Lawsuit Seeks Hunter Biden State Department Records Amid Allegations Of Nepotism

A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was filed on behalf of investigative journalist John Solomon, who seeks State Department records of communications with Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, and entities they are linked to - including Burisma Holdings, Rosemont Seneca Partners and/or Blue Star Strategies. 

According to investigations by journalist Peter Schweizer and others, the Bidens may have engaged in rampant nepotism, with Joe Biden accused of abusing his position as Vice President to help Hunter and his partners make millions of dollars in both Ukraine and China

In a recent article in the New Yorker, Hunter opened up about being a crackhead and accepting a 'bribe' from a Chinese energy tycoon in the form of a 2.8 carat diamond worth thousands of dollars, which he says wasn't a bribe. 

The filing was made by the Southeastern Legal Foundation on behalf of Solomon, after the State Department failed to respond to a May 6, 2019 letter by the investigative journalist. 

As Mr. Solomon has reported, U.S. banking records show that Hunter Biden’s American-based firm Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts (more than $166k/month) from the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Hunter Biden. All of this occurred during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relationship with Russia.

Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldn’t resist the temptation to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor. His threat was so severe that Ukraine would have lost $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees sending Ukraine toward insolvency. So the question is – why? Why did Joe Biden demand the immediate firing of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin? And what did the State Department know about Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine and Ukraine’s investigations into those business dealings? -SLF

"[T]he now-completed Russia collusion investigation showed us, every American deserves the right to be presumed innocent until evidence is made public or a conviction is secured, especially when some matters of a case involve foreigners. The same presumption should be afforded to Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Devon Archer and Burisma in the Ukraine case," said Solomon. 

"Nonetheless, some hard questions should be answered by Biden as he prepares, potentially, to run for president in 2020: Was it appropriate for your son and his firm to cash in on Ukraine while you served as point man for Ukraine policy? What work was performed for the money Hunter Biden’s firm received? Did you know about the Burisma probe? And when it was publicly announced that your son worked for Burisma, should you have recused yourself from leveraging a U.S. policy to pressure the prosecutor who very publicly pursued Burisma?" 

The FOIA requests seek to answer the above questions. "Mr. Solomon's questions, stemming from years-long investigative journalism, are powerful and legitimate inquiries into what the American public has a right to know about how and why Vice President Biden and the Obama administration conducted foreign policy in the last week of its tenure," according to SLF executive director, Todd Young. 

"The well-documented series of events involving Ukraine begs for public disclosure."