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The Bidens’ Ukraine Deal

As of Sept. 24, the House of Representatives has formally launched impeachment proceedings against President Trump. An announcement earlier this month from the head of the House Intelligence Committee regarding an anonymous intelligence community whistleblower complaint has snowballed into a scandal encompassing a reported effort by Trump to pressure the president of Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Trump himself has publicly acknowledged elements of the news reports.

The chain of events leading up to the inquiry is complicated—and the Washington Post has provided a helpful timeline of its own. To help sort through the story, we have put together a timeline of how allegations of wrongdoing by the Bidens in Ukraine percolated up through right-wing news circles to the president’s desk, what the president and his lawyer have said and done about it, what the Ukrainian government has said about the situation, and how Congress has reacted.

Before we launch into the events, it’s important to understand the backdrop of the political situation in Ukraine over the past few years: The country has long struggled to combat corruption, and anti-graft efforts have scaled up in the wake of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution that toppled then-President Viktor Yanukovych. In 2014, then-Vice President Biden’s son Hunter joined the board of Burisma Holdings, a large private Ukrainian gas firm. Also in 2014, the firm’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky (the former Ukrainian ecology minister and a political ally of Yanukovych), came under investigation for corrupt business dealings. In 2015, Viktor Shokin was appointed to the role of prosecutor general and thus assumed control over the investigation into Zlochevsky and his businesses.

Following cries from observers about Shokin’s own ineptitude and corruption and pressure from Vice President Biden, among others, Shokin was fired in 2016. Shokin’s firing drew praise from Western observers, including from the European Union’s envoy to Ukraine, who noted that the firing of Shokin “creates an opportunity to make a fresh start in the prosecutor general’s office” and expressed “hope that the new prosecutor general will ensure that [his] office … becomes independent from political influence and pressure and enjoys public trust.”

Notably, Ukraine’s then-Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated in May 2019 that he was aware of no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Hunter Biden. The New York Times reports that “no evidence has surfaced to support” President Trump’s allegations that the former vice president sought to dismiss Shokin in order to help his son.

March 20, 2018: Conservative investigative journalist Peter Schweizer publishes a book including allegations about corruption surrounding Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine.

August 13, 2018: Trump signs the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes $250 million to extend the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative—a pot of Department of Defense funds intended to help Ukraine deter Russian and purchase weapons. One section of the bill bars funds from the NDAA going to “any activity that recognizes the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea.” The president indicates in a signing statement that this section does not “dictate the position of the United States in external military and foreign affairs.”

August 27, 2018: Conservative media outlet PJ Media writes that the allegations in Schweizer’s book concerning Hunter Biden will be a “central issue” in the 2020 election.

March 20, 2019: John Solomon writes in The Hill that, according to Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, an ambassador to Ukraine appointed by President Barack Obama gave Lutsenko a so-called “do not prosecute list.” The State Department calls Lutsenko’s claim “an outright fabrication.”

March 20, 2019: Donald Trump tweets:

Donald J. Trump

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“John Solomon: As Russia Collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges.” @seanhannity @FoxNews

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March 22, 2019: Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tweets:

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Pay attention to @dbongino for an analysis of some real collusion between Hillary, Kerry and Biden people colluding with Ukrainian operatives to make money and affect 2016 election.

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March 22, 2019: Fox News contributor Dan Bongino tweets:

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@dbongino
Joe Biden is going to have A LOT of explaining to do regarding Ukraine. A LOT.

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Bongino later adds:

Dan Bongino

@dbongino
What was Joe Biden doing in Ukraine during the month his son Hunter was named to a key board position in an influential Ukrainian company?

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March 23, 2019: Peter Schweizer, author of the 2018 book, claims on Fox News that Hunter Biden had corrupt dealings in Ukraine.

