Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach has revealed in a stunning revelation on Oct. 9 that former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was paid $900,000 for lobbying activities by the gas company at the center of the whistleblower’s scandal. He has cited materials connected to an investigation.
Derkach publicized documents which, as he said, “describe the mechanism of getting money by Biden Sr.” at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine’s press center in Kyiv on Wednesday, reported Interfax.
“This was the transfer of Burisma Group’s funds for lobbying activities, as investigators believe, personally to Joe Biden through a lobbying company. Funds in the amount of $900,000 were transferred to the U.S.-based company Rosemont Seneca Partners, which according to open sources, in particular, The New York Times, is affiliated with Biden. The payment reference was payment for consultative services,” said Derkach.
Derkach also revealed other payments made, including those to Biden’s son, Hunter.
“According to the documents, Burisma paid no less than $16.5 million to [former Polish President, who became an independent director at Burisma Holdings in 2014] Aleksander Kwasniewski, [chairman of the Burisma board of independent directors] Alan Apter, [Burisma independent director] Devon Archer, and Hunter Biden [who joined the Burisma board of directors in 2014],” Derkach added.
“Using political and economic levelers of influencing Ukrainian authorities and manipulating the issue of providing financial aid to Ukraine, Joe Biden actively assisted closing criminal cases into the activity of former Ukrainian Ecology Minister Mykola Zlochevsky, who is the founder and owner of Burisma Group.”
“Biden’s fifth visit to Kyiv on December 7-8, 2015, was devoted to making a decision on the resignation of [then Ukrainian Prosecutor General] Viktor Shokin over the case of Zlochevsky and Burisma. Loan guarantees worth $1 billion that the United States was to give to Ukraine was the point of pressure. Biden himself admitted exerting pressure in his speech at the Council of Foreign Relations in January 2018, calling Shokin a ‘son of a bitch who was fired,'” Derkach added, reported Interfax.
The timeline of events proves that the United States linked the Zlochevsky case to loan guarantees, said Derkach.
When the decree dismissing Shokin was made public on April 3, 2016, a loan guarantee agreement for $1 billion was signed by the United States and Ukrainian governments two months later.
“In this case, there are facts should be subject to investigation. There is an agency that has powers to investigate them; the U.S. Department of Justice. If the Ukrainian prosecutor general signs documents and sends them to U.S. Department of Justice without any requests, he will accomplish his mission,” he said, adding that the Ukrainian prosecutor general has such powers.
“Considering international corruption in public is a way out for President Zelenskiy. I am certain that he is not involved in international corruption,” Derkach said.
According to the report, Derkach will initiate the creation of an ad hoc parliamentary investigative commission, “and has already requested launching a criminal case against Ukrainian officials into interference into U.S. elections.”