Affari di famiglia a Kiev – Family affairs in Kiev –
9 march 2022 – For Joe Biden, Ukraine is not just a recent weeks issue. It is a constant thought that dates back to the days when he was Obama’s deputy and that is strongly intertwined with the family business. For years it has been Donald Trump’s political obsession, who for having asked President Volodymyr Zelenskyj to investigate Biden interests in the country, in vain, has earned him a request for impeachment. The very shadow of The Donald is perhaps what made the issue disappear from media radar, relegating it to the subject of tabloid journalism or a pure gossip matter. Despite the war, indeed, even more so. Now, however, the air could change, since the investigation into tax fraud against the son of the President, which is also investigating the IRS and the FBI, resumed in late February when two witnesses they presented themselves in Washington before the grand jury. In Hunter Biden’s resume, known more for drug abuse and a long collection of rancorous exes, there would be transactions from China to Romania, from Russia to Ukraine, millions of dollars flowed into his account in the very years that Joe Biden was Obama’s Vice President and could shape American foreign policy to benefit his son, especially in Ukraine. The fates of father and son seem to cross in a strange interplay of dates.
If the current crisis in Kiev has its roots in 2014, when after the Orange Revolution, supported by associations not far from the US State Department, the pro-Russian premier Viktor Yanukovych is removed, Joe Biden is appointed by Obama to manage the political transition in progress. Hunter's entrepreneurial adventure also began in the same year. Although he doesn't speak a word of Ukrainian and has no particular experience in the energy field, he joins the board of directors of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, which at the time is under the lens of the British authorities on charges of money laundering. For $ 50,000 a month. A case? A curious coincidence if just 4 days later, Joe Biden flies on an official visit to Kiew and calls for a new energy and gas policy in the country saying that Ukraine must free itself from Russian dependence? Another absurd coincidence if after the withdrawal of the Shell group as a result of the civil war, Burisma is in fact the only energy company with a national license for the extraction of natural gas in the Donbass whose extraction fields represent 90% of the Ukraine's entire gas resource? Perhaps. Certainly the shadow of a potential conflict of interest also resurfaces in 2016 when Biden threatens to freeze a billion dollars in economic aid if Ukrainian leaders had not fired Attorney General Viktor Shokin who was investigating the Burisma and considered "too soft in the fight against state corruption ".
The investigation actually concerns the founder of the company and a system of millionaire bribes to obtain licenses in the exploitation of gas that went back at least two years before Hunter Biden joined the company. Still, Biden enters the matter with his leg straight enough to take credit for Shokin's removal during a public event organized by Foreign Affairs magazine in 2018: "I looked at them in the eye and said, I'm leaving in six hours, if the DA hasn't been fired, you won't have the money. Well, son of a bitch, he was fired. "The new prosecutor, and perhaps it was to be sworn, asks for the investigation to be closed and explains to the Washington Post that Biden and his son Hunter were not involved in the matter. This version, however, has never convinced the detractors of Biden as Trump's former lawyer Rudy Giuliani who always maintained that Biden had put pressure on Kiev to cover up an investigation that was dangerous for his family. To the journalists who asked him if he would ever go into business with the Ukrainians if his surname had it not been Biden, Hunter, who left the company in 2019 when his father started the presidential race, replied that he had no idea: "Maybe a lot of things wouldn't have happened in my life if I didn't have this last name." There is evidence that the Bidens have been somewhat corrupt in their relations with Ukraine but whether there has been a conflict of interest or not, between the role of Biden's son in Burisma and the polytics of US that since then has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to Kiev, most of which ended up in the war in the Donbass, just where Burisma has many interests in gas, would be an issue that sooner or later, Biden should clarify.