At an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations in January 2018, Joe Biden bragged about firing an allegedly “corrupt” prosecutor by the name of Viktor Shokin. Biden said that he threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine if Shokin, who was investigating Burisma Holdings on which Hunter sat on the board at the time, was not let go.
Five years later, it has been revealed that the owner of the Ukrainian energy company bribed the then-vice president to get the prosecutor off of his back. Mykola Zlochevsky reportedly told an FBI informant that he sought to bribe the Bidens as Joe was heading U.S. foreign policy in Ukraine.
The incentive to take the bribe was alleged to protect his son, who sat on the board and made millions of dollars between 2013 and 2018. The U.S. reportedly claimed that Shokin was “turning a blind eye” to corruption in the country, which led to his replacement with a prosecutor that Biden would go on to call “solid.”
The revelation comes from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she read the FBI’s FD-1023 form in a secure room. The document was the subject of much controversy as FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to let members of Congress read it. But just as the House Oversight Committee was going to hold Wray in contempt, the document was handed over, although it was not clear that it was about Ukraine.
Greene said that Zlochevsky hired Hunter to “make the problems go away” and called the president’s son “stupid.” There were two transactions that the congresswoman says prove the bribery scheme. $5 million was paid to one Biden and $5 million was paid to another. Greene is the first person to have made the information public.
The FBI informant has not been disclosed.