Former Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin believes the report found in the June 2020 FBI FD-1023 form suggesting that Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky bribed Hunter and Joe Biden $5 million apiece to get him fired is credible.
“I do not want to deal in unproven facts, but my firm personal conviction is that, yes, this was the case,” Shokin told Fox News in an exclusive interview. “They were being bribed. And the fact that Joe Biden gave away $1 billion in U.S. money in exchange for my dismissal, my firing – isn’t that alone a case of corruption?”
Joe Biden bragged in January 2018 that his arm twisting of former Ukrainian President Poro Poroshenko got Shokin fired.
Biden laughed recalling how he threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine saying, “I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a *****. He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
A State Department document written a month prior to Biden’s December 2015 trip to Ukraine, during which this threat was made, did not list firing Shokin as a condition for getting the loan guarantee.
Burisma Wanted the Bidens to Help It Fight Shokin
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 [Zlochevsky]/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.”
Hunter Biden’s business partner Devon Archer noted in congressional testimony last month that Pozharskyi had told him that he and Zlochevsky had pressured Hunter Biden to call his father following their October 2015 Burisma board meeting in Dubai.
Shokin: Biden Acted Based on Personal Interests
Shokin had Burisma squarely in his sights at the time of his firing in March 2016. He released a video last month in which he attested to his opinion that Joe Biden was acting in his interests in getting him fired.
“We have to believe that [Joe] Biden was told that we were going to start questioning his son and others, Archer, involved in the Burisma case. Everyone understood this case was going to end very badly for them,” Shokin said. “I am convinced that Biden understood what was coming. I did not react to the allusions concerning the closure of the Burisma case. We, myself and my colleagues, were about to reach the outcome of this case.”
Shokin continued: “Having understood this, Biden used all of the unofficial means at his disposal, in particular using his men including certain members of parliament as well as these so-called activists. He acted through them so as to not show his interest in this case ― his personal interest I mean … Biden was acting on his own behalf for his family and not for the interests of the American people.”
State Department Document Disproves White House Defense of Joe Biden
Democrats claim that Biden and the European Union got Shokin fired because he was corrupt, and the White House continued these talking points in response to Shokin’s broadcast.
“For years, these false claims have been debunked, and no matter how much air time Fox gives them, they will remain false,” White House spokesperson Ian Sams told Fox News. “Fox is giving a platform for these lies to a former Ukrainian prosecutor general whose office his own deputy called ‘a hotbed of corruption,’ drawing demands for reform not only from then-Vice President Biden but also from U.S. diplomats, international partners, and Republican senators like Ron Johnson.”
However, internal Obama State Department documents shed doubt on the Democratic Party talking points and prove that Sams’ comments are examples of disinformation. The State Department was impressed with Shokin’s work.
“We have been impressed with the ambitious reform and anti-corruption agenda of your government,” then-Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland personally wrote Shokin in an official letter dated June 9, 2015. “The United States fully supports your government’s effort to fight corruption.”
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.
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