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July 21, 2023
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Apologies in advance for linking to yet another headline with the word “bombshell” in it.  So many stories get called bombshells these days that we’re hesitant to use the word ourselves --- it’s like “The walls are closing in!!” --- but this one does seem to fall into the bombshell category.  A sitting President, Joe Biden, has been very credibly accused of public corruption on a massive scale, and the FBI/DOJ knew about this and hid the evidence away.

Sen. Chuck Grassley has released the slightly-redacted FBI “1023” it took him months to get from the Bureau.  Recall that this document contained notes from an interview in June 2020 with an FBI confidential human source (CHS) who alleged that Ukrainian oligarch and Burisma Holdings founder Mykola Zlochevsky had paid Hunter and Joe Biden a cool $5 million each.

That part we knew, but today we get a fuller picture from descriptions of four separate conversations the CHS had with Zlochevsky, starting with a meeting near Kyiv in 2015.  The White House would love to say (and no doubt will) that these are just hearsay allegations made by one person, but according to the CHS, all of the conversations took place in the presence of the man who had introduced them, Alexander Ostapenko, who, according to the notes, “works in some office for the administration of [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy.”

(NOTE:  It occurs to us that if someone working at all closely with President Zelenskyy was privy to these conversations between the CHS and Zlochevsky, he might have shared the information with Zelenskyy.  And if Zelenskyy knew about the payments to the Bidens, that presumably would have given him a lot of sway over Biden once Biden was President.  Just a thought that might help explain a lot.)

We also already knew that Zlochevsky is alleged to have told the CHS he has 17 recordings of conversations he had with the Bidens, two of these with Joe Biden, as well as “many text messages” and financial records of two payments he made to the Bidens.

It should be mentioned that according to the House Oversight Committee, the 2020 FBI file on this CHS was created after the FBI found a record from 2017 from the same CHS about the malfeasance.  Sen. Grassley describes him as a Ukrainian-American who has been a trusted, highly credible FBI source for over a decade and been paid “six figures” for his information.

So let’s pick up where we left off, with details of one of these conversations.  The CHS told the FBI he’d met Zlochevsky at a coffee shop in Vienna in 2016 and they apparently had quite a conversation about the Bidens.  Zlochevsky, he said, had told him he was “coerced” into giving the Bidens that money.  According to notes in the “1023,” the CHS told them “Zlochevsky made some comment that although Hunter Biden ‘was stupid, and his (Zlochevsky’s) dog was smarter,’ Zlochevsky would have to keep Hunter (on Burisma’s board) ‘so everything will be okay.’”

The source told the FBI he’d asked Zlochevsky whether Joe or Hunter Biden had told him he should “retain” Hunter on the board.  Zlochevsky allegedly said, “They both did.”

According to the CHS, Zelensky told him the recordings he’d made and other evidence showed he was “somehow coerced into paying the Bidens to ensure Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma Holdings, was fired.”

So there’s your quid pro quo.  When Joe Biden later bragged onstage about getting the Ukrainian president to fire his lead prosecutor by threatening the loss of a billion dollars in US aid, this was apparently the backstory.  By this account, Joe was leveraging U.S. taxpayer money to earn his own private payment of $5 million from Zlochevsky, with another $5 million going to son Hunter.

The source’s last conversation with Zlochevsky was on the phone in 2019, during which the oligarch allegedly told him that he (the informant) had been an “oracle” for warning against partnering with the Bidens because of their political controversy in the U.S.  When the informant told him he might have difficulty explaining the suspicious wire transfers reflecting illicit payments to the Bidens, Zlochevsky explained that he hadn’t sent funds directly to “the Big Guy,” adding that with the various companies and bank accounts he (Zlochevsky) controlled, it would take investigators 10 years to find the illicit payments.

Note that according to the CHS, Zlochevsky DID use the words “the Big Guy.”  The informant took that to be a reference to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

The NEW YORK POST report shows the actual pages of the “1023.” quite minimally redacted, so I encourage you read through it, for the details and also (we promise) the unintended entertainment value.   According to the source, during the very first meeting he’d had with this group, Burisma CFO Vadym Pozharsky said Burisma had hired Hunter Biden to “protect us, through his dad, from all kinds of problems,” though he said Pozharsky didn’t elaborate.

(Aside:  Pozharsky was present at that now-infamous dinner at DC’s Cafe Milano in 2015, attended by both Joe and Hunter.)

