Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Oversight Republicans released an FD-1023 form Thursday showing a confidential informant provided the FBI with details on President Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in a bribery scheme while he was vice president.
The FBI form released by Grassley and the House Oversight Committee contains allegations that have not yet been verified; however, Republican lawmakers say the document provides additional evidence of the Biden family’s corruption.
Based on information included in the document, the confidential informant told the FBI that Burisma CEO Mykola Zlochevsky bribed the Biden family with $10 million in an attempt to have the former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired.
If verified, the FBI form indicates that Burisma hired Hunter Biden to “protect us, through his dad, from all kinds of problems.” However, despite hiring Hunter Biden as part of Burisma’s board of directors, Zlochevsky reportedly was not impressed with Hunter Biden’s abilities.
The FBI document states, “Zlochevsky made some comment that although Hunter Biden ‘was stupid, and his (Zlochevsky’s) dog was smarter,’ Zlochevsky needed to keep Hunter Biden (on the board) so everything will be ok.”
In addition to these allegations, the FBI document claims that Joe Biden pressured Ukraine for the firing of its former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Biden has previously touted on camera that he threatened to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine if the former prosecutor general was not fired.
Finally, the FBI document includes comments by Zlochevsk, who claimed that the Biden family was paid “through so many different bank accounts” that it would require “10 years” for people to potentially investigate the payments.
“In the FBI’s record, the Burisma executive claims that he didn’t pay the ‘big guy’ directly but that he used several bank accounts to conceal the money,” House Oversight and Accountability Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) said. “That sounds an awful lot like how the Bidens conduct business: using multiple bank accounts to hide the source and total amount of the money.”
In response to Thursday’s revelations, media personality Collin Rugg tweeted a video of Biden bragging about how he pressured Ukraine to fire its former prosecutor. Rugg said, “This makes Watergate look like child’s play.”
Rugg added, “If you were given information from a trusted FBI source that the Vice President was getting paid by a foreign entity to abuse his power, wouldn’t you investigate it? Nope. The FBI decided to cover it up instead.”
The FBI criticized Republican lawmakers Thursday for releasing the FBI’s 1023 letter with reportedly unverified allegations against Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.
“We have repeatedly explained to Congress, in correspondence and in briefings, how critical it is to keep this source information confidential,” the FBI stated. “Today’s release of the 1023 — at a minimum — unnecessarily risks the safety of a confidential source.”