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."
Bombshell? Joe AND Hunter Biden Were Both Paid By Burisma https://t.co/TV1dpbqR5y— bill (@shortman5427) September 11, 2020
Burisma Holdings paid Joe Biden $900,000 for lobbying activities, according to a Ukrainian MP. https://t.co/l91fhNeGNM— Cristina Laila (@cristinalaila1) September 10, 2020
Judicial Watch: State Dept records confirm that the Ukraine Embassy under then-Amb Yovanovitch monitored, in potential violation of law, Donald Trump, Jr. Rudy Giuliani, & others on Twitter on Ukraine, “Biden-Burisma 2020,” Soros & more. Read: https://t.co/vGpDCX1TvJ— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) September 14, 2020
.@jsolomonReports has been following an explosive story about Biden-related corruption in Ukraine. Biden supporters here are shooting the messengers, trying to discredit some, with no evidence, of more Russian collision. Their aim: Discredit @RonJohnsonWI’s Senate investigation.— J Michael Waller (@JMichaelWaller) September 14, 2020
A Senate panel will vote this week on subpoenas for Obama-era officials - questioning them on everything from unmasking to Burisma. Former DOJ Official, @FranceyHakes, says this is way overdue.https://t.co/Ad4Zdvvqpz— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) September 14, 2020
Lots of spin here but—“Hunter Biden’s ties to the firm, Burisma, posed a conflict of interest for the Obama administration, as the younger Biden’s company was lobbying the State Department while his father directed the government’s Ukraine policy.” https://t.co/vJwdFYM0f5— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) September 12, 2020
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