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Grassley Releases FBI Document Alleging Then-VP Biden Bribed Burisma CEO

Grassley Releases FBI Document Alleging Then-VP Biden Bribed Burisma CEO

Burisma CEO has “’17 recordings’ involving the Bidens; two of the recordings included Joe Biden, and the remaining 15 recordings only included Hunter Biden.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released the FBI FD-1023 file alleging then-Vice President Joe Biden bribed Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky to pay the family millions for their help to fire the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company.

Hunter Biden sat on the Burisma board.

“For the better part of a year, I’ve been pushing the Justice Department and FBI to provide details on its handling of very significant allegations from a trusted FBI informant implicating then-Vice President Biden in a criminal bribery scheme,” wrote Grassley. “While the FBI sought to obfuscate and redact, the American people can now read this document for themselves, without the filter of politicians or bureaucrats, thanks to brave and heroic whistleblowers. What did the Justice Department and FBI do with the detailed information in the document? And why have they tried to conceal it from Congress and the American people for so long? The Justice Department and FBI have failed to come clean, but Chairman Comer and I intend to find out.”

The FD-1023 is a confidential human source (CHS) reporting document. The CHS documented many meetings between them and Zlochevsky. This one happened right after the 2016 election (emphasis mine):

Shortly after the 2016 US election and during President Trump’s transition period, CHS participated in a conference call with Ostapenko and Zlochevsky. CHS inquired whether Zlochevsky was happy with the US election results. Zlochevsky replied that he was not happy Trump won the election. CHS asked Zlochevsky whether he was concerned about Burisma’s involvement with the Bidens. Zlochevsky stated he didn’t want to pay the Bidens and he was “pushed to pay” them. (CHS explained the Russian term Zlochevsky used to explain the payments was .. “poluchili” (transliterated by the CHS), which literallY translates to “got it” or “received it”, but Is also used in Russian-criminal-slang for being “forced or coerced to pay.” Zlochevsky stated Shokin had already been fired, and no investigation was currently going on, and that nobody would find out about his financial dealings with the Bidens. CHS then stated, “l hope you have some back-up (proof) For your words (nemely, that Zlochevsky was “forced” to pay the Bidens). Zlochevsky replied he has many text messages and “recordings” that show that he was coerced to make such payments (See below, subsequent CHS reporting on 6/29/2020). CHS told Zlochevsky he should make certain that he should retain those recordings. Zlochevsky asked whether it would make any (legal) difference whether he voluntarily made such payments, or if he was “forced” to make them. Zlochevsky then asked CHS whether CHS could provide any assistance in Ukraine (with the Poroshenko regime) if something were to happen to Zlochevsky in the future. CHS replied that CHS didn’t want to get involved in any such matters.

The supplemental reporting (emphasis mine):

Regarding CHS’s aforementioned reporting that Zlochevsky said – “he has many text messages and ‘recordings’ that show he was coerced to make such payments – CHS clarified Zlochevsky said he had a total of “17 recordings” involving the Bidens; two of the recordings included Joe Biden, and the remaining 15 recordings only included Hunter Biden. CHS reiterated that, per Zlochevsky, these recordings [are] evidence Zlochevsky was somehow coerced into paying the Bidens to ensure Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was fired. 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.


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Ann in L.A. | July 20, 2023 at 1:45 pm

The Dems are so good at the game, that instead of Biden getting impeached over this, Trump was.

Bribery and extortion are high crimes. Taking or extorting bribes from foreign nationals in exchange for official action is treason.

Yeah, real, actionable treason. I’ve been reading that word slung around carelessly for several years, now, but this the real thing.

The natural shock and horror a normal American would feel at the mere mention of the charge has to be put aside when there is evidence that a person in high political office has been taking money from foreign nationals in exchange for favorable official action..

    guyjones in reply to Valerie. | July 20, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Indeed. Yet, the idiot harridans of “the View” and their vile Dumb-o-crat ilk believe that it’s President Trump who should be hanging from a lamppost, “like Mussolini.” That’s how morally bankrupt and politically biased these reprobates are.

    DaveGinOly in reply to Valerie. | July 21, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Treason is defined in the Constitution. It’s 1.) an act of war against the United States; or 2.) done for the benefit of an “enemy” of the United States. Unfortunately, the Bidens’ actions do not meet the definition of “treason” (Ukraine not being an “enemy” of the United States, although China may satisfy the definition – there is no requirement that we be “at war” with the “enemy” mentioned in the definition.) The definition excludes all other acts from the definition (with the language “shall consist only in”).

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

The drip, drip, drip of information getting out into public re the many Biden Family shenanigans is making a noticeable puddle. Hopefully voters will pay attention instead of succumbing to scandal fatigue.

    Peabody in reply to CommoChief. | July 20, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Only voters of one party will notice. The other voters will say, “Puddle? What puddle?”

      henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | July 20, 2023 at 4:12 pm

      That’s when you drop the cable in the puddle, sit back, and enjoy the fireworks.

      The Hoover Building should be turned into a glass parking lot for this.

      CommoChief in reply to Peabody. | July 20, 2023 at 8:02 pm

      Check out some online reaction channels and folks are talking about this. Some of these YouTube channels have 1/2 million or more subscribers with an average view count well above 100K. The info is getting out and being noticed in new media spaces.

