This week, career State Department official, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, dropped a bombshell. Kent told congressional lawmakers behind closed doors Tuesday:
“That he raised concerns in 2015 with a senior official at the White House about then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son being on the board of a Ukrainian natural-gas company because of concerns about the potential optics of a conflict of interest,” a person familiar with the matter said.
Specifically, he “raised the issue in January 2015 and expressed reservations about Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma Holdings because it could add to the challenges to convey to Ukraine the importance of cleaning up corruption and avoiding even potential conflicts of interest.”
“Regardless of whether anything is wrong, it looks terrible” Kent told lawmakers is precisely what he said to an official who worked in Vice President Biden’s office at that time. “Mr. Kent was informed that the Vice President at the time didn’t have the ‘bandwidth’ to deal with the matter in part because his other son, Beau, was under treatment for cancer that later in the year would take his life.”
In the Wall Street Journal‘s coverage, they reported “Mr. Kent’s testimony this week was part of the congressional impeachment inquiry focused on President Trump’s actions with Ukraine as he pressed for investigations into Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, and Hunter Biden.”
According to a Democratic lawmaker who heard Kent’s testimony, “Mr, Kent told lawmakers on Tuesday that he grew concerned he had been sidelined this year from a separate process for dealing with Ukraine that circumvented normal diplomatic channels.”
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