John Solomon, an executive president at The Hill, called into question the version of events that former Vice President Joe Biden has been repeating regarding his interactions with Ukraine while he was vice president.
How much does everyone agree on?
Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, was paid $50,000 a month to sit on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas firm. Biden would later openly admit that while he was vice president he had asked the then-president of Ukraine to fire an allegedly corrupt prosecutor general. This prosecutor happened to be investigating Burisma. This prosecutor was fired.
The replacement prosecutor shut down an investigation into Burisma within a year of taking over.
A whistleblower's complaint revealed that in July, President Donald Trump had asked the current president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to help Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani investigate the Bidens' dealings in Ukraine. Trump has insisted that the was nothing wrong with his question, pointing to the fact that there was no quid pro quo offered during this conversation for this request.
What has Biden said?
While Biden has admitted that he urged then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, but that it had nothing to do with his son or Burisma Holdings.
In response to questions about whether his foreign policy benefited his son, Biden insisted that he had "never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings" and said that reporters "should be looking at Trump" instead.
But Hunter Biden admitted in a New Yorker article from July that his father had discussed his role at Burisma on at least one occasion, telling Hunter, "I hope you know what you're doing." That article also noted that members of the Obama administration were uneasy about Hunter Biden's role in Burisma, fearing that it could end up "potentially undermining his father's message."
What happened now?
Writing in the Hill, Solomon said that through years of reporting on this topic, he had come across a number of details that ran contrary to what Joe Biden had said.
Through interviews and reviewing documents, Solomon said, he found proof that lawyers for Burisma had approached the Ukrainian government shortly after Shokin's firing to apologize "for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures."
Solomon also pointed to a 2015 New York Times story, which noted that Burisma hired Hunter Biden less than a month after former-President Barack Obama appointed Joe Biden to be in charge of the United States' relationship with Ukraine.
During an interview on Friday, Solomon told Glenn Beck that "at that moment he was fired" Shokin "was making plans to interview Hunter Biden." Solomon stressed that this in itself "doesn't mean Hunter Biden did anything wrong, but he was about to interview Hunter Biden in the middle of the 2016 election. That would have been a big story."
Solomon said that Shokin had personally told him that he believed he was fired for continuing to look into Burisma despite Biden's request for him to end the investigation.