Ukrainian Prosecutor: We Are Now Reviewing the Biden-Linked Burisma Case

FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. Hunter Biden is expressing regret for being discharged from the Navy Reserve amid published reports that he tested positive for cocaine. The Wall Street Journal reports that Hunter Biden failed the drug test last year and was discharged in February. In a statement issued Thursday, Oct. 16, Biden doesn’t say why he was discharged. He says he’s embarrassed that his actions led to his discharge and that he respects the Navy’s decision. The vice president’s office declined to comment.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

 

Ukraine’s top prosecutor is now confirming that they will be doing a review of the investigation into Burisma, the company which had Hunter Biden on its board.

Ruslan Ryaboshapka, the country’s prosecutor general, announced at a press conference that they would be doing a review of 15 cases including that of the Biden-linked firm to make sure that they were properly investigated.

According to Fox, Ryaboshapka said, “We are now reviewing all the cases which were closed, fragmented or investigated earlier in order to make a decision on cases where illegal procedural decisions were taken.”

He said he had not been influenced by anyone to make this decision and was making it of his own accord.

Questions have been raised about Hunter Biden being on the board of Burisma despite having no experience in the energy business, but while his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, was the point man on Ukraine for the Obama administration.

These questions were intensified by video of Joe Biden in 2018 admitting on camera that in 2016 while he was Vice President, he pressured Ukraine to fire the prosecutor at the time. Biden said if they did not fire him, he would get the U.S. to deny them aid. The prosecutor at the time, Viktor Shokin, has said under oath in an affidavit that he was in fact investigating Burisma and that he was fired because of Biden’s pressure. Biden claims he wanted Shokin fired because of corruption.

From Fox News:

It is unclear how much money Hunter Biden made while serving on the board of the firm, but reports have estimated he made up to $50,000 per month — which would be up to $600,000 a year.

Fox News has also obtained notes from an interview Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani conducted—with Yuriy Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian prosecutor who replaced Shokin and eventually closed the Burisma probe. He said he “believes Hunter Biden receives millions of dollars in compensation from Burisma,” according to the notes.

Fox News reported Wednesday on notes from another interview Giuliani conducted with Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor Biden helped oust, in which he claimed he was told by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt to back off the Burisma probe. According to interview notes, Shokin claimed Pyatt – currently the ambassador to Greece – told him to handle that investigation “with white gloves.”

My colleague Streiff has pointed out how unusual Hunter’s compensation is compared to others and based on his experience (or lack thereof).

Biden and Democrats have tried to excuse the behavior, calling the facts “debunked conspiracies.” Then they should have no problem with people looking into why the investigation was shut down and what was going on with Burisma, right?

Let’s see what the alleged “anti-corruption” Ryaboshapka has to say.

But the Bidens have to be more than a little concerned that someone with a reformer reputation is now looking into the closure of the case. Joe Biden isn’t going to like this.