President Joe Biden killed the Keystone XL Pipeline project stateside, but will not enforce sanctions on one overseas. Information about a particular donor may hint at the reason why.
Biden received significant campaign donations from a Russia lobbyist shortly before his election, the Washington Examiner reported. Richard Burt, former U.S. ambassador, gave a total of $14,000 toward Biden’s 2020 presidential victory and is now apparently reaping the benefits.
Burt gave $4,000 to Biden’s Victory Fund and another $10,000 donation to the left-leaning political action committee Unite The Country. A Democratic National Committee spokesman acknowledged the donations but claimed Burt “was not flagged during our vetting process.”
This particular alliance is significant because Biden promised not to take contributions from lobbyists. Worse yet, Burt never should have made the donations in the first place as he was tied to the Nord Stream 2 AG European pipeline project.
“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 advised the New York 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 DNC returned the money after the news outlet’s inquiry. However, it’s noteworthy that Biden not only crippled America’s energy independence right out of the gate, but he has also said he won’t enforce sanctions on Russia’s project while hindering the pipeline in North America.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline runs from Russia and Germany and would also have an environmental impact similar to the Keystone XL. Biden dismissed his apparent double standard when asked why he would be hands-off with one project overseas but not allow the one in the U.S.
“Because it’s almost completely finished, number one,” he said in a floundering reply. “The idea that anything that — and it’s not like I can allow Germany to do something they’re not.”
Regardless of whether Burt successfully lobbied Biden or not, his double standard is terrible for America and underhanded doublecrossing of his own country. In short, Biden sold us out.