We’ve all seen the clip at least a hundred times. Speaking at a Council on Foreign Relations event in January 2018, former Vice President Joe Biden boasted that he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine unless then-President Petro Poroshenko fired the prosecutor who was investigating Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings in the next six hours.
“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.”
Hunter Biden was appointed to Burisma’s board of directors in 2014 shortly after Joe Biden became President Obama’s point man for Ukraine and was paid $83,000 per month. In March 2016, Burisma and its owner/founder Mykola Zlochevsky were under investigation by Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Viktor Shokin. Shokin was about to question Hunter Biden when his father delivered his now-famous ultimatum.
French media outlet, Les Crises reported last week that Shokin has filed a federal complaint with Ukraine’s National Bureau of Investigation (NABU) which accuses Biden of abusing his power. According to PJ Media, this report has been confirmed by multiple sources.
I have reprinted Les Crises’ translation of Shokin’s Complaint against Biden below (emphasis mine).
I’m also including an excerpt from an earlier post here to give readers an idea of the scale of the corruption that allegedly occurred. President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, returned from an evidence-gathering trip to Kiev, Vienna, and Budapest in December. His findings bolster Shokin’s case. A second post about Giuliani’s findings can be viewed here.
Giuliani alleges that the corruption in Ukraine in 2016 was so extensive that it was President Trump’s “duty” to request an investigation.
In an interview with OANN’s Chanel Rion, (she and an OANN crew had accompanied Giuliani on this trip), Giuliani said:
(Inaudible) phone calls from the Vice President to Poroshenko, from Poroshenko to Shokin, Poroshenko showing up in Shokin’s office and saying, ‘Biden’s putting pressure on me. You can’t go forward with Burisma. Can you slow it down?’ And, all of the sudden, Shokin gets this communique from Latvia that shows a $16 million dollar laundering transaction. Classic laundering transaction. Goes from Ukraine to Latvia, it’s disguised as a loan to another company, Wire Logic I believe. It then goes to Cyprus, gets disguised as another loan, this is called Digitech. Then it’s disbursed as payment of board fees. (Giuliani pauses to let that sink in.)
Now, you don’t make two loans to pay board fees unless you’re laundering the money. $3 million gets to Hunter Biden that way. That is a straight out violation of a money laundering statute.
During that interview, Rion shows a letter from February 2016 from the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Latvia, Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity.
A highlighted section reads, “According to publicly available information, Burisma Holdings Limited and its director Hunter Biden are involved in a corruption affair.” Rion reads another part of the letter. Latvia traced $14.7 million…the funds were transferred back to the accounts of Devon Archer and Hunter Biden.
The video goes to a clip of Rion, Giuliani, and Shokin. Rion asked Shokin if he recognized the document. He said yes. “He said there were more such inquiries that made it impossible for him to justify shutting down the Burisma investigation. OANN also verified on camera what Shokin had stated in a stunning 12 page sworn affidavit to an Austrian court.” Shokin told Rion:
President Poroshenko asked me to resign due to pressure from the US presidential administration, in particular from Joe Biden, who was the US Vice President. Biden was threatening to withhold $1 billion in US subsidies from Ukraine until I was removed from office…I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma. Joe Biden’s son was on the board of directors. I refused to close this investigation. Therefore, I was forced to leave under direct and intense pressure from Joe Biden and the US administration.
To the interim director of the National Bureau of Investigation
COMPLAINT [against Joe Biden]
On the commission of a criminal offense
(under article 214 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine)
I have read and understood Article 63 of the Constitution of Ukraine and the liability provided for in Article 383 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine “Slanderous denunciation of an offense”.
Shokin V.M. (signature).
During the period 2014-2016, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine was conducting a preliminary investigation into a series of serious crimes committed by the former Minister of Ecology of Ukraine Mykola Zlotchevsky and by the managers of the company “Burisma Holding Limited “(Cyprus), the board of directors of which included, among others, Hunter Biden, son of Joseph Biden, then vice-president of the United States of America.
