A new four-minute-long audio clip was recently released this week recording Vice President Biden congratulating Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for firing the prosecutor who was investigating his son and appointing a new prosecutor overseeing all criminal cases in Ukraine. The audio comes at a time when questions have been raised about a possible Quid-Pro-Quo, between the former Vice president and the former President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.
The call starts off by Joe Biden saying “Hey Mr. President how are you? Joe Biden.” Mr. Poroshenko responds, “Very well indeed. As usual when I hear your voice. Thank you very much.” The call continues, with VP Biden placing emphasis on Poroshenko firing Viktor Shoken, the prosecutor who was in charge of investigating former Vice President Biden’s Son, Hunter Biden.
Biden continued, saying, “Well you are doing very well, congratulations on getting the new Prosecutor General. I know that there is a lot more that has to be done, but I really, I really think that, I think that is a good. And I understand you are working with the Radar in the coming days on a number of additional laws to secure the IMF. But congratulations on installing the new Prosecutor General, it is going to be critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage Shokin did. And I’m a man of my word. And now that the Prosecutor General is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that new one-billion-dollar loan guarantee.”
What’s interesting is that former VP Biden puts a lot of emphasis on former Ukrainian President Poroshenko firing Viktor Shokin, the Prosecutor General who was in charge of a criminal investigation into former VP Biden’s son Hunter getting onto the board of directors of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company.
In 2019, a video surfaced of VP Biden at the Council of Foreign Relations saying that he went to Kiev in hopes of giving aid to Ukraine, seemingly admitting to quid pro quo:
“And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t.
So they said they had — they were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, I’m not going to — or, we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. 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’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. 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 bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
Prosecutor Shokin was in the middle of investigating Burisma for hiring Hunter Biden for a board of trustee’s position that paid him almost $50,000 a month. Biden was released from Burisma in 2019 after his agreement ended.
The prosecutor who replaced Shokin, Yuri Lutsenko, said in 2019 that the Biden’s didn’t break any Ukrainian laws.
After the firing of the prosecutor Shokin, the Obama administration released the billion-dollar loan to Ukraine.
Just this week the Senate voted on a Party line vote, to authorize a subpoena for Blue Star Strategies. Blue Star is a public relations firm that worked with the Ukrainian Government while Hunter Biden served as the board of trustees.
House and Senate Democrats have accused Republicans of “playing politics.”