Is it all starting to make sense now?
Are the dots all starting to connect?
Because they are for me.
The lone Republican to vote AGAINST President Trump and FOR impeachment was none other than RINO Romney.
Or Benedict Romney.
Both names seem fitting.
But why did he do it?
He claims it was out of morals and principle.
Many don’t buy that story.
I’ve seen many say he’s just bitter and embarrassed that Trump is President and he’s not.
But did we just discover the real reason?
Does it have much more to do with the fact that Romney has ties of his own to Ukraine?
Now before we go any further I want to make clear that “guilt by association” is a flimsy foundation to build a house on.
We’ve all probably had some contacts in our life we aren’t proud of.
Just because we had some connection to a person doesn’t mean we’re responsible for everything they’ve ever done.
But in this case, now that we’ve made this connection the question arises…..was there much more happening behind the scenes that we don’t realize?
THAT, my friends, is the million dollar question.
So here’s what we’ve now learned….
Joseph Cofer Black is a CIA operative and former top level Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney.
He also happened to serve on the Burisma Board of Directors.
Of course we all know that Hunter Biden also was on the Board.
Take a look at Charlie's Tweet below and the very salient response:
Many are immediately skeptical of Romney's motiviations:
Once CIA, always CIA:
Was Mitt Romney's vote a conflict of interest?
Our friends over at The Federalist did a great dive into this topic:
As Democrats and the media remain fanatically obsessed with assembling some form of a “quid pro quo” from the infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call, new details have emerged regarding Burisma, the company for which Hunter Biden worked and the company that Ukraine’s top prosecutor had been investigating before Vice President Joe Biden had the prosecutor fired via a months-long pressure campaign. According to web archives, top Mitt Romney adviser Joseph Cofer Black, who publicly goes by “Cofer Black,” joined Burisma’s board of directors while Hunter Biden was also serving on the board.
According to The New Yorker, Hunter joined Burisma’s board in April of 2014 and remained on it until he declined to renew his position this past May. Meanwhile, according to Burisma’s website, Black was appointed in February of 2017 and continues to serve on its board. The timelines would indicate that Black and Biden worked together at Burisma, and indeed, web archives from late 2017 show Black and Biden listed simultaneously on the board.
Black joined the CIA in 1974 and eventually climbed the ranks to become director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him ambassador at large and coordinator for counterterrorism. He later worked at Blackwater as a vice chairman before joining Romney’s campaign as a “special adviser” on Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team in October of 2011. In 2017, Black joined the board of Burisma.
And I had to laugh at this article from the Huffington Post from back in 2017....
First of all, check out the headline:
What does that even mean?
From the article:
Former Director of CIA’s Counterterrorist Center joined Burisma’s board, and he will help to expand the company’s global presence.
Burisma Group, an independent oil and gas company with operations in Ukraine, announced that Joseph Cofer Black will join the company’s board of directors. Joseph Cofer Black’s past experience includes: Director of CIA’s Counterterrorist Center between 1999 and 2002, and Ambassador at Large for Counter-Terrorism between 2002 and 2004. With such a strong background, Mr. Black will be leading the company’s security and strategic development efforts.
According to President of Burisma Group Nikolay Zlochevskyi, “We are excited that Mr. Black has agreed to serve as a member of Burisma’s Board...Burisma is expanding into new and emerging markets and is actively pursuing global energy projects.”
Here’s a look at Joseph Cofer Black’s profile, depicting why he would be a great fit for Burisma’s security and strategic development efforts in different countries. Black is well recognized across the globe for his work in counterterrorism, cybersecurity, foreign affairs, national security, as well as experience in international business development and strategies.
After three decades serving the public up until 2005, Black moved to the private sector to guide companies to protect against security threats, as well as provide guidance on strategic expansion in countries with high barriers of entry. Black has also worked with several international companies and provided advice regarding strategic business development and various areas of risks.
That being said, Joseph Cofer Black is sure to provide Burisma with guidance in multiple areas, and consequently, it will allow the company to strategically expand and develop its business, while increasing its security measures.
Black Will Be A Valuable Addition To Burisma’s Board
Mr. Black stated “I was impressed to learn that Burisma Group is the fastest-growing private gas producer in Central Europe. International projects where the Group is involved require a more thorough analysis and risk assessment, not only in terms of conventional risks - financial or political but also in terms of security.”
Additionally, Mr. Black knows the difficulties in today’s time as more companies move to information technologies. Leveraging the knowledge of Joseph Cofer Black, Burisma would be able to deal with and prevent potential cybersecurity threats and other related risks. In turn, this will save the company a great deal of money over time. Moreover, Black has experience in a plethora of countries across the globe, which would help Burisma in expanding its business.
Black went on to say, “Knowing all too well the energy and security challenges Ukraine has had to manage, I am pleased to join the Board of a privately held company that has been continuously working to ensure Ukraine’s energy security. Burisma should be proud of its contributions to Ukraine’s economy through its investments in production, job creation and expansion and its tax payments to the state.”
RedState had more:
Now unlike the junior senator from Utah, Mitt Romney who voted to convict President Donald Trump when it came to Senate impeachment trial, we don’t make judgements without the evidence to support them.
So we’d like to present a data point with no judgement as to what it might mean or if it means anything at all.
We just note it as an interesting fact in the whole calculus of everything that has been going on.
At the center of a lot of the storm surrounding impeachment was the question of the Hunter Biden relationship with Burisma and the conflict of interest it presented with his father Joe Biden, the then-Vice President, being the Obama administration point man on Ukraine.
President Donald Trump was impeached but acquitted after he inquired of President Volodymyr Zelensky if the “Biden investigation,” meaning the investigation the Ukrainians had been looking at involving Burisma, was properly dropped. The concern about whether there was corruption in the process was among other reasons because of a video of Joe Biden admitting that he threatened to withhold aid/loan guarantees from Ukraine if they didn’t fire the prosecutor. The prosecutor reportedly raided the home of the head of Burisma on February 2, 2016, according to the Kyiv Post. The prosecutor was fired in March, 2016.
Hunter Biden served on the Burisma board from April 2014 until the spring of 2019.
Joseph Cofer Black, who goes by Cofer Black, was appointed to the Burisma board in February 2017, so overlapping with Hunter Biden being on the board. Cofer Black appears to still be on the board, according to PJ Media, he’s listed on their website. According to the Federalist,
web archives show them serving on the board together.
NPR noted that had been investigations and questions about Burisma prior to the appointment of Biden or Cofer Black.
In spring 2014, the company appointed Hunter Biden and a former Polish president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, to its board. Three years later, Burisma added Cofer Black, a former CIA official and foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, to the board.
“I believe the only reason Burisma and Zlochevsky were inviting people with such names was to whitewash their reputation and to present themselves as a company doing legitimate business in Ukraine,” says Daria Kaleniuk, head of the nongovernmental Anti-Corruption Action Center in Kyiv.
Wikipedia confirms Black is CIA:
Joseph Cofer Black (born 1950) is a former CIA official who was appointed Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism by President George W. Bush and led the Office of Counterterrorism in the U.S. State Department until his resignation in 2004. Previously Black served in the Directorate of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center (CTC).
Wikipedia also confirms Black was a top Romney advisor:
I decided to pull up the Burisma website to see if I could learn more about it's Board of Directors.
What I found was very interesting.
To get into the website I first had to complete two CAPTCHAS.
After passing those, I was then immediately banned from access:
It was my first time ever trying to access the site.
Does everyone get banned?
No worries, I was able to access an archive of the page through the Wayback Machine (Internet Archive at Archive.org).
And sure enough, there he is on the Board!
Take a look:
And his bio: