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.
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.
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.
Biden also played a role in the removal of Ukraine’s general prosecutor, Victor Shokin.
Shokin had been investigating Burisma, the company that Biden’s son Hunter was a board member of, at the time of his firing.
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.
Per the Hill, Hunter Biden’s firm received regular payments—“usually more than $166,000 a month”—from Burisma.
On Feb. 10, 2015, Shokin was appointed as the prosecutor general of the Ukraine and he picked up the investigation into Burisma.
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.
At the same time as the NABU meeting with Obama officials, Vice President Joe Biden also met with senior Ukrainian officials.
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.
The revelation would force Manafort from the campaign.
Leshchenko also served as a direct source of information for Fusion GPS—and Nellie Ohr.
Chalupa also told the official to expect Manafort’s involvement.
How Chalupa knew to expect Manafort’s involvement with the Trump campaign remains unknown.
During this time, NABU officials began establishing a relationship with the FBI.
In Dec. 2017, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko accused Sytnyk of allowing the FBI to conduct illegal operations in Ukraine.
According to reporting by Euromaiden Press, Lutsenko’s efforts failed “thanks to the reaction from Ukraine’s American partners.”
Notably, Craig’s name was not included in the “Black Ledger” leak from Leshchenko and Sytnyk.
Pinchuk denied any involvement.
Schoen also helped Pinchuk establish ties with the Clinton Foundation.
Pinchuk also has ties to Serhiy Leshchenko, the Ukrainian member of parliament who leaked the information on Manafort.