Hunter Biden, the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, served on the board of directors of Burisma Holdings in Ukraine. The CEO of this company was accused of obtaining the money paid to Hunter through illegal activities.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky is being investigated for “theft of government funds on an especially large scale,” according to the Nov. 21 Daily Mail.
The impeachment led by Democratic lawmakers against President Donald Trump has drawn attention to the potential conflict of interest by which Hunter Biden was appointed to Burisma’s board of directors.
“The son of Vice President Joe Biden was receiving payment for his services, with money raised through criminal means and money laundering,” said Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) Servant of the People party Alexander Dubinsky, and he added, “Biden received money that did not come from the company’s successful operation but rather from money stolen from citizens,” according to the Tea Party.
Hunter Biden was in the post between 2014 and 2019, and Biden and his partners received up to $16.5 million.
Zlochevsky is the subject of 13 lawsuits, including tax violations, money laundering, licenses granted to Burisma and the embezzlement of $33 million from the central bank during his time as Ukraine’s minister of ecology and natural resources.
Hunter Biden admitted that he probably wouldn’t have been a member of several boards of directors in Ukraine if his last name wasn’t Biden, in statements made to ABC News.
In addition to his business in Ukraine the son of the former vice president participated in important negotiations in China, through his company Bohai Harvest RST.
The Bidens came into the media spotlight after legislators from the U.S. Democratic Party called for an inquiry into President Trump’s call to the president of Ukraine.
The Democrats denounced the president of the United States for threatening the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, however, the transcripts of this call did not reveal inappropriate conduct on the part of the president.
Investigator Peter Schweizer called for an investigation into the business of former Vice President Joe Biden and his family in Ukraine and China for possible corruption.
Schweizer’s request is based on various actions carried out by the former vice president that present coincidences that are difficult to justify, and that involve financial participation in powerful foreign companies.