Ukraine Reopened Probe of Biden-Linked Firm Months Before Trump Call, Docs Reveal
John Solomon reveals documents showing Biden was being investigated
Ukrainian officials had already opened a new probe into the firm linked to former Vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, months before President Donald Trump's phone call with the country's leader, according to new documents.
Investigative reporter John Solomon said on Fox News's "Hannity" that the U.S. government was aware Ukraine was planning to investigate the activities at Burisma Holdings, the energy company Hunter Biden was a board member of.
The report comes after the Democrats accused Trump of threatening in July to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine unless the Ukrainian government investigated Biden's role at the company.
"The U.S. government had open-source intelligence and was aware as early as February of 2019 that the Ukrainian government was planning to reopen the Burisma investigation," he claimed.
"This is long before the president ever imagined having a call with President Zelensky," he added, noting Petro Poroshenko was still Ukraine's president at that time.
"This is a significant shift in the factual timeline."
Solomon said the new information, including documents shown on "Hannity," was omitted from a U.S. intelligence community whistleblower's complaint lodged against Trump last month.
Solomon said that NABU, an anti-corruption agency in Ukraine, requested the probe into Burisma and owner Mykola Zlochevsky be reopened earlier in 2019.
Soloman said the investigation then went forward.
Following the launch of the probe, a "Notice of Suspicion" was filed, alleging the existence of "illicit funds" running through the firm, Solomon also claimed.
But 2020 hopeful Biden has sought to play down allegations made by Trump against his 49-year-old son's role with Burisma.
Biden also faced criticism after a video resurfaced, seemingly showing him bragging about pressuring to get a Ukrainian prosecutor fired.
The particular prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, also had been looking into Burisma.
Solomon added that the requested reopening of the probe into Burisma involved "unusual transactions" in the natural gas giant's accounts.
Solomon said the timeline of the alleged "illicit funds" seemed to coincide at the point in time when Biden was on the firm's board.
Hunter Biden was reportedly paid as much as $1 million per year for being on the board.
But Solomon stated investigators in Ukraine filed a 15-page "notice of suspicion" showing they were "looking at the possibility that the $3.4 million paid to Hunter Biden's firm may have been part of the illicit funds that were moving through the company."
"A month later, in April, the prosecutor's office -- open-source intelligence, again -- the U.S. government officials confirming they were aware of this -- made a request of another investigative agency in Ukraine for assistance in going through these bank records," Solomon claimed.
"That is a significant change in the timeline -- it was omitted from the whistleblower's complaint, and the question is, did he not know it or did he exclude it because it didn't fit the narrative he was trying to write," he continued.
"That's a question for Congress to answer."