Just when you think that Joe Biden and the DOJ have been as corrupt as humanly possible, you find out you were underestimating them. The bri9bery allegations that we are just learning about were actually turned over to a federal US Attorney back in 2018, but it was buried. Bud Cummins, a U.S. attorney-turned-lobbyist and in 2018 wrote to U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman that Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko was willing to share information about a bribery scheme, involving Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and John Kerry.
The supporting documents were found after House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) announced that he issued a subpoena “demanding the FBI produce an unclassified record alleging a criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a foreign national.” Comer have given them until May 10th to cough up the document he is seeking.
Lutsenko believes Biden and former Secretary of State John Kerry “exercised influence to protect Burisma Holdings in exchange for payments to Hunter Biden, (business partner) Devon Archer, and Joe Biden,” Cummins told then-U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in 2018. Alleged evidence and “John Doe” witnesses could corroborate claims that Biden, who as vice president led U.S. policy in Ukraine, got a cut from Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky through an LLC, Cummins said in the emails.
Hunter Biden and his business partner Devon Archer, a former Kerry campaign adviser sentenced in 2022 to more than a year in prison after being convicted in a fraud scheme, had served on Burisma’s board of directors. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who preceded Lutsenko in the role, had spearheaded a corruption investigation into Burisma but was forced out of office amid pressure by then-Vice President Joe Biden and others in the international community.
It has been known for years that Cummins made contact with Berman concerning Ukraine. This is evidenced by an ABC News report in 2019. The allegations were also told to New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Guiliani then informed the media of the allegations and he sought a congressional investigation into the matter. The Ukraine issue ultimately led to Trump’s first impeachment by the House, and later acquitted by the Senate.
Although Cummins reportedly said he never heard back from Berman after a brief phone call and then sending the emails, he did receive a notice from Apple that federal prosecutors obtained data from his iPhone through a grand jury subpoena in 2019 — around the time of the Ukraine-focused impeachment inquiry.
Shortly after the 2020 election, Hunter Biden announced he was facing a criminal investigation into his tax affairs. The younger Biden has said he expects to be cleared of wrongdoing. President Biden, now about two weeks into his re-election campaign, has distanced himself from Hunter’s business dealings and told MSNBC last week that his son has “done nothing wrong.”
As a charging decision reportedly nears, House Oversight Chairman Comer urged the Justice Department not to indict Hunter Biden until Republicans hold a press conference on Wednesday to present evidence showing how a “web” of LLCs is being used by foreign adversaries to improperly pay members of the Biden family in exchange for favors. “There’s a whole lot of information here for the Department of Justice to use. And, by all accounts, I don’t think they’re aware of the majority of it,” Comer said during a Fox News appearance on Sunday.
Democrats have accused their GOP counterparts of ignoring alleged misconduct by Trump while trying to dig up “dirt” on the Biden family. White House spokesperson Ian Sams released a statement chastising Republicans in Congress for what he called “unfounded, unproven, politically-motivated attacks against the President and his family without offering evidence for their claims or evidence of decisions influenced by anything other than U.S. interests.”