Deutschmania wrote:Here is my response . https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/27/politics/fact-check-joe-biden-burisma-pam-bondi/index.html
Which is an interesting line.
I must admit, looking into other articles, Shoskin has a very checkered past. But it does include people willing to stand up for him:
Piskun insists that he never regretted hiring Poroshenko’s man, saying that Shokin showed himself to be a “capable” investigator. He mentioned Shokin’s success getting to the bottom of an investigation of the murders of journalists like Georgy Gongadze, who was found decapitated in woods outside Kiev in 2000. (Gongadze's family say those who ordered the killing were never brought to justice.)
“No one ever investigated as much as we did,” Piskun says. “And I doubt anyone will.”
This is also an interesting part of the article:
The approach of Shokin’s office to the Burisma investigations fell into a well-practiced pattern of corruption, the anonymous prosecutor says. By the time of Biden’s intervention, there were no active investigations to speak of.Independent
“If the idea was to get a result on the Burisma case, Shokin would have put his top people on it,” he says. “That didn’t happen. The aims were different.”
Investigations into Burisma, which only ever covered the period from before Hunter Biden’s involvement in the company, were finally settled in 2016. An audio recording purporting to be of Petro Poroshenko in conversation with another gas tycoon acting as a mediator, offered some clues as to the sequencing. In it, the two men talk about a “global solution” to Burisma’s problems: redirecting cashflows to Poroshenko’s companies.
Poroshenko’s spokespeople have described the recordings as fake, but not everyone is convinced.
“Neither Shokin nor Poroshenko wanted to investigate [Burisma owner Mykola] Zlochevsky,” says Sakvarelidze. “They simply began a criminal case, arrested a few assets, and began negotiating with the corruptioneer for a bribe.”
The narrative is perhaps wrong that Shokin was fired for hotly pursuing Zlochevsky, but it is certainly true that Burisma is as corrupt as they come, and that they took on Hunter Biden for the explicit reason that he is the Vice President's son. They paid him ridiculous money for his connection to Biden.
There is room for a narrative in which the desire to get rid fo Shokin was the desire to get rid of Poroshenko's hand in the affairs, and to have their own guys in office that are ultimately no different from Shokin, just with different allegiances.
Of course, if yuo want to argue that the long tentacles of the USA have been geared to honestly fight corruption, that would be very sweet of you.
One of the greatest things that the Trump Presidency has done has been to show me left wingers arguing against tariffs and free markets, and to also see them painting the global US influence as completely benign. Guys who cheer for Bernie Sanders going after the 1% are always excited to explain away how surely there was no corruption between US oligarchs & Ukrainian oligarchs.
There are no US oligarchs but for the remaining Koch brother and the Bushes, after all.