March 25, 2019: The Kyiv Post, an English-language Ukrainian newspaper, details Schweizer’s Fox News segment, writing, “If Joseph Biden enters the race for U.S. president in 2020, he’ll face renewed questions about his son Hunter’s association with Ukraine’s Burisma energy company during his eight years as U.S. vice president.”

April 1, 2019: Writing in The Hill, John Solomon calls for greater scrutiny into the Bidens’ activity in Ukraine and declares that an investigation into Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian dealings would be a “nightmare” for the elder Biden’s 2020 candidacy.

April 7, 2019: Giuliani says on Fox News that he wants the Department of Justice to look into Biden’s dealings in Ukraine.

April 18, 2019: Lutsenko, the Ukrainian prosecutor general, retracts his claim to the Hill and says he was not given a do-not-prosecute list.

April 25, 2019: Trump states in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity that Attorney General William Barr is dealing with “incredible” and “big” allegations that sources in Ukraine leaked information about Trump’s then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort to the press to help candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Trump’s claim relates to the 2016 disclosure by Ukrainian officials of over $12 million in payments to Manafort from the party of former Ukrainian President Yanukovych, who was ousted in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

May 1, 2019: The New York Times reports that conservative media has “fanned” scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine. The Times also writes that Giuliani discussed the Bidens’ involvement in a Ukrainian corruption investigation with then-Ukrainian Prosecutor General Shokin and met with Lutsenko, Shokin’s successor, “multiple times in New York.” The Times reports that Lutsenko “later told associates that, during one of the meetings, Mr. Giuliani called Mr. Trump excitedly to brief him on his findings.”

May 9, 2019: The New York Times writes that Giuliani plans to go to Ukraine to talk with the Ukrainian administration about looking into “matters of intense interest to Trump,” including Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine. Giuliani claims that he and his team are “meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do.”

May 11, 2019: The Washington Post reports that Giuliani calls off his trip to Ukraine amid criticism of his plans.

May 14, 2019: Giuliani tells Sean Hannity that Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine are “a case that is crying out to be investigated. If it doesn’t get investigated, we just don’t have equal justice in this country.”

May 16, 2019: In his capacity as Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Lutsenko announces there is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden, reports Bloomberg.

May 19, 2019: Trump tells Fox News that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin for looking into Hunter Biden.

June 21, 2019: Giuliani urges Zelensky to investigate “Ukrainian interference in 2016 election and alleged Biden bribery of Pres Poroshenko” on Twitter. (Petro Poroshenko is the predecessor of President Zelensky and was in office at the time of Shokin’s dismissal.)

Rudy Giuliani

@RudyGiuliani
New Pres of Ukraine still silent on investigation of Ukrainian interference in 2016 election and alleged Biden bribery of Pres Poroshenko. Time for leadership and investigate both if you want to purge how Ukraine was abused by Hillary and Obama people.

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June 22, 2019: Ukrainian news outlet Hvylya writes that this is not the first time Giuliani has tried to put pressure on Zelensky’s administration, and that Zelensky and his team prefer not to align themselves with either U.S. political party.

July 6, 2019: Zelensky says that he hopes for Trump’s assistance in countering the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline—a pipeline under construction from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, which Zelensky has opposed—stating that Trump is the only person who would resolve the issue in Ukraine’s favor.

July 9, 2019: Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly says representatives of Ukraine will go to Washington to prepare for a meeting between Zelensky and Trump. The ambassador says the Ukrainian impression that the U.S. expected Zelensky would not go was wrong. He says Zelensky and Trump would find chemistry, and had achieved chemistry in their previous telephone conversations.

July 22, 2019: Buzzfeed News reports that Americans with connections to Giuliani lobbied the Ukrainian government to investigate allegations against Joe Biden. The story states, “In a whirlwind of private meetings [the two envoys] … gathered repeatedly with top officials in Ukraine and set up meetings for Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani as they turned up information that could be weaponized in the 2020 presidential race.”

