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Former Ukraine prosecutor says he was fired under the Obama admin for investigating Burisma

Shokin also alleges in the interview that he believes both President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden received bribes when asked, but did not provide proof. 

Published: August 26, 2023 6:24pm

Former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin said in an exclusive interview that he was fired during the Obama administration after he investigated the firm whose board of directors then-vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter served on. 

"I have said repeatedly in my previous interviews that Poroshenko fired me at the insistence of the then Vice President Biden because I was investigating Burisma," Shokin said in an exclusive interview with Fox News

"[Poroshenko] understood and so did Vice President Biden, that had I continued to oversee the Burisma investigation, we would have found the facts about the corrupt activities that they were engaging in. That included both Hunter Biden and Devon Archer and others," he continued. 

According to a memo released earlier this month, the GOP-led House Oversight and Accountability Committee reported it had found a clear pattern of the Biden family and its partners doing business with Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Chinese and Romanian figures who had legal and other troubles, and then collecting money around the times of gaining access to Joe Biden.

Shokin also alleges in the interview that he believes both President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden received bribes, but he did not provide proof. 

"I do not want to deal in unproven facts, but my firm personal conviction is that, yes, this was the case," he answered. "They were being bribed. And the fact that Joe Biden gave away $1 billion in U.S. money in exchange for my dismissal, my firing – isn't that alone a case of corruption?"

The White House responded to the Fox News interview and said that the claims have been debunked. 

"For years, these false claims have been debunked, and no matter how much air time Fox gives them, they will remain false," White House spokesperson Ian Sams said in a statement, according to Fox News. 

"Fox is giving a platform for these lies to a former Ukrainian prosecutor general whose office his own deputy called ‘a hotbed of corruption,’ drawing demands for reform not only from then-Vice President Biden but also from U.S. diplomats, international partners, and Republican senators like Ron Johnson," the statement continued. 

But as "Just the News" reported earlier this week, Biden's threat to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine if Shokin wasn't immediately fired went against the State Department's position at the time expressed in a letter to Shokin that they were "impressed"  with his reform efforts.   

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