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New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, head of the House Republican Conference, discussed a “damning photo” she recently uncovered as the GOP-led House continues to uncover what they have claimed is mounting evidence of corruption involving President Joe Biden and members of his family.
On Friday, Stefanik revealed she had found a picture of Biden as vice president aboard Air Force Two with his Hunter Biden-linked current adviser, Fox News reported.
Amos Hochstein, Joe Biden’s special presidential coordinator, appears to have been in contact with Hunter Biden and his associates at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings during the period when Hunter was a board member. The communication was highlighted in emails that Fox News Digital previously reported.
A photograph taken by White House photographer David Lienemann depicts Biden receiving a briefing from Hochstein aboard Air Force Two during his journey to meet Ukrainian leaders in Kyiv on December 6, 2015. The meeting coincided with Biden’s warning that $1 billion in U.S. aid would be withheld unless they removed their chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.
“This damning picture of then Vice President Joe Biden on Air Force Two en route to Ukraine talking with Amos Hochstein is just further evidence that Biden and senior officials in the Biden Administration not only knew of Hunter Biden’s corrupt foreign business dealings, but also that Joe Biden was intimately involved while Vice President,” Stefanik told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“At the time of this photo, Hochstein was in communication with Hunter Biden and Burisma where Hunter served on the board,” she noted further. “We also know that this photo was taken on Air Force Two ahead of Joe Biden’s now infamous meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, where Biden threatened to have aid withheld if a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Burisma was not fired.”
“All evidence points directly to Joe Biden being deeply compromised. House Republicans will leave no stone unturned in our investigations into Biden’s involvement in his family’s influence-peddling scheme,” Stefanik added.
Fox News noted further:
Hochstein, who served as special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs under the Obama-Biden administration, was tapped as Biden’s special coordinator for global infrastructure and energy security in August 2021, and he was made special presidential coordinator to Biden in February 2022.
Fox News Digital reported in June that in the summer of 2014, shortly after joining the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, Hunter and his associates at Burisma and his now-defunct Rosemont Seneca Partners discussed speaking with Hochstein for contacts who could help navigate a new tax in Ukraine on private energy companies.
In an email dated July 31, 2014, Vadym Pozharskyi, a senior executive at Burisma, conveyed his discontent to the team, noting that the Ukrainian parliament had “voted in favor of the package of laws, among which is a draft law on raising the tax for private gas producers.”
Within minutes, Heather King, who handled crisis communications for Burisma during that period and maintained regular contact with Hunter, expressed her apprehension regarding the development.
“This news is very concerning,” she wrote. “I assume you will be sending an email to the State Dept today about this? We will also get you connected with the US Embassy contact so you can hopefully meet with the guy Hochstein recommended as soon as possible.”
On Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss to be a special counsel investigating the first son, a move that has been heavily criticized by Republicans.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., said that Garland’s announcement was “part of the Justice Department’s efforts to attempt a Biden family coverup in light of mounting evidence of President Biden’s role in his family’s schemes selling ‘the brand’ for millions of dollars to foreign nationals.”
“The Justice Department’s misconduct and politicization in the Biden criminal investigation already allowed the statute of limitations to run with respect to egregious felonies committed by Hunter Biden,” Comer continued. “Justice Department officials refused to follow evidence that could have led to Joe Biden, tipped off the Biden transition team and Hunter Biden’s lawyers about planned interviews and searches and attempted to sneakily place Hunter Biden on the path to a sweetheart plea deal.”
He added that Garland’s “move is really about” the DOJ “trying to stonewall congressional oversight as we have presented evidence to the American people about the Biden family’s corruption.”