Former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin says that both President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, were bribed.
Shokin made the allegation in a recent interview that he did with Fox News.
There, Shokin said:
I do not want to deal in unproven facts, but my firm personal conviction is that, yes, this was the case. 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?
Shokin is the Ukrainian prosecutor about whom President Biden used to bragg about getting fired.
Shokin, at one point, was leading an investigation into alleged corruption at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. Shokin was leading this investigation at a time when Hunter Biden sat on the company's board.
This fact, in itself, has caused great controversy considering that Hunter Biden was getting paid large sums of money from the company despite the fact that he had no real qualifications to sit on the board. That is, he had no qualifications other than the fact that his father, at the time, was the vice president of the United States.
But, this is only part of the controversy. It has been alleged that then-Vice President Biden had Shokin fired by threatening to withhold up to $1 billion in aid to Ukraine if Shokin was not fired.
Biden, himself, has even admitted as much. Biden, shortly after his time as vice president ended, said:
I said, "You’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here." I looked at them and said, "I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money." Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And, they put in place someone who was solid at the time.
Shokin, in his recent Fox interview, confirmed this story.
"I have said repeatedly in my previous interviews that [former Ukrainian President] Poroshenko fired me at the insistence of the then Vice President Biden because I was investigating Burisma," Shokin said.
He continued, "[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."
Regarding the bribe mentioned earlier, a trusted FBI source has claimed that both President Biden and Hunter Biden received $5 million each in exchange for getting Shokin fired.
Following Shokin's interview with Fox, the White House put out a statement attempting to deny all of this by attacking Shokin.
The White House said:
For years, these false claims have been debunked, and no matter how much air time Fox gives them, they will remain false. 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.