The FBI form alleging then-Vice President Joe Biden was involved in a bribery scheme with a Ukrainian oligarch was released to the public Thursday, including new bombshell information.
The identity of the business executive was released: Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings CEO Mykola Zlochesvsky.
Zlochesvsky told an FBI informant in around 2015 during a meeting near Kyiv that “it cost 5 [million] to pay one Biden, and 5 [million] to another Biden,” according to the redacted 4-page FD-2013 form released by Sen. Chuck Grassley.
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“Zlochevsky made some comment that although Hunter Biden ‘was stupid, and his (Zlochevsky’s) dog was smarter,’ Zlochevsky needed to keep Hunter Biden (on Burisma’s board) ‘so everything will be okay,’” the form said.
The source allegedly asked if Hunter or Joe told Zlochevsky he should “retain” the younger Biden and Zlochesvsky replied, “They both did.”
According to the document, Zlochevsky claimed to have 17 recordings of conversations with the Bidens, two of which were with Joe, which show he was “somehow coerced into paying the Bidens to ensure Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was fired.”
Grassley tweeted he released the form so the American people can see for themselves “what FBI tried to hide” thanks to whistleblowers.
The form is a “confidential human source (CHS) reporting document” that reflects the FBI’s interview with a “highly credible” confidential source who had multiple meetings and conversations with a top executive of Burisma over several years beginning in 2015.
Hunter Biden was first added to Burisma’s board in April 2014 as his father was charged with the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.
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The New York Post reports:
Although he has repeatedly claimed he never discussed business with his son, then-Vice President Joe Biden met with his son’s partner Devon Archer in 2014 around the time both Hunter Biden and Archer joined the Burisma board, according to Obama White House visitor logs.
Joe Biden also met with Burisma executive Vadym Pozharskyi at an April 16, 2015, dinner at DC’s Cafe Milano, as revealed in The Post’s first bombshell report in October 2020 on the contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.
Biden has acknowledged that when he was vice president, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin. At the time, Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, and at the time, Hunter had a highly-lucrative role on the board receiving thousands of dollars per month. The then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion of critical U.S. aid if Shokin was not fired.
Biden allies maintain the then-vice president pushed for Shokin’s firing due to concerns the Ukrainian prosecutor went easy on corruption, and say that his firing, at the time, was the policy position of the U.S. and international community.
The unclassified document is dated June 30, 2020, and says the contact with the source was “telephonic.”