A consulting firm linked to Hunter Biden – and co-founded by a former member of the Clinton administration – faces a Justice Department investigation into possible illegal lobbying activity, according to a report.
Washington, DC-based Blue Star Strategies is coming under scrutiny by the US government for its work on behalf of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company of which Hunter Biden was a board member. administration, Politico reported.
Blue Star has not disclosed his work for Burisma in any federal lobbying database, according to the report. Those disclosures would have included the start and end dates of the company’s work for Burisma, according to Politico.
The Blue Star investigation was not previously reported, the outlet said, adding that sources said grand jury activity had taken place in connection with the case.
There is no indication that Hunter Biden is at the center of the Blue Star investigation, the report adds. Blue Star co-founder Karen Tramontano said Biden, President Biden’s 51-year-old son, was not involved in directing Blue Star’s work for Burisma, according to the report.
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In addition to co-founding Blue Star, Tramontano served as deputy White House chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton.
Burisma hired Blue Star shortly after September 2015, when Geoffrey Pyatt, then US Ambassador to Ukraine, claimed Burisma was corrupt and criticized a Ukrainian prosecutor for allegedly helping Ukrainian Minister of Natural Resources Mykola Zlochevsky recover 23 million dollars that British authorities had confiscated from him, Politics reported.
Burisma was put in contact with Blue Star through Devon Archer, a business associate of Hunter Biden who also served on Burisma’s board of directors with Biden, according to the report.
Blue Star officials met with U.S. government officials as part of their work for Burisma – without revealing to U.S. officials that they worked for Burisma, Politico reported.
Tramontano told a Capitol Hill hearing in 2020 that when she first spoke with Archer from Burisma, she was unaware that Biden was on the Burisma board at the time and did not remember not when she first learned of Biden’s position on the board. She added that she knew Biden before Blue Star added Burisma as a client, according to Politico.
In November 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that documents indicated Blue Star mentioned Hunter Biden’s connection to Burisma as the company attempted to set up a meeting with the US State Department.
Then Blue Star “mentioned it again during the meeting as part of an effort to improve Burisma’s image in Washington,” the Journal reported.
Burisma has taken into account the first impeachment case against former President Trump. The case was based on a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president, in which Trump asked for help with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s ties to Burisma – which prompted the House of United States to accuse Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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The US Senate then acquitted Trump.
Neither Blue Star, Hunter Biden, nor Tramontano responded to Politico’s requests for comment. The Justice Department’s national security division declined to comment, Politico added.
Meanwhile, Hunter Biden is under investigation by the Delaware attorney’s office for potential tax offenses, Fox News previously reported.
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