The personal attorney for President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, has claimed that Ukrainian gas company Burisma paid Joe Biden $900,000 in lobbying fees. He is citing documents released by a Ukrainian member of parliament.
“Biden, his son and his brother had a 30-year-long scam to make money, millions, selling his public office,” Giuliani said in an interview on Wednesday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“Senator first, vice president second. Ukraine, just the tip of the iceberg,” Giuliani continued.
The former New York City mayor focused on new allegations raised at a Wednesday press conference in Kyiv by Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach. He claimed he had investigative documents showing that Burisma paid Biden nearly a million dollars in lobbying fees.
Biden’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the media late on Wednesday.
Trump and come of his campaign has alleged that Biden shut down a Ukrainian investigation into Burisma, where Biden’s son Hunter served on the board from 2014 until earlier this year, using the threat of withholding U.S. foreign aid.
Biden has denied any wrongdoing, and Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president asking him to look into the matter is at the heart of House Democrats’ mounting impeachment probe into Trump.
It was while at a press conference that Derkach made public the documents he received from investigative journalists, including correspondence between officers of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and representatives of diplomatic missions of foreign states,
Derkach maintained that the documents offered evidence of fees that Burisma paid Biden through an intermediary. The documents could not be immediately translated or verified.
“This was the transfer of Burisma Group’s funds for lobbying activities, as investigators believe, personally to Joe Biden through a lobbying company,” Derkach said, according to a translation from Russian news service Interfax.
“Funds in the amount of $900,000 were transferred to the U.S.-based company Rosemont Seneca Partners, which according to open sources, in particular, the New York Times, is affiliated with Biden. The payment reference was payment for consultative services,” Derkach said.
Derkach also insisted that, while serving as vice president, Biden used his influence to shut down an investigation into Burisma, where Biden was reportedly making as much as $50,000 a month serving on the corporate board.
“Using political and economic levelers of influencing Ukrainian authorities and manipulating the issue of providing financial aid to Ukraine, Joe Biden actively assisted closing criminal cases into the activity of former Ukrainian Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky, who is the founder and owner of Burisma Group,” he said.
Derkach called for the U.S. Justice Department to independently investigate his allegations and the documents he released.
Giuliani declared that Derkach’s press conference verifies to his own claims about Biden, which Giuliani has been energetically promoting in cable news interviews.
“This case stinks. They can run away from it all they want,” Giuliani said, hinting vaguely that Biden could be tied to influence peddling in other countries as well.
“I want you to keep you eye not just on China, I want you to keep your eye on Romania. Just watch Romania,” he said.
According to reports in Romanian media, Hunter Biden had business dealings in that country.
In his interview, Giuliani said that the media is refusing to consider evidence of wrongdoing by Biden’s family and that the impeachment inquiry against Trump is unfair.
He said that the notorious Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s were a fairer process than the Trump impeachment inquiry.
“I never wanted in my life to appear at a Salem Witch Trial, which would actually be fairer than this,” Giuliani added.
Credit: Daily Mail