Sacked Ukrainian Attorney General Viktor Shokin alleged that then-second son Hunter Biden was placed on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma to “provide protection” for CEO and founder Mykola Zlochevsky from criminal investigation.
“I have no doubt that Burisma engaged in illegal activities,” he told Fox News’ One Nation host Brian Kilmeade through a translator in an interview broadcast Saturday night.
“It kept expanding and Zlochevski, who held the post of minister at the time, started bringing in people who could give him protection. Hunter Biden was one of them and the corruption network expanded as a result,” he said.
The former top Kiev prosecutor has emerged as a key figure in the investigation into the Biden family’s foreign affairs activities and bribery allegations. Shokin’s allegations, if deemed credible, could bolster calls for an impeachment inquiry into the president in the House of Representatives — which could happen as early as next month.
Shokin claims he was forced to resign in 2016 by former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko “at the urging of then-Vice President Joe Biden” during an investigation into Burisma Holdings and Zlochevsky, Shokin told Kilmeade.
Biden withheld much-needed aid from Ukraine in exchange for a bribe for Shokin’s removal, Shokin believes.
“I do not want to go into unproven facts, but my firm personal conviction is that this was indeed the case. They were bribed. And the fact that Joe Biden gave away $1 billion in American money in exchange for my resignation, my resignation, isn’t that in itself a case of corruption?” he asked.
Biden publicly took credit for ousting Shokin by threatening to withhold $1 billion in US loan guarantees.
Hunter Biden was on Burisma’s payroll for up to $1 million a year as of April 2014 as a member of the company’s board of directors.
Shokin said he has “no doubt” that the now-dissolved company engaged in illegal activities.
He said the investigation into Burisma was “an ordinary case” and had nothing particularly noteworthy, but it required “special attention” given the Bidens’ connection.
“It was on a list of things that deserved special attention because Hunter Biden was involved with Burisma and of course his father, the vice president. Biden oversaw Ukrainian affairs for the White House at the time,” he said.
An FBI informant file made public last month showed that in 2016 Zlochevsky claimed he was “coerced” into paying $10 million in bribes to the president and his son in exchange for Shokin’s impeachment.
Alleged internal Obama-Biden administration emails from 2016 published by Just the News As it turned out this week, officials were shocked that Biden was pushing for Shokin’s impeachment as a condition of US aid.
Hunter Biden’s former business partner Devon Archer, who also joined Burisma’s board in 2014, told the House Oversight Committee last month that Burisma added Hunter to the board so that “People would be intimidated into messing with them…legally.”
Archer confirmed that in 2015, Joe Biden met with Burisma’s board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi in Washington and spoke to Hunter on the phone while Pozharskyi and Zlochevsky attended a 2015 meeting in Dubai.
Shokin says he was fired because his office “would have found the facts about the corrupt activities they engaged in. That included Hunter Biden as well as Devin Archer and others.”
Joe Biden spoke on the phone four times in February and March 2016 with then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and once with Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk when he pushed for Shokin’s impeachment.
Shokin’s office received a court order on February 2, 2016 to seize Zlochevsky’s property. reported the Kiev Post at the time. Shokin was fired on March 29.
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