John Solomon, an investigative reporter for the Hill has been investigating Joe Biden’s close ties to Ukraine and his son’s involvement financially with the country. Hunter Biden’s country was under investigation by Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
That is until Joe Biden threatened the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko with the possibility of quashing $1 billion in loan guarantees from the United States if the country’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin wasn’t canned.
That ended the investigation into why large sums of money were being transferred from a Ukrainian company to one Biden sat on the board of directors.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled of the March 2016 meeting, according to a Solomon piece published Monday by The Hill.
“Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden said.
Shokin was indeed an unpopular man with both the United States and the Ukrainians for not bringing enough anti-corruption cases, sources told Solomon.
“U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia,” Solomon noted in the Monday report.
“The general prosecutor’s official file for the Burisma probe — shared with me by senior Ukrainian officials — shows prosecutors identified Hunter Biden, business partner Devon Archer and their firm, Rosemont Seneca, as potential recipients of money.”
The new prosecutor general noted that board members can legally pay themselves for work done under Ukrainian law, but only if that work is beneficial to the company. Prosecutors never determined whether that was the case in the Bursima-Rosemont Seneca arrangement because, well, the prosecutor who was looking into it was fired.