A Democratic lobbying firm affiliated with Hunter Biden and Burisma offered Ukrainian prosecutors “access” to the Clinton campaign in 2016, official US State Department email shows
- Former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said he was approached in 2016 by Blue Star Strategies to assist with a trip to Washington DC
- The company worked for the energy company Burisma, which included Hunter Biden as a board member
Former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said he was pitched by a lobbying firm associated with Hunter Biden and the energy company Burisma, offering him “high levels” of access to members of the Clinton campaign ahead of the 2016 election, according to recently. released emails.
They raise new questions about Blue Star Strategies’ work after it emerged that the Justice Department was investigating its work.
And it shows that while investigations into foreign lobbying efforts have focused on former President Trump and his allies, there may be legal danger to companies associated with the Democratic Party.
An email obtained by Citizens United under a freedom of information request shows how former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent wrote to Obama administration officials about meeting Lutsenko in September 2016.
Lutsenko, Kent reported, was on a trip to Washington DC
“He confirmed that he was thrown by Blue Star but not sought out,” Kent wrote.
“He said he honestly didn’t know how to pay Blue Star – he didn’t have any money…”
Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko (right) said he was pitched by Blue Star Strategies to help organize a visit to Washington DC, according to an email written by a State Department official. The lobbying agency worked for energy company Burisma, which at the time had Hunter Biden (left) on its board.
Details of the connections were revealed in an email written by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent in 2016, describing a conversation with Lutsenko over a Thai meal.
Kent, a key witness in the first impeachment trial against Trump, said they discussed his plans over a Thai meal.
Blue Star CEO Tramontano’s pitch was that she could give him access to high levels of the Clinton campaign (GPK note: She was Podesta’s deputy COS the last year of Bill Clinton’s tenure), and that was appealing – to meet to the possible next President of Staff,” his message continued, referring to John Podesta.
But Kent said he had gently discouraged Lutsenko from making the trip so close to an election when key players would not be available.
He went on to highlight media attention on Ukraine and lobbyists, and Blue Star’s representation of Burisma.
“And he got it. Not ideal timing, unresponsive audience and wrong accompanist,” Kent wrote.
Blue Star started working for Burisma in 2015 while Joe Biden’s son was on the board. The company fought a corruption investigation and the company founder was investigated.
The Obama administration requested the removal of the prosecutor who handled the Viktor Shokin case.
Vice President Biden has been Obama’s point man in the region and Republicans have argued that Shokin’s removal was a way to protect his son.
However, Biden and his allies say Shokin did not pursue corruption aggressively enough and protect the country’s political elite.
Meanwhile, federal investigators are tracking a series of cases as they scale their investigation into foreign lobbying efforts.
New York prosecutors recently seized information from Lutsenko’s email account as part of their investigation into whether Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had failed to report work for a foreign government.
Sources familiar with the Blue Star investigation said one of the concerns was whether it had not disclosed the requirements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, according to Politico, which first reported the existence of the probe.