FoxNews.com reports that
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for an investigation Wednesday of leaked recordings purportedly depicting then-Vice President Joe Biden telling Zelensky’s predecessor Petro Poroshenko that his country would receive U.S. aid once top prosecutor Viktor Shokin was replaced.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee already has acknowledged such an arrangement publicly. But the leaked audio revived criticism that Biden was engaged in a kind of quid-pro-quo, much like President Trump was accused — during impeachment proceedings — of linking U.S. aid to calls for Zelensky to probe Shokin’s ouster.
The new audio indicates Poroshenko went along with Biden’s plan but did not think Shokin was involved in wrongdoing.
Shokin purportedly has said under oath that he had launched a probe concerning Hunter Biden’s role at Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings when he was ousted. Hunter Biden held a lucrative post there, despite limited expertise, while his father handled Ukrainian policy as vice president. At the least, Ukrainian prosecutors had previously been investigating Burisma’s founder. Biden’s defenders have argued his intervention had nothing to do with Burisma and was focused on corruption concerns.
Zelensky said at a news conference in Ukraine that the contents of the leaked conversations, however, “might be perceived, qualified as high treason,” according to The Washington Post. Ukrainian prosecutors have said they are looking into sweeping “international corruption.” Zelensky has tried to maintain good relations with the Trump administration, even as his 2019 discussions were at the core of the U.S. president’s impeachment.
Andriy Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, released the recordings a day earlier.
“It’s going to be critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage that Shokin did,” the man identified as Biden says in one clip. “And I’m a man of my word. And now that the new prosecutor general is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that new $1 billion loan guarantee. And I don’t know how you want to go about that… I’ll leave it to you to how you want it done and where you want it done.”
The Washington Post and other outlets have reported on the audio clips, noting that Derkach was “previously aligned with a pro-Russian faction and has past links to Russian intelligence.” Derkach’s father reportedly worked for the KGB — and was allegedly terminated amid a scandal “over a Ukrainian journalist who was kidnapped and murdered.”
Poroshenko reportedly blamed Russia for the leak, calling the audio “bogus” and seeking an investigation of the leak itself.
In the audio recordings, Biden purportedly says it was critical for Shokin’s replacement to “work quickly to repair the damage Shokin did.” Shokin has been accused of corruption, although Shokin — as well as Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani — have suggested the allegations are a smear campaign.
“I have an affidavit here that’s been online for six months that nobody bothered to read from the gentleman who was fired, Viktor Shokin, the so-called corrupt prosecutor,” Giuliani said last year. “The Biden people say that he wasn’t investigating Hunter Biden at the time. He says under oath that he was.” The Shokin affidavit purportedly said the U.S. had pressured him into resigning because he was unwilling to drop the case. In response, the Biden presidential campaign sought to bar Giuliani from television.
Biden has previously acknowledged on camera that in spring 2016, when he was vice president and spearheading Ukrainian policy, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin. However, Biden claimed that he applied that pressure, with then-President Barack Obama’s approval, because of concerns about corruption.
The vice president said he had threatened to withhold $1 billion in critical U.S. aid if Shokin was not fired. “Well, son of a b—h, he got fired,” Biden joked at a panel two years after leaving office.
The new recordings, however, appear to show Poroshenko saying he had “no information” that Shokin had done “something wrong.”
“Yesterday I met with General Prosecutor Shokin, and despite of the fact that we didn’t have any corruption charges, we don’t have any information about him doing something wrong, I specially asked him — no, it was day [sic] before yesterday — I specially asked him to resign in his position as a state person,” Poroshenko apparently said on Feb. 18, 2016, according to Derkach’s clip. “And one hour ago he bring [sic] me the written statement of his resignation. And this is my second step for keeping my promises.“
“I agree,” Biden responds.
The leaked recordings, which Derkach claimed initially had been obtained by investigative journalists, prompted an outcry among conservatives.
“Yikes!!!! This is not a ‘perfect conversation,'” wrote Donald Trump Jr., referring to the term President Trump has used to describe his infamous conversation with Zelensky, which led to his impeachment trial.
Fox News has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the recordings, which were evidently edited down to a series of clips whose full context is not clear.
The communications also indicated that other Obama administration officials were aware of the Ukrainian arrangement. “I just wanted to try to urge you to see if there’s a way to get by this problem of replacing the prosecutor general, you know, Shokin because per my perception, he’s blocked the cleanup of the Prosecutor General’s Office,” then-Secretary of State John Kerry purportedly says at the beginning of one of the calls, on Dec. 3, 2015.
Hunter Biden was the point of the spear in a Foreign Policy scandal which is just a small part of what will go down as the most corrupt Presidential Administration in history, making the Warren G. Harding Teapot Dome Scandal pale in comparison.
All of this boggles the mind. Think about it:
The Clinton Foundation Pay-for-Play
The Bidens’ misuse of the power of the Vice-President for personal gain
President Barack Hussein Obama’s $150 billion bribe of the murderous Mullahs of Iran which included hosting Radical Islamists like the late (Thank God) Gen. Quassem Soleimani at the White House
The trading of Muslim Terrorists for the traitorous Bowe Bergdahl
And, of course “Spygate”, the Steele Dossier, and the unmasking of Gen. Flynn
It is looking more and more as if this whole continuous attack on President Trump…the Special Counsel’s “Russian Collusion” investigation and the hurried Democratic Sham Impeachment are all part of a strategy to cover up the out-of-control corruption, both foreign and domestic, which took place during the Obama Administration with the knowledge and consent of President Barack Hussein Obama, himself.
That would certainly explain the Democrats’ over-the-top reaction to losing the 2016 Presidential Election and their vicious rhetoric and unconstitutional political actions and schemes since.
If the House Democrats continue to insist on attempting to “find” (i.e. manufacture) “evidence” in order to impeach President Trump again, then launching a full investigation into Former Vice-President Biden’s misuse of the powers of his office on his son’s behalf, would certainly be in order.
President Trump was right all along.
I hope that the issued subpoena mentioned in Charlie Kirk’s tweet means that Attorney General Barr, Senator Lindsey Graham, and the rest of the Republic Elite are about to starting fighting back on behalf of the President for a change.
If our Sovereign Nation is to survive, this out-of-control political corruption, perpetrated on behalf of a Shadow Government by Deep State Operatives, must be dealt with and those responsible brought to justice.
No matter to whom the trail of corruption leads.
Until He Comes,