(TNS) The Trump-Ukraine impeachment charade took on new twist Wednesday following a newswire report that Ukrainian ministers of parliament are demanding that Presidents Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky to investigation alleged corruption involving government officials and business leaders in the Eastern European country, as well as people associated with the Democratic Party.
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And yeah, the names of Joe and Hunter Biden have come up in association with the demand.
As reported by Interfax-Ukraine:
Ukrainian members of parliament have demanded the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump, investigate suspicions of the legalization of $7.4 billion by the “family” of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party.
At a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Wednesday, MP Andriy Derkach announced that deputies have received new materials from investigative journalists about international corruption and the participation of Ukrainian officials in it.
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“Last week, November 14, the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO), unnoticed by the media, announced a new suspicion to the notorious owner of Burisma, ex-Ecology Minister Zlochevsky.
According to the suspicion, the Yanukovych family is suspected, in particular, with legalizing (laundering) of criminally obtained income through Franklin Templeton Investments, an investment fund carrying out purchases of external government loan bonds totaling $7.4 billion,” Derkach said.
“The son of Templeton’s founder, John Templeton Jr., was one of President Obama’s major campaign donors. Another fund-related character is Thomas Donilon. Managing Director of BlackRock Investment Institute, shareholder Franklin Templeton Investments, which has the largest share in the fund. It is noteworthy that he previously was Obama’s national security advisor,” Derkach said.
The MP said that the presidents of Ukraine and the United States should combine the efforts of the two countries to establish facts of corruption and money laundering with the participation of citizens of both countries.
“President Zelensky must pick up the phone, dial Trump, ask for help and cooperation in the fight against corruption and fly to Washington. The issue of combating international corruption in Ukraine with the participation of citizens, businessmen and U.S. officials should become a key during the meeting of the two presidents,” he said.
Derkach claims that the monies totaling $16.5 million were funneled to representatives of the Burisma Group, including Hunter Biden. And he also said, plainly, that then-VP Joe Biden threatened to cut $1 billion in funding to Ukraine unless the government fired then-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating alleged Burisma corruption.
“The subject of pressure was the $1 billion credit guarantee that the United States should have provided to Ukraine: Biden himself acknowledged the pressure in his speech to the U.S. Foreign Relations Council in January 2018,” Derkach said.
Yes, he did. See the video:
We’ve reported before that Ukraine was a Democrat political playground during the Obama regime involving Biden, for certain, but also the 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Now, it seems, Trump has to investigate the Biden-Clinton-Obama-era corruption, as a matter of helping out an ally, diplomatically speaking of course.
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