Hunter Biden's Ex-Firm Caught Offering $6M Bribe to Ukraine Investigators
Ukrainian officials announce they intercepted $6 million bribe from Burisma Holdings
Hunter Biden's ex-firm, Burisma Holdings, has been caught offering almost $6 million in a cash bribe to anti-corruption investigators in Ukraine, Ukrainian law enforcement officials have announced.
Burisma is the notoriously-corrupt eastern European natural gas conglomerate that once had Joe Biden's son on its board of directors, and became central to President Donald Trump's impeachment hearings.
The company is now accused of attempting to bribe Ukrainian officials with more than nearly $6 million in order to end a corruption probe into the firm.
During a Saturday press conference in Kyiv, Ukrainian law enforcement officials announced that they had seized almost $6M in cash.
The money is alleged to be part of a bribery scheme perpetrated to benefit Mykola Zlochevsky, Burisma’s founder.
Three suspects, who all have ties to Zlochvesky, attempted to bribe anti-corruption officials investigating the Burisma and its founder for embezzlement, according to Ukrainian officials.
Burisma has so far denied any part in the scheme, however.
Nazar Kholodnytsky, the head of Ukraine’s national anti-corruption bureau, claimed neither Hunter Biden nor his father Joe Biden, the Democrat presidential nominee, were complicit in the alleged scheme.
At a news conference, the officials displayed large bags of seized U.S. currency.
Kholodnitsky and the head of the national anti-corruption bureau, Artem Sytnik, said the bribe was intended to encourage their offices to halt a probe of Mykola Zlochevsky, the head of Burisma and a former minister of ecology.
Zlochevsky was accused of using his ministerial position for personal enrichment.
Three people, including a high-ranking tax service official, have been detained in connection with the attempted bribe, officials said Saturday.
In a statement, Burisma claimed the company had nothing to do with any bribe attempt.
“Neither Burisma Group President Mykola Zlochevsky nor other employees of the company have any relationship to the voiced events,” the company said.
“Mykola Zlochevsky didn’t ask for anyone to commit wrong actions and never contributed to such actions.”
Burisma, one of Ukraine's largest private gas producers, has been at the center of politically tinged allegations in the United States, with Joe Biden challenging Trump in this year's election.
Hunter Biden joined the Burisma board in 2014 when his father was still vice president and the main figure in U.S. relations with Ukraine.
He left the position in 2018.
Last year, critics said Trump pressured new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens, in a phone call that sparked demands for his impeachment.
The Senate acquitted him this past February.
Former Ukrainian prosecutor-general Viktor Shokin has alleged he was pushed out by Joe Biden's delaying of a $1 billion loan to the country, to prevent him from investigating Hunter Biden's role at Burisma.
But, Joe Biden said he pushed for Shokin's dismissal to encourage Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts.