Former Ukraine PM Mykola Azarov: Hunter Biden Must Be Investigated
Former Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has called for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, in his role as a board member at a Ukranian gas company during his father’s term as Vice President, in which Hunter was paid handsomely.
“It’s a fact (his directorship and fees) and not made up. It should be investigated so that the ‘i’s can be dotted and the ‘t’s crossed,” Azarov told Reuters, referencing Biden’s role at Burisma Holdings Limited.
Zero Hedge reported:
Two months after he was kicked out of the navy for cocaine use (and before he had sex with his dead brother’s wife, and returned a rental car with a crack pipe to an Arizona Hertz), Hunter – who had no experience in the energy sector, was appointed to the board of Burisma for $600,000 per year, where he sat alongside career CIA spook Joseph Cofer Black – Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) 2012 pick for national security adviser in his failed presidential run against Barack Obama.
On Friday, Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau said that it was investigating Burisma’s activities between 2010 and 2013, though it was not looking into the period which includes 2014 when Hunter Biden joined its board, leaving in 2018 according to corporate filings.
Azarov served as prime minister from 2010 – 2014, and is himself under investigation by Ukrainian authorities for allegations that he abused his office. A 2015 Interpol red notice issued at the request of Ukrainian authorities during the (Biden / Obama – friendly) Poroshenko administration accuses Azarov of embezzlement and misappropriation. He has denied all wrongdoing, while Reuters said they could not determine whether there was an active investigation going on.
Azarov, who was prime minister from 2010-2014, is himself wanted by Ukrainian authorities for alleged abuse of power. An Interpol red notice issued in 2015 at the request of Ukrainian authorities said he was wanted on accusations of charges including embezzlement and misappropriation.
Azarov denies any wrongdoing and Reuters cannot determine whether there is any active investigation on him.
Azarov said he was not aware of any evidence suggesting wrongdoing on Hunter Biden’s part, but said it was in the Ukrainian public interest to ascertain the legality of his activities.
In particular, he said it was important to investigate what Biden had done for Burisma to justify his fee.
The younger Biden has said he consulted for Burisma, but critics have suggested he was not doing actual work in return for his compensation, an allegation he denies.
“I think it’s essential (he is investigated),” Azarov told Reuters in Moscow, where Azarov fled after street protests toppled Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovich in 2014.
“If, using his knowledge, he played an active role then there’s nothing scandalous about it,” Azarov said. “But if he was simply on the books and getting money, then that could be seen as a violation of the law.”
Would anyone else suspect it a strange thing that if President Trump’s son was a coke addict and raking in $600,000 from a questionable foreign source that it would be something the news media and even law enforcement might pick up on? Only if neither were as corrupt as the current US media and government.