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Burisma-linked firm allegedly promised ‘access’ to Clinton campaign in 2016



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Fox News obtained emails from former Obama State Department official George Kent, and they’re reportedly full of promises to foreign figures of access to U.S. politicians. The emails surround Blue Star Strategies, a political firm with ties to Hunter Biden and Burisma, and their interactions with Former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko. Kent originally sent them to the then Obama administration senior officials, leading up to the 2016 campaign.

In the email, Kent claims he met with Lutsenko “one on one after I’d SMSed him regarding stories that he was using a third party lobbyist to pull together a planned trip to DC turned into a chat over Thai food at the DCR.” That lobbyist turned out to be Blue Star, which is now under investigation for lobbying illegally. During their meeting, Kent wrote that Lutsenko “confirmed he has been pitched by Blue Star, not sought them out.”

“Blue Star CEO [Karen] Tramantano’s pitch was that she could gain him access to high levels of the Clinton campaign (GPK note: she was Podesta’s deputy as deputy COS the last year of Bill Clinton’s tenure), and that was appealing—to meet the possible next Presidential Chief of Staff,” Kent wrote. 

The emails were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by Citizens United.

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’



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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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