Is Biden aid money to Ukraine a PAYOFF for keeping Biden crime family business in Ukraine secret?
Let’s see. A crime family makes money from a foreign government.
Soon, that foreign government has a war on its hands. So it goes to the crime family and says, “Tap that $$ spigot and give us billions.”
“Well,” says the crime family, “that’s a big favor. We’re not sure how much help we can offer.”
“Really?” says the foreign government. “If you don’t come across, we can go public with all the details about your prior criminal connections to us.”
That’s a rough sketch.
Die Weltwoche, a Swiss Weekly magazine, interviewed NY Post lead reporter Miranda Devine.
“The coverup of our story on behalf of Joe Biden is like Watergate” (weltwoche.ch)
It’s an extraordinary conversation. Here are excerpts and then I’ll make comments:
New York Post reporter Miranda Devine has been at the center of the Hunter Biden laptop saga. In October of 2020, just weeks before Election Day, Devine and her investigative newshounds broke a story that threatened to break Joe Biden and the Democratic Party’s presidential aspirations: the Hunter Biden laptop from Hell.
Devine: …Hunter Biden was desperately wanting to make money. He was angling to get on the board of Burisma [a holding company based in the Ukraine] which was going to pay him $83,000 a month…he did go on that board.
Devine: You see the sloppiness of Joe Biden with his treatment of these classified documents, and we know that there were no boundaries, no ethical boundaries, that any of the Bidens had when it came to making money from foreign countries. They just had dollars in their eyes and were grifting. It would be more surprising to me if Hunter Biden did not have access to classified material than if he did. I think this is really where Joe Biden comes unstuck. He’s been influence peddling for more than four decades, since his earliest days as a senator in Delaware.
Weltwoche: Back to Ukraine. The deeply corrupt county—and now theatre of war—plays a key role in the Biden business network, and it is the place where Joe Biden used his power which benefitted his son’s private deals. [As vice president] Biden even forced the Ukrainian government to fire the chief prosecutor who investigated Burisma, the corrupt company who had Hunter on its board.
Devine: Joe Biden famously boasted on video, some years later, about having threatened to withhold US aid from Ukraine unless the chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was fired.
Weltwoche [quoting Joe Biden]: “I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden recalled at a Council on Foreign Relations event. “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired.”
Devine: The story that’s been put out in European media and by American establishment media has always been that this was a legitimate thing to do. It was what the State Department wanted, what everybody wanted, because Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor, was corrupt.
The evidence does not show that. In fact, it shows the opposite. Viktor Shokin was investigating Burisma, this very corrupt energy company, that was paying Hunter Biden $1 million a year. Just before Joe Biden asked Poroshenko for him to be fired, Shokin had issued a warrant and seized all the properties of the owner of Burisma, a former Ukrainian energy minister called Mykola Zlochevsky. Shokin had seized his house in Kyiv, a plot of land, some other property, and his Rolls-Royce, and Viktor Shokin said he was about to subpoena Hunter Biden and his American business partner, Devon Archer.