July 22, 2019: Former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin tells the Washington Post he was removed from his position because of efforts to investigate Burisma Holdings and Hunter Biden. Ukrainian anti-corruption experts disagreed, stating that Shokin was fired partly because of his refusal to investigate Burisma.

July 24, 2019: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before Congress. President Trump says the testimony is a “great day for me.”

July 25, 2019: The Ukrainian government releases a statement saying that President Trump called Zelensky to congratulate him on his electoral victory and on “successfully holding free and democratic parliamentary elections.” The press release also reports that “Donald Trump is convinced that the new Ukrainian government will be able to quickly improve image of Ukraine, complete investigation of corruption cases, which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA.”

July 29, 2019: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states that the U.S. position is that Crimea must be returned to Ukraine.

July 30, 2019: In an interview, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavel Klimkin says he believes that Trump and Zelensky will have “normal personal contact.”

July 31, 2019: Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko meets with Giuliani in New York. Klitschko writes on Facebook that the meeting was held at the invitation of his “old friend and one of the world’s most respected mayors.”

Aug. 12, 2019: The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (ICIG) receives a whistleblower complaint, which ICIG Michael Atkinson judges to be “credible” and of “urgent concern” to congressional intelligence committees. This is memorialized in a letter sent to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and Ranking Member Devin Nunes.

Aug. 21, 2019: The New York Times details renewed efforts by Giuliani to urge the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens, including a meeting in Madrid with Andriy Yermak, a representative of the Ukrainian president, shortly after the July 2019 call between Trump and Zelensky. During that meeting, Giuliani reportedly urged that Ukraine investigate the connections between the Biden family and Burisma and whether Ukrainian officials tried to interfere with Trump’s 2016 campaign. The Times reported that the president’s lawyer was acting “as a private citizen, with the knowledge and assistance of the State Department.”

Aug. 22, 2019: Rudy Giuliani confirms to NBC News that the State Department connected him with Yermak.

Aug. 28, 2019: Politico reports that Trump refused to dispense $250 million in funds for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and that he had requested that his national security team review the funding “in order to ensure the money is being used in the best interest of the United States.” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and then-National Security Adviser John Bolton were among the officials asked to review the funding.

Aug. 28, 2019: Oleksandr Danyliuk, the head of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council, meets with Bolton in Kyiv prior to the publication of the Politico story. Danyliuk later tells Time magazine that Bolton never mentioned the withholding of funds and, instead, talked about ways to expand cooperation between the U.S. and Ukraine.

Aug. 29, 2019: Ruslan Riaboshapka replaces Yuriy Lutsenko as Ukraine’s prosecutor general. He is a former deputy chief of staff for Zelensky and also served at the National Agency for Preventing Corruption until 2017, when he resigned in protest of ex-President Petro Poroshenko’s influence over the agency.

Sept. 1, 2019: The Ukrainian government releases a statement about meetings that day between Vice President Mike Pence and Ukrainian officials, including Zelensky. The statement notes, “Zelenskyy discussed military-technical assistance for Ukraine and cooperation in the energy sphere with the U.S. Vice President.”

Sept. 2, 2019: In response to a question from the Associated Press, Pence denies discussing Biden during his meeting with Zelensky the previous day. Pence says the two talked about “the upcoming decision the President will make on the latest tranche of financial support in great detail.”

Sept. 3, 2019: Members of the bipartisan Ukraine Caucus in the Senate express “deep concern” to Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney over the reports that funds for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative were not obligated.

Sept 5, 2019: The Washington Post Editorial Board writes that President Trump is holding up military aid to Ukraine in order to compel Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Sept. 9, 2019: Three House committees launch investigations into Trump and Giuliani’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to assist with Trump’s reelection campaign by investigating the Bidens. The chairmen of the House Foreign Relations Committee, House Intelligence Committee and House Oversight Committee send letters to the White House and State Department announcing their investigation.

