UPDATED 4:23 PM PT — Thursday, September 26, 2019
Senator Mitt Romney may have a connection to Joe Biden’s alleged corruption scandal in Ukraine. According to a report released on Thursday, Romney’s top aide in the 2012 presidential campaign, J. Cofer Black, has served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings since 2017.
Biden’s son Hunter previously worked for Burisma, where he made at least $50,000 a month. Romney’s former aide joined Burisma roughly six months after Hunter Biden left the company’s board. This connection may explain Romney’s cautious stance on impeachment.
“[When] the President of the United States asks or presses the leader of a foreign country to carry out an investigation of a political nature, then that’s troubling… But if there were a quid pro quo, that would take it to an entirely more extreme level.”
— Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah
It is unknown whether Romney and Black maintained close communication after the 2012 election.