Rudy Giuliani has sounded the alarm over a new report, suggesting that Joe Biden may have been paid up to $1 million in proceeds of corruption in Ukraine. In a Wednesday interview, the president’s attorney cited new findings from Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach. The report reveals money transfers from Ukrainian energy company Burisma to Rosemont Seneca, the American based firm that represented Biden’s interests in that country.
Derkach has claimed Biden was paid $900,000 to pressure the Ukrainian government not to investigate the business of Burisma.
Giuliani said Hunter Biden, a former board member of Burisma, had close ties to Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky. Zlochevsky is known to have bribed top officials of the pro-Russian Yanukovych administration in order to expand his business in the country.
“He’s a major oligarch — he stole $5 billion from his people,” said Giuliani. “This guy is one of the major criminals of the Ukraine and he’s now walking around free because Joe Biden got the case dismissed.”
The attorney has confirmed Derkach’s claim that Joe Biden repeatedly pressured the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, who paid Hunter Biden for this protection. He said this racketeering scheme allegedly enriched the Bidens and other Obama-era officials.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky identified former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovich as a “bad ambassador” in the July phone call with President Trump.
“Indeed we are ready to investigate the Burisma case,” said Zelensky. “It will be a joint investigative team…of American and Ukrainian general prosecutors.”
Derkach has also claimed Hunter Biden received an additional $16.5 million in proceeds of corruption from Burisma. Several probes were launched in 2014 to investigate Zlochevsky’s forced acquisitions of assets and the transfers of money to the Bidens. Each of these inquiries grinded to a halt and were later closed, which Derkach claims happened by request of the U.S. Embassy.
“Prosecutor General Ryaboshapka said he’s auditing all criminal cases into Burisma, alleged U.S. election meddling and other cases of transnational corruption,” said the MP. “I am transferring my findings to the prosecutor’s office for a review.”
Derkach has promised more disclosures on Biden’s activities, saying the documents are now leaking from the highest levels of the Ukrainian government. Rudy Giuliani has said he will be releasing more of his own findings on the former vice president in the coming days.