The investigative journos over at Zero Hedge, who are always breaking stories have come up with a doozy and a game-changer.
If you don’t read them regularly, I suggest you do so.
A newly leaked phone call between presidential candidate Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko details a quid-pro-quo arrangement between the two to fire former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin.
You’ll recall that Mr. Shokin was the man investigating Burisma and Hunter Biden for fraud.
In an official deposition, Mr. Shokin said there were five criminal cases against Burisma owner Mr. Zlochevesky that included money laundering, corruption, illegal funds transfers, and profiteering through shell corporations.
The leaked calls begin on December 3, 2015, when former Secretary of State John Kerry starts laying out the case to fire Shokin – who he says “blocked the cleanup of the Prosecutor Generals’ Office,” and sated that Biden “is very concerned about it,” to which Poroshenko replies that the newly reorganized prosecutor general’s office (NABU) won’t be able to pursue corruption charges, and that it may be difficult to fire Shokin without cause.
Later in the leaked audio on February 18, 2016 – less than three months after the Kerry conversation – Poroshenko delivers some “positive news.”
“Yesterday I met with General Prosecutor Shokin,” says Poroshenko. 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.”
To which Biden replied: “I agree.”
The article goes on to state that 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.”
That sounds like “quid pro quo” to me, how about you, folks?
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.”
Wow. Biden has claimed in the past he had nothing to do with the firing of Mr. Shokin. It sounds like he was actually the puppet master.
Biden then tells the former Ukraine president that he’s a “man of my word” and assures him that now that a new Prosecutor General was in place, he was ready to move forward to signing that one billion dollar loan guarantee.
Poroshenko then thanks Biden for the support, and says that it was a “very tough challenge and a very difficult job.”
You can watch the video below:
This is a smoking gun and proves beyond a shadow of any doubt that what Biden did (and admitted to on video – bragging, actually) was the very definition of quid pro quo.
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