Earlier this week, Trumps Attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that he conducted damning interviews “before Biden announced his presidential run and the allegations were brought to him.” Giuliani said, “I explored them as part of my duty as an attorney to show that the crimes committed, were not by my client, but by Democrats. I was not seeking to investigate Joe Biden. I was not investigating Joe Biden.” Amongst the interviewees was fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who claimed he was told by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine to back off the investigation on the firm Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden sits on the board.
Ultimately, the notes from the interviews that Giuliani conducted “have put the spotlight back on Biden family dealings in Ukraine” despite the impeachment probe. Shokin said his “investigations stopped out of fear of the United States” and that then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told him not to investigate Burisma, specifically, “as it was not in the interest of Joe and/or Hunter Biden.”
Even more direct and corrupt is that Poroshenko admitted that Shokin’s investigation was holding “up to one billion dollars in U.S. aid to Ukraine.” Eventually, Poroshenko “removed” Shokin. Backing up Giuliani’s notes with Shokin is a European court affidavit that was part of an Austrian extradition case involving another wealthy Ukrainian businessman. In the sworn affidavit, Shokin stated Poroshenko asked him to resign “our to pressure from the U.S. Presidential administration, in particular from Joe Biden.”
Shokin said he refused to close the investigation despite pressure from Ukrainian President Poroshenko, therefore was “forced to leave office, under direct and intense pressure from Joe Biden and the US administration.” Then comes another source with information that does not bode well for the Bidens. In Giuliani’s interview with Yuriy Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian prosecutor who was Shokin’s replacement said not only that he believed Mr. Shokin “is honest” but that he “believes Hunter Biden receives millions of dollars in compensation from Burisma.”
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