A prominent law firm with links to Ukrainian energy company Burisma — which Hunter Biden served on the board of — has registered as a foreign agent eight years later.

Thursday’s retroactive filing came after the law firm Cravath, Swain & Moore discussed the scope of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) with the Justice Department, according to a statement the firm emailed to Politico.

While it is unusual for foreign agents to register years after finishing their work, several have done so in recent years as foreign lobbying efforts have played a role in a string of political controversies and the Justice Department has signaled a renewed interest in enforcement.

According to the filing, in 2016, Cravath partner John Buretta met with three Obama administration officials and sent a letter to a fourth as part of his work for Burisma and company owner Mykola Zlochevsky. The company and its owner were under scrutiny at the time from U.S., Ukrainian and United Kingdom officials for possible corruption.

The FARA filing does not mention Hunter Biden.

Probes in the U.K. and Ukraine did not result in any charges, but the episode’s impact on U.S. politics has been enduring.

Then-Vice President Joe Biden was in charge of U.S. policy in Ukraine at the same time his son, Hunter Biden, was serving on Burisma’s board. In 2016, as the federal government pushed for reform in Ukraine, Joe Biden pushed for the firing of the country’s top prosecutor, threatening to withhold U.S. aid unless he was ousted.

Allies of former President Donald Trump have claimed that Joe Biden compelled the firing of prosecutor Viktor Shokin to help Burisma evade corruption charges, but U.S. officials who dealt with Ukraine matters at the time said the termination was the result of Shokin’s unwillingness to pursue allegations of corruption.

In 2019, President Donald Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled House for asking the Ukrainian government to investigate the Biden family over the matter; he was ultimately acquitted by the Senate, which was then in Republican hands.

House Republicans opened an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden over his family’s foreign business dealings last year, and have alleged that he was involved in an elaborate influence-peddling scheme.

Special counsel David Weiss indicted Hunter Biden in December on charges that included failure to pay taxes on income from Burisma. He has pleaded not guilty.

Cravath is not the only company to register as a foreign agent after the fact. According to Politico, Democrat lobbying firm Blue Star Strategies registered as a foreign agent of Burisma’s and Zlochevsky’s in 2022 for its efforts to block corruption investigations.

Blue Star’s work for Burisma was reportedly probed by the Justice Department, which closed the investigation with no finding of malfeasance.

Nicole Wells | editorial.wells@newsmax.com

Nicole Wells, a Newsmax general assignment reporter covers news, politics, and culture. She is a National Newspaper Association award-winning journalist.


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