The Ukraine Files: What Did VP Biden Know and When Did He Know It?
House Republicans are investigating a “sudden foreign policy” change on Ukraine that occurred when Joe Biden was Vice President.
House Republicans are investigating the State Department over its “perception” of former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin in 2015 after then-Vice President Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to the country if Shokin was not fired.
The chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, James Comer, asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to provide more context on “certain sudden foreign policy changes” related to Ukraine and Shokin’s firing.
Biden has been accused of trying to get Shokin firing to protect his son, Hunter Biden, who was then on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company facing corruption allegations. The White House has said that the move was because Shokin was not pursuing corruption in Ukraine.
The letter is part of the committee’s work investigating Biden’s “connections to certain international and domestic business transactions and practices, including his family and associates peddling influence to generate millions of dollars for the Biden family.”
“Shokin was elevated to lead the Office of the Prosecutor General in the midst of an ongoing, international investigation focused on corruption surrounding Burisma — a natural gas company in Ukraine — and its founder, Mykola Zlochevsky,” the letter said.
Comer said that the State Department was initially favorable toward Shokin at the beginning of 2015 but later decided to push for his firing.
“On November 5, 2015, then-Vice President participated in a call with then-President of Ukraine Poroshenko and provided no indication that the United States’ policy regarding Ukraine required the dismissal of Prosecutor General Shokin. By late 2015, however, the removal of Prosecutor General Shokin became a condition of the loan guarantee by the United States,” Comer’s letter said.
Comer wants the State Department to provide calls, emails, and memos all related to policy on Burisma, Shokin, Burisma, and the billion-dollar U.S. loan to Ukraine.
James Comer, House Oversight Seek Answers from State Department on Then-VP Biden's Ukraine Involvement https://t.co/TPS9Lp3jtD
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