New evidence has emerged that proves Democrat President Joe Biden was acting against the wishes of the U.S. government when he pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor in 2015.
It has long been known that Biden strongarmed Ukraine’s then-President Petro Poroshenko to fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
Biden has publicly gloated about using a $1 billion loan from the Obama Administration as leverage to force Poroshenko’s government to comply.
Ukraine complied with Biden’s demands and fired Shokin, who served as the country’s equivalent to the U.S. attorney general.
Biden claims that he used this pressure tactic because Shokin was allegedly “corrupt” and he was following U.S. anti-corruption policy.
However, newly unsealed U.S. federal government memos show that Biden was going rogue and doing the exact opposite of what the Department of Justice (DOJ) wanted.
According to Obama’s DOJ, Shokin was doing great work and Ukraine had made sufficient progress in implementing anti-corruption reforms.
The DOJ memos made clear that Ukraine deserved the loan.
From Just The News:
“Ukraine has made sufficient progress on its reform agenda to justify a third guarantee,” said an Oct. 1, 2015, memo summarizing the recommendation of the Interagency Policy Committee (IPC), a task force created to advise the Obama White House on whether Ukraine was cleaning up its endemic corruption and deserved more Western foreign aid.
The recommendation is one of several U.S. government memos gathered by Just the News over the last 36 months from Freedom of Information Act litigation, congressional inquiries, and government agency sources that directly conflict with the long-held narrative that Joe Biden was conducting official U.S. policy when he threatened to withhold a $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee to force Ukraine to fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, the country’s equivalent of the American attorney general.
When Joe Biden made the threat to withhold the $1 billion, Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings.
Burisma was a notoriously corrupt energy company that paid Hunter Biden $1 million a year to sit on its board.
The Ukrainian oligarch owner of Burisma had testified that he paid both Joe and Hunter Biden $5 million each in bribes to make the investigation go away.
Biden publicly bragged about his actions at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.
“They were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, … we’re not going to give you the billion dollars,” Biden recalled during a speech.
“They said, ‘You have no authority. You’re not the president—the president said.’
“I said, ‘Call him.’ I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars.’
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion. … I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’
“Well, son of a b****. He got fired.
“And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
According to memos obtained by Just The News, Obama administration officials in the State Department had invited Shokin and his staff to Washington.
Obama admin officials wanted to meet with Shokin for a strategy session and had indicated they were “impressed” with his work.
However, it was actually emissaries for Burisma who were pressuring U.S. officials to make corruption allegations against their company go away over concerns about potential bribery payments made to get Shokin off their back.
The memos also show that a top U.S. official in Kyiv actually blamed Hunter Biden for undercutting U.S. anti-corruption policy in Ukraine because of what he was doing at Burisma.
It’s very clear from the memos that when Joe Biden pressured Ukrainian officials to fire Shokin, he wasn’t acting on behalf of the administration.
The memos prove that then-VP Biden was using his power to benefit himself and his son Hunter, who allegedly were bribed five million each to protect Burisma.