Ukrainian Prosecutor Ties Firing To Burisma Investigation

A former Ukrainian prosecutor told Fox News this week that he was fired after looking into Burisma. Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company probed by former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was removed following a promise by then-Vice President Joe Biden to withhold American aid unless he was dismissed.

Shokin said that former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “fired me at the insistence of then-Vice President Biden because I was investigating Burisma.”

The former Ukrainian official said that had he “continued to oversee the Burisma investigation, we would have found the facts about the corrupt activities that they were engaging in. That included both Hunter Biden and Devon Archer and others.”

Archer also served on the Burisma board alongside his friend Hunter Biden. Archer told the Oversight Committee that Hunter Biden was Burisma’s contact to try to stop the investigation into the company.

The former prosecutor said that he believed that both Hunter and Joe Biden received bribes from Burisma, saying that he did “not want to deal in unproven facts, but my firm personal conviction is that, yes, this was the case. They were being bribed.”

An investigation by the House Oversight Committee has found that Burisma cofounder Mykola Zlochevsky claimed that he would offer both Joe and Hunter Biden $5 million bribes each.

During Hunter Biden’s tenure on the Burisma board, he was paid about $1 million per role despite not having relevant energy company experience prior to joining in 2014 while his father was vice president.

Shokin referenced a now-famous clip of Biden stating that the United States would not follow through on $1 billion in aid to Ukraine unless Shoken was removed. Shokin asked, “isn’t that alone a case of corruption?”

The White House pushed back against Shokin’s allegations, stating that they were “false claims” that were previously “debunked.” Spokesperson Ian Sams said that other figures, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) called for Shokin’s removal.