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A former member of the Ukrainian parliament reportedly says Burisma Holdings hired Hunter Biden for protection.

Oleksandr Onyshchenko, a businessman who left Ukraine in 2016, said Burisma’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, sought the assistance of Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, at a time when the natural gas company was under intense scrutiny for corruption.

“It was to protect [the company],” Onyshchenko told Reuters on Friday.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden attend an NCAA basketball game between Georgetown University and Duke University in Washington, U.S., Jan. 30, 2010. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst -/File Photo)

Hunter Biden obtained a seat on the company’s board of directors because he was seen as a man with a political clout, influence from his father’s role in the Obama administration, according to people interviewed by the news agency. Joe Biden was doling out assistance to Ukraine as then-President Barack Obama’s point man in the east European country.

Hunter Biden has admitted that he exercised “poor judgment” in taking a position for which he had no expertise or experience but blames his detractors for believing in a “ridiculous conspiracy.” He claims he knew as much about the subject as anyone on the board and that when he discussed the matter with his father, the elder Biden said, “I hope you know what you’re doing.”

His job ended in April this year after five years of apparently providing advice on legal issues and corporate finance, according to Reuters, which also noted Biden did not visit Ukraine to engage with other board members during his tenure.

Biden reportedly didn’t provide much protection for the company as Ukrainian authorities issued a series of investigations into Zlochevsky for tax fraud and money laundering. Zlochevsky also provided gas exploration licenses to his own company when he was Ukraine’s minister of natural resources, according to Reuters.

Although Hunter Biden said he has no regrets about sitting on the board, his role and the exorbitant fees he received for services rendered continue to raise questions from opponents of Joe Biden, who is currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

The impeachment inquiry dominating Washington is focused on whether President Donald Trump tied United States aid to Ukraine to that country conducting further investigations into potential misconduct from the Bidens.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on Oct. 9, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. For the first time, Biden has publicly called for President Trump to be impeached. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Joe Biden can be seen on video bragging about having Ukrainian prosecutor Victor Shokin fired, but the former vice president now says he wanted the official gone because of alleged corruption. Biden’s opponents argue that he did not want Shokin to probe too deeply into Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma. There is no conclusive proof for that accusation and many in the media have accepted Joe Biden’s story.

Shokin has filed an affidavit accusing Biden of forcing him out of his job, although many accused the prosecutor of corruption at the time.

Author: David Krayden

Source: Daily Caller: Ukrainian Businessman Says Gas Company Hired Hunter Biden For Protection

President Donald Trump responded to quotations attributed to former House Speaker Paul Ryan early Friday morning in a series of inflammatory tweets lambasting the retired congressman.

Citing Ryan’s failure to win the vice presidency when he was then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate, Trump said Ryan’s congressional “record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President).”

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (C) and Sen. Tim Scott at an event celebrating Congress passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with Republican members of the House and Senate on the South Lawn of the White House on Dec. 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump also claimed that he predicted Romney’s defeat when he chose to run for president with Ryan, while lambasting the former speaker because “he promised me the Wall, & failed (happening anyway!) …

Despite finding kinder words when Ryan announced his retirement, Trump now characterizes Ryan as too weak to engage Democratic political operatives and no loss to the GOP.

“Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!” said Trump

Trump’s apparent reassessment of Ryan follows the publication of comments attributed to Ryan in the upcoming book “American Carnage. A pre-release copy was obtained by The Washington Post.

Then-House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-R) speaks at a rally held by Governor Scott Walker (WI-R) for a last minute get out the vote event the night before the midterm elections at the Weldall Mfg., Inc. on Nov. 5, 2018 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

Ryan reportedly claims that he jumped ship to “escape” the daily burden of dealing with Trump, whom he implies was unfaithful to his wife and knew virtually nothing about legislative matters.

“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” Ryan is quoted as saying, according to the Post’s reporting. “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government … I wanted to scold him all the time.”

Ryan reportedly gets more personal with his objections to Trump, saying his life doesn’t reflect good values.

“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan reportedly says. “Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”

Trump once called Ryan “a truly good man” who had “a legacy of achievement that nobody can question.”

That tone began to change earlier this year when Trump said Ryan “screwed him” on border wall funding when the Republicans could have achieved it.

Author: David Krayden

Source: Daily Caller: Trump Attacks ‘Failed’ Former House Speaker Paul Ryan In Response To Criticism In Upcoming Book

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