A business partner of Hunter Biden reportedly asked him to remove a photo of his father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden from Ukraine energy firm Burisma Holdings’ website.
In an email purportedly sent to Hunter Biden on May 13, 2014, Rosemont Seneca Partners investment president Eric Schwerin demanded Hunter take the photo off Burisma’s website. The image depicts Joe Biden and Devon Archer, who also served on Burisma’s board of directors, reported The Post Millennial.
🚨Here’s the email where one of Hunter Biden’s partners told Hunter to get Burisma to take Joe’s picture off their website.
— Derek Duck (@duckdiver19) October 23, 2020
“There is a photo of Devon and the VP on Burisma’s website,” Schwerin allegedly wrote in the email. “But Demetra (VP Counsel) called and asked that we tell Burisma they need to take it down (legally they aren’t comfortable with the VP’s picture being up on the site as what seems like an endorsement).”
Demetra Lambros was the general counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, under the chairmanship of then-Senator Joe Biden. According to Linkedin, she also served as counsel to the vice president and now is an appellate attorney at the Department of Justice.
In 2009, Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz, stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry, and Devon Archer co-founded Rosemont Seneca Partners.
In April 2014, Hunter Biden and Archer joined the board of Burisma Holdings. Hunter reportedly received compensation up to $50,000 a month while having no experience in the field of energy. He served on the board until early 2019 when his father started the presidential campaign.
According to the Post Millennial, which cited an article published by The Washington Post, the photo may have been taken when Archer visited the White House in April 2014 with Hunter Biden—the same month they joined Burisma.
Hunter’s role at Burisma was roughly criticized as a conflict of interest for his father, U.S. Vice President.
Joe Biden was the Obama administration’s point man on U.S.–Ukrainian relations and heavily focused on pressuring that country to do a better job rooting out corruption.
Biden has said he trusted his son to do the right thing, and he had never spoken to Hunter about his overseas business dealings. He recently dismissed corruption allegations as a “desperate campaign” to smear him.
The news came after Tony Bobulinski, another former business associate of Hunter’s, accused Joe Biden of lying about his involvement in his family’s overseas dealings.
“I have heard Joe Biden say he has never discussed his dealings with Hunter. That is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden,” Bobulinski said.
Hunter Biden has admitted that his last name was the likely reason he got the job at Burisma.