(Tea Party PAC) – Former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski, who is currently on the board of Ukranian oil and gas giant Burisma Holdings, made a stunning admission this week about why Hunter Biden was placed on the board of the company and yes, it has everything to do with former Vice President Joe Biden.
Breitbart reports that Kwasniewski, who joined the Burisma board around the same time as Hunter Biden, told the Associated Press that it was normal for the company to seek out such high-profile individuals for advisory positions.
He admitted that both he and the younger Biden had been given their high-paying posts on the board of the company due to their names and prominence.
“I understand that if someone asks me to be part of some project it’s not only because I’m so good, it’s also because I am Kwasniewski and I am a former president of Poland,” Kwasniewski said. “And this is all inter-connected. No-names are a nobody. Being Biden is not bad. It’s a good name.”
He then went on to claim that Biden had nonetheless played an important role on the board in spite of his conspicuous lack of any experience in the energy sector and never having visited Ukraine during his five-year tenure at the company.
“He collected information,” Kwasniewski said, claiming Hunter Biden helped the company with corporate governance. “He was useful for us because he knew something that we didn’t know.”
This doesn’t make anything sound any better, dude.
Kwasniewski’s comments come as Burisma and it ties to Hunter Biden have taken center stage in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The company became central to the proceedings when Trump suggested the Ukrainian government investigate how Hunter Biden was able to secure a seat on its board of directors in the first place.
Democrats claim the president’s suggestion amounted to asking a foreign power for dirt on a political opponent, which they argue is an impeachable offense. Trump and his allies, on the other hand, have countered that Hunter Biden’s appointment, coming around the same time former Vice President Joe Biden was tapped to lead Obama-era policy towards Ukraine, and his relative inexperience in the energy industry warrant investigation.
As Peter Schweizer, senior contributor at Breitbart News, detailed in his book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, Hunter Biden’s background in investment banking, lobbying, and hedge fund management paled in comparison to that of current and past members of Burisma’s board.
Adding to concerns is the fact that at the time Hunter Biden joined Burisma, the company was seen as actively courting leaders in the West to prevent further scrutiny of its business practices. The same month Hunter Biden and Kwasniewski were tapped to join the group’s board, the government of Great Britain froze accounts belonging to Burisma’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, under suspicion of money laundering.
A Ukranian official who was closely tied to Zlochevsky admitted in October that the only reason Hunter Biden had secured the appointment on the board was to “protect” the company from mounting foreign scrutiny.
This claim aligns well with the fact that, at the time, then-Vice President Joe Biden was spearheading the Obama administration’s policy in Ukraine following the Russian invasion of Crimea.
It was in the context of Burisma and Zlochevsky’s corruption allegations that Joe Biden’s involvement in the country raise the most eyebrows.
The former vice president has particularly drawn questions over his conduct in demanding the Ukrainian government fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, in 2016.
Joe Biden, who has publicly bragged about the firing, reportedly threatened to withhold more than one billion dollars in U.S. aid if the Ukrainian government did not remove Shokin. He has claimed the demand came from then-President Barack Obama, who had allegedly lost faith in the prosecutor’s ability to tackle corruption.
Unofficially, though, it was known that Shokin was investigating both Burisma and Zlochevsky for public corruption. It is uncertain if the probe extended to Hunter Biden, although Shokin has recently admitted that prior to his ouster, he was warned to back off the matter. Regardless of what occurred, Shokin’s successor, who is now himself being investigated for public corruption, dropped the investigation into Burisma and Zlochevsky.
Now that the entire messy and suspicious situation has received new attention due to the impeachment inquiry in the House, the Ukranian government has reopened the case into Zlochevsky, which now includes accusations of public corruption and embezzlement.
Even if the Ukranian government or US law enforcement officials are unable to prove that Zlochevsky and the Bidens really did engage in wrongdoing, the public is likely irreversibly influenced by the impression that their suspicious history and comments like Kwasniewski’s.
Even Hunter Biden himself admitted that he had gotten the job due to his family name.
“I don’t know. I don’t know. Probably not, in retrospect,” the younger Biden said when asked if he would have been tapped for the lucrative job had his father not been the sitting vice president. He quickly added, though, that his family’s political prominence had always played a large role in his dealings. “But that’s—you know—I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn’t Biden.”