America and the world are aware of former Vice President Joe Biden’s threat to Ukraine to fire the prosecutor looking into Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.
Touching story: father protects his crackhead son. The type of story Hollyweird loves to make. And that must be the spin.
Because how else does an ordinary person get their crackhead child such a deal? $83,000+ for 17 months. That’s a bit better than the going crackhead rate to sit on the board of a multinational company.
Joe the Elder denies any wrongdoing. In fact, Biden implies that getting his crackhead son a job was based purely on the credentials of Hunter Biden.
Kicked out of the Navy reserves for drugs. Pulled over for DUI, where cocaine was found. Rehab failure. Doesn’t pay his child support. I can see why Hunter Biden was so highly recruited by the corrupt Ukraine oil company, Burisma. How had an American company not snatched Hunter Biden up, given all he brought to the table.
So Biden is incredulous that people ask about details of this deal. Now we get audio of how Creepy Joe orchestrated the deal using taxpayer funds to threaten the Ukrainian government. The saga begins with John Kerry.
On December 3, 2015, former Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Poroshenko. On the call Kerry lays out the case to fire Shokin. Kerry claims Shokin, “blocked the cleanup of the Prosecutor Generals’ Office”. He then implicates Biden, adding “[Biden] is very concerned about it”.
Poroshenko replies pessimistically. He informs Kerry that the newly reorganized prosecutor general’s office (NABU) won’t necessarily be able to pursue corruption charges. Moreover, Poroshenko explains that it may be difficult to fire Shokin without cause.
As mentioned earlier, Biden had good reason to want Shokin gone.
Because Shokin launched an investigation into Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that hired Hunter Biden to sit on its board. Further, Shokin opened a case against Burisma’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, who granted Burisma permits to drill for oil and gas in Ukraine while he was Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources. Neither of these scenarios boded well for the Bidens.
In January 2019, Shokin stated in a deposition that there were five criminal cases against Zlochevesky: Charges included money laundering, corruption, illegal funds transfers, and profiteering through shell corporations while Zlochevesky was a sitting minister.
Another call occurred on February 18, 2016 – less than three months after the Kerry conversation. On this call, Poroshenko provided Biden with positive news.
“Yesterday I met with General Prosecutor Shokin,” says Poroshenko. And despite of the fact that we didn’t have any corruption charges, we don’t have any information about him doing something wrong, I specially asked him – no, it was day before yesterday – I specially asked him to resign. In, uh, as his, uh, position as a state person. And despite of the fact that he has a support in the power. And as a finish of my meeting with him, he promised to give me the statement on resignation…one hour ago he bring me the written statement of his resignation…this is my second step for keeping my promises.“
To which Biden replied: “I agree.”
Poroshenko clearly wanted Biden to know that he accomplished his part of the quid pro quo.
Imagine where President Trump would be had Democrats had anything close to this on him.
In the final installment of quid pro quo, the Biden and Poroshenko reconvened 4 weeks later. On March 22, 2016, Biden says,
“Tell me that there is a new government and a new Prosecutor General. I am prepared to do a public signing of the commitment for the billion dollars.“
Poroshenko updated Biden on one of the leading candidates is the man who replaced Shokin, namely Yuriy Lutsenko. Poroshenko was so intimidated by Biden, that he claimed no one knew of his intentions, implying that he was willing to install whomever Biden wanted.
Lutsenko later said in a deposition that Hunter Biden and his business partners were receiving millions of dollars in compensation from Burisma. This information has been confirmed.
Next, on May 13, 2016, Biden congratulates Poroshenko on “getting the new Prosecutor General”. Biden elucidated that it will be “critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage Shokin did.”
Biden added, “And I’m a man of my word. And now that the new Prosecutor General is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that one billion dollar loan guarantee.”
Quid pro quo.
Shokin later filed a criminal complaint against Biden in Kyiv last February, writing:
During the period 2014-2016, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine was conducting a preliminary investigation into a series of serious crimes committed by the former Minister of Ecology of Ukraine Mykola Zlotchevsky and by the managers of the company “Burisma Holding Limited “(Cyprus), the board of directors of which included, among others, Hunter Biden, son of Joseph Biden, then vice-president of the United States of America.
The investigation into the above-mentioned crimes was carried out in strict accordance with Criminal Law and was under my personal control as the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
Owing to my firm position on the above-mentioned cases regarding their prompt and objective investigation, which should have resulted in the arrest and the indictment of the guilty parties, Joseph Biden developed a firmly hostile attitude towards me which led him to express in private conversations with senior Ukrainian officials, as well as in his public speeches, a categorical request for my immediate dismissal from the post of Attorney General of Ukraine in exchange for the sum of US $ 1 billion in as a financial guarantee from the United States for the benefit of Ukraine.
Like the Tara Reade story, this one is far from over.