The investigation into the above-mentioned crimes was carried out in strict accordance with Criminal Law and was under my personal control as the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
Owing to my firm position on the above-mentioned cases regarding their prompt and objective investigation, which should have resulted in the arrest and the indictment of the guilty parties, Joseph Biden developed a firmly hostile attitude towards me which led him to express in private conversations with senior Ukrainian officials, as well as in his public speeches, a categorical request for my immediate dismissal from the post of Attorney General of Ukraine in exchange for the sum of US $ 1 billion in as a financial guarantee from the United States for the benefit of Ukraine.
The facts I have described above are confirmed, among other things, by the official interview of Joseph Biden published in the media (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHoXh42BraI), where he declares that Ukraine will not receive money if I remain in my post as Attorney General.
Throughout the last months of 2015 and the first months of 2016 Joseph Biden, taking advantage of his position, came several times on official visits to Ukraine in order to negotiate with the leaders of the country my eviction and, consequently, the closing of the objective investigation into the offenses committed by persons associated with the company “Burisma Holding Limited” (Cyprus), including the son of the aforementioned US official.
Due to continued pressure from the Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden to oust me from the job by blackmailing the allocation of financial assistance, I, as the man who places the State interests above my personal interests, I agreed to abandon the post of Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
After my resignation caused by illegal pressure, no active investigation into the offenses concerning the company “Burisma Holding Limited” (Cyprus) was carried out and, therefore, the persons implicated in these offenses were not identified, nor arrested or charged.
According to the conclusions of the International Law Association of 18.04.2017, made by the doctor of law, Professor O.O. Merezhko, at the time vice-president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the request of the Vice-President of the United States Joseph Biden concerning my ousting from the post of the Attorney General of Ukraine as a condition for the granting of financial (economic) assistance is qualified as pressure, which represents interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine on the part of a foreign power in violation of one of the principles of international law.
Moreover, the facts of pressure on me as Prosecutor General of Ukraine from Joseph Biden in the circumstances described above are confirmed by an independent journalistic investigation under the name “UkraineGate” conducted and published by the French online media “Les-Crises.fr” available at this link https://ukrainegate.info/part-2-not-so-dormant-investigations/
Thus, the unlawful influence exerted on me as the head of a judicial structure in the country by Joseph Biden, who abused his power as the Vice-President of the United States in order to prevent me from carrying out my duties as the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, thus preventing me from solving serious crimes and arresting the persons who committed those crimes, has the characteristics of the crime stipulated in Article 343 part 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
In accordance with article 214 part 1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine the investigator is obliged without delay but not later than 24 hours from the moment of filing a complaint, reporting a crime, or from the independent discovery of facts testifying to a crime, to bring the information to the Unified Registry of Preliminary Investigations and open the investigation.
I also inform that the agreement on legal assistance No. 00299 was signed on 12.10.2019 between me and the law firm “Leshchenko, Doroshenko and associates” which will represent me, among others, in this case.
The mandate provided for in Article 50 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on behalf of my representatives, lawyers Teleshetsky Oleksandr Yvanovych et Leshchenko Oleksandr Viktorovych, is attached to this complaint.
On the basis of all the above and pursuant to Articles 55, 56, 214 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,
To submit to the Unified Registry of Preliminary Investigations, the information on the fact that the citizen of the United States of America Joseph Biden has committed on the territory of Ukraine and beyond its borders a crime against me, including interference in the carrying out of the duties of a representative of a judicial structure, which falls within the scope of article 343 part 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
To immediately open the preliminary investigation and give written orders to the investigators of the National Bureau of Investigation.
To be associated, I, V.M. Shokin, with the criminal investigation as a victim, to be delivered a memento on the rights and duties of a victim and to be questioned as a victim.
– mandate for providing legal assistance series KV No. 823666 of 28.01.2020 on 1 sheet,
– certified copy of the right to practise as a lawyer TchTs No. 00173 of 07.28.2017 on 1 sheet,
– mandate for providing legal assistance series KV No. 823665 of 28.01.2020 on 1 sheet,
– certified copy of the right to practise as a lawyer No. 25023 of 01.11.2013 on 1 sheet,
– copy of the conclusions of the International Law Association of 04.18.2017
January 28th, 2020,
Shokin Viktor Mikhailovych
Author: Elizabeth Vaughn