(THE EPOCH TIMES) – Joseph Cofer Black, the former national security adviser for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, has since 2017 been sitting on the board of directors of Burisma Holdings – one of the largest natural gas companies in Ukraine which is at the center of the Trump whistleblower complaint.
The oil and gas giant has been thrust into the spotlight over its ties to former Vice President Joe Biden's youngest son, Hunter, who began working for the company in 2014, while Biden was in office. According to media reports, Cyprus-registered Burisma was paying Hunter $50,000 a month in consulting fees.
Black, a former CIA official, was appointed director by the oil and gas giant's president, Nikolay Zlochevskyi, in February 2017, while Biden was also serving on the board.
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"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," Cofer told Ukrainian News at the time of his appointment.