Burisma-linked firm offered Ukrainian prosecutor ‘access’ to Clinton camp, Obama officials’ emails show
Former Obama State Department official George Kent had promised access to "high levels of the Clinton campaign." Fox News
The CEO of Blue Star Strategies — a lobbying firm with ties to the Ukrainian oil company Burisma, where Hunter Biden sat on the board of directors — told former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko that they could get him “access” to “high levels” of the Clinton campaign in the two weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election, according to a report.
The report comes from Fox News, which obtained an email sent by Obama-era State Department official George Kent to a number of colleagues about a meeting between himself and Lutsenko in September 2016.
In the email, dated Sept. 4, 2016, Kent explained that he met with Lutsenko “one on one after I’d SMSed him regarding stories that he was using a third party lobbyist to pull together a planned trip to DC,” which he said “turned into a chat over Thai food at the DCR.”
“He said he honestly didn’t know how Blue Star was to get paid — he didn’t have funds — and that some BPP MP that we probably didn’t know ‘and that’s good’ (Truhubenko??) had introduced them to him,” Kent wrote, not specifying who “Truhubenko” is.
Getting into the “pitch,” Kent said Blue Star had promised access to “high levels of the Clinton campaign,” including “the possible next Presidential Chief of Staff,” John Podesta.
“Blue Star CEO [Karen] Tramantano’s pitch was that she could gain him access to high levels of the Clinton campaign (GPK note: she was [John] Podesta’s deputy as deputy COS the last year of Bill Clinton’s tenure), and that was appealing — to meet the possible next Presidential Chief of Staff,” he wrote.
“But I pointed out that wasn’t too likely 6 weeks before the election, and that the embassies could arrange meetings at DOJ and State, and the Ukr embassy on the Hill,” he continued. “As for the Hill, not many members would be around 6 weeks before an election when Congress would be in recess, and the attention of the chattering think tank class would be on UNGA. Not the best timing, apart from DOJ and State.”
Kent also made reference to Burisma in the email and the meeting, writing, “In connection to Blue Star, I noted their representation of Burisma/Zlochevsk
Lutsenko, Kent said, “mentioned the various money flows from Ukraine to lobbyists that had been prominently in the news this past month, whether Manafort/Klueyev via Brussels to Podesta Group and Weber/Mercury, Yanu’s Justice Minister Lavrynovych to Skaden/arps-and Greg Caid—and Pinchuk to Clinton Foundation, and the media attention being paid at present to the Kyiv/ Washington lobbyist gravy train.”
“And he got the drift. Not ideal timing, little receptive audience, and wrong facilitator,” he added.
“He said he’d figure out a better time when there would be more traction/ better audience.”