Unredacted FBI Form Provides Devastating Details of Biden Bribery Scheme

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While certain details from the FBI FD-1023 form related to an alleged $10 million in bribes being paid to Hunter and Joe Biden by Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky had already been made public over the last six weeks or so, the forms themselves, released Thursday, provide additional details.


The form was created June 30, 2020 as a result of telephonic communications between the Confidential Human Source (CHS) and their handler. The form wasn’t shared with IRS criminal investigators who were already looking into Hunter Biden’s finances and tax evasion and who, we learned during Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing, likely had corroborating information. Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss’ team was briefed on the form, though, in October 2020. On May 3, 2023, Grassley and House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) issued a subpoena for the form. On that day Grassley said:

We believe the FBI possesses an unclassified internal document that includes very serious and detailed allegations implicating the current President of the United States. What we don’t know is what, if anything, the FBI has done to verify these claims or investigate further. The FBI’s recent history of botching politically charged investigations demands close congressional oversight.

Comer gave a bit more information about what the form allegedly contained:

The information provided by a whistleblower raises concerns that then-Vice President Biden allegedly engaged in a bribery scheme with a foreign national. The American people need to know if President Biden sold out the United States of America to make money for himself. Senator Grassley and I will seek the truth to ensure accountability for the American people.


Typical FBI and DOJ shenanigans ensued, with FBI Director Christopher Wray first claiming that the form didn’t exist, then stonewalled, and even refused to schedule a phone call with Grassley and Comer. The subpoena deadline was extended a few times, and on May 31 Wray said he’d allow committee members to view – and not have copies of – the document at a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), even though the document is and has been unclassified.

During the first two weeks of June, as Comer and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-NY) and then additional committee members viewed the FD-1023 and were briefed by the FBI, details started spilling out: We learned that the foreign national who allegedly bribed Hunter and Joe Biden was the Ukrainian (and corrupt) co-founder of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky, that the bribe was $10 million ($5 million for each Biden), that it related to the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, that Zlochevsky said the bank account and paper trail was so complex that it would take 10 years for investigators to unravel it all, and that Zlochevsky retained 17 recordings with Hunter and Joe Biden detailing the deal. We also learned that the CHS was a “highly credible” trusted source who’d been used by the FBI in multiple investigations dating back to the Obama administration and that the allegations in that FD-1023 had nothing to do with anything Rudy Giuliani had put forward in 2020.


Additionally, RedState exclusively reported that Zlochevsky was known by the U.S. intelligence community to be an asset of Russia’s SVR during the time he was communicating with Hunter and Joe Biden, and that Biden and State Department officials in Ukraine had been briefed on that.

So that brings us to the FD-1023 itself. From this form we’ve learned:

• The CHS was introduced to Burisma executives by Oleksander Ostapenko in late 2015/early 2016 at an in-person meeting in Ukraine.

• The meeting was attended by Ostapenko, Burisma CFO Vadim Pojarskii, Zlochevsky’s daughter Karina, and Karina’s husband regarding Burisma potentially purchasing a U.S. gas and oil company so they could conduct an IPO in the U.S.

• Per Pojarskii, Burisma “hired” Hunter Biden to “protect us, through his dad, from all kinds of problems.”

• Hunter Biden couldn’t help Burisma with the purchase/merger of a U.S. company because he’s “not smart,” Pojarskii said.

• CHS met with Ostapenko and Mykola Zlochevsky in Vienna, Austria, two months later, around the time Joe Biden publicly stated that Viktor Shokin had a corruption problem.

• When CHS expressed concern about the effect an investigation into Burisma would have on an IPO, Zlochevsky replied, “Don’t worry Hunter will take care of all of those issues through his dad.”

• When CHS advised Zlochevsky to pay an attorney $50,000 to handle Burisma’s matters in Ukraine, Zlochevsky laughed and said, “it costs 5 (million) to pay one Biden, and 5 (million) to another Biden.”


• Zlochevsky said that Hunter Biden “was stupid, and his (Zlochevsky’s) dog was smarter,” but that he “needed to keep Hunter Biden (on the board) so everything will be okay.”

• When asked whether Hunter or Joe Biden told Zlochevsky he had to keep Hunter on Burisma’s board, Zlochevsky said, “They both did.”

• After CHS advised Zlochevsky multiple times in that meeting to fire Hunter Biden and deal with Burisma’s issues within Ukraine and not turn it into an international matter, Zlochevsky said “something to the effect of, ‘Don’t worry, this thing will go away anyway’ and that ‘it’s too late to change his decision.'”

• On a conference call after the 2016 election, Zlochevsky said that he didn’t want to pay the Bidens and that he was “pushed to pay them,” using the Russian term “poluchili.”

• In addition to the 17 recordings Zlochevsky possessed, he told the CHS he had multiple text messages detailing the agreement with Hunter and Joe Biden.

• “Zlochevsky asked [CHS] whether it would make any (legal) difference whether he voluntarily made such payments, or if he was forced to make them.”

• CHS had previously reported the information about the conference call, including the discussion about Hunter Biden, in March 2017 to the FBI.

FD-1023 form dated June 30, 2020, indicating CHS had previously reported on Hunter and Joe Biden compelling Mykola Zlochevsky to pay bribe money and keep Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma.

• CHS had a meeting with Ostapenko in London in 2019 at a Russian coffee house near Harrods, and the two had a phone call with Zlochevsky from that coffee house. CHS believed Zlochevsky was living somewhere in Europe at that time.

• Zlochevsky stated he has two “documents (which CHS understood to be wire transfer statements, bank records, etc.), that evidence some payment(s) to the Bidens were made, presumably in exchange for Shokin’s firing.

• As of June 2020, Ostapenko worked in some office for the administration of President Zelensky and also worked for Valery Vavilov, who is the founder/CEO of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology business BitFury.


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