Lobbying firm ‘pitched’ Ukrainian prosecutor ‘access’ to Clinton camp: emails

The CEO of Blue Star Strategies — a lobbying firm with ties to the Ukrainian oil firm, Burisma, the place Hunter Biden sat on the board of administrators — informed former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko that they may get him “access” to “high levels” of the Clinton marketing campaign within the two weeks main up to the 2016 presidential election, in accordance to a report.

The report comes from Fox News, which obtained an e-mail despatched by Obama-era State Department official George Kent to a lot of colleagues a couple of assembly between himself and Lutsenko in Sept. 2016.

In the e-mail, dated Sept. 4, 2016, Kent defined that he met with Lutsenko “one on one after I’d SMSed him regarding stories that he was using a third party lobbyist to pull together a planned trip to DC,” which he mentioned “turned into a chat over Thai food at the DCR.”

“He said he honestly didn’t know how Blue Star was to get paid — he didn’t have funds — and that some BPP MP that we probably didn’t know ‘and that’s good’ (Truhubenko??) had introduced them to him,” Kent wrote, not specifying who “Truhubenko” is.

Getting into the “pitch,” Kent mentioned Blue Star had promised entry to “high levels of the Clinton campaign,” together with “the possible next Presidential Chief of Staff,” John Podesta.

Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko
Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko acquired the provide within the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.
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“Blue Star CEO [Karen] Tramantano’s pitch was that she could gain him access to high levels of the Clinton campaign (GPK note: she was [John] Podesta’s deputy as deputy COS the last year of Bill Clinton’s tenure), and that was appealing — to meet the possible next Presidential Chief of Staff,” he wrote. 

“But I pointed out that wasn’t too likely 6 weeks before the election, and that the embassies could arrange meetings at DOJ and State, and the Ukr embassy on the Hill,” he continued. “As for the Hill, not many members would be around 6 weeks before an election when Congress would be in recess, and the attention of the chattering think tank class would be on UNGA. Not the best timing, apart from DOJ and State.” 

Kent additionally made reference to Burisma within the e-mail and the assembly, writing, “In connection to Blue Star, I noted their representation of Burisma/Zlochevsky.”

Blue Star CEO Karen Tramontano
Blue Star CEO Karen Tramontano
Blue Star Strategies

Lutsenko, Kent mentioned, “mentioned the various money flows from Ukraine to lobbyists that had been prominently in the news this past month, whether Manafort/Klueyev via Brussels to Podesta Group and Weber/Mercury, Yanu’s Justice Minister Lavrynovych to Skaden/arps-and Greg Caid—and Pinchuk to Clinton Foundation, and the media attention being paid at present to the Kyiv/ Washington lobbyist gravy train.”

“And he got the drift. Not ideal timing, little receptive audience, and wrong facilitator,” he added.

“He said he’d figure out a better time when there would be more traction/ better audience.” 

In the ultimate months of the 2020 election, The Post exclusively reported that the Obama administration permitted Blue Star to participate in a convention name about an upcoming go to to Ukraine by then-Vice President Biden.

An affiliate at Blue Star Strategies then emailed a memo with minutes of the convention name hosted by the White House to a high Burisma govt, Vadym Pozharskyi, in addition to to Joe Biden’s son Hunter and Hunter’s enterprise companion, Devon Archer, each of whom sat on Burisma’s board.

The journey, in December 2015, turned out to be the one throughout which Biden later bragged about forcing Ukrainian officers to fireplace a state prosecutor who was investigating Burisma by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US mortgage assure.

The memo additionally “outlined the trip’s agenda and addressed several questions regarding US policy toward Ukraine.”

Blue Star has mentioned it started working for Burisma and contacting Ukrainian officers on its behalf in November 2015, and an e-mail exhibits that on Nov. 18, 2015, Pozharskyi despatched the Blue Star contract to Hunter Biden, Archer and Eric Schwerin, president of the Rosemont Seneca Partners funding firm.

Hunter Biden
Hunter Biden has denied any wrongdoing with respect to Ukraine.
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Hunter Biden’s function with Burisma raised crimson flags for some within the Obama administration’s State Department, which a Sept. 2019 Senate Homeland Security Committee report discovered were raised to Biden and people in his orbit.

The 87-page report printed late final month famous that two American officers — Kent senior State Department official Amos Hochstein — “raised concerns” to Biden’s workers and instantly to Biden, respectively.

“Despite the efforts of these individuals, their concerns appear to have fallen on deaf ears,” the report says.

“Moreover, this investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch.”

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden mentioned final yr of Hunter, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” together with his reported $83,000 month-to-month pay on Burisma’s board.

Both Joe and Hunter have denied any wrongdoing with respect to Ukraine, and spokespeople for Biden’s marketing campaign repeatedly slammed the Senate probe as biased and political.

Blue Star Strategie​s​ is being probed for potential unlawful lobbying after it took on Burisma as a shopper whereas Hunter was on its board, Politico reported Thursday.

The US Attorney’s Office in Delaware, ​which is already investigating Hunter for possible “tax” violations, is working with attorneys within the Justice Department’s National Security Division in Washington, DC, the report mentioned. 

One facet of the investigation is whether or not Blue Star failed to adjust to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) that requires Americans to disclose lobbying work for overseas entities.

The report famous that there isn’t a indication that Hunter is a goal within the investigation, and Karen Tramontano, one of many firm’s co-founders, testified that the president’s son didn’t direct any of Blue Star’s work on behalf of Burisma.

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