Last Updated on May 6, 2020
Former President Barack Obama has accused the Senate Republican investigation into Hunter Biden’s activities in the Ukraine of promoting a “Russian disinformation campaign”.
“The request for early release of presidential records in order to give credence to a Russian disinformation campaign one that has already been thoroughly investigated by a bipartisan congressional committee is without precedent,” Obama wrote in a letter to the National Archives which was published by Buzzfeed News on Tuesday.
The letter was in response to a request made by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for access to documents from the Obama administration pertaining to Ukraine.
The Senate investigation aims to look deeper into Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of Ukrainian energy giant Burisma while his father, Joe Biden, was Vice President of the United States and had influence over U.S.-Ukraine relations. It has been alleged that Hunter Biden abused his father’s position in order to financially benefit himself.
Obama is unsurprisingly promoting the media’s claims that this is a Russian disinformation operation, aimed at negatively portraying Ukraine and undermining Joe Biden’s ongoing presidential bid.
In February, the Daily Caller reported a Burisma consultant and Hunter Biden ally approached State Department officials to discuss U.S.-Ukraine relations:
A Democratic consultant working for Burisma Holdings and connected to Hunter Biden approached Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken at an event for a liberal think tank in June 2016 to arrange a meeting to discuss “troubling events” in Ukraine, State Department emails reveal.
At the time, Sally Painter, a consultant for Blue Star Strategies, was working for Burisma to quash investigations into corruption at the Ukrainian energy company. She was reportedly put in touch with Burisma through Biden, who joined the firm as a director in April 2014.
Biden and Painter shared a connection as directors of the Truman National Security Project, which featured Blinken as a speaker at its annual national security conference June 24, 2016. Painter moderated a panel discussion later in the day entitled “Navigating the Political Appointment Process.”
Last year, Democrats launched a failed attempt to impeach President Trump for urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate potential corruption within Burisma within his own country. Now, they appear to be trying to stonewall the Senate Republican investigation, suggesting to some that there is something they are trying to hide.