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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JUNE 11, 2022 AT 6:13 PM

Paul Plante says:

And believe me, people, not only what a long strange trip this Biden Ukraine situation has been, but what a long, strange trip it continues to be, which thought takes us back to the statement above that Joe Biden’s man Amos Hochstein is a former member of the supervisory board of Ukrainian Naftogaz, from which he resigned in October 2020 by writing an opinion piece that highlighted the return of sabotage in the form of corrupt forces, let’s delve into that matter a bit more by first going back to when Hussein Obama was in the white house and Joe Biden was Hussein’s executive deputy president, and a White House Press Room statement dated November 21, 2014 and titled “FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine,” where we had as follows from Hussein’s propagandists, as follows:

The United States remains firmly committed to supporting Ukraine as it works to establish security, restore economic stability, strengthen the rule of law, advance the fight against corruption, and carry out democratic and constitutional reforms.

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Democratic and constitutional reforms?

Ukraine?

You’re kidding me, because right now, Ukraine is under martial law with constitutional provisions suspended while political parties the ruling Biden-friendly government doesn’t like because the Biden regime doesn’t like them have been outlawed, denying their followers a voice in what is becoming a fascist government with the full backing of our tax dollars being provided to it by Washington, D.C.

And as to that bit about advancing the fight against corruption, according to the Hochstein op-ed, that fight is a losing battle.

Going back to 2014 and the Obama press release, it continues as follows:

The United States stands with the Ukrainian people and their choice of democracy, reform, and European integration.

In pursuit of these objectives, Vice President Joe Biden announced today in Kyiv, Ukraine that, pending approval from Congress, the White House will commit $20 million to support comprehensive reform in the Ukrainian law enforcement and justice sectors, including prosecutorial and anti-corruption reforms.

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Anti-corruption reforms?

Joe Biden?

Yeah, right!

Going back to that press release once more, we come to this relevant item with respect to corruption in Ukraine and Amos Hochstein’s op-ed, to wit:

We are supporting Ukrainian efforts to enhance its own energy production, including through technical assistance to help restructure Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, Naftogaz, and through the introduction of new technologies to boost outputs from existing and new conventional gas fields in Ukraine.

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And there, it would seem, we have Hussein Obama and Joe Biden both tied to this Naftogaz, and that brings us to a Radio Free Europe article on May 04, 2021 by Todd Prince, a senior correspondent for RFE/RL based in Washington, D.C. who lived in Russia from 1999 to 2016, working as a reporter for Bloomberg News and an investment adviser for Merrill Lynch and has traveled extensively around Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia, titled “Ukraine’s ‘Internal Threat’ On Blinken’s Plate After Naftogaz CEO Fired” where we learn as follows, to wit:

When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Kyiv this week and meets with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he will seek to demonstrate strong Western support for Ukraine from the external threat of Russian aggression.

Behind the scenes, however, there could be tension between the two over what Blinken often calls Ukraine’s “internal threat”: corruption and weak institutions.

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Timelines, people, timelines are all important in determining the flow of history from past to present!

In 2014, Hussein Obama and Joe Biden were bragging up them spending U.S. tax dollars to clean up corruption in Ukraine, and seven (7) years later, in 2021, we see corruption in Ukraine as still being an issue.

Going back to the RFE article, we have more as follows, to wit:

One week before Blinken’s expected arrival on May 5, Zelenskiy’s government did exactly the kind of thing that has raised questions in the West about Kyiv’s dedication to reforms, which observers and officials say are needed to make the system strong enough to withstand persistent pressure from Moscow.

The government dismissed Andriy Kobolyev, the respected chief executive officer of Naftogaz, the state-owned energy company that has been at the center of some of Ukraine’s biggest corruption scandals over the past three decades, using a legal loophole to get around Western corporate governance practices it had promised to uphold.

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And this is the same corrupt lash-up in the corrupt ****-hole of Ukraine under Joe’s puppet Zelensky that Joe Biden is continuing to pump our tax dollars into, while telling us that we have a duty to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainians while suffering economic harm as a result.

