Joe Biden is now claiming staffers never warned that his youngest son’s role with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas conglomerate, posed a conflict of interest — contradicting one of his top advisers.
The former Vice President told NPR in an interview, “Nobody warned me about a potential conflict of interest. Nobody warned me about that,” Joe Biden said.
He then suggested that staffers were unwilling to broach the subject because, at the time, his oldest son Beau was losing his battle with brain cancer. “Well, my son was dying, so I guess that’s why… But … they should have told me.”
Joe Biden’s claim of ignorance does not exactly line up, however, as past statements made by a former top adviser contradict what the candidate is now claiming.
Amos Hochstein, who served as the Obama administration’s special envoy energy affairs, told The New Yorker in July that he had broached the subject of Hunter Biden and Burisma with the former vice president in December 2015.
As “Joe Biden prepared to return to Ukraine, his aides braced for renewed scrutiny of Hunter’s relationship with Burisma,” the magazine noted. “Amos Hochstein, the Obama Administration’s special envoy for energy policy, raised the matter with Biden, but did not go so far as to recommend that Hunter leave the board.”
According to Hochstein, the former vice president was briefed about the conflict of interest posed by Burisma more than six months after Beau Biden died in May 2015.
In the same New Yorker piece that Hochstein made his claim, Hunter Biden admitted his father felt compelled to discuss Burisma with him at least once.
“Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you are doing,’ and I said, ‘I do,’” the younger Biden told the magazine.
Adding to concerns is the fact that, at the time Hunter Biden joined Burisma — where he was paid as much as $83,000-per-month — the company was seen as actively courting western leaders to prevent further scrutiny of its business practices.
The same month Hunter Biden was tapped for the group’s board, the United Kingdom froze accounts belonging to Burisma’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, under suspicion of money laundering.
A Ukrainian official with strong ties to Zlochevsky admitted in October the only reason that Hunter Biden was appointed to Burisma’s board was to “protect” the company from foreign scrutiny.
The claim has credence given that at the time, Joe Biden, as the sitting vice president, was tasked with leading the Obama administration’s policy towards Ukraine in response to Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
Joe Biden, has claimed that his actions in Ukraine which he has boasted about were in line with America’s then-foreign policy.
The former vice president’s position, though, has been undermined by repeatedly changing how much he knew regarding his son’s ties to Burisma.
Initially, he claimed to have never spoken to his son about the matter, even though Hunter Biden asserted otherwise. Then, the former vice president switched tracks by claiming he did not even know his son was on Burisma’s board, despite claims by Hochstein and other Obama-era officials.
On Sunday, Joe Biden switched his story once again telling Axios he knew his son was on Burisma’s board but did not know the exact nature of his role.
“I don’t know what he was doing,” the former vice president said. “I know he was on the board. I found out he was on the board after he was on the board and that was it.”
Looks like Joe’s failing memory is finally catching up to his ability to lie, and his campaign is quickly spiraling out of control.