Sept. 9, 2019: The ICIG sends a letter to Schiff and Nunes, alerting them to the existence of an “urgent” and “credible” whistleblower complaint. The letter discloses that, despite the ICIG’s assessment, Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire does not believe he is required to transmit the complaint to Congress.

Sept. 10, 2019: Schiff requests the whistleblower complaint from the acting DNI.

Sept. 11, 2019: The Trump administration releases the previously withheld $250 in military assistance to Ukraine, reports Politico.

Sept. 13, 2019: Schiff issues a subpoena to Maguire to compel the production of the whistleblower complaint.

Sept. 13, 2019: Jason Klitenic, the general counsel for the ODNI, releases a response to Schiff, stating that Maguire does not have a statutory obligation to share information with the intelligence committees.

Sept. 17, 2019: The ICIG sends another letter to Schiff and Nunes indicating his disagreement with Maguire’s determination that no disclosure to Congress was needed.

Sept. 17, 2019: Klitenic issues another letter expressing disappointment that the House subpoenaed documents and demanded Maguire’s testimony.

Sept. 18, 2019: The Washington Post reports the whistleblower complaint concerns communications between Trump and a foreign leader, as well as a “promise” involved in those communications.

Sept. 18, 2019: Trump tweets:

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@realDonaldTrump
All Polls, and some brand new Polls, show very little support for impeachment. Such a waste of time, especially with sooo much good that could be done, including prescription drug price reduction, healthcare, infrastructure etc.

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Sept. 19, 2019: The House Intelligence Committee conducts a closed-door hearing with ICIG Atkinson, who does not provide specifics on the complaint. Schiff later tells reporters that the U.S. Department of Justice played a role in influencing the decision to withhold a whistleblower complaint from Congress.

Sept. 19, 2019: Trump tweets:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
· Sep 19, 2019
Another Fake News story out there – It never ends! Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
….Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!

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Sept. 19, 2019: The Washington Post reports that the whistleblower complaint involves a conversation between Trump and the president of Ukraine. The Post notes that the only call on record between Trump and Zelensky occurred on July 25.

Sept. 20, 2019: Trump tweets:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
· Sep 20, 2019
The Radical Left Democrats and their Fake News Media partners, headed up again by Little Adam Schiff, and batting Zero for 21 against me, are at it again! They think I may have had a “dicey” conversation with a certain foreign leader based on a “highly partisan” whistleblowers..

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@realDonaldTrump
….statement. Strange that with so many other people hearing or knowing of the perfectly fine and respectful conversation, that they would not have also come forward. Do you know the reason why they did not? Because there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!

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Sept. 20, 2019: When questioned by CNN’s Chris Cuomo if he asked Ukrainian government officials to investigate Biden, Giuliani says, “Of course I did.”

Sept. 20, 2019: Ukrainian news outlet Hvylya writes that former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer says he gave Zelensky advice on how to negotiate with Trump, telling the new president to flatter Trump, to try to find an option where no one loses, not to ignore Congress and to be wary of Rudy Giuliani.

Sept. 21, 2019: In a twitter thread, Trump says:

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· Sep 21, 2019
The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, want to stay as far away as possible from the Joe Biden demand that the Ukrainian Government fire a prosecutor who was investigating his son, or they won’t get a very large amount of U.S. money, so they fabricate a…..

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@realDonaldTrump
….story about me and a perfectly fine and routine conversation I had with the new President of the Ukraine. Nothing was said that was in any way wrong, but Biden’s demand, on the other hand, was a complete and total disaster. The Fake News knows this but doesn’t want to report!

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Trump also tweets a video about Vice President Biden’s involvement in Ukraine:

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This is the real and only story!

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Trump later says on Twitter:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
Now that the Democrats and the Fake News Media have gone “bust” on every other of their Witch Hunt schemes, they are trying to start one just as ridiculous as the others, call it the Ukraine Witch Hunt, while at the same time trying to protect Sleepy Joe Biden. Will fail again!

