Biden Investigation Couldn’t Come at a Worse Time — For Him

Biden Investigation Couldn't Come at a Worse Time — For Him

( – It seems what goes around comes around — finally. Ukrainian investigators have launched an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden just days before the South Carolina primary and the all-important Super Tuesday primaries next week.

In 2016, Biden bragged on video at a Council on Foreign Relations event that he used his influence to ensure Ukrainian top prosecutor Viktor Shokin was fired. Biden said he threatened to withhold a $1 billion in loans to Ukraine if Shokin wasn’t fired before he left the country and gave them six hours to do so.

Biden claims he was urging authorities in Ukraine to get rid of Shokin over his failure to fight corruption.

Shokin claims he was inappropriately fired after trying to investigate Burisma Holdings where Hunter Biden was a member of the Board of Directors. The company was allegedly paying him up to $83,000 a month, but it remains unclear exactly what kind of services he provided. The former vice president’s son admitted in an interview late last year that he probably wouldn’t have been invited to serve on the board if his last name was not Biden.

Both Biden’s maintain they did nothing wrong.

Shokin’s Attorney Makes Case Against Biden

The probe into former Vice President Biden was launched after Shokin’s attorney, Oleksandr Teleshetsky, appealed to the courts.

On Thursday, Teleshetsky told the Washington Post that Biden needed to be investigated for pressuring the Ukrainian government to fire him. If they don’t, he claimed, the court will be violating procedural norms.

Trump Pressure on Ukraine Led to Impeachment

Ironically, President Trump was impeached on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in December for doing less than what Biden was caught on video saying.

In a July 2019 phone call, Trump asked Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelensky to look into both Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine. Trump specifically wanted to determine if the former vice president improperly demanded Shokin’s firing and a quid pro quo to withhold the $1 billion loan if he wasn’t fired. Trump also wanted to know if Shokin’s firing was in anyway Biden’s attempt to protect his son.

Trump’s impeachment trial was based on accusations from Democrats that he froze military aid to Ukraine after his conversation with Zelensky. During the same time, Ukrainian officials wanted a White House meeting with Trump.

Zelensky has repeatedly said that he never felt any pressure from Trump and that his government never knew the financial freeze was in place until after the freeze was lifted and the US had provided the money to Ukraine.

What effect this investigation has on Biden’s chances of winning the DNC nomination remains to be seen but it’s not a distraction he needs while fighting off the other contenders.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

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