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  • State Department reported Burisma paid bribe while Hunter Biden served on board, memos show

    State Department reported Burisma paid bribe while Hunter Biden served on board, memos show

    Just eight months after Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter joined the board of Burisma Holdings, U.S. officials in Kiev developed evidence that the Ukrainian gas company may have paid a $7 million bribe to the local prosecutors investigating the firm for corruption, according to interviews and State Department memos.

    H/T: Just The News

    State officials believed the alleged bribe was paid between May and December 2014 and got confirmation from one prosecutor. They argued the bribe amounted to a "gross miscarriage of justice that undermined months of US assistance" to fight corruption in Ukraine, contemporaneous memos show.

    "After the FBI and MI-5 spent months and arguably millions working to try to put together the first possible asset recovery case against former Minister of Ecology Zlochevsky involving $23 million frozen in UK accounts under suspicion of bribes paid for the licenses issued for gas oil permits ... Team Yarema closed the case against Zlochevsky in December 2014 just before western Christmas day,” Kent wrote his colleagues.

    "When I met with Yarema's right hand man, the jovially corpulent first deputy PG Danylenko six weeks later during the first week of February 2015, I asked him bluntly how much was the bribe and who took it," Kent added. "Danylenko cheerfully replied: 'That's exactly what President Poroshenko asked us last month. I told him $7 million, and it was last May before our team came into office in June 2014.'

    "He then said that he'd been a friend of Zlochevsky for 20 years had his number saved in his phone, could tell me that Zlochevsky was in Dubai at present and asked if I wish to talk to him to confirm the details. I declined, and politely reminded him that the PG letter closing the case was issued in late December more than six months after Team Yarema came into office which means it was Yurema, Danylenko and Co.  who were responsible for the outrage."

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