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1) My Latest @EpochTimes Joe Biden, Obama Officials Stood to Gain From Ukraine Influence
2) Biden would use his influence to help force the creation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU).

Biden also used the threat of withholding a billion dollars in American loan guarantees to pressure Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire the prosecutor general.
3) President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, @RudyGiuliani , recently said “keep your eye on Ukraine.”
4) ~Feb. 4, 2014, Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt appeared to be discussing the ouster of Ukrainian President Yanukovych and the installation of opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister.
5) Biden was discussed as being willing to help cement changeover in Ukraine.

On Feb. 22, 2014, Yanukovych was removed as President of Ukraine and fled to Russia.

On Feb. 27 2014, Yatsenyuk, the candidate favored by Nuland, was installed as Prime Minister of Ukraine.
6) On April 18, 2014, Hunter Biden was appointed to the Board of Directors for Burisma.

Four days later, on April 22 2014, Vice President Biden traveled to Ukraine, offering his political support and $50 million in aid for Yatsenyuk’s shaky new government.
7) Biden helped Ukraine to obtain a four-year $17.5 billion IMF package in March 2015.

Biden also played a role in the removal of Ukraine’s general prosecutor, Victor Shokin.
8) Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees.

Shokin had been investigating Burisma, the company that Biden’s son Hunter was a board member of, at the time of his firing.
9) Burisma is owned by the former Minister of Ecology for Ukraine, Nikolai Zlochevsky (also known as Mykola Zlochevsky).

According to Front News, Zlochevsky issued a “special permit for the extraction of a third of the gas produced in Ukraine” to his own company, Burisma.
10) In the spring of 2014, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office opened an investigation at the behest of the UK prosecutors office, which was investigating money laundering allegations against Zlochevsky and had just frozen $23.5 million in assets.
11) Around the same time that Zlochevsky’s assets were being frozen in the UK, Burisma appointed Hunter Biden to its board on April 18, 2014.

Per the Hill, Hunter Biden’s firm received regular payments—“usually more than $166,000 a month”—from Burisma.
12) Ukrainian prosecutors refused to provide the UK with needed documents and in January 2015 a British court ordered the assets unfrozen.

On Feb. 10, 2015, Shokin was appointed as the prosecutor general of the Ukraine and he picked up the investigation into Burisma.
13) Shokin was portrayed as fumbling a major corruption case.

In late 2015, the US pushed for Shokin’s removal and Biden led the effort by personally threatening to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees.

Shokin was removed by Poroshenko shortly thereafter, in early 2016.
14) The Hill’s article included a written answer from Shokin, who told Solomon that his investigation into Burisma had included plans for “interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden.”
15) In January 2016, top Ukrainian corruption prosecutors and officials from Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), FBI, State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ), would meet in Washington, according to an April 26 article by The Hill.
16) The meeting reportedly addressed the revival of a closed investigation into payments to U.S. figures from Ukraine’s Russia-backed Party of Regions and the closure of an ongoing Ukrainian investigation into Burisma Holdings.
17) A Jan. 22 NABU press release confirmed that NABU Director Artem Sytnyk was in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 19-21 for a working visit.

At the same time as the NABU meeting with Obama officials, Vice President Joe Biden also met with senior Ukrainian officials.
18) On Jan. 21, 2016, Biden met with Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine.

Just six days earlier, on Jan 15, 2016, Biden had met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman - promising to commit $220 million in new assistance to Ukraine that year.
19) In May 2016, Sytnyk and Ukrainian Member of Parliament Leshchenko would publicly disclose the contents of the Ukrainian “black ledger” to the media, which later implicated Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The revelation would force Manafort from the campaign.
20) Leshchenko served as a source for various individuals, including journalist Michael Isikoff and DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa.

Leshchenko also served as a direct source of information for Fusion GPS—and Nellie Ohr.
21) In December 2018, a Kyiv court ruled that Sytnyk and Leshchenko “acted illegally when they revealed that Manafort’s surname and signature were found in the so-called “black ledger” of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions.”
22) Also in Jan '16 Alexandra Chalupa told a senior DNC official there was a Russian connection with the Trump campaign.

Chalupa also told the official to expect Manafort’s involvement.

How Chalupa knew to expect Manafort’s involvement with the Trump campaign remains unknown.
23) As previously reported, on May 30, 2016, Nellie Ohr sent an email to her husband, DOJ official Bruce Ohr and three other DOJ officials, alerting them of the discovery of the “Reported Trove of Documents on Ukrainian Party of Regions’ ‘Black Cashbox.’”
24) NABU was formally established in October 2014 but took over a year to actually become a functioning unit.

During this time, NABU officials began establishing a relationship with the FBI.
25) In early 2016, NABU director Artem Sytnyk announced that his bureau was very close to signing a Memorandum of cooperation with the FBI and by February 2016, the FBI had had a permanent representative onsite at the NABU offices.
26) Sytnyk met with US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt to discuss a more formalized relationship with the FBI and on June 30, 2016, NABU and the FBI entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that allowed for an FBI office onsite at NABU offices.
27) NABU has repeatedly refused to make the Memorandum of Understanding with the FBI public and went to court in 2018 to prevent its release.

In Dec. 2017, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko accused Sytnyk of allowing the FBI to conduct illegal operations in Ukraine.
28) Lutsenko called for an audit of NABU, claiming to “possess information of interest to the auditors” and was pushing for Sytnyk’s resignation.

According to reporting by Euromaiden Press, Lutsenko’s efforts failed “thanks to the reaction from Ukraine’s American partners.”
29) On April 11, 2019, Greg Craig, Obama’s former White House counsel and a partner at Skadden was indicted for lying about and concealing his work in Ukraine.
30) Craig, who reportedly worked closely with Manafort, was paid more than $4 million to produce a report justifying the conviction of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Notably, Craig’s name was not included in the “Black Ledger” leak from Leshchenko and Sytnyk.
31) Craig publicly stated that “it was Doug Schoen who brought this project to me, and he told me he was acting on behalf of Victor Pinchuk."

Pinchuk denied any involvement.
32) FARA documents filed by lobbyist Doug Schoen showed that he was paid $40,000 a month by Victor Pinchuk in part to arrange meetings for Ukrainian Parliamentarian Olga Bielkov.

Schoen also helped Pinchuk establish ties with the Clinton Foundation.
33) Reports filed by the Clinton Foundation indicate that Pinchuk donated between $10 to $25 million to the Clinton organization.

Pinchuk also has ties to Serhiy Leshchenko, the Ukrainian member of parliament who leaked the information on Manafort.
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