Media Action Network releases an exclusive cache of Hunter Biden emails, available for download.
A top executive of the Ukrainian energy conglomerate Burisma tasked Hunter Biden and his colleagues to help “close down” Ukrainian investigations into the company and its owner, according to emails obtained by the Media Action Network.
The previously unreleased emails show that Burisma board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi, one of the company’s top executives, wrote to Hunter Biden and his partner Devon Archer that the company’s “ultimate goal” in the hiring of a well-connected public relations firm was for US policy makers to help stop investigations.
Starting with “Dear Colleagues,” Pozharskyi’s November 2, 2015 email ends:
“The scope of work should also include organization of a visit of a number of widely recognized and influential current and/or former US policy-makers to Ukraine in November aiming to conduct meetings with and bring positive signal/message and support on Nikolay’s issue to the Ukrainian top officials above with the ultimate purpose to close down for any cases/pursuits against Nikolay in Ukraine.”
Nikolay is an apparent reference to Mykola Zlochevsky, the head of the highly controversial natural gas company. Zlochevsky had fled Ukraine in the midst of numerous criminal investigations, and the United Kingdom had frozen $23 million of his assets.
Hunter Biden’s Burisma point-person also made it clear that one of the “key targets for improving Nikolay’s case” was Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Viktor Shokin.
Within four months, Shokin was fired from his job after strong pressure from then Vice President Joe Biden, who threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. foreign aid unless Ukraine removed the prosecutor.
The former Vice President has consistently maintained that he had no discussions with his son regarding his lucrative Burisma deal, and pushed Ukraine to fire the prosecutor because he was widely viewed as corrupt.
The replacement Prosecutor General did not pursue Burisma substantively, with the company paying under $10 million in taxes and fines to avoid further criminal proceedings.
Despite Hunter Biden’s statement that he “had no role whatsoever” in relation to any investigation of Burisma, the emails also show a back-and-forth conversation with Bursima about at least one ongoing investigation.
Here’s how we got these documents:
The Media Action Network obtained these emails from the owner of a Delaware computer repair shop, John Mac Isaac, who said that a man he believed was a “wasted” Hunter Biden had dropped off the computer in mid-2019, then never responded to multiple emails and phone calls to retrieve it.
In Delaware, after 90 days of abandonment the computer legally became the property of Mr. Isaac. On reading the emails it contained, he became alarmed that it appeared to contradict the “conspiracy theory” narrative regarding President Trump’s impeachment. He then contacted the FBI.
Mr. Isaac said he turned the computer over to the FBI in response to this subpoena, dated December 17, 2019, but kept a copy of the information for himself.
Months later, after the FBI provided no reason to suggest it was acting, Mr. Isaac notified federal officials, including Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. After not receiving a response, he later contacted Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and the president’s attorney, and eventually some media outlets.
When we first spoke to him and received the attached emails, Mr. Isaac had received no indication that any media outlet was interested in pursuing the matter. We have had no contact with Rudy Giuliani or anyone related to his investigation.
Media response and censorship:
As of this writing, the story has been largely ignored by the most legacy media, and actively suppressed by Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone – who previously worked for California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and the DCCC – tweeted, “[T]his story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”
Twitter outright banned the sharing of the Post story, saying “this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.”