The prosecutor who was at the heart the Ukraine controversy linked to Vice President Joe Biden’s son told presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani in the summer of 2015 that he had been pressured to drop his probe of the allegations.
Fox News reported that Giuliani’s notes from a January 23, 2019 phone conversation between Ukrainian ex-prosecutor Viktor Shokin and Giuliani in which Shokin said that his “investigations stopped out of fear of the United States,” after a top US diplomat asked Ukraine to handle the probe into Burisma Holdings with “kid gloves.”
Burisma Holdings employed Hunter Biden from spring 2014 to fall 2015 at a rate that typically amounted to $166,000 a month. During that same time frame Joe Biden was point-man on Ukraine matters.
According to Giuliani’s notes: “Mr. Shokin attempted to continue the investigations but on or around June or July of 2015, the U.S. Ambassador [to Ukraine] Geoffrey R. Pyatt told him that the investigation has to be handled with white gloves, which according to Mr. Shokin, that implied do nothing.”
In March 2016 Joe Biden threatened to cut off $1 billion in guaranteed loans to Ukraine unless Shokin was fired from his position. At a Council on Foreign Relations meeting in 2018, Biden bragged, “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 bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
Shokin told Giuliani that former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked him to shut down his investigation multiple times before he finally fired him for refusing to comply.
The former Ukraine prosecutor said, “In my conversations with Poroshenko at the time, he was emphatic that I should cease my investigations regarding Burisma. When I did not, he said that the U.S. (via Biden) were refusing to release the USD $1 billion promised to Ukraine. He said that he had no choice.”
President Trump said earlier this month at a press conference, “Look, Biden and his son are stone-cold crooked. And you know it. His son walks out with millions of dollars. The kid knows nothing. You know it, and so do we.”
The Ukraine prosecutor who replaced Shokin who had also stepped down told the BBC that any probe into the Biden – Burisma connection would have to start in the United States rather than Ukraine.
Former Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is also going on record about the Bidens. He told Reuters, “I think it’s essential (Biden is investigated).” Azarov said that if Hunter Biden played an active role in Burisma Holdings there is “nothing scandalous about it.” However, “If he was simply on the books and getting money, then that could be seen as a violation of the law.”
Like Trump, the former Ukraine Prime Minister said allegations from Giuliani and others that then-Vice President Biden got Ukraine’s prosecutor-general fired to protect his son “should also be investigated.”
Democrats claim that a call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated that Trump was pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Biden’s Ukraine dealings. That revelation by a whistleblower has sparked a rapidly moving impeachment inquiry in the House. As part of their impeachment inquiry, House Democrats have subpoenaed Giuliani for key documents related to the Ukraine controversy.
Trump took the offensive in a tweet saying, “As the President of the United States, I have a duty to … have investigated, CORRUPTION, and that would include asking, or suggesting, other Countries to help us out!”
This may be a can of worms Joe Biden wishes had never been opened.