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On the same day, the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump urged Zelensky “about eight times” to work with Giuliani on the Biden investigation during their call on July 25. The Journal also notes that Trump, according to a source, did not discuss military assistance on the call.

Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who held a directorship with a Ukrainian natural gas company called Burisma Holdings in 2014. At one point, Hunter was making $50,000 a month from Burisma.

Burisma was owned by Mykola Zlochevsky, a minister who went into exile after a popular revolution removed President Viktor F. Yanukovych. With Yanukovych gone, Zlochevsky faced numerous corruption investigations involving Burisma Holdings.

In 2015, Ukraine appointed Viktor Shokin as their new prosecutor. His removal in 2016 is at the center of the bribery allegations.

WASHINGTON — It was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously corrupt government to clean up its act. And one of his most memorable performances came on a trip to Kiev in March 2016, when he threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption in his own office and among the political elite.

The pressure campaign worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was soon voted out by the Ukrainian Parliament.

Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.

Washington Orchestrated Protests Are Destabilizing Ukraine
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Washington Orchestrated Protests Are Destabilizing Ukraine

Paul Craig Roberts

The protests in the western Ukraine are organized by the CIA, the US State Department, and by Washington- and EU-financed Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that work in conjunction with the CIA and State Department. The purpose of the protests is to overturn the decision by the independent government of Ukraine not to join the EU.

The US and EU were initially cooperating in the effort to destroy the independence of Ukraine and make it a subservient entity to the EU government in Brussels. For the EU
government, the goal is to expand the EU. For Washington the purposes are to make Ukraine available for looting by US banks and corporations and to bring Ukraine into NATO so that Washington can gain more military bases on Russia’s frontier. There are three countries in the world that are in the way of Washington’s hegemony over the world–Russia, China, and Iran. Each of these countries is targeted by Washington for overthrow or for their sovereignty to be degraded by propaganda and US military bases that leave the countries vulnerable to attack, thus coercing them into accepting Washington’s will.

The problem that has arisen between the US and EU with regard to Ukraine is that Europeans have realized that the takeover of Ukraine is a direct threat to Russia, which can cut Europe off from oil and natural gas, and if there is war completely destroy Europe. Consequently, the EU became willing to stop provoking the Ukraine protests.

The response of the neoconservative, Victoria Nuland, appointed Assistant Secretary of State by the duplicitous Obama, was “fuck the EU,” as she proceeded to describe the members of the Ukraine government that Washington tended to impose on a people so unaware as to believe that they are achieving independence by rushing into Washington’s arms. I once thought that no population could be as unaware as the US population. But I was wrong. Western Ukrainians are more unaware than Americans.

The orchestration of the “crisis” in Ukraine is easy. The neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told the National Press Club in Washington on December 13, 2013, that the US has “invested” $5 billion in agitation in Ukraine. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37599.htm The crisis essentially resides in western Ukraine where romantic ideas about Russian oppression are strong and the population is less Russian than in the eastern Ukraine.

The hatred of Russia in western Ukraine is so dysfunctional that the duped protesters are unaware that joining the EU means the end of Ukraine independence and rule by the EU bureaucrats in Brussels, the European Central Bank, and US corporations. Perhaps Ukraine is two countries. The western half could be given to the EU and US corporations, and the eastern half could be reincorporated as part of Russia, where the entire Ukraine resided for as long as the US has existed.

The disaffection from Russia that exists in western Ukraine makes it easy for the EU and US to cause trouble. Those in Washington and Europe who wish to destroy Ukraine’s independence portray an independent Ukraine as a hostage of Russia, while a Ukraine in the EU is allegedly under the protection of the US and Europe. The large sums of money that Washington funnels into NGOs in Ukraine propagate this idea and work the population into a mindless frenzy. I have never in my life witnessed people as mindless as the Ukrainian protesters who are destroying the independence of their country.

