Hunter Biden and his investment company partner, Chris Heinz, broke up after Biden decided to become a member of the board of a gas company of a Ukrainian oligarch.
Heinz, the former stepson of former state secretary John Kerry, and Biden – son of former vice president Joe Biden – had joined forces in 2009 to form the investment company Rosemont Seneca, but broke up in 2014.
According to an Washington Post report, Heinz ended his working relationship with Biden that year after Biden held a management position at Burisma Holdings, which was owned by businessman Mykola Zlochevsky, the former minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
Chris Heinz (left) divorced together with partner Hunter Biden (right) in 2014 after Biden had accepted a management position at Burisma Holdings, a company run by a Ukrainian oligarch
Burisma Holdings was owned by businessman Mykola Zlochevsky, the former minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
Biden – whose father was vice-president at the time and helped eliminate corruption in Ukraine – is said to have joined in 2013 after another Rosemont Seneca partner, Devon Archer, joined the board of Burisma Holdings.
Biden is said to have joined energy company Bursima because former President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, also a board member of Burisma, encouraged him to do so.
Biden also believed that helping Ukraine achieve energy independence would help protect the company against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Heinz's decision to end his business relationship with both Biden and Archer would be due to concerns about corruption in Ukraine and appearances.
The Heinz spokesperson told the newspaper that the lack of judgment in this case was an important catalyst for Mr. Heinz who ended his business relations with Mr. Archer and Mr. Biden & # 39 ;.
Around the time the father of Hunter Biden, former vice president, was busy putting an end to corruption in Ukraine. Hunter (left) and Joe (right) are pictured in April 2016
Heinz (second from the right) is depicted with stepfather John Kerry, the former state secretary
Biden's role in the Ukrainian energy company made headlines after a whistleblower complaint came up, in which Trump (left) presumably asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (right) to investigate Hunter and his father
Biden then served on the board of Burisma from 2013 to April 2014, when his term expired and he left the company, according to Reuters.
In 2014 – the year that Heinz said goodbye to Biden and Archer – UKrainian prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Burisma about suspected tax violations.
In March 2016, Vice President Joe Biden took the honor of having fired the prosecutor of Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, after telling the Ukrainian government that the Obama administration would be withheld $ 1 billion in loan guarantees unless Ukraine started with the removal of officials who were seen as trying to block anti-corruption efforts in the country Vox.
Shokin – who many Western officials also wanted – was seen as one of the people who hindered Burisma research.
Two years later, the court found that this was the case no proof of crime by owner Zlochevsky and he was taken off the & # 39; wanted list & # 39; achieved.
Biden & # 39; s position on Burisma, however, became news because of his role in the whistleblower's complaint, saying that President Trump had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr to investigate Biden and his father – who is running as a democratic presidential candidate for 2020 .
According to the whistleblower, the call transcript was placed on a very secret server and access to the transcript was limited, although no confidential information was discussed.
The complaint, which was made public last week, led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to finally launch an investigation into Trump's accusation.
Trump and his camp have spread a conspiracy theory that claims that Joe Biden & # 39; s efforts to have Shokin removed were on behalf of Hunter Biden.
A spokesperson for the Joe Biden campaign told the Washington Post that: & # 39; Joe Biden proudly fought for reform in Ukraine and his achievement of a goal that the US, the EU, the IMF and the entire Ukrainian anti-corruption community all strongly was a deep victory for good government there. & # 39;
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