In 2014, the then vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, was at the forefront of US diplomatic efforts to support the fragile democratic government of Ukraine in its attempt to defend itself against Russian aggression and eradicate corruption. Therefore, he raised his eyebrows when Hunter, Biden's son, was hired by a Ukrainian gas company.
The Obama White House said at the time that there was no conflict because young Biden was a private citizen. And there has also been no evidence of irregularities by Biden.
However, the issue is once again the center of attention after the revelations that President Donald Trump urged the President of Ukraine to help him investigate any corruption related to Joe Biden, now one of the leading Democrats seeking to defeat Trump in 2020. Trump's private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, also publicly urged Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens.
Hunter Biden was named a member of the remunerated board of Burisma Holdings in April 2014. The founder of the company was a political ally of Viktor Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine, friend of Russia, who was expelled in February 2014 for mass protests.
The overthrow of Yanukovych caused the Obama administration to move quickly to deepen ties with the new Ukrainian government. Joe Biden played a leading role, traveled to Ukraine and spoke frequently with his new president friend of the West.
The young Biden's business role raised concern among anti-corruption advocates that Burisma sought to gain influence with the Obama administration. At that time, the company led a natural gas extraction operation in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia after Yanukovych was expelled from power.
Hunter Biden has denied using his influence with his father to help Burisma. He remained on the council until early 2019, often appearing at conferences related to energy abroad that represent Burisma's interests.
On Saturday, the former vice president said he never talks to his son about his business abroad.
The matter, however, has been questioned by Trump and his allies. In particular, they have signaled Biden's measure in March 2016 to pressure the Ukrainian government to fire its chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who previously conducted an investigation into the owner of Burisma.
Biden represented the official position of the US government. UU., A position that was also supported by other Western governments and many in Ukraine, who accused Shokin of being soft on corruption.
Corruption has continued to be found in Ukraine. In May, the country's new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, took office without political experience but with bold promises to end corrupt practices.
Around this time, Giuliani began communicating with Zelenskiy and his assistants to press for a government investigation into the role of Burisma and Hunter Biden in the company.
in a Fox news In an interview on May 19, Trump said the former Ukrainian prosecutor "persecuted" Joe Biden's son and that is why the former vice president demanded that he be fired. There is no evidence of this.
The current prosecutor of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, was cited by Bloomberg News in May saying he had no evidence of irregularities on the part of Biden or his son. Bloomberg He also reported that the investigation into Burisma was inactive at the time Biden pressed for the expulsion of Shokhin.