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Leaked tapes reportedly show Biden pressuring Ukrainian President to fire prosecutor in return For $1 billion

Andrew Kerr on May 20, 2020

  • A Ukrainian lawmaker with ties to Russian intelligence leaked on Tuesday excerpts of recordings of phone calls reportedly between former Vice President Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussing the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor.
  • In one of the tapes, Poroshenko told Biden that he asked for former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin’s resignation despite having no evidence of wrongdoing.
  • “I’m a man of my word,” Biden allegedly told Poroshenko in a later phone call. “And now that the new prosecutor general is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that $1 billion dollar loan guarantee.”

A Ukrainian lawmaker with ties to the Russian KGB released on Tuesday excerpts of recorded phone calls reportedly made between former Vice President Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2016 discussing the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor in return for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

The lawmaker, Andriy Derkach, said during a press conference Tuesday that Poroshenko recorded his phone calls with Biden and that he received the tapes from investigative journalists.

The full context of the conversations between the two leaders was edited out of the tapes Derkach released Tuesday, The Washington Post reported, but the portions that were released are mostly consistent with how Biden has publicly characterized his efforts to get former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin fired in return for loan guarantees from the United States.

Biden spokesman Andrew Bates told the Post the release of the tapes was yet another instance of Russia’s efforts to hurt Biden.

“They heavily edited this, and it’s still a nothingburger that landed with a thud,” Bates said.

Biden boasted in 2018 that he secured Shokin’s firing over concerns of corruption in the prosecutor generals’ office. However, Poroshenko disclosed to Biden in one of the tapes that he asked for Shokin’s resignation despite having no evidence of wrongdoing.

“Yesterday, I met with the General Prosecutor Shokin,” Poroshenko told Biden on a Feb. 28, 2016, phone call. “And despite of the fact that we didn’t have any corruption charges, we don’t have any information about him doing something wrong … I especially asked him to resign.”

The tapes leaked Tuesday by Derkach contain no mention of Bursima Holdings or Biden’s son Hunter Biden, who served on the board of the natural gas company at the time. The Daily Caller News Foundation was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the tapes.

At the time of his ouster, Shokin was investigating allegations of wrongdoing at Burisma that occurred before Hunter Biden joined the firm’s board.

Biden followed up with Poroshenko on a March 22, 2016, phone call asking if there was a new prosecutor general in place.

“I am prepared to do a public signing of the commitment for the billion dollars,” Biden allegedly told the former Ukrainian president.

Biden and Poroshenko discussed the issue again on May 13, 2016.

“Congratulations on installing the new prosecutor general,” Biden said, according to the leaked recording. “It’s going to be critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage Shokin did.”

“And I’m a man of my word,” Biden added. “And now that the new prosecutor general is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that new one billion dollar loan guarantee.”

Derkach also released a tape containing portions of a phone call between former Secretary of State John Kerry and Poroshenko on Dec. 3, 2015, discussing the need to replace Shokin.

“Because to my perception he’s blocked the cleanup of the prosecutor generals’ office and I know the vice president is very concerned about it,” Kerry told Poroshenko in the call.

Derkach met with President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in Kyiv in late 2019, according to the Post.

Giuliani, who has accused Biden of pushing for Shokin’s ouster to help shield Hunter Biden from prosecution, told the Post the tapes Derkach released Tuesday are “just the tip of the iceberg.”

Derkatch has ties to Russian intelligence, having attended the Dzerzhinsky Higher School of the KGB in Moscow and whose father served for decades as a KGB officer, the Post reported.

The Biden campaign did not return a request for comment by the DCNF.

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  1. PAB May 20, 2020

    Okay so this is why Piglosi and her Rat party impeached Trump.. Can you demon rat readers explain the difference.? THIS IS ON TAPE and BIDEN ALSO LAUGHED about it.

  2. Bemused Berserker May 20, 2020

    There’s no supposedly about it! The senile SOB BRAGGED about it, while still in office. Hang the demented old pervert and get it over with.

  3. Billv May 20, 2020

    He committed a criminal act by helping is son who accompanied him to Ukraine and China and each time is son walked away with millions. He was. a Vice President and it is against the law for any politician to that!

  4. Vince May 20, 2020

    Criminals at the top but no one has the #a$$ to do anything especially Pelosi and her minions.

  5. Freddy May 20, 2020

    Ok all you democrat trolls who keep saying : “what crime did he commit”. Well here is crime number 4 uncovered in two weeks.

    Had enough? Ready to admit that Obama, biden and Clinton are just a bunch of criminals running a criminal.organization known as the democrats?.

    Ready to stop playing your BS games about trump. Trump is clearly not even close to being the criminal biden, obama and clinton are.

    Hey democrats. Think of all the corrupt criminal crap we are going to uncover on Obama. Biden and Clinton if the republicans win the house, senate and presidency.

    It is going to be amazing.

  6. Erik Johnson May 20, 2020

    But but…but but…but but,but…but…but but but….but…but……..

  7. Wes May 20, 2020

    “Biden spokesman Andrew Bates told the Post the release of the tapes was yet another instance of Russia’s efforts to hurt Biden.” Yes it may hurt Biden, but all I have to say is that the truth hurts, and he’s been found wanting.

  8. Anton Boehm May 20, 2020

    This is news? I saw that very video months ago.

  9. Annabel May 20, 2020

    Gitmo awaits Biden, He can’t get away with this forever. We all saw the tape of him bragging about this. SHEEESH! I am sick of these crooked people getting away with it whilst they accuse the President of exactly what they do.

  10. Just a Peoin May 20, 2020

    For the Record: The past Ukrainian administration was as bad as any around – so much so that the present President is a Comedian who
    started his candidacy as a joke and won because the people of the Ukraine were so fed up. That administration was universally seen as
    corrupt and anyone who even worked with them was corrupt. Biden has always been seen as corrupt by those that knew him in the media. So none of this is common knowledge in the Washington circles. Actually the Comedian is respected in the international comm-
    unity so the present Ukranian government is embarrassed.

  11. bren May 21, 2020

    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

  12. Don May 21, 2020

    There never was any doubt in adult minds he was/is corrupt. Question is what’s going to be done about it? It’s apparent Barr doesn’t ahve the guts to do anything.

  13. Donna M Farrell May 22, 2020

    Almost unbelievable!

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