The much anticipated FBI FD-1023 informant file alleges that a Burisma Holdings executive bribed then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, with $5 million each, according to records recently disclosed by the House Ways and Means Committee. IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler confirmed this allegation.
“RHB [Robert Hunter Biden] references $5 million in total from Burisma (which was referenced in the beginning of the board agreement), which I believe coincides with information on the FBI Form FD1023,” Ziegler wrote in an August affidavit.
The House Ways and Means Committee made the affidavit public on September 28 after voting to approve the publication of a second batch of IRS whistleblower documents.
The affidavit referred to an email from Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s best friend in business, to the now-president’s son obtained “by the investigative team via an Electronic Search Warrant served on Google related to RHB’s Apple email account.”
The email notes the “need to determine what we consider expenses to be deducted from potential Burisma ‘pay’ before we determine true split # with Alex. (i.e. 5-.75/3= 1.42M apiece).”
Ziegler informed House investigators that the email “was believed to be RHB’s laying out of the plan related to the Burisma board income he and Archer were about to receive.”
Along with the communication, House investigators disclosed an IRS slide indicating that the "5" refers to the $5 million that Burisma would pay. Archer suggested subtracting $750,000 from the $5 million for expenses.
The remaining $4,250,000 Archer proposed that the partners divide the money between himself, Hunter, and "Alex" [redacted surname], leaving each partner with $1.42 million.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) made the FBI informant file public in July, alleging that Joe Biden and Hunter Biden were each paid $5 million from Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, after Joe Biden threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless President Petro Poroshenko fired a prosecutor investigating Burisma.
In 2015, Burisma was suspected of money laundering and public malfeasance. Prior to his dismissal, prosecutor Victor Shokin investigated the case, which may have been the result of pressure exerted by then-vice president Joe Biden.
If the Ukrainian government did not dismiss the prosecutor investigating Burisma, Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. assistance.
In exchange, Joe Biden and Hunter Biden received $5 million each in small sums through distinct bank accounts, according to the informant file.
In an incriminating move, Joe Biden bragged about the firing during a 2018 appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations. “I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in … I think it was about six hours,’” Biden told the audience.
“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.”