Probe Into Biden's Strong-Arming in Ukraine Revived

  • 2019-04-02
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Probe Into Biden's Strong-Arming in Ukraine Revived
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Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the roughest stretch of any of the frontrunners in the Democratic presidential primary, and he hasn't even announced his candidacy. 

Now, video footage has emerged of Biden bragging to foreign policy wonks about the time as vice president he strong-armed Ukraine – one of Europe's most corrupt countries – into firing its top prosecutor. 

John Solomon, writing for The Hill, reports:
 

In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ 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,’” Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.


Ukrainian officials claim there was one critical snippet of information Biden failed to mention: the prosecutor he got fired led a sweeping corruption probe into Burisma Holdings – a natural gas firm that employed Biden's youngest son, Hunter, as a member of the board.
 

U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.

The general prosecutor’s official file for the Burisma probe — shared with me by senior Ukrainian officials — shows prosecutors identified Hunter Biden, business partner Devon Archer and their firm, Rosemont Seneca, as potential recipients of money.


Then-President Obama appointed Biden, with his foreign policy expertise, as his administration's point of contact in Ukraine in February 2014 as Russia annexed Crimea.
 Source: AAN
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