By Olivier Knox and Meredith Shiner
In the span of a few weeks, an energy firm little-known inside the United States added two members to its board of directors — scoring connections to Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden in the bargain.
On April 22, Cyprus-based Burisma announced that financier Devon Archer had joined its board. Archer, who shared a room in college with Kerry’s stepson, Christopher Heinz, served as national finance co-chair for the former senator’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Then, on Monday, the firm announced that Biden’s younger son, R. Hunter Biden, would join the board of directors.
Why would the company, which bills itself as Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, need such powerful friends in Washington?
- VP Biden’s son joins Ukraine gas company’s board Associated Press
- [$$] Biden’s Son, Kerry Family Friend Join Ukrainian Gas Producer’s Board The Wall Street Journal
- VP Biden’s son joins Ukrainian gas company’s board Associated Press
- Obama to visit Poland in June as part of Europe tour: Biden AFP
- Kiev: Biden Talks Bluntly About Corruption Huffington Post