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Impeachment Witnesses Admit Hunter Biden on Burisma Board a Potential 'Conflict of Interest'

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Witnesses testifying in the House impeachment inquiry stated Tuesday that Hunter Biden’s position on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

Hunter Biden’s father, former Vice President Joe Biden, was the Obama administration’s point man on Ukrainian policy.

GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York pressed both Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, who serves as an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, on the subject of Biden’s lucrative position.

“Every witness who has testified and has been asked this has answered yes,” Stefanik began, according to Fox News.

“Do you agree that Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma has the potential for the appearance of a conflict of interest?”

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“Certainly the potential, yes,” Vindman replied.

Williams then responded, “Yes.”

Stefanik tweeted afterward that the witnesses attested to some “very important facts.”

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“Both witnesses confirmed that defensive lethal aid was provided to Ukraine by President Trump, not President Obama,” the congresswoman wrote.

Moreover, she added, “Both witnesses confirmed that Hunter Biden serving on the board of Burisma had the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

Stefanik had a similar exchange last week with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Yovanovitch testified that she had been prepped by the Obama administration on the subject of Hunter Biden’s position with Burisma after she was nominated to be ambassador in May 2016.

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“For the millions of Americans watching, President Obama’s own State Department was so concerned about potential conflicts of interest from Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma that they raised it themselves while prepping this wonderful ambassador nominee before her confirmation,” Stefanik said.

“And yet, our Democratic colleagues and the chairman of this committee cry foul when we dare ask that same question that the Obama State Department was so concerned about,” the congresswoman added.

“But we will continue asking it.”

Later in the hearing, Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas further questioned Yovanovitch about the preparation she received regarding answering questions related to Hunter Biden and Burisma.

“You specifically recall Burisma,” Ratcliffe said. “Out of thousands of companies in the Ukraine, the only one that you recall the Obama-Biden State Department preparing you to answer questions about was the one where the vice president’s son was on the board. Is that fair?”

“Yes,” Yovanovitch replied.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff has denied Republicans’ request for Hunter Biden to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

Trump’s mention of him and Joe Biden during his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is central to the Democrats’ claim of wrongdoing by the commander in chief.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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