Amid the current ruckus regarding Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Ukraine, two things have been taken for granted.
The first is that when then-Vice President Biden threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine unless they fired prosecutor Viktor Shokin, it’s because Shokin was deeply and irredeemably corrupt. No matter who Shokin was investigating, nobody in the West would miss him.
Second, even if Shokin had investigated Burisma — the Ukrainian energy company which had given Biden’s son Hunter a $50,000-a-month sinecure on its board — that investigation had ended by the time he was fired. Thus, there’s no potential for either corruption or a conflict of interest on the former vice president’s part
However, new documents uncovered by investigative reporter John Solomon cast doubt on both of those bedrock assumptions.
Solomon, in a story published in The Hill on Thursday, claims files show Shokin had two open investigations on Burisma when he was fired and that Burisma’s American legal team said the assessment of Shokin as incompetent and unscrupulous may not have necessarily been accurate.
In the piece, Solomon states that the documents “raise the troubling prospect that U.S. officials may have painted a false picture in Ukraine that helped ease Burisma’s legal troubles and stop prosecutors’ plans to interview Hunter Biden during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
“For instance, Burisma’s American legal representatives met with Ukrainian officials just days after Biden forced the firing of the country’s chief prosecutor and offered ‘an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures’ about the Ukrainian prosecutors, according to the Ukrainian government’s official memo of the meeting,” Solomon wrote.
“The effort to secure that meeting began the same day the prosecutor’s firing was announced.”
If this is accurate — and keep in mind this is the Ukrainian government’s assessment of the situation — it would cast doubt upon the explanation that Shokin was fired because of corruption and performance issues.
Read the rest at: Biden Lied