By VALERIE EDWARDS: A 2014 photo has emerged of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, golfing with a Ukraine gas company executive in the Hamptons.
The photo, which was obtained by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight shows Biden and Hunter posing alongside Devon Archer, who served on the board of Burisma Holdings with Hunter.
It’s believed the photo was taken at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York.
A 2014 photo has emerged of Joe Biden (second from right) and his son, Hunter (far right), golfing in the Hamptons with Devon Archer (far left), a Ukrainian gas company executive. Archer served on the board of Burisma Holdings with Hunter
In 2014, then-Vice President Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine’s fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption.
So it raised eyebrows when his son Hunter was hired to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, a windfall moment that was part of a lucrative multi-nation consulting business.
Hunter was said to have joined Bursima because former President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, also a Burisma board member, urged him to do so.
He supposedly also believed that helping Ukraine achieve energy independence would help protect the company from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Burisma Holdings had ties to then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a pro-Russia leader, which raised eyebrows.
But at the time, the Obama White House insisted that since the vice president’s son was a private citizen, there was no conflict of interest.
During an interview, Hunter claimed he had spoken to his father ‘just once’ about his work in Ukraine.
Over the weekend it was revealed that Hunter and his investment firm partner, Chris Heinz, split up after Hunter decided to join the board of Burisma.
Heinz, who is former Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson, and Hunter had partnered up in 2009 to form the Rosemont Seneca investment firm, but parted ways in 2014.
According to a Washington Post report, Heinz ended his working relationship with Hunter later that year after Hunter took the board position with Burisma Holdings, which was owned by businessman Mykola Zlochevsky, Ukraine’s former Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources.
Heinz’s decision to end his business relationship with both Biden and Archer was said to be due to concerns about corruption in Ukraine and appearances.
Heinz’s spokesperson said that ‘the lack of judgment in this matter was a major catalyst for Mr. Heinz ending his business relationships with Mr. Archer and Mr. Biden’.
In 2014, Ukrainian prosecutors also opened a criminal investigation into Burisma on suspected tax violations.
Trump and his allies have pointed in particular to Biden’s move in March 2016 to pressure the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who had previously led an investigation into Burisma’s owner.
The then-vice president threatened to withhold $1billion in US aid if Shokin was not fired.
Biden was representing the official position of the US government, a position that was also supported by other Western governments and many in Ukraine, who accused Shokin of being soft on corruption.
Corruption has continued to fester in Ukraine. In May, the country’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, came into office with no political experience but with bold promises to put an end to the corrupt practices.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives launched an official impeachment inquiry last week accusing President Trump of a ‘mafia-like shakedown’ of Zelensky aimed at damaging Biden.
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