Researchers have revealed Ex-President Barack Obama’s Vice-President Joe Biden, who was Obama’s energy adviser, worked closely with Russia’s nuclear agenda and tried to hide it.
The revelation comes as part of a series of strong allegations against the Democratic presidential candidate that could impact his campaign ahead of November’s election.
In an article published on Just The News, investigative journalist Seamus Bruner described Amos Hochstein and the Kremlin’s close ties when Biden was Obama’s vice president.
The information Bruner gathered is revealed in the book he recently published with his colleague John Solomon, entitled ‘Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties.’
Chapter 9 of the book titled ‘The Ukraine Boomerang: Obama’s Russia Failures Unleash New Chaos and Cronyism in Ukraine,’ describes how Hochstein witnessed Putin’s energy strategy firsthand, yet never made it public, both when he worked in the private sphere and the U.S. government.
The book promises to unleash a new scandal that could stain Biden in the November election run-up. It reveals that the then vice president had committed severe irregularities by “putting” his son, Hunter, on the board of a Ukrainian gas company accused of corruption.
Last month, Just the News, a website created by investigative journalist John Solomon, reported that shortly after Hunter Biden joined the board of Burisma Holdings in 2014, the Ukrainian gas company reached an agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). At the time, Burisma was under multiple corruption investigations.
But there is more: Joe Biden’s energy advisor, Amos Hochstein, defended the deal with the challenged company, including testifying several times before Congress to help “mitigate Putin’s advances” in Europe, according to Bruner.
As it turns out, according to Solomon and Bruner’s research, the Democratic official, who was Biden’s right-hand man on energy issues, was highly aware of the Kremlin’s energy strategy.
“Hochstein had a secret,” the authors describe, claiming that Biden’s advisor never mentioned that he witnessed the Russian leader’s energy strategy firsthand.
“Hochstein communicated Putin’s energy dominance strategy in the oil and gas sectors very effectively, but he never mentioned Russia’s attempts to corner the global uranium market. It was something he had assisted personally,” the book notes.
While working as a lobbyist for the U.S. private sector, Hochstein had advised Tenex, a subsidiary of the Russian nuclear company Rosatom.
As Solomon and Bruner describe, the energy specialist “became a revolving door extraordinaire early in his Beltway career. As he weaved in and out of the private sector, his positions (and profits) rose substantially.”
From 2001 to 2007, Hochstein worked in various positions at Washington’s powerful lobbying firm, Cassidy & Associates. In 2006, then-Governor Mark Warner (D-Va.) hired Hochstein as a senior policy advisor. According to a company press release, Hochstein reportedly left Cassidy in January 2007 to join the presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd.
However, Hochstein continued to work for Cassidy’s foreign clients, even while employed by Governor Warner and Senator Dodd’s presidential campaign.
“In 2006, Russian nuclear corporation Tenex asked Doug Campbell (unaware that he was an FBI operative) to find a Beltway lobbying powerhouse to further their interests,”
In March 2006, Campbell met with Hochstein, “who ensured that Tenex hired Cassidy & Associates,” they add.
“Cassidy claimed that Hochstein left the firm in January 2007, but Hochstein continued to meet with Putin’s top nuclear officials throughout 2007 and 2008 while working with powerful Democrats,” Solomon and Bruner say.
“Did Warner and Dodd know that Hochstein was simultaneously serving Russian interests?” the authors wonder.
In the official biography published on the State Department website, Hochstein makes no mention of his work at Tenex. However, he admits to having returned to Cassidy in August 2008 and remaining there until 2011.
“Before long, he was directly advising Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her successor John Kerry, and finally Vice President Biden (and even President Obama),” the researchers say. According to records, between December 2010 and September 2016, Hochstein visited the White House more than 150 times under the Obama era (note that his first visits occurred while still working with Cassidy).
“Hochstein advised multiple public officials and simultaneously worked to advance foreign interests while on Cassidy’s payroll,” they say.
Because of his extensive network of contacts, Hochstein “soon found himself regularly meeting with Secretary Clinton and her inner circle directly,” the authors say.
After Clinton left the State Department, Hochstein advised Secretary Kerry and several Obama officials, including Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland, Special Coordinator Jonathan Winer, and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director Charles Kupchan.
“Each of these individuals played starring roles in Obama’s Russia and Ukraine operations. They later helped facilitate the political dirty tricks against Trump,” the authors note about the Russian false collusion that dominated much of the political media agenda in President Trump’s administration.
“Hochstein soon found himself in the good graces of Vice President Biden,” they describe, explaining that the now Democratic presidential candidate even praised the advisor. Moreover, despite the information coming to light, Biden thanked him in his recent post-presidential memoirs.