ARTICLE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MAY 19, 2020
POROSHENKO: Yesterday I met with General Prosecutor Shokin, And despite of the fact that we didn’t have any corruption charges, we don’t have any information about him doing something wrong, I specially asked him – no, it was day before yesterday – I specially asked him to resign. In, uh, as his, uh, position as a state person. And despite of the fact that he has a support in the power. And as a finish of my meeting with him, he promised to give me the statement on resignation. And one hour ago he bring me the written statement of his resignation. And this is my second step for keeping my promises.“
BIDEN: I agree.February 18, 2016 phone call
Four weeks later on March 22, 2016:
BIDEN: Tell me that there is a new government and a new Prosecutor General. I am prepared to do a public signing of the commitment for the billion dollars.
Poroshenko then tells Biden that one of the leading candidates is the man who replaced Shokin, Yuriy Lutsenko who later said in a deposition that Hunter Biden and his business partners were receiving millions of dollars in compensation from Burisma.
Four weeks later on March 22, 2016, Biden says “Tell me that there is a new government and a new Prosecutor General. I am prepared to do a public signing of the commitment for the billion dollars.“
Poroshenko tells Biden that one of the leading candidates is the man who replaced Shokin, Yuriy Lutsenko who later said in a deposition that Hunter Biden and his business partners were receiving millions of dollars in compensation from Burisma.
Then, on May 13, 2016, Biden congratulates Poroshenko on “getting the new Prosecutor General,” saying that it will be “critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage Shokin did.”
“And I’m a man of my word,” Biden adds. “And now that the new Prosecutor General is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that one billion dollar loan guarantee.”
UPDATE 12:17pm EST: The press conference also detailed corruption by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich…
Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Maria Jovanovic, US charge d’Affaires in Ukraine George Kent and FBI Special Representative for Eastern Europe Keren Greenway blocked the return of funds stolen by the Yanukovych regime to Ukraine in the amount of the country’s annual budget.
This was announced at a press conference in the Interfax-Ukraine news agency by the ex-prosecutor Konstantin Kulik, who investigated the crimes of the Yanukovych regime in 2016-2019.
According to him, the threat to the investigation has existed since 2014, and was associated with opposition from representatives of the US Embassy in Ukraine.
“This is the former ambassador Marie Jovanovic, US Chargé d’ Affaires in Ukraine George E. Kent e and the special representative of the FBI in Eastern Europe, Keren Greenway, who led the activities of the FBI investigators sent to the US Embassy in Ukraine. One of the group’s tasks was to block Ukraine’s return of funds stolen under the Yanukovych regime in the amount of the annual budget, which put the state in a difficult position , ”Kulik said.
According to him, they “placed fulfillment of orders of representatives of the US Democratic Party over the interests of justice.”
“In 2018, it became clear that Biden, Jovanovic, Kent and Greenway are doing everything to block the investigation of Zlochevsky and other persons of the Yanukovych regime and are doing this in coordination with the environment of Poroshenko. Without an investigation of their activities, there is no chance to continue confiscating assets for 40 billion dollars, “he stressed.
He said that a former prosecutor general, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, was also involved in stopping a number of resonant proceedings.
“Ryaboshapka, in coordination with the US Embassy in Ukraine, has taken measures to illegally dismiss the prosecutors of the group who investigated economic crimes of the regime of Yanukovych, Zlochevsky and Burisma Holding Limited, ” Kulik said.
According to him, Ryaboshapka stopped the execution of international orders on legal assistance and other investigative and procedural actions.
“He was blocked from obtaining a court decision on disclosing bank secrecy about the movement of funds in the accounts of ROSEMONT SENECA BOHAI LLC, the interrogation of ex-ambassador Jovanovic, etc., ” said Kulik.
According to the ex-prosecutor, on February 27, a week before his dismissal, Ryaboshapka transferred the proceedings on Zlochevsky and “Burisma Holding Limited” to NABU, where Zlochevsky’s other work lies for 4 years – granting special permits for the use of subsoil.
According to Kulik, the result of Ryaboshapka’s actions was to stop the investigation of economic crimes of the Yanukovych regime and the planned confiscation of funds in the budget of Ukraine in the amount of $ 6 billion in 2019.
UPDATE 5/19 11:00am EST: Here is a rough translation and outline of the audio tape…
Now people’s deputy Andrei Derkach presents a real “cassette scandal.” He shows recordings of conversations of former US Vice President Biden and former President Poroshenko. There is also a recording of Poroshenko’s conversation with former Secretary of State Kerry.
Soon we will analyze in detail.
So far, a summary of the music library:
- Biden puts pressure on Poroshenko to fire Shokin.
- Poroshenko said that he blocked the resignation of Yatsenyuk on February 16, 2016 at the personal direction of Biden.
On both points, according to Derkach, there is an obvious corpus delicti under the article “treason” (in fact, Poroshenko complied with the instructions of the leadership of a foreign state).
In addition, other films have been published on which:
- Poroshenko asks Biden to influence Self-Help regarding the position of the faction in voting for the prime minister.
- Poroshenko complains about Abromavicius.
- Biden at the end of 2016 gives Poroshenko advice to nationalize Privatbank as soon as possible, until Trump, who won the election, came to power.
An audio tape has been released by a Ukrainian politician which details conversations between corrupt and discredited former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden. John Kerry is also on the audio tape. The men discuss the firing of then Prosecutor Shokin for corrupt reasons, in order to prevent an investigation into Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and other criminal actions.
The smoking gun has just been found…
More to come as we dig into this…