Former Secretary of State John Kerry said he wasnt aware of what role former Vice President Joe Bidens son, Hunter Biden, had while he worked on a Ukrainian energy firm that has long been accused of corruption.
“I had no knowledge about any of that, none,” Kerry told reporters last week when asked about Hunter Bidens role on the board of Burisma. “No.”
Kerry, who was President Barack Obamas secretary of state when Hunter Biden became a Burisma board member, fielded more questions from reporters about the former vice presidents son.
“What would I know about any—no. Why would I know about any company or any individual,” Kerry, who was a presidential candidate during the 2004 election, told reporters. “The answer is no. No communication, no nothing. I dont know who they are. I dont know what they were doing to this day, actually.”
Kerrys stepson, Christopher Heinz, roomed with Hunter Bidens former business associate Devon Archer in college. The two went on to become business partners, but Heinz distanced himself from Archer and Biden over their decision to accept paid positions on the Burisma board.
In November, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter asking the U.S. Department of State for documents related to Hunter Biden and Burisma.
The senators noted that Hunter Biden and Archer started serving on the Burisma board in 2014, which is when Joe Biden became the “public face of the administrations” Ukraine dealings. They cited a report saying that Bidens colleague Christopher Heinz, the stepson to former Secretary of State John Kerry, warned them.
Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, asked for records relating to the three meetings, including State Department records related to Hunter Biden, Archer, Heinz, and lobbyist Karen Tramontano.
Last month, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on impeachment, said he reached out to his superiors and the former vice presidents office about Hunter Bidens role with Burisma in 2015.
“I raised my concern that Hunter Bidens status as a board member could create the perception of a conflict of interest,” Kent said.
Allegations of corruption at Bursima are at the center of the House-led impeachment inquiry. Democrats have accused President Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of BuriRead More – Source