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Another witness tells GOP she saw no corruption from Joe Biden

WASHINGTON — The head of a Democratic lobby group that represented a Ukrainian energy company told lawmakers Monday that she was unaware of any involvement by the president. Joe Biden in his son Hunter’s business.

Republicans have requested a transcribed interview with Karen Tramontano, CEO of Blue Star Strategies, as part of their impeachment inquiry into Biden. Their main accusation is that the Ukrainian gas company Burisma bribed Biden for a favor when he was vice president during the Obama administration.

“Neither Hunter Biden and Vice President Joe Biden had no financial or other involvement in my company’s work with Burisma,” Tramontano told lawmakers, according to an opening statement obtained by HuffPost.

“I am also not aware of any financial arrangements or compensation with then-Vice President Biden in connection with his son’s business dealings with Burisma or otherwise,” Tramontano said.

Tramontano is the last of a series of witnesses to tell lawmakers they knew of no corruption on the part of the Bidens and had not seen the president get involved in his son’s work. Republicans have struggled to substantiate their allegations of corruption, and it is unclear whether they will ever muster enough support for an actual impeachment vote.

Monday’s deposition was actually the second time Tramontano testified about Burma on Capitol Hill. Senate Republicans first spoke to him in 2020 as part of their investigation into the same corruption allegation against Biden. That year, Republican senators explored whether Biden pushed for the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor to protect Burisma because his son served on the company’s board.

State Department officials said the prosecutor’s ouster was their policy, not Joe Biden’s, and that the prosecutor wasted U.S. taxpayer dollars by stifling a U.S.-sponsored anti-corruption initiative. United. As HuffPost reported, Tramontano and another Blue Star executive, Sally Painter, testified in that investigation that the State Department had a “negative” view of Burma that they were unable to change. State Department officials have said they consider Burisma’s founder corrupt and want him prosecuted.

THE Senate GOP investigators concludedit was unclear whether Hunter Biden’s work had any effect on U.S. politics.

“To the best of my knowledge, nothing has changed since I testified before the Senate and the DOJ regarding my firm’s work for Burisma,” Tramontano said Monday. (Moreover, the Ministry of Justice had previously investigated Blue Star for not registering as a foreign agent for his work at Burisma.)

Even as Republicans reaffirm the Burisma allegations that were debunked in 2020 and 2019, when Donald Trump first made them, they have uncovered new evidence. Lawmakers unearthed an FBI fact sheet in which a confidential source reported that the founder of Burisma claimed to have paid $5 million each to Joe and Hunter Biden. The informant said he could not vouch for that claim.

Last year, House Republicans sifted through thousands of pages of Hunter Biden’s bank records — as well as thousands of his emails, text messages and other documents taken from his laptop and phone — and have yet to produce any evidence of the alleged bribes. (They found truck payments.)

Republicans have not indicated they will seek testimony from State Department officials who have already testified against Biden’s corruption allegations.

“We are reviewing the statements made by Tramontano and Painter,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told HuffPost earlier this month. “We’re looking at all this old stuff.”

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Jeoffro René

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