Emails, calendar notations, and memos from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop reveal that he had met with Blue Star Strategies executives who told Senators that they had no contact with him. Blue Star Strategies, a firm with deep Democrat connections going back to the Clinton era, took on Burisma Holdings as a client while Hunter Biden was on the board of the Ukrainian energy company. laptop from hell
The questions about the testimony from Blue Star Strategies officials comes as the Justice Department is reportedly investigating whether the firm violated the Foreign Agent Registration Act with its work contacting federal officials on behalf of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings.
Blue Star, a lobbying and strategy firm with deep Democrat connections dating to the Bill Clinton era, was hired in late 2015 by Burisma in an effort to improve its image and fight corruption allegations the Ukrainian firm had been facing since early 2014 when Hunter Biden joined its board, according to documents previously published by Just the News.
Blue Star’s work later became the focus of a Senate investigation that concluded last year that Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma while his father oversaw Ukraine policy as vice president created a conflict of interest that undercut U.S. efforts to fight corruption in the former Soviet republic.
It now appears that during a Senate probe into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, two executives at Blue Star, Karen Tramontano, and Sally Painter, were not telling the truth in their testimony that there was no contact with Hunter Biden.
Both Tramontano and Painter said that there was no contact, And their responses didn’t leave themselves any wiggle room.
Tramonto testified, “at no time did I or anyone else in the firm working on behalf of Burisma collaborate or coordinate the development or implementation of our work with Hunter Biden. … Mr. Biden played no role in Blue Star Strategies’ work on behalf of Burisma.”
Painter was asked, “Did you ever consult with Hunter Biden about Blue Star Strategies and its representation of Burisma?” “Never,” she responded.
According to information from Hunter’s abandoned laptop that is now in FBI custody, Hunter Biden and the Blue Star team were in direct contact on several occasions when the firm was beginning its work with Burisma in November and December of 2015, including Painter herself.
“Hunter and I spoke to Sally Painter yesterday,” Eric Schwerin, a close colleague of Hunter Biden, wrote in a Nov. 12, 2015 email that briefed a top Burisma executive about the meetings.
“First, Hunter talked to Sally about the agreement and the desire on your part to evaluate success after two months and not feel locked in to the year long contract if things weren’t going well,” Schwerin wrote. “Sally understood and said that that wasn’t a problem. So, you should feel free to go ahead and execute the agreement as it is written and process the first invoice.
“Second, Sally said she has already had a few meetings on Burisma’s behalf and had some feedback she wanted to give to us offline. She felt she had some intelligence on why the Ambassador made his comments. Hunter and I are going to sit down with her on Monday and find out more.
“Third, we discussed the potential trip to Kiev in December. One alternative suggestion that Sally made was for Blue Star to go alone and do some high-level government meetings in Kiev as the first step.”
But it wasn’t just Hunter that Blue Star execs were in contact with… they also managed to snag a conference call with The Big Guy’s office when he was Veep. Here’s a reminder, in case you forgot who The Big Guy is:
In early December 2015, a Blue Star executive named Sean Keeley wrote that his firm had scored a conference call with Joe Biden’s office concerning the vice president’s planned trip to Kiev later that month. Keeley directly emailed the briefing memo to Hunter Biden, with Tramontano and Painter copied.
“Attached is a memo from the Blue Star Strategies team with the minutes of the call, which outlined the trip’s agenda and addressed several questions regarding U.S. policy toward Ukraine,” Keeley wrote Hunter Biden in the email dated Dec. 2, 2015.
Beyond showing Blue Star was communicating with Hunter Biden, the email also shows the firm had direct contacts with the vice president’s office concerning matters affecting Burisma.
In her Senate testimony, Painter said, “I have no recollection of talking to the Vice President or anybody on the Vice President’s staff about Burisma.”
The Burisma and Blue Star relationship began in late October 2015. On October 30, 2015, an associate at Blue Star sent a proposal, contract, and initial invoice to Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s longtime business associate, and fellow Burisma Board member. Archer forwarded it to Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi.
Pozharskyi complained that the proposal “largely [lacked] concrete tangible results” and didn’t name specific American or Ukrainian officials who would be useful in helping Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky amid accusations of international corruption. He said that perhaps Blue Star deliberately left out the information to err on the side of caution, but if everyone understood the “true purpose,” then Burisma would proceed. He reiterated that Blue Star, Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, and Burisma must all on the same page “re our final goals,” which he clearly stated to be the shut down of the “cases/pursuits against [Zlochevsky] in Ukraine.”
Remember in March 2016 when Joe Biden pressured the Ukrainian government to fire their prosecutor investigating Burisma? John Solomon reported in November 2019 that the pressure to fire the prosecutor came after Burisma lobbied the White House.
Hunter Biden replied and urged Pozharskyi to sign the contract with Blue Star, stating that he felt “comfortable with [Blue Star] and the ability of Sally and Karen to deliver.” The younger Biden was apparently on a first name basis with the former Clinton administration officials now running Blue Star.
Less than two weeks later, on Nov. 18, 2015, Burisma sent $60,000 to Blue Star. Within a week, Hunter Biden and his associates were preparing for a joint strategy session with the Burisma and Blue Star teams. A Blue Star representative contacted Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, and Vadym Pozharskyi and proposed a conference call for Dec. 1, 2015. Tramontano and Painter were both on the email chain with Hunter Biden.
A few days later, Blue Star again reached out to Hunter Biden and his associates offering to host a conference call “between Blue Star and Burisma.” Painter and Tramontano were again on the email chain. Hunter Biden remained involved in the email exchanges and conference calls between Blue Star and Burisma into 2016 (though he rarely replied to the lobbyists directly and apparently relied on Archer and other associates to speak of his behalf).
Hunter Biden responded to Pozharskyi that he was “comfortable with [Blue Star] and the ability of Sally and Karen to deliver,” indicating that he was on a first-name basis with Tramontano and Painter, the former Clinton officials who run Blue Star Strategies.
Hunter Biden’s laptop is the gift that keeps on giving. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made much of a dent with the Praetorian Guards in the Corporate Media because they’re disingenuous hacks who will protect their ideological allies no matter what, and if it harms the United States — so much the better!
Our current Commander-in-Chief benefited greatly in November from the Corporate Media and Big Tech censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story. Even before Biden became the Democratic nominee, Democrats were calling for some open discussion on Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
But, that was then, and now, we have a President whose son has had some questionable business dealings with foreign entities that his father knew about and clearly lied to the public about it. But their last name is Biden and not Trump, so it’s all fine.
Cross-posted with Clash Daily
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