According to a document made public on July 20, a confidential source provided information to the FBI in 2020, alleging that then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden were allegedly bribed to influence Ukraine to remove a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, the Ukrainian company where Hunter Biden was employed.
As reported by The Epoch Times, the source said he visited Burisma’s office in Ukraine in either 2015 or 2016, accompanied by a man named Oleksandr Ostapenko. During the meeting, Vadim Pojarskii, the chief financial officer of Burisma, allegedly informed the source that the company hired Hunter Biden with the intention to safeguard themselves, through his father, from various potential issues and challenges.
Burisma reached out to the source seeking assistance in acquiring a U.S. company to merge with, with the aim of potentially going public in the United States, the report continued.
Following the disclosure of an investigation into Burisma by Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in 2016, the source informed Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Burisma, that the revelation could negatively impact the company’s potential initial public offering. In response, Zlochevsky allegedly stated that Hunter Biden would handle all the issues through his father.
“Zlochevsky was also cited as saying that it cost $5 million to pay one Biden and $5 million to pay another Biden,” The Epoch Times noted, citing the source.
According to the document, the source responded by expressing concerns that payments to the Bidens could complicate the situation, as neither of them had experience in the oil and gas sector. In response, Zlochevsky acknowledged his low opinion of Hunter Biden’s intelligence but emphasized the necessity of keeping him on the board “so everything will be okay.” He further stated that both Bidens had informed him that Hunter Biden should continue to be a part of the board.
Around that time, Joe Biden, then-vice president to President Barack Obama, was threatening to withhold $1 billion in foreign aid to Ukraine if then-President Petro Poroshenko didn’t fire Shokin. He did, and Biden released the loan guarantee.
“We’re leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Joe Biden said at a public event about the interaction, referring to a $1 billion loan guarantee he threatened to withhold. “Well, son of a [expletive]. He got fired.”
Shokin has asserted that the threat of withholding financial aid was cited as the reason for his ousting. In a sworn statement, he claimed that then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko requested his resignation due to “pressure from the U.S. presidential administration, in particular from Joe Biden.”
As per the FBI source, during the conversation, it was apparent that payments had already been made to the Bidens, presumably as an arrangement to handle Shokin, The Epoch Times continued.
The document, dated July 30, 2020, was a summary of conversations between the FBI and the source. After receiving a copy from the FBI, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) released it with redactions. The FBI initially declined to provide the document, but after the House moved to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt, the bureau eventually handed it over.
During a House hearing this week, IRS agent Gary Shapley, another whistleblower involved in a criminal investigation of Hunter Biden, stated that he had never been shown the form.
“There were investigative steps that involved President Biden that were not allowed to be taken. Information like this would have been really helpful to have from investigators … when we received any pushback. When we were asked to take names out of document requests and search warrants, it would’ve been nice to have information that showed why, that helped prove why those names need to be in those requests,” Shapley said.
Grassley added: “Thanks to whistleblowers now the world can see … what the FBI tried to conceal. Serious allegations from trusted FBI source. What did the FBI do to investigate?”
Source material can be found at this site.