Last Updated on March 30, 2021
Vice president Kamala Harris and other Biden administration figures are affiliated with the Truman National Security Project, a neoliberal Washington, D.C. foreign policy organization. The Truman National Security Project is accused of failing to disclose its former board member Hunter Biden’s Ukraine business relationship with another board member to the IRS and failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), according to a complaint filed against the Truman National Security Project to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The National Legal and Policy Center made the complaint to the DOJ against the Truman National Security Project, Hunter Biden, and also the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Biden Center, which was managed by Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Tony Blinken and received anonymous Chinese funding.
During the period in question, the Truman National Security Project had Hunter Biden on its board as well as the executive of a consulting firm employed by Burisma Holdings, and the Truman Project allegedly did political work that benefited Burisma’s interests, according to the complaint. Burisma Holdings is the scandal-plagued Ukraine gas company that had Hunter Biden on its board. Joe Biden gave a speech discussing the Ukraine energy sector to the Truman National Security Project’s 2015 conference.
Kamala Harris serves on the Board of Advisors of the Truman Center, which is the Truman National Security Project’s sister organization, and has received support from the Truman National Security Project. This represents one of multiple links between Kamala Harris and Hunter Biden’s business dealings. Kamala Harris was named on a list of “key domestic contacts” in a memo that Joe Biden’s brother Jim sent to Hunter Biden and associates including Tony Bobulinski in 2017 as Hunter Biden planned to do business globally including in China.
An archive of the Truman National Security Project board from 2019 shows Hunter Biden listed as vice chairman alongside Joe Biden’s current National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Hunter Biden reportedly snagged his appointment to the Truman National Security Project board in 2011. Hunter has since been removed from the Project’s “Board” page.
The Truman National Security Project states, “The Truman National Security Project and our sister organization, the Truman Center for National Policy, are named after President Harry S. Truman.”
Kamala Harris is currently listed online as serving on the Board of Advisors of the Truman Center, alongside Joe Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. In August 2020, the Washington Post reported that Kamala Harris “is on the board of the Truman National Security Project, a center-left foreign policy advocacy organization” and linked to a now-unavailable Truman Project blog post about Harris becoming the Democrat vice presidential nominee, underscoring the extremely close relationship between the sister Truman entities. The Truman National Security Project previously endorsed Kamala Harris’ Senate campaign in California. As of November 2020, the Truman National Security Project identified Kamala Harris as a Truman member and a “Board of Advisors” member.
The National Legal and Policy Center complaint to the DOJ states: “The Truman National Security Project is a nonprofit public policy advocacy organization that was required to register with DOJ under FARA because two of its board members, Hunter Biden and Sally Painter (individuals who, as directors, “direct” the Truman Project) who is also the COO of Blue Star Strategies, which was hired by Burisma in 2015, and thus share the same client; and because the Truman Project has engaged in political activities which support Burisma’s interests and has sought to inform the public on domestic or foreign policy which oppose the policies of the Trump administration.
When Hunter Biden was an interested director at Burisma, the company hired BlueStar. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, “[i]n November 2015, Burisma hired Washington-based consulting firm Blue Star Strategies, which has been lauded in the West for its work to help former Soviet countries prepare for NATO consideration. Its founders: Sally Painter, a senior adviser to the Commerce Department in the Clinton administration, and Karen Tramontano, a deputy chief of staff in the Clinton White House.” The Journal also reported that “email exchanges between State Department staffers show that Karen Tramontano, chief executive of Blue Star, cited Mr. Biden’s position in trying to secure a meeting with a senior official at the State Department.” Furthermore, 22 U.S.C. 613(h) provides that any agent of a non-governmental foreign principal is exempt from FARA if the agent registers under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 when conducting lobbying on behalf of the foreign principal. However, the Truman National Security Project has not registered under the LDA…While it is unclear exactly when Burisma retained Blue Star Strategies, Biden and Painter were serving together on the Truman board while Blue Star was working for Burisma.
