Many people were curious about why Joe Biden would lift sanctions on companies building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline especially after killing the vital Keystone Pipeline here in the United States. This would increase Putin’s power and put much of Europe, especially Germany at the mercy of the Russian government. But, it turns out that the Big Guy had a perfectly good reason for lifting the sanctions so the pipeline could be built. Money.
President Trump had placed the sanctions on the pipeline to put Russian power in check. It was most effective but then a Russian lobbyist made a generous political contribution to Biden and viola, the sanctions disappeared. He had no problem closing down the Keystone Pipeline, throwing 55,000 out of their high paying jobs. Maybe they should have paid the Big Guy off.
The New York Post reported:
President Biden and his allies raked in campaign cash from a top Russia lobbyist in 2020, just months before his administration’s decision to scrap sanctions on a controversial firm building a Russian oil pipeline to Germany.
Richard Burt, a managing partner at McLarty Associates and a former U.S. ambassador to Germany during the Reagan administration, ponied up $4,000 for Joe Biden in October 2020 and dropped another $10,000 in the lefty-aligned political action committee Unite The County in March 2020, FEC records show.
In addition to violating Biden’s own campaign pledge not to take lobbyist cash, the money from Burt is particularly noteworthy as he is currently directly engaged in lobbying activities for Nord Stream 2 AG.
“When Richard Burt donated to Biden Victory Fund, he failed to acknowledge that he was a registered foreign agent and was therefore ineligible to contribute,” a Democratic National Committee spokesman told The Post. “Because Burt also listed a different employer than on his [Foreign Agents Registration Act] registration, he was not flagged during our vetting process.”
The Switzerland-based Nord Stream 2 , controlled by an ex-East German stasi officer and close ally of Vladimir Putin is currently engaging in sanctionable activity according to Biden’s State Department. Team Biden raised suspicions when they claimed lifting the sanctions was in the best interests of the United States, when there was clearly none.
After the NY Post discovered the campaign contributions, the Biden campaign say they returned the money. I’ll bet that leaves a bruise.