Joe Biden Accused of Blackmailing Ukraine Government to Cover for Son
Ukrainian prosecutor says former vice president forced him out to protect Hunter Biden
A former Ukrainian prosecutor claims former Vice President Joe Biden blackmailed the Ukraine government into firing him after he started investigating his son Hunter's company.
Former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin told ABC News that he has “no doubt” that Biden forced him out of his job to help protect Hunter Biden’s employer.
Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings at the time, while Joe Biden’s son Hunter was sitting on the board earning up to $50,000 a month.
“Biden was acting not like a U.S. vice president, but as an individual,” he said to ABC News.
Mr. Shokin says the Democratic 2020 candidate was “the individual interested in having me removed — having me gone so that I did not interfere in the Burisma investigation.”
According to Breitbart, the connection was first revealed in author Peter Schweizer’s best-selling book Secret Empires and was featured in reports by Breitbart News.
In 2018, during a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden bragged about strong-arming the Urkanian government.
“If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.” Biden recalled saying, “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired.”
According to ABC, in April of 2014, the then-vice president led a U.S. delegation to Kiev tasked with rooting out corruption and advocating for Ukraine to diminish its reliance on Russian oil.
The Obama administration had pledged aid money to support a fledgling Ukrainian administration recovering from a revolution that ousted the country's previous leader.
"You have to fight the cancer of corruption that is endemic in your system right now," Biden told the Ukrainian parliament during the first of several post-revolution visits to the country.
"And with the right investments and the right choices, Ukraine can reduce its energy dependence and increase its energy security."
Within weeks of his visit, Ukraine's largest energy producer, Burisma Energy, appointed Hunter Biden to a paid directorship on the firm's board.
Shokin had ostensibly been leading an investigation into Burisma and its founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, for possible financial crimes.
With Biden emerging as a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, however, the issue has been prominent in the public eye.
President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani announced last month that he planned to travel to Ukraine to urge officials there to investigate Biden's efforts to lobby for Shokin's ouster.
"Explain to me why Biden shouldn't be investigated," Giuliani tweeted in May.
Hunter Biden said his directorship at Burisma recently expired, and he declined the company's offer to renew it.
"In this political climate," he said, "where my qualifications and work are being attacked by Rudy Giuliani and his minions for transparent political purposes, I have decided not to renew my directorship."