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Republican lawmakers looking into whether President Joe Biden was embroiled in a bribery scheme and influence-peddling operation appear to have found the "ultimate purpose" of Hunter Biden's dealings with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma: to "close down ... any cases/pursuits" against the company's founder.
In December 2015, Biden traveled to Ukraine and strong-armed the government to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who launched an investigation into possible corruption at Burisma, an energy company that paid Hunter Biden well over $50,000 a month and had him sit on its board as of spring 2014.
Joe Biden leveraged $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine — just after the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula — in order get the nation to oust Shokin. Biden claimed he did so because the prosecutor had not adequately dealt with corruption in the Ukranian government, not because he was investigating the company enriching his son.
Shokin was removed by the Ukrainian parliament on March 29, 2016.
Biden later bragged to the Council of Foreign Relations in 2018, "I looked at them and said: 'I'm leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money.' ... Well, son of a bitch. He got fired."
Hunter Biden's 'ultimate purpose' spelled out
The House Oversight Committee has recently pored over a November 2015 email exchange between Hunter Biden, his business partners Devon Archer and Eric Schwerin, and the executive of the Ukrainian holding company Burisma, Vadym Pozharskyi, that appears to explain Hunter Biden's raison d'être on the board of the company as well as confirm the nature of then-Vice President Biden's trip to Ukraine a month later.
Pozharskyi, who had previously spent time with Joe Biden, stated in a Nov. 2, 2015, letter to Hunter Biden, Archer, and Schwerin that it was important "to be on the same page re our final goals."
"With this in mind," continued the Burisma exec, "I would like us to formulate a list of deliverables, including, but not limited to: a concrete course of actions, incl. meetings/communications resulting in high-ranking US officials in Ukraine (US Ambassador) and in US publicly or in private communication/comment expressing their 'positive opinion' and support of Nikolay/Burisma to the highest level of decision makers here in Ukraine :President of Ukraine, president Chief of staff, Prosecutor General, etc."
"Nikolay" is the name Pozharskyi used to refer to Burisma's then-president, Mykola Zlochevsky.
Zlochevsky is a former government official who was under investigation for money laundering by Britain's Serious Fraud Office, reported Reuters.
The Daily Caller reported that among their efforts to protect Zlochevsky from consequence, Hunter Biden and his cronies allegedly attempted to get a U.S. visa for Zlochevsky.
According to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Zlochevsky also happens to be the "unnamed" foreign national who allegedly bribed Joe and Hunter Biden with $10 million, as discussed in the document that the FBI desperately attempted to keep out of the hands of the House Oversight Committee.
This would suggest that Zlochevsky is the same Burisma executive who kept 17 secret audio recordings of his conversations with Hunter Biden and Joe Biden., as reported by TheBlaze.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa indicated that he had kept the recordings as an "insurance policy."
Pozharskyi also wrote in his letter, "The scope of work should also include organization of a visit of a number of widely recognized and influential current and/or former US policy-makers to Ukraine in November aiming to conduct meetings with and bring positive signal/message and support on Nikolay's issue to the Ukrainian top officials above with the ultimate purpose to close down for any cases/pursuits against Nikolay in Ukraine."
Fox News Digital, which verified the messages this week, reported that Hunter Biden, seeking to "close down" investigations into Zlochevsky, brought on the Delaware-based lobbying firm Blue Star Strategies to fight the corruption charges targeting Zlochevsky.
Hunter Biden wrote back to Pozharskyi on Nov. 5, 2015, noting he was "comfortable" with Blue Star and confident in its ability to deliver.
"Looking forward to getting started on this," Biden added.
Ahead of Biden's December trip and Ukrainian ultimatum, an associate at Blue Star Strategies reportedly emailed executives at the firm along with Hunter Biden, Archer, and Pozharskyi about a White House conference call that "outlined the trip's agenda and addressed several questions regarding U.S. policy toward Ukraine."
Following Biden's timely ultimatum, Hunter Biden wrote to Zlochevsky, thanking him for "the beautiful birthday gifts," which he noted were "far too extravagant." It is unclear what Hunter Biden received from the Burisma executive.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) told Fox News Digital, "I think Biden had [Shokin] fired to cover his own tail when it comes to the Biden family's shady business dealings in Ukraine and because Shokin was looking into Zlochevsky very seriously. It's not a coincidence that this email came a month before his visit to Kyiv. Our work on the Oversight Committee isn't finished."
"The sequence of events that led to the firing of Viktor Shokin, and the subsequent comments by then-Vice President Biden, raise serious concerns as to what machinations were really at play — and were purposefully concealed from the American people," said Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee.
Foxx added, "No matter how you slice Hunter Biden’s involvement, it screams public corruption at the highest levels and must be fully investigated."
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.), also on the committee, said, "The calm, judicious, steady reveal of incredibly condemning evidence that clearly incriminates the Biden crime family will eventually alarm even the most ardent supporters of this WH occupier. ... Our President is compromised, he should resign and be forever condemned, and the Democrat Party should begin rebuilding itself."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.