Nothing to see here, that’s been the consistent line. We don’t need to worry about whether Joe Biden was involved in his son’s business because he said he wasn’t and this, uniquely of all times, we should take him at his word. It doesn’t matter that he was dropping by events with his son’s business partners or calling in on the phone. This is a perfectly normal thing for the vice president of the country to do.
And we needn’t be concerned that when Biden threatened to cut off foreign aid to Ukraine unless a prosecutor that Burisma wanted gone was fired that it had anything to do with his son being retained by Burisma.
If you doubt that, here’s Biden’s people putting out formal talking points while their boss was chumming with his son’s business partners.
The House Oversight Committee on Wednesday demanded records from Joe Biden’s vice presidency citing the “suspicious” timing of his alleged communications about Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.
Biden approved press quotes about Burisma, which was paying his son Hunter Biden $1 million per year, on Dec. 4, 2015 — the same day Hunter allegedly called his dad from Dubai with Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky and Burisma board adviser Vadym Pozharskyi, committee chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) wrote to the National Archives.
“On December 4, 2015, at 10:45 a.m. — in an email with the subject of ‘Quotes’ — Eric Schwerin (a longtime Biden family business associate) wrote to Kate Bedingfield in the Office of the Vice President providing quotes the White House should use in response to media outreach regarding Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma,” Comer wrote to Archivist Colleen Shogan.
“Later that day — at 2:30 p.m. — Ms. Bedingfield responded to Mr. Schwerin saying, ‘VP signed off on this’,” Comer wrote.
And those talking points should put the whole thing to rest.
The approved quote read: “Hunter Biden is a private citizen and a lawyer. The Vice President does not endorse any particular company and has no involvement with this company. The Vice President has pushed aggressively for years — both publicly and with groups like the US-Ukraine Business Forum and privately in meetings in with [sic] Ukrainian leaders — for Ukraine to make every effort to investigate and prosecute corruption in accordance with the rule of law. It will once again be a key focus during his trip this week.”
The Vice President has no involvement with the company whose head he was chatting with and his trip to Ukraine will in no way to about furthering their interests.
The level of corrupt cynicism here is breathtaking.
“The Vice President does not endorse any particular company and has no involvement with this company.”
That’s a lie. Biden knew it was a lie.