Joe Biden is trying to deflect legitimate questions surrounding his son Hunter’s 2014 work in Ukraine on the board of natural gas company Burisma Holdings, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett accused Thursday. In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Jarrett said the question about whether there was influence-peddling by Burisma, consulting company Blue Star Strategies, and Hunter Biden by leveraging the influence of his vice president father is admissible. Watch Gregg’s interview below:
“We have already heard him on videotape bragging about how he threatened to withhold a billion dollars of U.S. aid to Ukraine unless a particular Ukrainian prosecutor was fired who has signed an affidavit saying he was investigating Hunter Biden and Burisma,” Jarrett stated. “So, it’s a classic case of suspected influence-peddling. It merits investigation.”
On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for an investigation into leaked recordings purportedly depicting Joe Biden telling Zelensky’s predecessor Petro Poroshenko that his country would receive aid from the U.S. once top prosecutor Viktor Shokin was replaced.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee already has acknowledged such an arrangement publicly. However, the leaked audio revived criticism that Biden was engaged in a kind of quid-pro-quo.
The new audio indicates Poroshenko went along with Biden’s plan but did not think Shokin was involved in wrongdoing.
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