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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.