Joe Biden attracted huge criticism for a 2018 video where he boasted about withholding $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine–unless the country’s president fired a prosecutor who was investigating his son Hunter’s company.
“I said, ‘you’re not getting the billion’… 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 said, in an event with the Council on Foreign Relations in January 2018.
“Well, son of a b****, he got fired,” he added. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
The prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, had been investigating Ukrainian oil giant Burisma at the time. Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, was appointed to Burisma’s board of directors in 2014, just after Biden became Obama’s “point man” on Ukraine.
The younger Biden was paid a mammoth $83,000 per month for his do-nothing job at Burisma, which he had no qualifications for other than being the son of the Vice President of the United States.
At the time of his firing, Shokin said he was just about to interview Hunter Biden about corruption within Burisma.
In January 2020, soon after Joe Biden’s 2018 interview came to public consciousness during President Trump’s impeachment hearings, Shokin decided to file a federal complaint with Ukraine’s National Bureau of Investigation.
In his complaint, Shokin accuses Biden of abusing his power.
In April, Judge S.V. Vovk ordered the country to investigate Shokin’s firing as a criminal –though the investigation listed Biden’s role as an “anonymous listing.”
Now, Vovk has ordered the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to “formally name Biden as the accused perpetrator.”
Despite the new investigation into Biden, Biden has claimed that, while he did pressure the Ukrainian president to fire Shokin, it was unrelated to Hunter Biden’s dealings with Burisma.