If there’s one thing we can say about Joe Biden it’s that he’s a boastful jerk who can’t keep his mouth shut. Over the years, Dems and the media have tried to spin Joe’s arrogance into endearing “gaffes.” Let’s be clear — Joe is not a lovable guy who occasionally misspeaks; he’s an arrogant loudmouth who believes he’s better than everyone else. This character flaw has landed him in hot water multiple times. His blend of pathological lying, rude comments, and excessive bragging always backfires on him. Case in point: his on-camera boast about successfully pressuring Ukraine to fire Prosecutor Shokin.
That revelation became a Pandora’s box for Joe Biden that he never saw coming. However, his administration had a strategy: they chose to frame the ousting of this Ukrainian prosecutor as a matter of U.S./European policy, suggesting that Joe was merely carrying out directives.
All nonsense, according to a report from Miranda Devine at the New York Post, who reports that Despite Biden’s claim, “Europeans WEREN’T trying to oust Ukraine prosecutor targeting Hunter’s firm”.
The European Commission praised Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin for his efforts to fight corruption in a December 2015 progress report published nine days after then-VP Joe Biden demanded his ouster.
The report flies in the face of Biden’s claims that the European Union joined his demands that Shokin be removed for being corrupt and obstructing anti-corruption reforms.
In fact, the Dec. 18, 2015, progress report, obtained by the New York Post, says that the European Union was satisfied that Ukraine had achieved “noteworthy” progress, including in “preventing and fighting corruption,” and thus was eligible for visa-free travel in Europe.
The European Commission noted that Shokin had just appointed the head of a specialized anti-corruption prosecution office, which it described as “an indispensable component of an effective and independent institutional framework for combating high-level corruption.”
And of course, there’s a Victoria Nuland angle: she lied to cover Biden’s tracks.
The State Department memos included a personal letter from top US official Victoria Nuland to Shokin telling him that Secretary of State John Kerry was “impressed” with Shokin’s progress.
But Biden, Nuland and others later claimed that the then-VP was simply carrying out official US policy and that European officials agreed that Shokin was corrupt and needed to be removed.
“It was a policy that was coordinated tightly with the Europeans, with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank. But not only did we not see progress, we saw the [Prosecutor General’s Office] go backwards in this period,” Nuland, now Biden’s undersecretary of state, told the Senate Homeland Security and Accountability Committee in 2020.
So did this clown from the Atlantic Council:
Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, told the Wall Street Journal in 2019, “Everyone in the Western community wanted Shokin sacked … The whole G-7, the IMF, the EBRD [the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development], everybody was united that Shokin must go, and the spokesman for this was Joe Biden.”
However, none of the European bodies cited ever called specifically for Shokin’s removal or even mentioned his name.
Instead, two months after Biden’s pressure campaign began, bodies such as the IMF issued statements generically criticizing Ukraine’s “slow progress” in fighting corruption.
Meanwhile, Solomon reports that another influential international body was singing the praises of Ukraine’s corruption-busting reforms during Shokin’s tenure.
So, it seems everyone under the sun believed Shokin was doing an excellent job tackling corruption, except for Joe Biden. Why the exception? Most likely because Shokin was diving into the extensive corruption at Burisma, where Biden’s troubled son Hunter was conveniently “employed.” Even weirder is why the entire establishment lied to cover Simple Joe’s tracks. Time for accountability.