Ukrainian prosecutors said they intercepted a massive bribe to be used to stop a criminal investigation into the founder of Burisma Holdings.
Burisma is a Ukrainian energy company that gave Hunter Biden a very lucrative no-show job on the board.
The job and corruption tied to the company were at the center of Trump’s impeachment.
Ukrainian authorities displayed a pile of U.S. currency in plastic bags in a press conference over the weekend.
The money they claim was for government officials to stop the criminal investigation.
From Fox News:
Ukrainian officials on Saturday announced they intercepted a $6 million bribe attempt to stop a criminal investigation into the president of Burisma, the natural-gas company at the center of President Trump’s impeachment investigation.
At a news conference, the officials displayed large bags of seized U.S. currency.
Ukraine’s anti-corruption prosecutor Nazar Kholodnitsky said former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who once held a board seat, was not complicit in the bribe attempt.
Kholodnitsky and the head of the national anti-corruption bureau, Artem Sytnik, said the bribe was intended to encourage their offices to halt a probe of Mykola Zlochevsky, the head of Burisma and a former minister of ecology. Zlochevsky was accused of using his ministerial position for personal enrichment.
Three people, including a high-ranking tax service official, have been detained in connection with the attempted bribe, officials said Saturday.
In a statement, Burisma claimed the company had nothing to do with any bribe attempt.
“Neither Burisma Group President Mykola Zlochevsky nor other employees of the company have any relationship to the voiced events,” the company said.
“Mykola Zlochevsky didn’t ask for anyone to commit wrong actions and never contributed to such actions.”