Getting back to this bull**** story of Bidenism in action, we have more Joe as follows:

Analysts said the stealth move, coming amid an outpouring of Western support for Ukraine in the wake of a big Russian military buildup on its borders and in occupied Crimea, smacked of direct government interference in the management of a state-owned company, a practice that has had dreadful consequences for the Ukrainian economy in the past and which the West is trying to wean Kyiv off.

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The West is “trying” to wean Kyiv off?

In which century do they expect that to happen?

Going back to RFE, we have more to consider, as follows:

Kobolyev’s dismissal provoked pointed criticism from the European Union and the United States, which have tied financial aid to Ukraine to improvements in corporate governance at state-owned companies and overall anti-corruption efforts.

Philip Reeker, acting U.S. assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, called the move “troubling” during a phone briefing with reporters on April 30 and said the United States will push Ukraine’s leaders to “respect transparent corporate governance practices.”

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The United States will push Ukraine’s leaders to “respect transparent corporate governance practices?”

Oh, really?

But I thought that was what Joe Biden and Hussein Obama were doing back in 2014?

Looks like a pretty slow process to me, because the Ukrainians seem slow learners while the Biden team are poor teachers, which again takes us back to RFE, as follows:

The Naftogaz CEO’s ouster was just the latest in a series of actions by the Zelenskiy administration that have raised concerns about a rollback of the reforms achieved since Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych was pushed from power in 2014 by the massive Maidan protests, which were prompted largely by anger over corruption.

Blinken’s response to the situation surrounding Naftogaz will send an important signal to Zelenskiy about just how far President Joe Biden’s administration is willing to go to protect the nation’s reform path, analysts said.

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And that answer is not far, at all, and here for the moment I will take a pause, because there is a lot of red meat on this bone to chew on, and so we will do it by the teaspoon full so as to not checked choked by it.

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THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR JUNE 12, 2022 AT 6:17 PM

Paul Plante says:

And while we are on the subject of the long, strange trip the political career of Joe Biden has been, and continues to be, to our detriment and that of the world, as well, it is interesting how the mere mention of the name Amos Hochstein, a former member of the supervisory board of Ukrainian Naftogaz, from which he resigned in October 2020 by writing an opinion piece that highlighted the return of sabotage in the form of corrupt forces, has opened up the whole can of worms with regard to just how corrupt a ****hole Joe Biden’s pet state and prized possession Ukraine really is under this twerp Zelensky, who thinks OUR America is merely his fetchboy to provide him with whatever he wants when he wants.

As to Amos Hochstein, by all accounts, he was a straight shooter who dared to blow the whistle on Hunter Biden, as we see from this snippet from a Majority Staff Report of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and U.S. Senate Committee on Finance titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns,” to wit:

Key Findings

* In early 2015 the former Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, George Kent, raised concerns to officials in Vice President Joe Biden’s office about the perception of a conflict of interest with respect to Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board. Kent’s concerns went unaddressed, and in September 2016, he emphasized in an email to his colleagues, “Furthermore, the presence of Hunter Biden on the Burisma board was very awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.”

* In October 2015, senior State Department official Amos Hochstein raised concerns with Vice President Biden, as well as with Hunter Biden, that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board enabled Russian disinformation efforts and risked undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine.

* Although Kent believed that Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board was awkward for all U.S. officials pushing an anti-corruption agenda in Ukraine, the Committees are only aware of two individuals — Kent and former U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein — who raised concerns to Vice President Joe Biden (Hochstein) or his staff (Kent).

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And quite obviously, from the fact that he had the integrity to not only resign, but to pen an op-ed blowing the whistle on corruption under the thuggish twerp Zelensky, to whom we are all supposed to be bowing as the savior of democracy for the world, a crock of horse**** given that Zelensky is a dictator who like Hitler before him has suspended the Constitution of Ukraine, nothing got done by Joe Biden and not only did nothing get done, but the whole matter was buried.

According to an article in the Kyiv Post titled “Sabotage of Naftogaz” in 2020, right after Amos Hochstein penned his op-ed exposing corruption in Ukraine tied directly to the twerp Zelensky, Hochstein was highly thought of, to wit:

National gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine has been through a rough couple of weeks.

