(RightWing.org) – In a new blow to President Joe Biden, a former Ukrainian prosecutor fired for refusing to investigate a company linked to Biden’s son, says the then-vice president was BRIBED. He believes Biden pressured Ukraine’s government to get him out of the way. Now he’s accusing the US leader of corruption.
In April 2014, Hunter Biden, the president’s son, joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. It’s unclear why Burisma hired him because at the time Hunter had no experience with energy companies and was working for a New York law firm. Ukraine’s anti-corruption agency had been investigating the company on and off since 2012, and continued after Hunter joined the board — but then, in 2016, the US got involved.
Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was already under pressure to resign from various sources, including the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Then-Vice President Biden, who had been the main link between Ukraine’s new democratic government and the Obama administration, suddenly started threatening to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees unless Shokin was sacked. On March 29, 2016, he was fired. His enemies say he was dismissed because he wasn’t getting results; Shokin himself thinks he was getting too close to uncovering corruption inside Burisma.
On August 26, Fox News broadcast an interview with Shokin, who claimed Burisma hired Hunter Biden to protect its CEO, Mykola Zlochevsky. He said he has “no doubt” the company was involved in illegal activities, including illegally extracting and selling gas. How could a New York lawyer protect Zlochevsky from the investigation? Simple — by getting his father, who was already negotiating with Ukraine’s government, to use his influence.
Shokin says it’s his “firm personal conviction” that Burisma bribed both Bidens to block the investigation. So far there’s no evidence of these bribes, but they would explain the sudden US hostility to Shokin in 2016.
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