Biden Communications with State Department - Lawsuits Filed with John Solomon
UPDATE (Nov. 2, 2020): For 18 months, the State Department has withheld documents from the American public showing that communications between Hunter Biden, his companies, and his associates and the Ukrainian government. For 18 months, the State Department has promised SLF client John Solomon that it would produce these records and finally response to Mr. Solomon's Freedom of Information Act request - and once again it has failed to do so.
For reasons that have still never been explained, the State Department missed its last two production deadlines in our federal lawsuit. Even more egregious than missing the deadlines, is that the State Department confirmed it would produce all records by October 31, only to notify SLF and Mr. Solomon late on October 30 that it was withholding the records until a specified date which falls after the election.
In a letter to the State Department, SLF General Counsel Kim Hermann explains: "These delays are unacceptable. The State Department's decision to withhold communications between Hunter Biden, his companies, and his associates and the Ukrainian government can only be seen as an attempt to influence and interfered with tomorrow's presidential election." She continues: "The American public has a right and a need to know about those communications - especially given what has recently been confirmed regarding [Hunter's] business dealings with China."
SLF will continue to pursue the records on Mr. Solomon and the American public's behalf.
UPDATE (Aug. 12, 2020): New documents
produced by the State Department in response to a lawsuit filed by SLF on behalf of John Solomon reveal a host of critical pieces of information in the Ukraine-Burisma-Biden saga, betraying parts of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's congressional testimony about her familiarity with Burisma and the former Vice President's son, Hunter.
Just The News, founded by investigative journalist and SLF client John Solomon, today reports on the new documents. As he explains: "The memos . . . add new significance to a long-running Senate investigation into the Bidens' activities and perceived conflicts of interest in Ukraine."
The records obtained by SLF were withheld from Senate investigators who first learned of their existence from SLF and Mr. Solomon's FOIA lawsuit. As Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson said in an interview with John Solomon Reports podcast: "We have been so frustrated in our attempt to get the documentation that we need before we can sit down and interview people, and as I understand it, the documents you just obtained in your FOIA request we haven't received unbelievably."
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UPDATE (Nov. 7, 2019): Following the State Department’s first release of documents to John Solomon and Southeastern Legal Foundation,Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senators Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) asked the State Department to provide them all documents about Hunter Biden’s and Burisma’s contacts by the end of this month.
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UPDATE (Nov. 5, 2019): After months of back and forth with the U.S. Department of Justice, including scheduling orders issued by U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden, the U.S. State Department has released over 200 pages to SLF’s client John Solomon in response to his Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Southeastern Legal Foundation.
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As Mr. Solomon explains in a blockbuster news report issued overnight, the newly released memos show that “Hunter Biden and his Ukrainian gas firm colleagues had multiple contacts with the Obama State Department during the 2016 election cycle, including one just a month before Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire the prosecutor investigating his son’s company for corruption.”
Those contacts include scheduled meetings between Devon Archer and Secretary of State John Kerry, between a U.S. representative for Burisma Holdings and Undersecretary of State Catherine A. Novelli, and between Hunter Biden and his father’s longtime trusted aide and then-Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken. While these records are a start, many questions still remain. The FOIA lawsuit is ongoing and SLF expects State officials to produce additional records in the months ahead.
WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2019): Southeastern Legal Foundation announced today that on behalf of its client, award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon, it filed a federal lawsuit against the State Department for records of communications between the State Department (including the U.S. Embassy in Kiev) and Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, Burisma Holdings, Rosemont Seneca Partners, and/or Blue Star Strategies.
SLF filed the lawsuits after the State Department failed to respond to Mr. Solomon’s May 6, 2019 Freedom of Information Act requests. 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?
As Mr. Solomon explains, “[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.”
“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?”
In his FOIA Requests, Mr. Solomon simply seeks to answer those 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," said Todd Young, SLF executive director. "The well-documented series of events involving Ukraine begs for public disclosure."
Click here for lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia