President Donald Trump slammed 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday in a new campaign ad that he released on his Twitter account. The ad highlighted Biden’s Ukraine-related corruption scandal.
“Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company,” the ad states.
The video then cuts to Biden saying in 2018: “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son-of-a-b****, he got fired.”
“But when President Trump asks Ukraine to investigate corruption the Democrats want to impeach him and their media lapdogs fall in line,” the ad continues. “They lost the election, now they want to steal this one. Don’t let them.”
I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
In 2018, Biden bragged to an audience of foreign policy analysts about how he got Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin fired from his job by threatening Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that he would withhold $1 billion in taxpayer money from Ukraine.
“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,’” Biden told the audience. “Well, son of a b****, he got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
The Hill reports that Biden “insists that, in spring 2016, he strong-armed Ukraine to fire its chief prosecutor solely because Biden believed that official was corrupt and inept, not because the Ukrainian was investigating a natural gas company, Burisma Holdings, that hired Biden’s son, Hunter, into a lucrative job.”
“There’s just one problem,” the report continues. “Hundreds of pages of never-released memos and documents — many from inside the American team helping Burisma to stave off its legal troubles — conflict with Biden’s narrative. And they raise the troubling prospect that U.S. officials may have painted a false picture in Ukraine that helped ease Burisma’s legal troubles and stop prosecutors’ plans to interview Hunter Biden during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
The Hill added that Hunter Biden’s company, Burisma, had its legal representatives meet with Ukrainian officials “just days after Biden forced the firing of the country’s chief prosecutor and offered ‘an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures’ about the Ukrainian prosecutors, according to the Ukrainian government’s official memo of the meeting.”
As The Hill’s John Solomon notes, the revelation raises two serious questions: If the prosecutor was fired for corruption, why did the company refer to the allegations as “false information” and why did the company immediately contact the new prosecutor to seek a meeting?
Biden has recently claimed that he never discussed his son’s business dealings in Ukraine, but a news report from this July debunks his claim as his own aides admitted that they did talk about Burisma.
“In December, 2015, as Joe Biden prepared to return to Ukraine, his aides braced for renewed scrutiny of Hunter’s relationship with Burisma,” The New York Times reported. “Amos Hochstein, the Obama Administration’s special envoy for energy policy, raised the matter with Biden, but did not go so far as to recommend that Hunter leave the board. As Hunter recalled, his father discussed Burisma with him just once: ‘Dad said, ‘I hope you know what you are doing,’ and I said, ‘I do.’’”