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State Department Official had Concerns About Ukraine Firm's Corruption in 2016


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A top State Department official revealed to Congress that he expected corruption from Burisma holdings, the Ukraine Company linked to Hunter Biden, back in 2016.

According to The Daily Caller:

A senior State Department official told Congress on Tuesday that he had concerns in 2016 with corruption involving Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy firm linked to Hunter Biden, two sources familiar with his testimony told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

George Kent, who serves as deputy assistant secretary of state for Eurasian and European affairs, spoke at length Tuesday about Burisma’s problems with corruption, the two sources told the DCNF. They shared details of the deposition on condition of anonymity.

The career diplomat also said that he raised concerns with USAID in 2016 regarding an event that the agency was to have with Burisma, which is owned by Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky.

Kent was worried because the event involved children, and he did not feel comfortable with them being photographed in conjunction with the company, the two sources said. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.

This could lend legitimacy to President Trump's claim that he was simply asking for corruption to be investigated and did not expect any quid pro quo.