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Biden apologists on the left and center-right point to a list of international institutions that believed Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Burisma, was corrupt and had to go. These institutions comprise a Who’s-Who list designed to dazzle the Frums and Frenches of the world: the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the G-7, and many more. “Everyone in the Western community wanted Shokin sacked…” senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Anders Aslund told the Wall Street Journal. At the risk of putting too fine a point on it, Aslund went so far as to include something called the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Well, if the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is onboard, say no more…
Readers may be forgiven for thinking that this argument from authority is just more fake news of the “51 former intelligence officials” variety. That’s because it is. More to the point, it is an attempt to recast then-Vice President Biden’s threat to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine not as a rogue threat, but a simple extension of Obama administration policy.
Elite concern over Shokin’s allegedly corrupt investigation of Burisma is nothing short of historical revisionism. But don’t take my word for it. Thanks to Freedom of Information Act litigation (“The hippies finally got something right!”) initiated by John Solomon’s Just The News, we can now be flies on the wall of numerous entities such as the Interagency Policy Committee, an Obama-era task force of State, Treasury and Justice Department officials:
“Ukraine has made sufficient progress on its reform agenda to justify a third guarantee,” reads an Oct. 1, 2015, memo summarizing the recommendation of the Interagency Policy Committee (IPC) – a task force created to advise the Obama White House on whether Ukraine was cleaning up its endemic corruption and deserved more Western foreign aid.
Other internal memos obtained by Just the News show:
- Senior State Department officials sent a conflicting message to Shokin before he was fired, inviting his staff to Washington for a January 2016 strategy session and sent him a personal note saying they were “impressed” with his office’s work.
- U.S. officials faced pressure from Burisma emissaries in the United States to make the corruption allegations go away and feared the energy firm had made two bribery payments in Ukraine as part of an effort to get cases settled.
- A top U.S. official in Kyiv blamed Hunter Biden for undercutting U.S. anticorruption policy in Ukraine through his dealings with Burisma.
The New York Post’s Miranda Devine continues the thankless task of highlighting government officials scrambling to get their stories straight in light of Biden’s rogue ultimatum to Ukraine:
The European Commission praised Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin for his efforts to fight corruption in a December 2015 progress report published nine days after then-VP Joe Biden demanded his ouster.
The report flies in the face of Biden’s claims that the European Union joined his demands that Shokin be removed for being corrupt and obstructing anti-corruption reforms.
In fact, the Dec. 18, 2015, progress report, obtained by the New York Post, says that the European Union was satisfied that Ukraine had achieved “noteworthy” progress, including in “preventing and fighting corruption,” and thus was eligible for visa-free travel in Europe.
Trump’s “perfect phone call” looks more and more perfect with each new revelation of Biden’s corrupt dealings with Ukrainian energy oligarchs. It’s no wonder Democrats impeached him for it: he was directly over the target.Published in