FBI Document Suggests Joe Biden Part of Corrupt Scheme to Fire Ukrainian Prosecutor – An FBI confidential informant alleged in a document that Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky put Hunter Biden on the board of his energy firm despite the fact he had no experience in the industry for protection.
The FD-1023 document released by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., to the public on Thursday noted that Zlochevsky alleged he paid Joe and Hunter Biden each $5 million as an incentive to look out for his interests. However, the informant said he could not confirm if the bribes actually had been paid.
“’Zlochevsky needed to keep Hunter Biden (on the board) so everything will be okay.’ [The Confidential Human Source] inquired whether Hunter Biden or Joe Biden told Zlochevsky he should retain Hunter Biden; Zlochevsky replied, “They both did,’” the FD-1023 form said.
Zlochevsky is alleged to have referred to Joe Biden as “The Big Guy.” An email from Hunter Biden’s business partner Tony Bobulinski also used that name. He identified “The Big Guy” as Joe Biden. The Burisma chief allegedly said he used a complicated network of shell companies and bank accounts.
Joe Biden called the allegation “malarkey” when asked about it by a New York Post reporter last month and sarcastically asked, “Where’s the money?”
FBI Informant: Burisma Put Hunter Biden on Board for Protection
“Pojarskii (Also transliterated as Pozharsky) said Burisma hired the former President or Prime Minister of Poland to leverage his contacts in Europe for prospective oil and gas deals, and they hired Hunter Biden to “protect us, through his dad, from all kinds or problems,” the FD-1023 document quoted the informant as having said.
Pozharsky was the main point of contact between the Bidens and Burisma, according to numerous emails found on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop. He met with Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, a Kazakh oligarch, and Putin-linked Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina at Georgetown’s Café Milano in April 2015.
Zlochevsky is alleged by the informant to have held Hunter Biden in low esteem, saying he was “stupid” and that his dog was smarter than the president’s son.
The document alleges that Zlochevsky put Hunter Biden on the Burisma board because he wanted to either purchase or merge with a U.S. energy company.
Zlochevsky noted that he and Joe Biden had a common interest in getting rid of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Biden had publicly complained that he was corrupt and in the way of change in the wake of the Maidan revolution of 2014. The informant noted he told Zlochevsky that any effort to acquire a U.S. energy company would be hampered by the fact Shokin was investigating Burisma.
The FBI considered Zlochevsky corrupt and the Obama State Department considered him an “odious oligarch.” The State Department worried about how Hunter Biden’s place on the Burisma board would impact the Obama administration’s drive against corruption in Ukraine.
The informant noted that Zlochevsky assured him that Hunter Biden would take care of any problems related to getting Burisma into the U.S.
“Zlochevsky replied something to the effect of, ‘Don’t worry Hunter will take care of all of those Issues through his dad,” the FD-1023 form said.
Hunter Biden Joins Lobby Firm Tasked With Shutting Down Burisma Probe
Emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop show that Pozharsky actively encouraged the president’s son to get the U.S. to shut down the investigation of Burisma.
Hunter Biden joined a lobbying firm called Blue Star Strategies shortly after he joined the Burisma board in April 2014. Blue Star Strategies was tasked with shutting down legal activities against Burisma.
A November 2015 email from Pozharsky to Hunter Biden stated, “My only concern is for us to be on the same page re our final goals … With this in mind, I would like us to formulate a list of deliverables, including, but not limited to: a concrete course of actions, incl. meetings/communications resulting in high-ranking US officials in Ukraine (US Ambassador) and in US publicly or in private communication/comment expressing their ‘positive opinion’ and support of Nikolay/Burisma to the highest level of decision makers here in Ukraine: President of Ukraine, president Chief of staff, Prosecutor General, etc.
Pozharsky continued: “The scope of work should also include the organization of a visit of a number of widely recognized and influential current and/or former US policy-makers to Ukraine in November aiming to conduct meetings with and bring positive signal/message and support on Nikolay’s issue to the Ukrainian top officials above with the ultimate purpose to close down for any cases/pursuits against Nikolay in Ukraine.”
Joe Biden noted in 2018 that he threatened Ukrainian President Poro Poroshenko that he would withhold a $1 billion loan guarantee unless Shokin was fired and that ended up getting him fired. Ukraine’s parliament fired Shokin as a result in April 2016.
The FD-1023 notes that a certain Oleksandr Ostapenko was a witness to the conversations between Zlochevsky and the informant. The document provides numerous leads for congressional investigators.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.