Democrat Group Under Criminal Investigation for Work with Hunter Biden's Ukraine Firm
Justice Department launches probe into lobbying firm's work with Burisma Holdings
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into a Democrat group over the lobbying firm's work with the notoriously corrupt Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings.
The DOJ is investigating the pro-Democrat firm Blue Star Strategies over work it did with Burisma while Hunter Biden was a board member at the Ukrainian company, reportedly being paid $50,000 per month, despite having no experience in the sector whatsoever.
During Hunter's time at Burisma, his father, Joe Biden, was serving as U.S. vice president and oversaw foreign policy in Ukraine for the Obama administration.
“The probe comes as the Justice Department ramps up its scrutiny of foreign governments’ efforts to influence U.S. politics through covert lobbying operations,” Politico reports.
“Much of that enforcement work has focused on Republicans linked to former President Donald Trump, including an active probe of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani," the report adds.
"The existence of the investigation into Blue Star, meanwhile, shows that DOJ’s torqued-up enforcement efforts may also create legal jeopardy for firms and operatives aligned with the Democratic Party.”
The Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office, which has a separate criminal investigation open into Hunter Biden’s financial matters, is involved in the criminal investigation into Blue Star Strategies, according to The Daily Wire.
A federal grand jury appears to have already been convened in the case.
"One focus of the investigation is whether the firm failed to comply with disclosure requirements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law that requires Americans to disclose lobbying and public affairs work for foreign officials and political parties,” the report said.
"There is no indication that Hunter Biden is a target of the investigation into Blue Star.
"Karen Tramontano, one of Blue Star’s co-founders, testified that Hunter Biden did not direct any of the firm’s work for Burisma.”
David Laufman, who from 2014 to 2018 oversaw FARA enforcement at the Justice Department under Obama and Trump, said that the department’s “enforcement of FARA is now considerably more rigorous, seen not only in high-profile criminal prosecutions but also in day-to-day regulatory enforcement such as administrative inquiries into why parties are not registered, accountability for deficiencies in filings, and inspections of books and records.”
“The risks of non-compliance with FARA are therefore greater than in years past,” he added.
Hunter Biden, while under investigation for tax and financial matters, could soon be facing an investigation over an October 2018 incident where he purchased a firearm after potentially lying on a background check form.
The background check that Hunter Biden filled out in October 2018 to obtain a firearm is relevant because in order to obtain the firearm, Hunter Biden had to state that he was not addicted to any substances.
However, in a recent book that he wrote, Hunter Biden admitted that at approximately the same time he obtained the firearm, he was addicted to drugs.
Lying on an ATF Form 4473 is a felony that can carry a 10-year prison sentence with a $250,000 fine.