Former Ukraine Inspector General Viktor Shokin testified he was notified that he was fired in March 2016 because former Vice President Joe Biden was upset about his investigation of the natural gas company that paid his son $50,000 a month.
"The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm active in Ukraine and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the Board of Directors," Shokin testified while citing a sworn affidavit submitted to a European court, according to WND.
In addition to the terminated Ukrainian prosecutor’s testimony, a video captured Biden boasting about his threat to withhold $1 billion in aid if former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko would not fire the attorney.
But the former VP claims that he did no such thing.
“[Biden] insists that, in spring 2016, he strong-armed Ukraine to fire its chief prosecutor solely because Biden believed that official was corrupt and inept – not because the Ukrainian was investigating a natural gas company, Burisma Holdings, that hired Biden's son, Hunter, into a lucrative job," The Hill Investigative Reporter John Solomon explained, noting Shokin was fired within hours of Biden’s threat.
But Biden must contend with extensive documentation refuting his defensive claims.
“Hundreds of pages of never-released memos and documents – many from inside the American team helping Burisma to stave off its legal troubles – conflict with Biden’s narrative,” Solomon maintained. “And they raise the troubling prospect that U.S. officials may have painted a false picture in Ukraine that helped ease Burisma’s legal troubles and stop prosecutors’ plans to interview Hunter Biden during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
As leaders of the Democratic Party allege that President Donald Trump threatened to withhold aid to get information about Biden and his son, Hunter’s, corruption, as the propellant behind their latest impeachment campaign, the party is being accused of sheer hypocrisy.
“Democrats – in their self-described impeachment inquiry – essentially have accused President Trump of doing what Biden has admitted doing,” WND pointed out.
But evidence against Biden and his latest allegedly false claim continues to stack up.
“Burisma’s American legal representatives met with Ukrainian officials just days after Biden forced the firing of the country’s chief prosecutor and offered ‘an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures’ about the Ukrainian prosecutors, according to the Ukrainian government’s official memo of the meeting,” Solomon pointed out. “The effort to secure that meeting began the same day the prosecutor's firing was announced.”
It is further maintained that this memo and internal emails from the American legal team clearly show that Burisma’s American team offered to introduce Ukrainian prosecuting attorneys to officials of the Obama administration to “make amends.”
Solomon noted that the Ukrainian memos raise two troubling questions for Democrats and their 2020 frontrunning presidential candidate:
If the Ukraine prosecutor’s firing involved only his alleged corruption and ineptitude, why did Burisma's American legal team refer to those allegations as “false information?"
If the firing had nothing to do with the Burisma case – as Biden has adamantly claimed – why would Burisma’s American lawyers contact the replacement prosecutor within hours of the termination and urgently seek a meeting in Ukraine to discuss the case?
Ukrainians, not just Trump, seeking truth
But it appears that Trump is not the only one seeking to get to the bottom of Biden’s dealings and expose the truth.
“Ukrainian prosecutors say they have tried to get this information to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) since the summer of 2018, fearing it might be evidence of possible violations of U.S. ethics laws,” Solomon revealed. “First, they hired a former federal prosecutor to bring the information to the U.S. attorney in New York, who, they say, showed no interest. Then, the Ukrainians reached out to President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.”
In addition, the Ukraine’s new leader wants to get the truth out – information Democrats are allegedly attempting to bury under the weight of their new impeachment allegations -- claiming that Trump used his political persuasion to dig up dirt on Biden.
“Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, told Trump in July that he plans to launch his own wide-ranging investigation into what happened with the Bidens and Burisma,” Solomon stressed.
In fact, Zelensky informed Trump he was aware about what took really place and requested the 45th president to forward him any evidence he had regarding the matter.
“I’m knowledgeable about the situation,” Zelensky impressed to Trump, according to The Hill. "The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty, so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case.”
Here we go again …
This is not the first time Biden has had to answer for his questionable dealings with the Ukrainians regarding his son.
“Biden has faced scrutiny since December 2015, when the New York Times published a story noting that Burisma hired Hunter Biden just weeks after the vice president was asked by President Obama to oversee U.S.-Ukraine relations,” Solomon noted. “That story also alerted Biden’s office that Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin had an active investigation of Burisma and its founder.”
The investigative reporter also divulged that he secured documents this year detailing an attempt to alter the narrative after the New York Times broke its story about Hunter Biden – an effort that was helped along by the Obama State Department.
“Hunter Biden’s American business partner in Burisma, Devon Archer, texted a colleague two days after the Times story about a strategy to counter the ‘new wave of scrutiny’ and stated that he and Hunter Biden had just met at the State Department,” Solomon continued. “The text suggested there was about to be a new ‘USAID project the embassy is announcing with us’ and that it was ‘perfect for us to move forward now with momentum.’”
The investigative reporter is still trying to get information from Washington to hold Biden accountable for his actions while he served as vice president – before he tries to return to the White House as commander-in-chief in the 2020 election.
“I have sued the State Department for any records related to that meeting,” Solomon revealed. “The reason is simple: There is both a public interest and an ethics question to knowing if Hunter Biden and his team sought State’s assistance while his father was vice president.”