NYT CONFIRMS Joe Biden ‘Strong-Arm’ Extorted The Ukrainian Govt For Son Hunter’s Cushy Job
Joe Biden was caught bragging last year about strong-arming the Ukrainian government and the NYT has confirmed that the biggest beneficiary was his son Hunter, to the tune of over $3 million dollars! Hunter was a board member of a Ukrainian energy company at the time. Older BIden was pressuring the government to fire a general prosecutor…
The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.
Daddy Joe threatened threatened to pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to the country if the Ukrainian government did not fire the prosecutor. That would be called extortion!
ex·tor·tion – noun – The practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.
Joe Biden bragged about his success at a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations last year. He was very proud of his use of strong-arm tactics to get the prosecutor fired. He never mentioned Burisma or Hunter.
He stated that he told the Ukrainians, “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.” Biden then boasted, “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired.”
The biggest beneficiary was his son Hunter. But as well, had Biden followed through, it would have thrown the former Soviet republic into insolvency. This was at a time when Ukraine was still fighting to maintain liberty from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
“Joe Biden was the Obama administration’s point-person on policy towards Ukraine. He steered $1.8 billion in aid to that government and while he was doing so, his son got a sweetheart deal with this energy company that — we’ve been able to trace over just a 14-month period — paid $3.1 million into an account where Hunter Biden was getting paid.” states Peter Schweizer, author of the bestselling book Secret Empires.
Secret Empires documents Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma Holdings and his sweetheart deals with China’s communist regime while his father was vice president.
Kenneth Vogel and Iuliia Mendel report at the Times:
It was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt government to clean up its act. And one of his most memorable performances came on a trip to Kiev in March 2016, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.
The pressure campaign worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament.
Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.
Hunter Biden was a Yale-educated lawyer who had served on the boards of Amtrak and a number of nonprofit organizations and think tanks, but lacked any experience in Ukraine and just months earlier had been discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine.
During just a 14-month period the company paid $3.1 million into an account where Hunter Biden was getting paid.
The Hill reports that Interviews with a number of senior Ukrainian officials confirm Biden’s account.
They claim the pressure was applied from late 2015 and into early 2016, not just the six hours of one dramatic day as Biden retold the story.
Whatever the case, Poroshenko and Ukraine’s parliament obliged by ending Shokin’s tenure as prosecutor.
The Hill also notes that Joe Biden had to know about the prosecutor’s probe of Burisma and his son’s role in the company. They noted that:
- Hunter Biden’s appointment to the board was widely reported in American media;
- The U.S. Embassy in Kiev that coordinated Biden’s work in the country repeatedly and publicly discussed the general prosecutor’s case against Burisma;
- Great Britain took very public action against Burisma while Joe Biden was working with that government on Ukraine issues;
- Biden’s office was quoted, on the record, acknowledging Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma in a New York Times article about the general prosecutor’s Burisma case that appeared four months before Biden forced the firing of Shokin. The vice president’s office suggested in that article that Hunter Biden was a lawyer free to pursue his own private business deals.
William Russo, a spokesman for Joe Biden, and Hunter Biden did not respond to email messages Thursday seeking comment.
The current Ukrainian general prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, has reopened the corruption probe into Burisma Holdings.
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