Pozharsky said, too, that Hunter is “not smart,” so they wanted “additional counsel.”  Hunter’s lack of smarts seems to have been a recurring theme; hence, the entertainment value.  The POST also includes a number of additional breakout quotes from the document, as well as the lame response from White House spokesperson Ian Sams, who is getting to be known for those.  (They’ve also included a few related stories in the sidebar.)  A must-read…

https://nypost.com/2023/07/20/biden-bribe-file-released-burisma-chief-said-both-joe-and-hunter-involved/

Thursday evening, John Solomon appeared with FOX NEWS’ Sean Hannity to look at the key take-aways from this “1023,” along with legal analyst Greg Jarrett and former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.  Great, must-see segment.  Many will be surprised to learn from Jarrett that even if it can’t be proved that Joe Biden personally was paid off, it’s legally a bribe and a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act if one’s family benefits.

https://www.foxnews.com/video/6331584819112

There’s no better source on the Biden deals (particularly in Ukraine) than Solomon, so here’s the link to his page with a list of the most recent updates.

https://justthenews.com/john-solomon

We told you yesterday that in Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing, New York Rep. Dan Goldman (who might not be as smart as Zlochevsky’s dog, either) unintentionally let it get into the record that Joe Biden did discuss business with son Hunter.  Law professor Jonathan Turley says in a new column that Goldman’s failed line of questioning inflicted “Dresden-level damage” to any defense of Biden while opening the door for a potential special counsel.  (Still, it’s hard to picture AG Merrick Garland appointing one of those.)  Goldman is very fortunate the clock ran out, or it could have been worse.

The especially delightful part of this piece at TOWNHALL is the exchange between Turley and Goldman after Turley wrote a column for the NEW YORK POST about how disastrous this was.  Goldman just made himself look even more obtuse.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/07/20/dems-friendly-fire-incident-during-irs-whistleblower-hearing-caused-dresden-level-damage-to-biden-n2626021

 

 

RELATED READING:

Since we’re headed into a weekend and there’s so much to this story, here are some suggestions for further reading, if you’re so inclined.  You’ll pick up a few more bits and pieces from these.  And be advised that former Hunter business partner Devon Archer is supposed to testify next week.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/07/20/release-of-the-fbis-fd-1023-on-biden-corruption-allegations-provides-ample-basis-for-impeachment-n2626002

 

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2023/07/20/burisma-ceo-told-informant-he-was-coerced-into-paying-bidens-10-million-bribe-n1712300

 

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/07/20/fbi-informant-form-dont-worry-hunter-will-take-care-of-all-of-those-issues-through-his-dad/

 

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/07/20/shocking-release-of-fd-1023-reveals-egregious-attempt-by-the-fbi-to-cover-for-the-bidens-n779381

 

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2023/07/20/new-irs-whistleblower-joseph-zielger-battles-jake-tappers-bias-in-revealing-interview-n779536

 

https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2023/07/20/fbi-gives-laughable-statement-after-sen-grassley-releases-fd-1023-biden-bribery-form-n779512

 

It’s also fun to read about the Democrats’ reactions.  They’ve lost control and are losing their freaking minds.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/07/20/house-dem-whip-hunter-whistleblower-hearing-dangerous/

 

Here’s Goldman showing off his obtuseness again by blasting the whistleblowers for not considering that their revelations of high crimes might impact the 2024 election. This is especially hilarious coming from the very people who would indict Trump for wearing white after Labor Day. Goldman proves once again that, like Hunter, he’s not as smart as Zlochevsky’s dog.

https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2023/07/20/dem-rep-goldman-whistleblowers-didnt-consider-joe-biden-was-on-ballot-if-hunter-probe-hamstrung-barr-did-it/

 

Dan Goldman is seemingly everywhere right now. The radical left heir to the Levi Strauss fortune who’s never had to work a real job in his life also arrogantly smeared Emma Jo Morris for working as a journalist for Breitbart News, which he considers not a “real” news outlet like one of the DNC stenographic pools that takes him seriously. This lug is just begging for a cream pie right in the face.

https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2023/07/20/russian-collusion-hoaxer-rep-goldman-baselessly-attacks-breitbart-newss-emma-jo-morris-fringe-journalist/

 

Lacking a pie, the journalist he dismissed as “fringe” LAUGHED in his face.

https://rumble.com/v318hyg-emma-jo-morris-cant-stop-laughing-during-testimony-when-reading-politico-hu.html

 

 

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