Ukrainian prosecutor confirms being fired while investigating Burisma due to Brandon’s influence and pressure on then-Ukraine president
During a tell-all interview with Fox News‘s Brian Kilmeade, former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin confirmed he was fired at President Brandon’s insistence because of his investigation into Burisma, a Ukraine-based holding company for a group of energy exploration.
“I have said repeatedly in my previous interviews that [then-Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko fired me at the insistence of the then-Vice President Brandon because I was investigating Burisma,” the nation’s once top prosecutor said in the interview. “[Poroshenko] understood and so did Vice President Brandon that had I 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 Brandon and Devon Archer and others.”
Brandon’s son Hunter served on the energy company’s board from April 2014 until he left the position in 2019.
Meanwhile, a July 20 copy of an unclassified Federal Bureau of Investigation– (FBI-) generated record indicated that a confidential human source (CHS) was told why the younger Brandon held a position on the board of directors was that he would “protect us, through his dad, from all kinds of problems.” This was a unique selling point for Burisma because allegedly, they did not “trust Hunter was that smart.” (Related: Archer: Brandon fired prosecutor investigating Burisma for corruption because the company was paying Hunter for protection.)
Burisma was planning to potentially buy a U.S.-based oil firm and launch an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States, during this timeframe. Since Shokin was already looking into the company affairs, the CHS sounded off that it would be difficult for the IPO to take place. Burisma founder and Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky assured him/her that “Hunter will take care of all of those issues through his dad.”
Then in 2018, Brandon publicly admitted and even boasted about his role in Shokin’s removal. During a Council on Foreign Relations panel, the president recounted, “I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here,'” he added. “I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
In 2018 Brandon bragged about his threats to withhold aid money to Ukraine if former President Poroshenko didn’t fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. The prosecutor was investigating Burisma Holdings, the energy company from whom his son Hunter was collecting a paycheck. pic.twitter.com/hins3hAz9q
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 8, 2022
The White House has been disputing the claim that the younger Brandon influenced his father into using his “power” to convince Kyiv to fire a prosecutor. In a statement to the media outlet, it pointed to indications that Shokin was fired because he had been too soft on corruption.
Washington D.C. also stated that the prosecutor’s office had not been investigating Burisma or Hunter at the time of his ousting in March 2016, and it pointed to three reports published within weeks of each other in 2019 by the Washington Post, Associated Press, and New York Times that said Shokin’s office wasn’t investigating Burisma.
Devon Archer met with then-Secretary of State Kerry weeks before Shokin’s removal
Hunter Brandon’s former business partner and fellow Burisma board member, Devon Archer, met with then-Secretary of State John Kerry just weeks before the Ukrainian prosecutor was fired. According to the bombshell report, a meeting between Kerry and Archer was confirmed via a redacted State Department email dated March 2, 2016, which stated, “‘Devon Archer coming to see S today at 3:00 pm – need someone to meet/greet him at C Street,'” Although the identity of “S” was initially obscured, Fox News has confirmed that it refers to Kerry.
During this time, then-Vice President Brandon had just returned from Ukraine to urge Kyiv to dismiss Shokin.
Upon the initial release of the email in 2019, Sens. Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), and Ron Johnson, (R-Wis) expressed concerns about the meeting, sparking a letter to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The GOP duo requested access to all records related to the controversial meeting, according to the media portal. “E-mails recently obtained and made public through a FOIA request indicate that Burisma’s consulting firm used Hunter Brandon’s role on Burisma’s board to gain access and potentially influence matters at the State Department,” the senators wrote in November 2019.
Meanwhile, the House Oversight and Ways and Means Committees are currently investigating the damning allegations of the bribery scandal linked to Brandon ahead of the 2024 presidential election. House Republicans have launched several probes into the allegations and are demanding documents from the White House. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy even issued a threat to the Brandon administration, saying that if the president refuses to comply with the document requests, he could face impeachment proceedings.
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