Joe Biden and Hunter Biden allegedly “coerced” Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky to pay them millions of dollars in exchange for their help in getting the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company fired, according to allegations contained in an unclassified FBI document released Thursday by Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Grassley said he released the document, which describes an alleged criminal bribery scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a Ukrainian business executive, so that the American people can “read this document for themselves without the filter of politicians or bureaucrats.”
The document in question is an FBI-generated FD-1023 form, which Grassley, R-Iowa, acquired via legally protected disclosures by Justice Department whistleblowers, according to the Senator’s office.
That FD-1023—a confidential human source (CHS) reporting document—reflects the FBI’s interview with a “highly credible” confidential source who detailed multiple meetings and conversations he or she had with a top executive of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings over the course of several years starting in 2015. Hunter Biden, at the time, sat on the board of Burisma.
Fox News Digital has reviewed the document, which includes new information, including the identity of the business executive—Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky. Zlochevsky, and the allegations that he was “coerced” into paying Joe Biden and Hunter Biden millions of dollars to get a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating his firm fired.
In the form, Zlochevksy tells the source he has “many text messages and ‘recordings’ to “show he was coerced to make such payments” to the Bidens.
Biden has acknowledged that when he was vice president, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin. At the time, Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, and at the time, Hunter had a highly-lucrative role on the board receiving thousands of dollars per month. The then-vice president threatened to withhold $1 billion of critical U.S. aid if Shokin was not fired.
Biden allies maintain the then-vice president pushed for Shokin’s firing due to concerns the Ukrainian prosecutor went easy on corruption, and say that his firing, at the time, was the policy position of the U.S. and international community.
The unclassified document is dated June 30, 2020, and says the contact with the source was “telephonic.”
The source reported to the FBI that “in late 2015 or 2016, during the Obama/Biden Administration, CHS was first introduced to officials at Ukraine natural gas business Burisma Holdings through [redacted] Oleksandr Ostapenko.” The form reflects that there is an additional FD-1023 detailing information brought by the source dated Jan. 2, 2018.
“CHS and Ostapenko traveled to Ukraine and went to Burisma’s office…the purpose of the meeting was to discuss Burisma’s interest in purchasing a US-based oil and gas business, for purposes of merging it with Burisma for purposes of conducting an IPO in the US,” the form states. “Burisma was willing to purchase a US-based entity for $20-$30 million.”
The form states that the CHS attended that meeting, as well as Burisma’s CFO Vadim Pojarski and Karina Zlochevsky, the daughter of the CEO and founder Mykola Zlochevsky.
Fox News Digital has previously reported that Hunter Biden and his business associates had much contact with Pojarskii [Pozharsky] about his role on the board of the company.
“During the meeting Pojarskii asked CHS whether CHS was aware of Burisma’s Board of Directors. CHS replied ‘no,’ and Pojarski advised the board members included: 1) the former president or prime minister of Poland; and 2) Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
“Pojarskii said Burisma hired the former president or prime minister of Poland to leverage his contacts in Europe for prospective oil and gas deals,” the form states.
Burisma said they “hired Hunter Biden ‘to protect us, through his dad, from all kinds of problems.’”
The source asked why Burisma needed his assistance regarding the merger of the US-based company when Biden was on their board, to which Pojarskii replied: “Hunter Biden was not smart, and they wanted to get additional counsel.”
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