WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress who read FBI informant files accusing President Biden of being involved in a $5 million bribery scheme said Thursday that the case involved the Ukrainian company Burisma. But Biden quipped, “Where’s the money?”
Hours after FBI Director Christopher Wray agreed to let lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee read a June 2020 document to avoid detention, Mr. Biden was asked about the bribery allegations and told a Post reporter: This is terrible,” he said. despise.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Georgia) and Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Florida) read the file in the Capitol and then briefed reporters on it, claiming it was the owner of Burisma. , Mykola Zlochevsky said he was told by an FBI source, “I told him I paid $5.” She paid one Biden $1 million and another Biden $5 million.and it was all a bribe [former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor] Shokin fired. ”
Greene, whose account was confirmed by a third Republican lawmaker who read the documents on Thursday, said the files said in 2015 and 2016 that Burisma was “considering the acquisition of a U.S.-based oil and gas company. It also included the details of how it happened.”advised by [first son] Hunter Biden and his partners. ”
“Around this meeting, Joe Biden as Vice President was saying that Shokin was corrupt. They hired Hunter to the board to solve the problem,” she said. “Hunter advised me that I could raise more money by buying a US company.”
Hunter Biden served on Burisma’s board of directors from 2014 to 2019, earning up to $1 million a year despite having no experience in related industries.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden met with Burisma executives at a DC dinner in April 2015. The meal was the basis for the Post’s shocking initial coverage of Hunter’s abandoned laptop.
Greene added that an FBI informant had warned Burisma against the takeover and suggested instead that it hire professional lawyers to work out its legal issues, the source told company executives. “It looks bad to buy another US company while you’re under investigation,” he said. ”
“This is common in Russia and Ukraine. she said.
The owner is also said to have told sources that he was not happy with the 2016 election results, which Donald Trump won.
“He said, ‘No, I’m not happy,'” Green read from the note. “Remember that he invested a lot of money into the Biden family to solve the problem. I said it would take 10 years.”
Zlochevsky then allegedly “told informants that he had two pieces of evidence showing payments to Hunter, specifically Joe Biden.”
But that evidence is apparently not on file, nor is it clear that the document accurately condemns President Biden’s actions.
The Oversight Board has yet to obtain President Biden’s bank records, and while Mr. Biden frequently boasts of making his personal tax returns public, he sent them through an “S corporation” in 2017 and 2018. It did not elaborate on the source of the more than $13 million in revenue. From 2017 to 2019.
In an email pulled from his former laptop, Hunter notes that he needs to share “half” of his income with his father, while Joe Biden has discussed business interests with relatives. I deny that there is.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina), who also read an informant’s allegations on Thursday, said the files contained “horrifying evidence” that the commander-in-chief “sold out his country.” said that
“The allegations in this document are worse than anything reported to date.
“The American public and the media have a right to see the evidence. We encourage the Oversight Board to continue its investigation by seeking out additional bank records and reviewing the records. [Treasury Department Suspicious Activity reports]. we have to follow the facts. ”
The oversight board subpoenaed bank records of some of the foreign business partners of eldest son Hunter Biden, but it is unclear whether the board looked into the records of anyone in the Biden family, including the president.
Other wealthy post-Soviet businessmen also worked with Hunter Biden, including Russian oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov. Among them, he bought a U.S. real estate investment with his then second son and made clear to his colleagues what the expected return was because his mobile phone company MTS was under federal jurisdiction. It is said that Investigation by the Obama-Biden Department of Justice.
The relationship between the Biden family and Burisma has come under scrutiny for years.
Days after Hunter secretly joined Burisma in April 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden allegedly urged U.S. support for Ukraine’s natural gas industry during a visit to Kiev. Obama administration visitor records show that he met with Hunter’s partner Devon Archer, also a Burisma board member. Same month.
In December 2014, when Biden was leading U.S. policy toward Ukraine, Congress approves $50 million Support the Ukrainian energy sector, including the natural gas industry.
Biden has also boasted that he will use $1 billion in U.S. aid as leverage to pressure Ukraine to remove Shokin, but House Democrats won’t allow U.S. allies in Trump’s impeachment trial in 2020. also filed evidence that Trump himself had argued for the removal of prosecutors for his own corruption.
According to laptop records, photographs, and eyewitness recollections, Joe Biden interacted with hunters and James Biden associates in China, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine during and shortly after his vice presidency.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R, Kentucky) and leading Commissioner Jamie Ruskin (D, Md.) read a file from an informant on Monday. Ruskin later claimed that a preliminary review of the allegations by federal agents in 2020 resulted in no further action, but that Kummer remains the subject of an “ongoing” investigation. Former Attorney General Bill Barr stepped forward to refute Ruskin’s claims that the investigation was “closed.” ”
Kummer said the 2020 informant file was based on information obtained from paid FBI sources over a period of 10 years, after a review of information first provided to the FBI in 2017. Stated.