Emails uncovered from a laptop abandoned by presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter at a Delaware computer repair shop have dramatically undermined the Democrats’ flimsy 2019 impeachment predicate.
President Donald Trump’s trial was based on accusations that he improperly attempted to condition the release of $400 million in U.S. aid on an investigation into the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine.
Ukrainians didn’t even know aid was held at the time of Trump’s request and it was later released without an investigation.
The president was particularly disturbed about a trip former vice president Joe Biden took to Kyiv in 2016 when he warned Ukraine’s then-president, Petro Poroshenko, that the U.S. would withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees until Ukraine removed its prosecutor general, Viktor Showkin.
Shokin was investigating activities at Burisma, a Ukraine gas company that was paying Hunter Biden a reported $50,000 a month to sit on the board, even though he had no known experience in the energy sector.
Shokin said he had made “specific plans” to investigate Burisma at the time of his firing in March 2016. They “included interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden.”
Trump was concerned that Burisma was paying Biden’s son handsomely in an attempt to influence his father. The emails suggest that Hunter Biden introduced his father to an executive at a Ukrainian energy firm in 2015, even though the former vice president denied knowing anything about his son’s business deals.
An email from May 2014 shows Vadym Pozharskyi, a top adviser at Burisma, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.
Another email sent shortly after Hunter Biden joined the Burisma board, contains more language suggesting Pozharskyi was pressuring the former vice president’s son to use his political leverage to help the company.
According to a New York Post report:
“The message bore the subject line “urgent issue.” It was also sent to Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, who also sat on the Burisma board at the time.
Pozharskyi said that “the representatives of new authorities in power tend to quite aggressively approach N. Z. unofficially with the aim to obtain cash from him.”
N.Z. isn’t identified in the email but appears to be a reference to Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, whose first name is a Ukrainian version of “Nicholas.”
When the alleged shakedown failed, “they proceeded with concrete actions” in the form of “one or more pretrial proceedings,” Pozharskyi wrote.
“We urgently need your advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message/signal, etc. to stop what we consider to be politically-motivated actions,” he added.”
About a year after Hunter Biden joined the Burisma board, Pozharskyi thanked him in an email for the “opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together” in Washington, D.C.
Less than a year later, in March 2016, Biden would pressure Ukraine into firing Shokin. He publicly bragged about it at a Council on Foreign Relations event In 2018.
“I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
A published photo of Joe Biden on the golf course with Hunter Biden and Devon Archer, taken in April of 2014, also raises questions about the truthfulness of the presidential candidate.