Utah Senator Mitt Romney, the only Republican who decided to convict trump on the “abuse of power” charge, may have had ulterior motives.
A former top Mitt Romney adviser Joseph Cofer Black served on Burisma’s board of directors with Hunter Biden.
Hunter joined Burisma’s board in April of 2014 and remained on it until he declined to renew his position this past May.
According to Burisma’s website, Black was appointed in February of 2017 and continues to serve on its board. The timelines would indicate that Black and Biden worked together at Burisma.
Additionally, as Davidson points out, web archives from late 2017 picture Black and Biden as directors on Burisma’s board.
Black’s resume includes serving as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. George W. Bush later appointed him ambassador at large and coordinator for counterterrorism, then Black served as a “special adviser” on Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team in October of 2011.
When it was announced he was joining Burisma’s board Ukrainian News asked Black, “In Ukraine, there have been some rumors surrounding Burisma Group, due to the comments from certain politicians and activists. What can you say? How do you plan to deal with this?”
Black replied, “Ukraine remains the Burisma Group’s strategic market and is a key element of its business strategy. It is here in Ukraine where Burisma plans to deepen its investment bringing more jobs, increased economic strength and more revenue to the state. I believe Burisma’s economic expansion will help Ukraine’s economy and improve Ukraine’s energy security.
I will do all that I can to work with leaders and decision-makers and those trying to influence them of the positive impact a privately held energy company like Burisma can have on Ukraine.”
In addition to his “too close for comfort” potential connection with the corrupt Ukrainian energy company, Romney’s former traveling press secretary, Rick Gorka, offered more reasons as to why the failed presidential candidate decided to turn his back on the republican party by voting to convict Trump.
Gorka tweeted, “I believe Mitt Romney is motivated by bitterness and jealousy that @realDonaldTrump accomplished what he has failed to do multiple times. His desire to pander to the chattering class has gotten the best of him … again.” Gorka continued, “These are the same people that hated Mitt in 2012 and they will hate him again when they are done with him. It is sad to see that Mitt has not learned the lessons from 2012. Now he has betrayed his Party and millions of voters.”
Even Romney’s niece, Ronna Romney McDaniel, who serves as the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, bashed his decision and casted him as a man with questionable judgement.
McDaniel stated, “This is not the first time I have disagreed with Mitt, and I imagine it will not be the last. The bottom line is President Trump did nothing wrong, and the Republican Party is more united than ever behind him. I, along with the GOP, stand with President Trump.”