Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Evidence undercuts Democrats' Ukraine impeachment story

Back when Joe Biden was vice president for Barack Obama, and handling Ukraine policy for America, he returned from a trip there to boast about how he had gotten a government prosecutor fired.

The prosecutor was Victor Shokin, and he had been looking into claims against the gas company, Burisma, which at the time was paying Biden's son, Hunter, tens of thousands of dollars a month to be on its board, even though he had no experience in the industry.

That wasn't acceptable, Biden decided, and he threatened Ukraine with the loss of $1 billion in American aid if officials didn't remove Shokin.

The issue appeared again later, during the Democrats' first failed impeach-and-remove campaign against President Donald Trump.

House Democrats alleged that Shokin was fired in March 2016 because State Department officials were unhappy with his anti-corruption campaign – but not because he was investigating Burisma.

However, a new report from Just the News does much to dash that idea.