The Federalist has reported on allegations regarding a bribery scheme involving Hunter and Joe Biden, based on evidence cited by the Pittsburgh FBI office and delivered to the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office.
The evidence alleges that Ukrainian oil and gas company, Burisma, paid the Bidens a bribe of $5 million each to secure protection from various problems, as outlined by Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R-IA). These payments were reportedly in addition to over $4 million paid to Hunter Biden and his business partner Devon Archer for their roles on Burisma’s board.
Evidence related to these allegations was presented in the FD-1023 summary. According to an anonymous source, the Pittsburgh FBI office confirmed multiple facts outlined in the report. The verification process included cross-checking travel records that confirmed the confidential human source’s (CHS) visits to Kiev, Vienna, and London around the relevant timeframes.
Additionally, the FD-1023 was reportedly deemed credible by the Pittsburgh FBI, and the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office was informed that further investigation was merited. The CHS’s handler corroborated claims of a meeting between the CHS and Oleksandr Ostapenko, which aligned with the timeline documented in the FD-1023.
Despite the delivery of this corroborated evidence, it appears that the Delaware office failed to investigate the allegations contained in the FD-1023. The Pittsburgh office, under former Attorney General William Barr, was only authorized to function as a “clearing-house” for Ukraine-related information and could not utilize subpoenas or grand jury proceedings to further verify the FD-1023. These responsibilities fell under the jurisdiction of the Delaware office.
Allegedly, the Delaware office withheld the existence of the FD-1023 from IRS whistleblowers who testified they were unaware of the document until Barr confirmed he had dispatched it to Delaware for further investigation. Furthermore, the whistleblowers claimed to be excluded from the briefing regarding the FD-1023 and the evidence obtained.
This lack of action by the Delaware office, despite substantial corroborated evidence, has drawn significant criticism. The Biden administration has continued to dismiss the allegations, claiming they “have been debunked for years.”