The IRS requires nonprofit organizations to disclose when directors or officers have a business relationship, but the Truman National Security Project did not do so. As a tax-exempt organization, the Truman National Security Project is required to file its Form 990 tax returns and to disclose whether any of its officers or key employees have a “business relationship” with any others. The Instructions to the Form 990 published by the IRS require disclosure of business relationships when “One person is employed . . . by an organization with which the other is associated as a director.” In other words, if Burisma hires Sally Painter (which it did) and Hunter Biden is a director of Burisma (which he was), the existence of a business relationship must be disclosed. Part VI, Section A, Question 2 of Form 990 form asks: “Did any officer, director, trustee, or key employee have a family relationship or a business relationship with any other officer, director, trustee, or key employee? On its 2017 Form 990, the Truman National Security Project answered “No”…In 2015, in a speech Vice President Joe Biden made at the Truman Project (by this time, Hunter was already a director for Burisma), he commented on his role in securing energy independence in Ukraine…”
NATIONAL FILE’s FRANK SALVATO PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: In a story that received next to zero coverage in the mainstream media, an internal email/memo from Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s brother, Jim Biden, to the hierarchy of SinoHawk Holdings, the partnership between the CEFC China Energy Company (CEFC) and the Biden family, cataloged a rich list of “key domestic contacts” that included then-US Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and other high-level Democrats and Progressives.
The memo was sent from Jim Biden to James Gilliar, Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden, and Rob Walker with the subject line, “Phase One Domestic Contacts/Project.”
The “key domestic contacts” listed in the memo outlining associations for Biden family business venture projects included:
- Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
- Former US Senior Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
- California Governor Gavin Newsome (D)
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)
- Former Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe (D)
- Former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D)
- Former California Governor Jerry Brown (D)
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio(D)
- Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti (D)
As a byproduct of the mainstream media’s willful refusal to cover the story, Harris was never made to address the issue, let alone answer any probing questions into her possible relationship with the Bidens in this matter.
Hunter Biden’s business associations with several Communist Chinese nationals, according to the Senate Homeland Security and Senate Finance committees, have “resulted in millions of dollars in questionable transactions.”
As part of an investigation conducted by the committees targeting Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, it was also discovered that Hunter Biden opened a bank account with Gongwen Dong, whom he described as an “emissary” for Ye Jianming, the chairman of CEFC, which bankrolled a $100,000 international spending binge with his uncle, Jim Biden.
Hunter Biden admitted in a statement this week, that the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware has an active investigation ongoing into his “tax affairs.”
A government source with intimate knowledge of the matter told reporters that Hunter Biden is a subject/target of the grand jury investigation, indicating that the investigation is focused on the commission of a crime.”
MEANWHILE, THE COMPLAINT DISCUSSES ANONYMOUS CHINESE DONATIONS TO THE PENN BIDEN CENTER, WHICH WAS MANAGED BY JOE BIDEN’S CURRENT SECRETARY OF STATE TONY BLINKEN, WHO APPEARS IN EMAILS ON HUNTER’S LAPTOP
The National Legal and Policy Center complaint states: “From 2013-2019, the University of Pennsylvania received more than $67 million from China. More significantly, after the Penn Biden Center opened it doors here in Washington, D.C., on February 2018, the China gifts poured in all the more, including a single anonymous gift a few months later on May 25, 2018 for a whopping $14.5 million, and continued after Biden announced his candidacy of the presidency on April 25, 2019…The University of Pennsylvania has refused to disclose the source of these anonymous donations or any documents associated with these gifts or contracts. Both Penn and the Penn Biden Center are particularly vulnerable to Chinese influences due to these large amounts of donations and contracts. For example, Penn Global sponsored its fourth annual 2020 Penn China Research Symposium on January 31, 2020,that included opening remarks by Ambassador Huang Ping, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in New York. At least one of the panelists at the symposium was from the Penn Biden Center.”