On Tuesday, Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Derkach published audio recordings of what sounds like former Ukranian President Poroshenko’s conversations with various Obama administration officials in 2015 and 2016. Derkach said he got the audio from investigative journalists, who told him that Poroshenko personally recorded the calls. They have not been independently verified.
The recordings include some audio from Democrat nominee Joe Biden telling the Ukranian President to fire his Prosecutor General in exchange for a IMF loan. The prosecutor was in middle of running an investigation on Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
After the President is heard saying he is prepared to recieve the prosecutor’s resgination, Biden responds by saying the loan will go through.
“I am prepared to a public signing for a commitment for a billion dollars,” Biden says. “Again I am not suggesting you want it or don’t want it. I am suggesting that is what I am prepared to do. Again it won’t be finalized… Let me when you and I finished speaking let me huddle with my team… I agree with you there is a sense of urgency here.”
After Poroshenko confirmed he would fulfill his end of the bargain, Biden congratulates the Ukranian leader for his part in getting rid of the prosecutor.
“Congratulations in getting the new Prosecutor General. I know there’s a lot more to that. I really think that’s good. It is going to be critical that he works to repair the damage of Shokin. I’m a man of my word. Now that the new prosecutor general is in place we’re ready to move forward to signing the one billion dollar loan guarantee. And I don’t know how you want to go about that… I’ll leave it to you to how you want it done and where you want it done.
The Biden campaign has yet to respond to the publication of the recordings.