WHOOPS: Biden Campaign Video Quotes Activist Who Said Hunter Biden "Did a Very Bad Thing"
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On Tuesday, former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign made the mistake by quoting an anti-corruption activist who said that Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, "did a very bad thing" by working for Burisma Holdings in Ukraine.
"The campaign released the video, narrated by rapid response director Andrew Bates, in order to push back on Trump allies’ allegations that Biden pressured the Ukrainian government in 2016 to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin in order to shut down an investigation of Burisma, where Hunter Biden was a director," the Daily Wire reports.
In the video, Daria Kaleniuk who is associated with the Anti-Corruption Action Centre, is shown hammering Shokin, claiming that he ran a “Soviet system of prosecution which intimidates people.”
Unfortunately for the Biden campaign, they completely missed a much different statement from Kaleniuk when he said that "Hunter Biden did a very bad thing."
“I think Hunter Biden did a very bad thing and he was very wrong. He allowed his name to be abused,” Kaleniuk said in an interview aired on June 20, 2019.
WATCH the clip below:
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Burisma reportedly paid Hunter Biden over $80,000 per month beginning in 2014, the same year Joe Biden took over as the Obama administration’s chief liaison to Ukraine.
Democrats have disputed that Shokin was investigating Burisma when he was fired, or that Biden was aware of any plans to probe the gas company. But officials in Ukraine and the United Kingdom have at various points investigated Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky.
State Department officials were also aware of Burisma’s reputation for corruption even while Biden was linked to the firm.
George Kent, who serves as deputy assistant secretary of state for Eurasian and European affairs, told Congress during the Trump impeachment hearings Oct. 15, 2019, that he raised concerns in 2016 with the U.S. Agency for International Development over an event that was scheduled to be held with Burisma.
Despite conflicting reports, Biden claims that he was not warned about his sons potential conflict of interest by working for Burisma.
“Nobody warned me about a potential conflict of interest. Nobody warned me about that,” Biden claimed during an interview with NPR on December.
The Daily Caller continues:
The denial conflicts with what at least one former Obama administration official told The New Yorker in a profile of Hunter Biden published in 2019.
Amos Hochstein, who served as special envoy for energy in the Obama administration, told the magazine that he flagged potential problems with Hunter Biden’s work to Burisma with Joe Biden in December 2015.
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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