Top Aide of Mitt Romney’s Was on the Board of Burisma


Mitt Romney’s top aide was on the board of Burisma in February of 2017.

According to an article published in the Huffington Post shortly after President Trump was inaugurated, a former top CIA official joined the board of Burisma, Ukraine’s largest provider of natural gas.

Burisma is the oil and gas company at the center of a controversy about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, who also served on Burisma’s board.**

The article says that Joseph Cofer Black would be “leading the company’s security and strategic development efforts.” Black had served in various CIA positions under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.

According to reports, Cofer Black was a “top Romney aide.” Black worked at Blackwater as a vice chairman before joining Romney’s campaign as a “special adviser” on Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team in October of 2011.

HuffPo praised the connection because Black aimed to expand the company’s global presence.

And, oh joy, they’re expanding right here in the United States.

According to The New Yorker, Hunter joined Burisma’s board in April of 2014 and remained on it until he declined to renew his position this past May. Meanwhile, according to Burisma’s website, Black was appointed in February of 2017 and continues to serve on its board. The timelines would indicate that Black and Biden worked together at Burisma, and indeed, web archives from late 2017 show Black and Biden listed simultaneously on the board, The Federalist reported in September.

It appears that Burisma was buying famous names to promote their company’s business. In addition to Hunter Biden and Cofer Black, they put a former president of Poland from 1995 to 2005, Aleksander Kwaśniewski on the board, paying them all lavish salaries.

In 2015, Ukraine appointed Viktor Shokin as their new prosecutor. His removal in 2016 is at the center of the bribery allegations.

Biden bragged about his role in the firing of the prosecutor, Mr. Shokin.

There were a number of others who wanted Shokin fired for not probing Yanukovych. No matter what, this was a conflict of interest for Joe Biden.

While Joe denied knowing of his son’s business, after taking him to Ukraine via Air Force 2, his son Hunter told the New Yorker, they did discuss it once.

USA Today reports polls show Americans 2 to 1 want an investigation of the Bidens. Joe has always had issues and with his penchant for deceit, he never should have gotten to where he is now.

Perhaps more will come out about Romney and his connections as well.

** Burisma was owned by Mykola Zlochevsky, a minister who went into exile after a popular revolution removed President Viktor F. Yanukovych. With Yanukovych gone, Zlochevsky faced numerous corruption investigations involving Burisma Holdings.

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Alejandro M Castro
Alejandro M Castro
3 years ago

Mitt Romney is showing the dirty water where he washed his face. The Turn Coat” has gone Left after many of us stood with him and voted to try and elect him to the presidency. I have instructed my family I don’t want his name to be mentioned around our house. He’s another one of the belligerent liars Demorats.

Show me
Show me
3 years ago

Ihor Kolomoisky appears to have been the actual owner at the time Hunter Biden was on the board.
This was in an article Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Saker blog, and was published on “Zero Hedge”
Here Is The Dirt Trump Wanted About The Bidens (And Why Zelensky Doesn’t Want To Give It To Him) by Tyler Durden
Sun, 09/29/2019 – 13:00.
Burisma was apparently exchanging ownership, or changing ownership pretty regularly.
Most of this was going on during the Ukrainian civil war, and there was potential for money laundering and shell companies.
I think around 5.5 billion dollars went missing, transferred to banks in Austria, other European countries as well, and then apparently ended up missing.
The bank where it happened was nationalized, and then Ukrainian depositors ended up holding the bag or the obligation.
Much of what was going on in Ukraine may have been a CIA operation, especially the protests at the Maiden, the deposed government and other people taking over leadership.
I’m not sure the western media is reporting the facts, but the facts are pretty difficult to come by.
There may be people in CIA who are trying to cover their tracks in Ukraine, because it sounds like a CIA operation that went wrong, the the country ended up splitting up with Russia taking over Crimea and dominating separatist provinces in the east where much of the fighting has taken place. I think ten thousand people have been killed in the fighting, combatants and non-combatants.
Much of this occurred under Obama’s watch, although Biden was apparently the “point man” in Ukraine.
Before sending more money to Ukraine, it would be advisable, if not essential, to find out where money was going in Ukraine, since undeniably, a lot of money had disappeared, essentially stolen.

3 years ago

Yeah we wouldn’t know any of it except ‘The Donald’ come along.

Interesting to see who all gets caught up in all this.

Navy Vet Tony
Navy Vet Tony
3 years ago

It’s starting to look like Ukraine is the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the political corruption of the last 10 years. Each time someone actually chips away at this iceberg more political faces and family members are exposed. It is way pass time to “drain the swamp”.

3 years ago

Romney’s a snake. An “R.O.R.” i.e. a Roll Over Republican. He deliberately threw the election to Obama – you can tell from the second debate on. He didn’t want to win. And he’s a back-stabber par excellence.

3 years ago
Reply to  Duckandcover

Romney is a Ben Dover Republican. Let’s not mittigate it by saying he only rolls over.