The US- and EU-financed NGOs are fifth columns designed to destroy the independence of the countries in which they operate. Some pretend to be “human rights organizations.” Others indoctrinate people under cover of “education programs” and “building democracy.” Others, especially those run by the CIA, specialize in provocations such as “Pussy Riot.” Few if any of these NGOs are legitimate. But they are arrogant. The head of one of the NGOs announced prior to the Iranian elections in which Mousavi was Washington’s and the CIA’s candidate that the election would result in a Green Revolution. He knew this in advance, because he had helped to finance it with US taxpayer dollars. I wrote about it at the time. It can be found on my website, www.paulcraigroberts.org and in my just published book, How America Was Lost.

The Ukrainian “protesters” have been violent, but the police have been restrained. Washington has a vested interest in keeping the protests going in the hopes of turning the protests into revolt so that Washington can grab Ukraine. This week the US House of Representatives passed a resolution threatening sanctions should the violent protests be put down by the police.

In other words, if the Ukrainian police behave toward violent protesters in the way that US police behave toward peaceful protesters, it is reason for Washington to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine. Washington is using the protests to destroy the independence of Ukraine and has ready the list of puppets that Washington intends to install as Ukraine’s next government.

John Solomon, a journalist, and editor for ‘The Hill’ told One America’s John Hines that former President Obama and the DNC overtly lobbied the Ukrainians to collude with their political attacks on the 2016 Trump campaign. Solomon has 400 pages of documents showing what went on.

There was also a concentrated effort to protect the Bidens.

Documents show the Obama State Department made a furious effort to make the Biden-Burisma story go away when it first appeared in 2015.

Solomon also stated there were two open investigations on Burisma when the Ukraine prosecutor was fired on Joe Biden’s demand. Stories that the cases were closed are untrue.

Solomon also has documents showing the prosecutor was indeed fired over his probe of Burisma and as a result of Biden’s demands.

Biden’s corruption appears to be clearly exposed. If you click the ‘documents’ link above, you can see the evidence yourself. He’s an extortionist.

BIDEN’S DONE
The documents show that Biden used U.S. aid money to force the firing of prosecutor Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor investigating the company [Burisma] employing his son Hunter for somewhere between $50,000 and $85,000 per month, the same amount given to his partner Devon Archer, John Kerry’s stepson.

Multiple U.S. officials eventually had to apologize to Ukraine officials for all the “false” information from U.S. officials, especially about the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.

Solomon writes:
“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 the dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures” about the Ukrainian prosecutors…”

They also promised to introduce Ukrainian prosecutors to Obama officials. It was the cherry on the sundae.

Hunter Biden served on the board of an American lobbying and public relations firm, Blue Star Strategies, run by Sally Painter and Karen Tramontano, who both served in President Bill Clinton’s administration. Hunter was paid tens of thousands by their firm as well.

The company worked with a defense attorney named John Buretta. After some manipulations, the three scored a meeting in Ukraine with the new prosecutor replacing Shokin, Yuriy Sevruk.

Sevruk immortalized the meeting in memo form and it was given to Solomon.

During the meeting, the three apologized for the “false” narrative that had been provided by U.S. officials about Shokin being corrupt and inept.

“They realized that the information disseminated in the U.S. was incorrect and that they would facilitate my visit to the U.S. for the purpose of delivering the true information to the State Department management,” the memo stated.

Sadly, we are hearing in the U.S. media once again defame Mr. Shokin, claiming he was fired because he was corrupt and inept.

Recently, in a European court, Shokin swore he was fired because he refused to end the corruption investigation at Biden’s urging [the extortion].

“The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm active in Ukraine and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the Board of Directors,” Shokin testified.

“On several occasions, President Poroshenko asked me to have a look at the case against Burisma and consider the possibility of winding down the investigative actions in respect of this company but I refused to close this investigation,” Shokin added.

Solomon has those documents also.

There is much more in his article at The Hill.

Sources:
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/09/24/ukraine-scandal-another-hoax-like-russiagate/


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