Investigative reporter John Solomon claims he has documents that allegedly prove that the Ukrainian government’s interest in re-investigating Burisma preceded President Trump’s call in July to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by nearly half a year.
The documents allegedly show that the government’s interest was sparked because of unusual financial transactions involving former Vice President Biden’s scandalous son Hunter.
“I can confirm to you tonight that the U.S. government … was aware as early as February of 2019 that the Ukrainian government was planning to reopen the Burisma investigation,” Solomon revealed to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening.
“This is long before the president imagined having a call with President Zelensky. In fact, it’s before President Zelensky was even elected. This is a significant shift in the factual timeline. This was information that was omitted from the whistleblower’s complaint.”
A whistle-blower complaint from August claimed that during his phone call with Zelensky, President Trump pressured his Ukrainian counterpart into re-investigating Burisma, the corruption-linked gas company that hired Hunter for a $50,000/month gig two months after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy for cocaine use in 2014.
“The U.S. government was aware through open-source intelligence in February that NABU [the National Anti-Corruption Bureau], an FBI-like agency in Ukraine that fights corruption … that it requested a reopening investigation into Burisma, its owner [Mykola] Zlochevsky and unusual transactions in the Burisma account,” Solomon continued.
“On March 28, 2019, the general prosecutor’s office agreed to that request to open an investigation, and they filed a 15-page notice of suspicion alleging that there may be illicit funds that were running through Burisma from 2010 and all the way through 2015. That’s important. Hunter Biden is on the board for two of those years — 2014 and 2015.”
“A month later in April, the prosecutor’s office … made a request of another investigative agency in Ukraine for assistance in going through these bank records,” he added.
“That’s a significant change in the timeline. It was omitted from the whistleblower’s complaint and the question is, did he not know it or did he exclude it because it didn’t fit the narrative he was trying to write? That’s a question for Congress to answer.”
Solomon also revealed another shocking finding: The firm co-owned by both Hunter and his friend Devin Archer allegedly received far more than just $50,000 a month from Burisma.
“The FBI raided Devin Archer’s office and bank records in an unrelated case in 2015,” he said. “They show transfers of $166,000 a month and as high as $220,000 in one month going into Hunter Biden and Devon Archer’s firm. That’s a lot more than $50,000.”
“And it was one of the things that piqued the Ukrainian prosecutors’ interest in reopening the case in March of 2019. The size of the money was much larger than Joe Biden and Hunter Biden have been saying.”
It’s still not clear what happened to that investigation. What is known so far is that last week Ukraine’s top prosecutor announced that he intends to conduct an audit of the government’s past investigations into Burisma.
“The prosecutor general, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, said he intended to review 15 cases in all, and mentioned several high-profile investigations of wealthy Ukrainians, including the owner of the natural gas company, Burisma Holdings, where Mr. Biden’s son Hunter served on the board until earlier this year,” The New York Times confirmed.
While announcing the “audit,” Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka reportedly made it very clear that nobody — including presumably President Trump — had influenced his decision.
“The prosecution service is beyond politics,” he said. “We are conducting an audit of all cases, including those which were investigated by the previous leadership of the prosecutor’s office.”