Congressional Republicans continue to investigate President Joe Biden for alleged corruption allegations and the White House continues to stonewall Congress by refusing to provide a transcript of then VP Biden’s speech in Ukraine where he called for the firing of a prosecutor investigating the Ukrainian Company Burisma.
The House Oversight Committee announced on Wednesday that the administration declined to provide drafts of then VP Biden’s speech in 2015 where he wanted the Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin fired or he would withhold money.
Shokin was investigating Bursima, an energy company in Ukraine, of which Hunter Biden was a board member receiving a large salary despite having absolutely no experience in that industry. Biden boasted his ability to get the prosecutor fired during a panel discussion at a Council on Foreign Relations event and said, ” “I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
“The White House is REFUSING to hand over early drafts of President Biden’s 2015 Ukraine speech where he called for the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin,” the Oversight Committee posted.
The Statement issued by the Oversight Committee said, “In his December 2015 speech, then-Vice President Biden called for the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the Ukrainian energy company for which Hunter Biden was on the board of directors. According to public reporting, then-Vice President Biden ‘called an audible’ and changed U.S. policy toward Ukraine to benefit his son on the plane ride to Ukraine. President Biden later bragged about withholding a U.S. loan guarantee if Ukraine did not fire the prosecutor.”
“Chairman Comer requested these documents over five months ago, but the White House has refused to allow NARA to release them to Congress. Within a week of receiving the request, NARA indicated it was able to provide the White House with the full set of documents covering the request for all drafts of then-Vice President Biden’s speech. However, under federal law, NARA must receive White House approval before releasing the documents. For over five months, the White House has refused to authorize the release,” the Oversight Committee stated.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) decided to request the documents from the National Archives and Records Administration directly.
“For more than five months the White House has declined to authorize the production of these draft speeches to the Oversight Committee or to assert a valid privilege over them. Such a lengthy delay in processing a discrete and limited category of documents is unacceptable and appears to represent an attempt to obstruct the Committees’ legitimate investigation. These dilatory tactics must cease, and the White House must permit NARA to release these documents forthwith … If the White House does not permit the production of these documents, the Oversight Committee will consider the use of compulsory process to require the White House’s production of the speeches,” declared the GOP Chairs.