Bombshell FBI memo: Hunter Biden hired by Ukrainian firm to 'protect' it from corruption probe

Sen. Charles Grassley releases long-sought FBI confidential informant report alleging bribery scheme

Published: July 20, 2023 1:00pm

Updated: July 20, 2023 8:55pm

A trusted FBI informant told agents in 2020 that Hunter Biden was hired by Burisma Holdings to use his father to help "protect" the Ukrainian gas firm from problems, including an effort to "take care of'" a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating the company for corruption, according to an explosive document released by Sen. Charles Grassley on Thursday.

"They hired Hunter Biden to protect us, through his dad, from all kinds of problems," the informant reported to the FBI that a top Burisma official named Vadim Pojarskii declared during a meeting while Joe Biden was still vice president, according to the FD-1023 confidential human source report Grassley, R-Iowa, released.

The informant also reported that Burisma had asked Hunter Biden to help get the top prosecutor in Ukraine, Victor Shokin, sidelined because he was investigating the firm for corruption and interfering with Burisma's effort to buy a U.S. firm.

"Shokin's investigation into Burisma, which was made public at this time, it would have a substantial negative impact on Burisma's prospective IPO in the United States," the report alleged. "Zlochevsky replied something to the effect of, 'Don't worry Hunter will take care of all of those issues through his dad.'"

The report reveals that the informant began reporting these concerns back in 2017.

You can read the full document here.

Joe Biden has admitted he forced Shokin's firing in late 2015 and early 2016 by threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees from Ukraine. The prosecutor was fired, but Biden has adamantly denied he did so to help his son's company.

The memo clearly states Burisma owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, told the informant he had been "coerced" into paying the Biden's money and estimated the price tag to be $10 million.

"Zlochevsky stated he didn't want to pay the Bidens and he was pushed to pay them," the report stated.

The owner added it "cost 5 (million) to pay one Biden, and 5 (million) to another Biden," the informant reported, adding that "at this time, it was unclear to CHS whether these alleged payments were already made."

The informant also revealed that Burisma officials had become frustrated by Hunter Biden's performance.

"Pojarskii replied that Hunter Biden was not smart, and they wanted to get additional counsel," the FBI reported. "The group then had a general conversation about whether the purchase/merger with a US company would be a good business decision."

In response to the FD-1023's release, White house spokesperson Ian Sams issued the following statement:

"It is remarkable that congressional Republicans, in their eagerness to go after President Biden regardless of the truth, continue to push claims that have been debunked for years and that they themselves have cautioned to take 'with a grain of salt' because they could be 'made up.' These claims have reportedly been scrutinized by the Trump Justice Department, a Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney, and a full impeachment trial of the former President that centered on these very issues, and over and over again, they have been found to lack credibility. It's clear that congressional Republicans are dead-set on playing shameless, dishonest politics and refuse to let truth get in the way. It is well past time for news organizations to hold them to basic levels of factual accountability for their repeated and increasingly desperate efforts to mislead both the public and the press."

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