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Why was Hunter Biden’s business partner meeting with John Kerry in 2016?

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Devon Archer, the former business partner of Hunter Biden and fellow board member of Burisma Holdings, met with then-Secretary of State John Kerry just weeks before the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Burisma was fired in 2016.

The meeting, which took place on March 2, 2016, at the State Department in Washington, D.C., has raised questions about the potential influence of political figures on the Ukrainian investigation.

According to a redacted State Department email, Archer’s visit was arranged for him to meet with “S,” which subsequent investigations have confirmed to be Secretary Kerry.

The nature of their discussion remains unclear, and there is no definitive evidence that Burisma or any related matters were discussed during the meeting.

However, the timing of the meeting, occurring less than four weeks before the dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, has fueled speculation.

At the time of the meeting, both Devon Archer and Hunter Biden had been serving on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, for approximately two years.

Notably, then-Vice President Joe Biden had recently returned from a trip to Ukraine during which he warned that the U.S. would withhold $1 billion in aid unless Ukrainian officials removed Shokin from his position.

Biden’s stance was rooted in his belief that Shokin was not adequately addressing corruption within the country.

The released State Department email has prompted further investigation into the matter. Senators Grassley and Johnson expressed concerns about the meeting back in 2019 and requested additional records from the encounter, as well as records of other meetings involving Hunter Biden, such as his 2015 meeting with Antony Blinken.

In a recent interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, Viktor Shokin, the fired Ukrainian prosecutor, reiterated his claim that he was ousted from his position at the insistence of then-Vice President Joe Biden due to his investigation into Burisma.

Shokin alleged that had he continued his inquiry, evidence of corrupt activities involving Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, and others would have been uncovered.

Shokin’s narrative is complemented by an email sent by Burisma executive Vadym Pozharsky in November 2015, which proposed a strategy to enlist the help of Blue Star Strategies, a lobbying firm, to counter allegations of corruption against Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky.

The email discussed arranging meetings between influential U.S. policy-makers and Ukrainian officials to support Zlochevsky’s cause and prevent any legal actions against him in Ukraine.

While the exact details of the Archer-Kerry meeting and its potential implications on the Ukrainian investigation remain subject to speculation, it serves as a reminder of the intricate intersections between politics, business, and international relations. As further information emerges, it is likely that discussions surrounding this meeting will continue to shape public discourse on matters of accountability and transparency.

 

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Ford’s all-electric plan for Europe proves too challenging to achieve by 2030

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Ford has revised its plan to go fully electric in Europe by 2030, admitting it was too ambitious.

Originally aiming to transition entirely to electric vehicles, the automaker now plans to continue producing some internal combustion engine vehicles alongside electric ones.

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Democrats scramble to rally behind Harris as Trump allies launch next phase of campaign

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Biden Withdraws: President Joe Biden Ends Reelection Bid, Endorses Kamala Harris.

 

After weeks of battling to salvage his political career – claiming he wouldn’t be stepping down after a disastrous debate performance – the president’s sudden change of course was not announced through an Oval Office address or a campaign speech. Instead, it was revealed in a letter posted to social media while he was recovering from Covid-19 at his beach house in Delaware.

“And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term,” Biden wrote in a letter posted to X.

Harris expressed her gratitude for Biden’s endorsement, stating she is “honoured” and committed to “earning and winning” the nomination. Should she secure the nomination, Harris would make history as the first Black woman and first Asian American to lead the ticket of a major political party. To facilitate her candidacy, the Biden-Harris campaign has updated its filings with the Federal Election Commission, renaming its principal committee to reflect Harris’s new status as a presidential candidate.

Despite Biden’s support, the path forward remains uncertain. It is unclear whether Harris will automatically become the nominee or what alternative processes the Democratic Party might consider. Additionally, sources suggest that Senator Joe Manchin, an independent from West Virginia, is contemplating re-registering as a Democrat to enter the presidential race.

In response to Biden’s withdrawal, former President Donald Trump criticised Biden as “the worst president by far in the history of our country” during a call with CNN. Trump has also launched a fundraising appeal to rally his supporters.

 

 

 

 

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Trump allies launch campaign against Kamala Harris as he boasts an easier victory

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Donald Trump has said he thinks Kamala Harris will be easier to beat than Joe Biden.

With Biden out, Trump’s campaign will now adjust its strategy, focusing on attacking Harris and any other possible Democratic candidates. They aim to convince voters that Harris would be just as ineffective as Biden.

Biden faced growing doubts about his ability to win re-election, especially after a weak debate performance against Trump. Some Democrats also lost confidence in his leadership, leading him to step down.

Donald Trump said he thinks Kamala Harris will be easier to defeat than Biden. Trump and his team quickly began attacking both Biden and Harris online, claiming that Biden was not fit to be president and that Harris would be just as bad.

Allies of former President Donald Trump quickly launched their campaign against Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday afternoon, preparing a series of anti-Harris ads and planning their strategies for attacking her.

“I call her laughing Kamala,” Trump told the crowd, during his nearly two-hour appearance. “You can tell a lot by a laugh. She’s crazy. She’s nuts.”

 

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