Biden’s representative says leaked records of phone calls with Poroshenko heavily edited

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2020

One of the conversations on the said issues was allegedly recorded on December 3, 2015, where the voice that's purportedly John Kerry's is heard saying: "I just wanted to try to urge you to see if there's a way to get by this problem of replacing the prosecutor general, you know, [Viktor] Shokin because per my perception, he's blocked the cleanup of the Prosecutor General's Office", said Kerry. There's no mention of Burisma in the leaked tapes, and Poroshenko has said Biden never spoke to him about Hunter Biden or Burisma.

The events have echoes of the 2016 presidential election, when Russian operatives hacked and released emails from the campaign manager of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and officials at the Democratic National Committee, in what USA intelligence agencies later concluded was a Moscow-directed operation created to boost Trump.

Last year, the country's ministry of infrastructure announced plans to renovate 4,000 km of roads in 2020, after the government increased its road renovation budget by 40 percent. The party said it was an attempt to ruin the support Ukraine enjoys in the United States.

Biden has since admitted that he blocked aid to Ukraine unless the prosecutor was sacked over Shokin's investigation into gas company Burisma and his son Hunter.

In the edited conversations, Biden apparently ties the delivery of $1bn in aid to Ukraine to Poroshenko firing Viktor Shokin, a former general prosecutor widely considered to be corrupt.

At a press event held in Kyiv on Tuesday, Derkach said USA officials asked that Petro Poroshenko ensure the dismissal of the-then Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. In 2017, as the USA was engulfed by allegations of Russian interference in the the previous year's presidential election, Derkach pushed for an investigation into Ukrainian meddling in the vote - another unsubstantiated claim voiced repeatedly by Trump.

Ukrainian lawmakers released the recording of a 2016 phone call between Joe Biden and then-President Petro Poroshenko.

The Biden campaign declined to comment on the latest Ukraine developments.

"It's going to be critical for him to work quickly to fix the damage that Shokin did", Biden says.

Biden asks to speed up the nationalization of Privatbank Kolomoisky and calls the oligarch "a pain in the ass", and Poroshenko, in turn, asked Biden to influence Self-Help so that she would vote for the appointment of U.S. citizen Yaresko as Prime Minister of Ukraine. "And now that the new prosecutor general is in place, we're ready to move forward to signing that new $1 billion loan guarantee".

Shokin has denied that the investigations were dormant and said that multiple probes into the gas company were still active at the time of his resignation. Poroshenko described the move as the "second step of keeping my promises".

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