreign business involvement came in Ukraine from 2014 to 2019. His unique position as the son of the Vice President who was the point man for Ukraine under the Obama administration has raised serious concerns regarding a conflict of interest.
Below is a timeline of Hunter Biden in Ukraine:
April 2014: Hunter Biden Joins Burisma Board
Hunter Biden joins the board of directors at Burisma Holdings, which is one of the largest private oil and gas extractors in Ukraine. Despite having zero oil and gas experience and no previous knowledge of Ukraine, Hunter is awarded the lucrative position and paid $50,000 per month. His main responsibilities are to attend board meetings and energy forums across Europe a couple of times per year.
May 2014: A Conflict of Interest
During a Q&A at the White House, Press Secretary Jay Carney is asked about the Vice President’s son’s involvement with a foreign oil and gas company as a conflict of interest. Carney responds by saying, “I would refer you to the vice president’s office. I saw those reports. You know, Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens, and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or by the vice president or president. But I would refer you to the vice president’s office.”
Washington Post columnist Adam Taylor also responds to Hunter’s involvement in a publication that reads: “The appointment of the vice president’s son to a Ukrainian oil board looks nepotistic at best, nefarious at worst. No matter how qualified Biden is, it ties into the idea that U.S. foreign policy is self-interested, and that’s a narrative Vladimir Putin has pushed during Ukraine’s crisis with references to Iraq and Libya.”
December 2015: Anticorruption Message Undermined
New York Times journalist James Risen writes, “The credibility of the vice president’s anticorruption message may have been undermined by the association of his son, Hunter Biden, with one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas companies, Burisma Holdings, and with its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, who was Ukraine’s ecology minister under former President Viktor F. Yanukovych before he was forced into exile.”
January 2018: “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.”
During the Council of Foreign Relations event, former Vice President Joe Biden brags about threatening to withhold U.S. military aid from Ukraine unless prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, who was looking into corruption at Burisma Holdings, is fired. Joe Biden said, “I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a b***h. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
April 2019: Plans of Investigations Into Hunter Biden
A publication by John Solomon in The Hill details former Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin’s corruption probe into Burisma Holdings. The publication states that before Shokin was released, he was planning interrogations and other investigations into each board member, including Hunter Biden.
May 2019: New Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko
The new prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko says that they are no longer investigating Burisma and Hunter Biden. “Hunter Biden did not violate any Ukrainian laws — at least as of now, we do not see any wrongdoing. A company can pay however much it wants to its board.”
July 2019: The Appointment of Hunter Biden is Questionable
Former prosecutor general Viktor Shokin tells the Washington Post via email, “All I can say is that the appointment of Hunter Biden as a member of the Board of Directors of the energy company is rather questionable from the point of view of effectiveness. After all, this person had no work experience either in Ukraine or in the energy sector. . . . The activities of Burisma, the involvement of his son, Hunter Biden, and the [prosecutor general’s office] investigators on his tail are the only, I emphasize, the only motives for organizing my resignation.”
October 2019: Hunter Biden Steps Down
In a Fox News article written by Brie Stimson, Hunter Biden was reportedly paid even more money than originally thought, at $83,333 per month between April 2014 and November 2015.
Claims arise that Burisma Holdings brought on the Vice President’s son in order to block the investigations into alleged corruption by the company.
Hunter Biden steps down from his position on the board of directors at Burisma amid questioning and allegations based around the former Vice President’s son’s involvement.
Despite the overwhelming amounts of accusations and known perceptions of conflict of interests with Hutner Biden’s involvement in Ukraine, the Democrats in Washington along with their media counterparts are persistent in their narrative of no wrongdoing.
As the timeline unfolds, expect more information to surface regarding Joe Biden’s conflict of interest with his son working in Ukraine during his Vice Presidency.