(Liberty Bell) – Joe Biden is a very reckless man.
Not only did he shamelessly brag on camera that he pressured Ukraine to fire their top prosecutor in exchange for millions in US aid, but now the audio of the phone calls where this quid pro quo was established have been released.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Derkach released audio recordings which he alleges are between Biden and then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
In these conversations, Biden touts his successful effort to pressure Poroshenko to fire the country’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, while he was investigating the company where Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, just so happened to sit on the board.
This was all while Biden was serving as former President Barack Obama’s Vice President, where he was the point man for Ukraine policy and was tasked with helping address the nation’s notorious corruption.
According to RT, Derkach says he obtained audio from investigative journalists who claimed that Poroshenko personally recorded the calls. The outlet noted that they did not independently verify the recording.
What has been established, in any case, is that Hunter Biden and his business drew some $3 million for lending his name to the corrupt Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma while it was fighting for its life amid an investigation. A video already has been widely circulated of Biden at a Council of Foreign Relations event boasting that he got Poroshenko to fire Shokin by threatened to withhold some $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine.
Derkach is now claiming that his recordings are of a call between Biden and Poroshenko on a number of subjects, including Shokin’s removal.
In one call, Poroshenko tells Biden about some “good news” he has, saying that on the day before he’d gone to Shokin’s office and asked him to resign. One hour later, the country’s top prosecutor issued his letter of resignation.
“Great!” Biden replies.
Later in the call, Biden says he’s prepared for “a public signing for a commitment for a billion dollars.”
“Again, I am not suggesting you want it or don’t want it. I am suggesting that is what I am prepared to do,” the vice president says.
In a November 2016 call, Biden congratulates Poroshenko “in getting the new prosecutor general.”
“I know there’s a lot more to that. I really think that’s good,” he says. “It is going to be critical that he works to repair the damage of Shokin.
“I’m a man of my word. Now that the new prosecutor general is in place we’re ready to move forward to signing the $1 billion loan guarantee,” says Biden.
While some parts of the phone call are indecipherable (after all, we’re talking about Biden and a Ukrainian speaking English as a second language), but it is clear that the two men discuss Poroshenko an IMF loan and the upcoming Trump administration.
“This is getting very, very close. What I don’t want to have happen. I don’t want Trump to get into *** where he thinks he’s about to buy into a situation … where it is about to collapse where he is going to pour more money into Ukraine,” Biden says.
“So anything you can do to push the Privatbank to closure so that the IMF loan comes forward. I stress this is critical to your economic and national security,” the vice president says.