Emails reportedly suggest a possibly closer relationship between Hunter Biden and a Washington, D.C. firm under federal investigation for allegedly illegally lobbying on behalf of the Ukrainian company that counted Biden as a board member.
The emails from 2014 and 2015 bring into question sworn statements given to Congress by the Washington firm Blue Star Strategies co-founder and CEO Karen Tramontano, the Daily Mail reports.
Blue Star was drawn into the political firestorm around Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma in 2019 when it emerged it hired the lobbyist to improve the image of Mykola Zlochevsky, who’s been accused of corruption in Ukraine.
According to Politico, the Department of Justice is investigating Blue Star for allegedly failing to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act while lobbying U.S. officials for Burisma.
Tramontano also has testified that Hunter Biden did not direct any of the firm’s work for Burisma, Politico noted.
But according to the Daily Mail, emails from Hunter Biden’s s abandoned laptop shed new light on that testimony, showing Hunter Biden was involved with Blue Star's hiring by Burisma.
They also refute claims that Tramontano didn’t know Hunter Biden was on the Burisma board and that she didn’t intend to influence policy through her meetings with U.S. officials, the Daily Mail reported.
In emails from November 2015, before Blue Star signed with Burisma, Hunter Biden talked about calling Tramontano and her co-founder Sally Painter to convey the gas company executives' lobbying goals.
“Let me have one final call with them and verify once more that they understand the scope so we can all feel that the retainer is in line with the work required,” Hunter wrote to Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi on Nov. 2, 2015.
“I trust Sally and Karen implicitly so I believe we are all aligned but I want to have one last conversation with them to confirm before we proceed.”
Three days later he wrote he felt “comfortable with BS [Blue Star] and the ability of Sally & Karen to deliver. You should go ahead and sign. Looking forward to getting started on this.”
Emails from March 2014 show Tramontano even discussed registering her investment banking license with Hunter's firm, and four months later it appeared she followed through.
Hunter Biden emailed Tramontano in July that year: “just heard you passed… congrats and welcome officially to the team,” an email showed, the news outlet reported.
Other emails also cast doubt on Tramontano's testimony of a distant relationship with the president's son, the Daily Mail reported.
In an October 2014 email, Tramontano's co-founder called Hunter “my friend,” and offered her condolences that the media had discovered he had been kicked out of the Navy following a positive cocaine test, the news outlet reported.
“Dear Hunter, I am just back from a week in Estonia and heard about the dust-up. The press sucks. So sorry for you and your family but don't let them get you down. You are a great professional doing excellent work. And a super friend! ...Warmest, Sally.”
The Daily Mail reported it obtained a copy of Hunter's laptop hard drive from former Steve Bannon podcast co-host Jack Maxey.
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