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On Bidens and Ukraine, Wild Claims With Little Basis - Bloomberg

The Bidens, Burisma and impeachment, explained



Hunter Biden’s work:
True: Beginning in 2014, Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, that faced allegations of corruption. He was paid "as much as $50,000 per month," per NYT.

False: His work for Burisma was being investigated by a Ukrainian prosecutor.
The investigation didn't involve Hunter, and was not being actively pursued at the time in question.

Joe Biden’s intervention:
True: Joe Biden was the Obama administration's point man on Ukraine while his son was working for Burisma, visiting the country several times from 2014 to 2016.
True: The then-vice president did tell Ukrainian leaders they had to fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin to get $1 billion in U.S. aid, according to a version of the story Biden himself told in 2018.

False: Biden pushed for Shokin's ouster to protect his son.
European countries and international bodies had accused Shokin of failing to pursue corruption, including in the Burisma case, and wanted him fired.
Biden was also not freelancing for personal reasons — he was pursuing the Obama administration's policy.

The bottom line:
True: Hunter Biden’s role with Burisma raised conflict-of-interest concerns at the time.
The State Department claimed in 2014 that there was no conflict, noting the younger Biden was a “private citizen.”

False: There's evidence Joe Biden committed "corruption" of any sort in Ukraine, as Trump alleges.


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