Ukraine launches probe into Joe Biden's connection to ex-prosecutor Shokin's firing in 2016

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 28th, 2020 1:41 pm

Last Updated Feb 29th, 2020 at 9:32 pm

Ukrainian investigators have launched a probe into former Vice President Joe Biden for his alleged involvement in the firing of the country's top prosecutor, according to a recent report.

Viktor Shokin, the Ukraine prosecutor who was fired in 2016, managed to get two criminal probes open against Biden, claiming that the former vice president pushed for his firing because he was investigating the Ukrainian gas company where Biden's son, Hunter, was a board member.

The investigation into Biden was in response to a court order, an action that Shokin's attorney, Oleksandr Teleshetsky, says needs to be addressed.

"They need to investigate this. They have no other alternative. They are required to do this by the decision of the court. If they don't, then they violate a whole string of procedural norms," Teleshetsky told The Washington Post.

In a video from an event in 2018, Biden was heard boasting about how he used his influence to oust Shokin, including threatening to rescind a $1 billion U.S. loan if the firing did not occur.

"I said, ‘You're not getting the billion.' I'm going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. 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 reference to his conversation with then-Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

Both Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, have denied any wrongdoing in connection with Ukraine and the firing of Shokin.


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