In a recent interview, former Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin reportedly said that he was fired as a result of then-Vice President Joe Biden pressuring the president of Ukraine to do so when he was looking into Burisma. Shokin also claimed that the firm bribed both Biden and his son, Hunter.
Vice President Biden allegedly threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid from Shokin if he was not let go, according to Shokin, who believes he was sacked toward the conclusion of the Obama administration.
Shokin said that there were never any complaints about the way he performed his duties in an interview with Fox News anchor Brian Kilmeade that was aired on Saturday and that the entire situation “humiliated” his country.
He claimed that Hunter Biden was added to the board of directors of Burisma in order to defend its founder and CEO Mykola Zlochevsky.
“I have no doubt that there were illegal activities engaged in by Burisma. As a matter of fact, the criminal case had been started before me. It continued to expand and Zlochevsky, who at the time held the post of minister and was the founder and CEO of Burisma, started bringing in people who could provide protection for him. Hunter Biden was among them and the corruption network expanded as a result. So, yes, to answer your question, there was no doubt in my mind that Burisma was engaged in illegal activities.” Shokin said during the interview.
When asked directly if he believed the Bidens were receiving bribes he responded: “I do not want to deal in unproven facts, but my firm personal conviction is that, yes, this was the case.”