Former Ukraine general prosecutor Victor Shokin has filed a criminal complaint accusing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of a “criminal offense” in his effort to fire him, according to a French website.
Biden openly boasted of threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid if Ukraine’s president did not fire Shokin, who at the time was investigating the company paying his son, Hunter Biden, $83,000 a month to serve on its board.
The complaint states that Biden’s request “concerning my ousting from the post of the Attorney General of Ukraine as a condition for the granting of financial (economic) assistance is qualified as pressure, which represents interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine on the part of a foreign power in violation of one of the principles of international law.”
It charges that Biden “abused his power as the vice president of the United States in order to prevent me from carrying out by duties as the prosecutor general of Ukraine, thus preventing me from solving serious crimes and arresting the persons who committed those crimes, has the characteristics of the crime stipulated in Article 343 party 2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.”
The complaint explains Shokin was investigating accusations of crimes involving the managers of Burisma, the company paying Biden’s son despite the fact he had no experience in the industry.
The complaint contends Biden launched a pressure campaign, based on his “firmly hostile attitude toward me,” to have him removed.
“Throughout the last months of 2015 and the first months of 2016 Joseph Biden, taking advantage of his position, came several times on official visits to Ukraine in order to negotiate with the leaders of the country my eviction and, consequently, the closing of the objective investigation into the offenses committed by persons associated with the company’ Burisma Holding Limited’ (Cyprus), including the son of the aforementioned U.S. official,” the complaint says.
Shokin says he resigned the position because of Biden’s pressure.