Audio recording of former Vice President Joe Biden pressuring Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to fire the prosecutor investigating his son Hunter was released by a Ukrainian MP on Tuesday.
MP Andriy Derkach released audio of Biden and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussing the firing of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Hunter Biden’s involvement in Ukraine energy firm Burisma Holdings.
“I would like to urge to consider the possibility of solving the problem of replacing Prosecutor General Shokin because, to my opinion, he blocked the reform of clearance of Prosecutor General’s Office,” Kerry told Poroshenko in 2015, adding, “I know the Vice President is very concerned about this…”
In a recording from March 2016 – four days before Shokin was fired – Biden is heard speaking to Poroshenko about the $1 billion U.S. aid to Ukraine.
“Tell me that there is a new government and a new prosecutor general, I am prepared to do a public signing of the commitments on 1 billion dollars,” Biden said. “Again, I’m not suggesting that that’s what you want or don’t want.”