Charlotte Tyler
August 12, 2023

Top House Republican slams 'damning photo' of Biden with Hunter-affiliated adviser on Ukraine mission in 2015

House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, criticized a "damaging photo" depicting then-Vice President Joe Biden with an adviser linked to his son, Hunter, as Fox News reported.

The photo depicting then-Vice President Joe Biden with his current adviser, who has ties to the first son, was taken aboard Air Force Two during the current commander in chief's infamous 2015 mission to Ukraine.

According to emails previously reported by Fox News Digital, Amos Hochstein, the current special presidential coordinator for President Biden, communicated with Hunter and Hunter's associates at Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings while the first son served on the firm's board.

A photograph taken by White House photographer David Lienemann depicts then-Vice President Biden being briefed by Hochstein aboard Air Force Two

The photo was taken on his way to meet Ukrainian leaders in Kiev on December 6, 2015, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid if they did not dismiss their chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.

From The Lawmaker

"This damning picture of then Vice President Joe Biden on Air Force Two en route to Ukraine talking with Amos Hochstein is just further evidence that Biden and senior officials in the Biden Administration not only knew of Hunter Biden's corrupt foreign business dealings, but also that Joe Biden was intimately involved while Vice President," Stefanik told Fox News Digital in a statement.

"At the time of this photo, Hochstein was in communication with Hunter Biden and Burisma where Hunter served on the board," she continued.

"We also know that this photo was taken on Air Force Two ahead of Joe Biden's now infamous meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, where Biden threatened to have aid withheld if a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Burisma was not fired," the lawmaker went on.

"All evidence points directly to Joe Biden being deeply compromised. House Republicans will leave no stone unturned in our investigations into Biden’s involvement in his family's influence peddling scheme," Stefanik added.

Hochstein's Position

Hochstein, who served as special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs during the Obama-Biden administration, was appointed Biden's special coordinator for global infrastructure and energy security in August 2021, and was promoted to Biden's special presidential coordinator in February 2022.

Fox News Digital reported in June that in the summer of 2014, shortly after joining the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, Hunter and his associates at Burisma and his now-defunct Rosemont Seneca Partners discussed speaking with Hochstein for contacts who could help private energy companies navigate a new tax in Ukraine.

The White House and the State Department did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News Digital.

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