DeSantis-aligned PAC Never Back Down released a blistering ad on Tuesday attacking President Joe Biden over allegations that he allegedly accepted $5 million in bribes from a Ukrainian oligarch.
The ad accuses of the Biden and his son, Hunter, of accepting bribe money from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, drawing on allegations made in an FBI confidential human source report uncovered by Republican investigators in Congress. The ad accuses the Biden administration of holding a double-standard in enforcing laws, and touts Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is running for president, as the candidate to fix a broken justice system.
“For years, the Biden crime family cashed in on Joe’s influence and power, especially in Ukraine where Hunter and Joe secretly received millions of dollars in bribes from the gas company Burisma,” the ad begins. “And when a Ukrainian prosecutor tried to investigate Burisma’s corruption, Biden bribed Ukraine’s president to fire the prosecutor.”
The prosecutor was Ukraine’s former prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, who Biden, as U.S. vice president, had a hand in ousting in 2016. Shokin was under suspicion of corruption and widely mistrusted internationally. He was also pushing an investigation into Burisma while Hunter Biden sat on the company’s board.
Then-Vice President Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees from then-Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko unless Shokin was fired.
“Well, son of a b****, he got fired,” Biden related later at a Council on Foreign Relations event in 2018.
The DeSantis ad suggested that Trump’s first impeachment was part of an attempt to cover up corruption and protect Biden.
“When Trump tried to get to the bottom of it, Democrats impeached him and the FBI hid Hunter’s laptop, burying the damning evidence it contained. Now, we know Biden is hoarding classified documents,” the ad says. “And Biden’s DOJ? They don’t care. Is Biden hiding the evidence of his get rich quick scheme?”
The ad then touts DeSantis as the candidate to rein in a rogue Justice Department and FBI. DeSantis released his plan to reform the Justice Department earlier this week.
“We need a president who will get to the bottom of it and end the weaponization of our justice system. Ron DeSantis will,” the ad says.
The Biden Crime Family's scheme in Ukraine is being revealed — and DOJ is scrambling to bury the apparent connection to the classified documents found in Joe Biden's garage. pic.twitter.com/kbGPaokyyF
— Never Back Down (@NvrBackDown24) June 14, 2023