Republicans claim they have an email that proves that Hunter Biden was involved in a conspiracy to get Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin fired.
Recently indicted Biden business associate Gal Luft complained to the FBI in 2020 that Joe Biden had allegedly accepted a $5 million bribe from a Burisma executive. The bribe was intended to get Joe Biden to pressure Ukrainian President Poro Poroshenko and the Ukrainian parliament to fire Shokin.
The executive is suspected to be Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky, who faced several U.S. fraud investigations.
Biden disclosed in 2018 during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations that he had used withholding a $1 billion loan guarantee as a stick to compel the Ukrainian government to fire Shokin. This chain of events led to former President Donald Trump requesting that Poroshenko’s successor, Volodymyr Zelensky look into the firing, which triggered the Democrats’ decision to impeach Trump.
“I don’t think Biden had Shokin fired because he was too lax on corruption,” said Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., told Fox News Digital, noting the timing of the firing. “I think Biden had him fired to cover his own tail when it comes to the Biden family’s shady business dealings in Ukraine and because Shokin was looking into Zlochevsky very seriously. It’s not a coincidence that this email came a month before his visit to Kyiv. Our work on the Oversight Committee isn’t finished.”
Hunter Biden Joins Company Charged With Protecting Zlochevsky
Hunter Biden joined a lobbying company called Blue Star Strategies shortly after becoming a member of Burisma’s board of directors in 2014.
A November 2015 email shows that Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi suggested means of helping Zlochevsky achieve his business goals in Ukraine.
“My only concern is for us to be on the same page re our final goals,” Pozharskyi wrote. “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.”
“The scope of work should also include 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.”
Blue Star Strategies Under Federal Scrutiny
Fox News Digital reports that Blue Star Strategies came under investigation by Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office headed by U.S. Attorney David Weiss, the same prosecutor Hunter Biden reached a plea agreement with last month in 2021.
Hunter Biden replied to Pozharskyi saying that he wanted to “have one last conversation” with Blue Star before signing an agreement to get its help to shut down legal activities against Burisma.
Pozharskyi followed up with a request for a conference call on the matter on Nov. 6, 2015.
“The sequence of events that led to the firing of Viktor Shokin, and the subsequent comments by then-Vice President Biden, raise serious concerns as to what machinations were really at play — and were purposefully concealed from the American people,” Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., who sits on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, told Fox News Digital. “No matter how you slice Hunter Biden’s involvement, it screams public corruption at the highest levels and must be fully investigated.”
Shokin was fired in March 2016.
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.