Hunter Biden’s dubious business dealings raise specter of a ‘compromised’ president
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, right, watches as his son campaign manager and veteran lobbyist Tony Podesta, left, speaks during the third Democratic presidential primary debate in Miami, Thursday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, right, watches as his son campaign manager and veteran lobbyist Tony Podesta, left, speaks during the third Democratic primary debate in Miami, Thursday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of President Donald Trump’s campaign manager’s former lobbying partner is raising concerns about his dealings with foreign governments as part of his presidential bid, including accusations that he received help from Russia and that his company took advantage of Ukrainian government officials.
The latest controversy involves Hunter Biden’s business dealings on behalf of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings that have left Trump allies and Democrats stunned. The younger Biden, whose father, the Delaware senator and Democratic presidential nominee, was on the board of Burisma, is at the center of the controversy.
He and his son work for Global Energy Producers LLC, a Delaware company with a single main office in Delaware and no significant revenue or profits, according to public filings. Global Energy Producers also lists its office address as a Delaware LLC.
The company has been linked to Hunter Biden: It was involved in a $3.1 million investment in the company at the start of 2018, one of just three high-level foreign investments the younger Biden has received in his lifetime.
Hunter Biden told the Ukrainian company that he expected to receive $32,000 a month in salary as a board member after joining in 2014 before he was asked to step down, according to two people familiar with the situation. His father, the senator, told the board that he would receive “close to zero” compensation, the people said.
Hunter Biden was on the board until May 6, 2019, when the board was informed that he would be leaving for the United States, said the second person.
The elder Biden was asked to step down last summer by Ukraine’s then-