Federal prosecutors seek out whether a DC lobbying firm violated US foreign agent registration law while working for Burisma, Politico reports.
Prosecutors from the Delaware District Attorney’s Office and DOJ’s National Security Division are reportedly reviewing whether Blue Star Strategies illegally lobbied on behalf of Burisma.
Republicans drew attention to the Ukrainian gas company because Hunter Biden served on its board from 2014. At the time, the company and its owner Mykola Zlochevsky faced allegations of massive corruption , with Ukrainian and foreign prosecutors examining whether it siphoned gargantuan amounts of ill-gotten gains from the Eastern European nation during its 2014 revolution.
Biden was brought to the board in part as part of a public relations strategy. His involvement has since become an object of conspiracy for Republicans.
The attempt to tie Hunter’s time on Burisma’s board of directors to any aspect of Joe Biden’s policy towards Ukraine as vice president caused former President Trump to be impeached and has been an obsession with officials of the GOP, including Rudy Giuliani.
Despite these efforts, Trump and his cronies failed to make any connection between Hunter Biden’s relationship with Burisma and his father, then Vice President Joe Biden’s policy towards Ukraine.
In an attempt to push back corruption investigations, however, Burisma hired Blue Star Strategies in November 2015, a DC firm run by two former Clinton administration officials, Sally Painter and Karen Tramontano.
A Senate panel led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) invested heavily in investigating Burisma’s allegations last year. Although this investigation found nothing to support his theories, documents published in the survey showed successive meetings between US officials and Blue Star employees working on Burisma’s engagement.
Blue Star also hired As an entrepreneur Andrii Telizhenko, a former low-level staff member of the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington DC who has spent the past five years claiming it was Ukraine, not Russia, which intervened in the 2016 US presidential election. Tramontano, CEO of Blue Star, denied to Senate investigators that Telizhenko’s contract had anything to do with Burisma’s commitment.
Delaware federal prosecutors have been investigate Hunter Biden for alleged tax offenses since late 2018.
Since the prosecution of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the wider Trump-Russia scandal, the DOJ has focused more on prosecuting violations of the Foreign Agent Registration Act. This law makes it illegal to lobby for foreign governments and entities in the United States, unless the lobbyist registers with the Department of Justice.
While the law has long been seen as a paper tiger, the new review has prompted more lobbying firms to register.
A review of FARA’s records by TPM did not reveal any recordings by Blue Star in Burisma’s name.
Blue Star did not immediately return requests for comment.
Politico reported that “grand jury activity” took place in the case, although the scope of the investigation remains unclear.