A journalist reported yesterday that “there is no evidence” that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire its general prosecutor, despite the former official’s acknowledgement that he did so in 2018 and it was recorded on video.
Ali Velshi, an MSNBC commentator, told his audience Monday that:
“President Trump has repeatedly suggested without evidence that Joe Biden used his position as vice president to pressure Ukraine to fire the country’s general prosecutor,” Velshi said Monday on MSNBC Live.
It is clear, however, that this did happen because it was Joe Biden himself who acknowledged and boasted about it during a 2018 meeting that was videotaped.
“I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars,'” Joe Biden said at a Council on Foreign Relations event on Jan. 23, 2018.
“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 [obsenity]. He got fired,” he added.
Indeed, the General Prosecutor of Ukraine Victor Shokin was fired in 2016 while investigating the embezzlement of the Burisma energy company where Hunter Biden, son of the former vice president, worked.
Referring to the new general prosecutor they “put in place,” Biden said on the tape that he was “someone solid.”
In addition, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch gave the new general prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, a list of ‘untouchable’ individuals and organizations that should not be prosecuted or investigated, Lutsenko himself revealed in an interview with The Hill in March 2019.
Many social network users reacted with indignation to what they call “spreading propaganda for a parody news network.”