“Sleepy” Joe Biden has gained a reputation this year for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time – or simply for saying the wrong thing. He’s been out of the game for so long – and gotten away with so much – that he’s forgotten that rule number one for purveyors of corruption is, “You don’t brag about the corruption.”
Here’s the video of Joe Biden bragging in 2018 about his role in getting Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired and intimating that Barack Obama was in on the scam.
Biden was speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in January, 2018. The entire event was an hour long, and the entire video and transcript can be found here. The transcript of the relevant portion, from Erielle Davidson at The Federalist:
I remember going over and convincing our team, others, to convince that we should be providing for loan guarantees. And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t.
So they said they had—they were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, I’m not going to—or, we’re not going to give you the billion dollars. They said, you have no authority. You’re not the president. The president said—I said, call him. (Laughter.) I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. 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 b-tch. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.
And *Trump* is the one being accused of a “classic shakedown”?
Biden claims that he and Hunter never discussed Hunter’s business dealings or the fact that the prosecutor Biden wanted gone was investigating Burisma and Rosemont. But, as Bonchie covered, Hunter told the New Yorker that he did discuss his business dealings with his dad.
It’s looking like it’s possible that the only administration threatening to withhold aid to Ukraine unless political demands were met was the Obama/Biden administration.