John Kerry’s stepson ended his business relationship with Hunter Biden after he made a deal with a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch, the Washington Examiner reports.
According to internal State Department correspondence from 2014 released to the Examiner, Biden’s joining the board of Burisma Holdings caused tension within his inner circle due to his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, overseeing the White House’s policy on Ukraine at that time. Biden and Kerry’s stepson Christopher Heinz were at that time the co-owners of the private equity firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, where Heinz’ college roommate, Devon Archer, was a managing partner.
In 2014, Biden and Archer became members of the board of Burisma Holdings, which was being investigated in a probe of money laundering in the United Kingdom. He stepped down earlier this year, before his father announced his presidential campaign.
“Apparently Devon and Hunter both joined the board of Burisma and a press release went out today,” Heinz wrote in an email on May 13, 2014 to two of his father’s top State Department aides. “I cant (sic) speak why they decided to, but theJohn Kerry’s Stepson Severed Ties with Hunter Biden After Ukraine Dealre was no investment by our firm in their company.”
Citizens United obtained the correspondence through a public information request, and the organization claims that the email raises questions about Heinz’ reasons for contacting State Department staffers.
“Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Through Rosemont Capital, Mr. Heinz owned a minority interest in Rosemont Seneca Partners until 2015,” a spokesperson for told the Examiner. “Neither Mr. Heinz, nor any business in which he had an interest, was involved in Burisma.”