“Treason” is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied of U.S. legal concepts in conversation or social media.

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Mauiobserver | July 20, 2023 at 2:14 pm

What is really revealing in the 2 Grassley FBI report revelations is that the DOJ had knowledge of the Biden bribery and extortion investigations prior to the 2020 election. Bill Barr had the information forwarded to Delaware US Attorney Weiss but never let the nation know.

Trump was impeached for a phone call encouraging Ukraine to investigate allegations of Biden crimes in that country. Two years later we find out that the FBI had not only evidence but possibly audio tapes of the Biden extortion and bribery scheme.

Bill Barr and the career DOJ failed to disclose this information because of their absolute commitment to prevent Trumps reelection.

Barr has been noticeably absent on talking shows since the first FBI report was exposed by Grassley. Prior to that he was on regularly giving all the reasons why Trumps conviction was almost certain and clearly deserved. It would be great to see him grilled by Tucker or any other interested journalist (if there are any) to respond as to why he did not disclose the information during the impeachment and election campaign.

The swamp will and is doing everything they can to retain and expand their power.

    Groty in reply to Mauiobserver. | July 20, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    Has anyone at the FBI, DOJ or any other agency confirmed they have the audio recordings?

      Mauiobserver in reply to Groty. | July 20, 2023 at 3:16 pm

      Not to my knowledge and unless the Ukrainian party releases them I doubt they will ever be heard.

      Perhaps at some point some whistleblower will come forward who did listen and perhaps wrote notes (I doubt they would have a transcript) but of course the dems would just attack the character and veracity of the witness.

Wray buried this. He needs to be in a striped suit behind bars.

    Mauiobserver in reply to Q. | July 20, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Wray and Barr both concealed the information. Barr can make the excuse that he forwarded the one FBI report including the info on the audio extortion/bribery tapes to Delaware US Attorney Weiss as his cover. All Wray can do is say I knew nothing about it, at least until a brave whistleblower comes forward to testify, he was in a meeting where the issue was discussed with Wray and probably how to best weaponize the Russian disinformation aspect.

    guyjones in reply to Q. | July 20, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    It’s clear that the IRS and FBI (along with DOJ) have been enabling, covering up and running interference for the Biden crime family’s decades-old foreign influence-peddling rackets. Every person at those agencies from top brass on down who helped to stifle the investigation should be charged with obstruction of justice and any other statutorily appropriate charges.

inspectorudy | July 20, 2023 at 2:51 pm

I don’t believe that if this showed an 8×10 photo of Biden taking a stack of
$100 bills that it would make any difference. With the DoJ in their pocket and the FBI actually working to protect the Biden family, nothing is going to get done. To think of how they impeached Trump twice over the exact things they claimed he was doing they are now doing is unbelievable! Even worse is that they are getting away with it because McCarthy is a wimp.

    Gosport in reply to inspectorudy. | July 20, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    I too am reduced to thinking ‘So what?’

    What path may be found to resolution given the the DoJ sits squarely in the way of doing much of anything about building the cases against them in criminal court and the Senate will never allow Biden to be impeached while there is a threat of Harris actually occupying the Oval Office.

I’ll add that the big revelation for me was IRS whistleblower Ziegler’s testimony that the Biden crime family had raked in $17 million in a mere five-year timespan, from years 2014 through 2019. Considering that these reprobates’ foreign influence-peddling racketeering schemes have been going on for decades during crime boss, dotard-marionette, Biden’s, fifty-plus year tenure in political office, the total amount of filthy lucre extorted from foreign actors/governments by the Biden crime family is likely significantly higher than this sum.

The brazen lawlessness, avarice, laziness and entitlement of the Biden crime family members are contemptible and galling. Like so many Dumb-o-crats, these idiots are too lazy and stupid to actually do substantive work in the private sector to accumulate wealth, but, nonetheless believe themselves to be entitled to live an extravagant lifestyle that is far beyond what would normally be available to them if they were law-abiding citizens instead of greedy criminals.

E Howard Hunt | July 20, 2023 at 3:52 pm

Biden would never bribe anyone. He is too cheap. He successfully solicited bribes by means of both promises of future illegal benefits and extortion.

OK you lawyers,..isn’t saying if you do what I say, (fire the prosecutor) and I’ll give you $10 billion a bribe?

    CommoChief in reply to MarkS. | July 20, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Until the $ is paid no, its soliciting a bribe, maybe a conspiracy charge as well depending upon the # of people involved in making the solicitation. Then you gotta prove the payment received was directly linked to the action requested beyond a reasonable doubt. Probably in front of a judge and DC jury sympathetic to Biden, assuming the likely sympathetic DC grand jury returns an indictment and that the DoJ is motivated enough to bring the case at all.

The Gentle Grizzly | July 20, 2023 at 4:55 pm

And, what does the good Senator think will come of this? I will tell you: nothing.

    Mauiobserver in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | July 20, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    You never know. Churchill warned the British and the world about the danger and evil of Hitler and the Nazis for years.

    The press and what passed for polite society either scorned or ignored him.

    Reality and an instinct for survival finally made believers of his critics, at least until victory was achieved.

Steven Brizel | July 21, 2023 at 4:01 pm

This was fascinating reading but we need the text messages and other proof that back up what it is in this document