An unverified government auditor’s report was leaked to the media, CEO Andriy Kobolyev took ill with COVID-19 and supervisory board member Amos Hochstein resigned citing a growing opposition to reform and political interference in Naftogaz’s work.

The escalation in pressure has spooked investors, who fear Ukraine may be slipping faster than previously anticipated from its reform-focused track.

Rather than signalling problems within Naftogaz itself, however, experts see these events as a red flag, potentially heralding attempts to reverse gas market reforms implemented in recent years and a return of corrupt schemes.

In Hochstein’s own words, the state-owned enterprise is “facing sabotage.”

In the years following the Euromaidan revolution Naftogaz built a strong reputation among foreign investors and supporters of reform in Ukraine.

Previously used by politicians for personal enrichment and political horse-trading (which left it unprofitable and in need of state subsidies), it changed radically after new management took over in 2014.

An attack on Naftogaz, hence, is viewed by many as an assault on the legacy of reform and successes achieved in previous years.

Even more concerning for many has been the early October resignation of Hochstein.

A former US diplomat who served in the Obama administration, Hochstein was a guarantor of the integrity of Naftogaz and its ability to withstand political meddling.

Ukraine’s gas sector has historically proved to be the country’s Achilles Heel and has served as a source of endless corruption.

“The American’s departure adds to mounting fears of a return to the corrupt practices that plagued Naftogaz for many years prior to a major shake-up in the Ukrainian gas sector beginning in 2014,” explained Sabadus, adding that the resignation was not a “complete surprise to Ukraine observers who have been paying attention to the removal of numerous reformists from key positions in recent months.”

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So why was that all hushed up, which takes us back to the Radio Free Europe article on May 04, 2021 by Todd Prince, a senior correspondent for RFE/RL based in Washington, D.C. who lived in Russia from 1999 to 2016, working as a reporter for Bloomberg News and an investment adviser for Merrill Lynch and has traveled extensively around Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia, titled “Ukraine’s ‘Internal Threat’ On Blinken’s Plate After Naftogaz CEO Fired” where we have more of that story of endemic corruption in Joe Biden’s Ukraine tied directly to his corrupt little autocratic puppet Zelensky, to wit:

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on April 28 dismissed Naftogaz’s supervisory board, opening a legal door for the removal of Kobolyev, who has been widely credited with turning around the historically graft-infested company during his seven-year reign.

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And there, people, in the murky world inhabited by Joe Biden and his son Hunter, was the unforgivable sin of Andriy Kobolyev, the respected chief executive officer of Naftogaz, the state-owned energy company that has been at the center of some of Ukraine’s biggest corruption scandals over the past three decades – going after corruption that was feeding Hunter Biden, which made Andriy Kobolyev a direct threat to Joe Biden, who controls who can be what in Ukraine.

According to the RFE story, in testimony to Congress in November 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch called Kobolyev “as clean as they come” and “fearless” in pursuing reforms, which raises questions about what role Joe Biden himself was playing here, which takes us back to the Senate Report named above, where we have the following to consider concerning the role of Joe Biden in protecting Ukraine’s corruption, to wit:

Access to relevant documents and testimony has been persistently hampered by criminal investigations, impeachment proceedings, COVID-19, and several instances of obstructive behavior.

Accordingly, this investigation has taken longer than it should have.

The Chairmen’s efforts have always been driven by our belief that the public has the right to know about wrongdoing and conflicts of interest occurring within government, and especially those conflicts brought about by the actions of governmental officials.

This is a good-government oversight investigation that relies on documents and testimony from U.S. agencies and officials, not a Russian disinformation campaign, as our Democratic colleagues have falsely stated.

What the Chairmen discovered during the course of this investigation is that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.

Moreover, this investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch.

And, as will be discussed in later sections, Hunter Biden was not the only Biden who cashed in on Joe Biden’s vice presidency.

This report not only details examples of extensive and complex financial transactions involving the Bidens, it also describes the quandary other U.S. governmental officials faced as they attempted to guide and support Ukraine’s anticorruption efforts.

The Committees will continue to evaluate the information and evidence as it becomes available.

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And there, people, is a good place to pause and take a rest to let this all sink in – the murky world of Joe and Hunter Biden, so stay tuned, for there is much more of this story yet to come.

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