Skip to comments.MPs demand Zelensky, Trump investigate suspicion of U.S.-Ukraine corruption involving $7.4 bln
Posted on 11/20/2019 8:16:10 AM PST by COUNTrecount
KYIV. Nov 20 (Interfax-Ukraine) Ukrainian members of parliament have demanded the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump, investigate suspicions of the legalization of $7.4 billion by the "family" of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party.
At a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Wednesday, MP Andriy Derkach announced that deputies have received new materials from investigative journalists about international corruption and the participation of Ukrainian officials in it.
"Last week, November 14, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), unnoticed by the media, announced a new suspicion to the notorious owner of Burisma, ex-Ecology Minister Zlochevsky. According to the suspicion, the Yanukovych family is suspected, in particular, with legalizing (laundering) of criminally obtained income through Franklin Templeton Investments, an investment fund carrying out purchases of external government loan bonds totaling $7.4 billion," Derkach said.
With reference to the investigation, he emphasized: it was money criminally obtained by the "family" of Yanukovych and invested in the purchase of Ukrainian debt in 2013-2014.
For his part, MP Oleksandr Dubinsky from the Servant of the People faction said that according to investigators, "the Yanukovych 'family' illegally obtained $7.4 billion and laundered the funds through an investment fund close to some representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party in the form of external government loan bonds."
Meanwhile, Derkach said that several facts indicate Franklin Templeton Investments' relationship with the U.S. Democratic Party.
"The son of Templeton's founder, John Templeton Jr., was one of President Obama's major campaign donors. Another fund-related character is Thomas Donilon. Managing Director of BlackRock Investment Institute, shareholder Franklin Templeton Investments, which has the largest share in the fund. It is noteworthy that he previously was Obama's national security advisor," Derkach said.
The MP said that the presidents of Ukraine and the United States should combine the efforts of the two countries to establish facts of corruption and money laundering with the participation of citizens of both countries.
"President Zelensky must pick up the phone, dial Trump, ask for help and cooperation in the fight against corruption and fly to Washington. The issue of combating international corruption in Ukraine with the participation of citizens, businessmen and U.S. officials should become a key during the meeting of the two presidents," he said.
Derkach said as a result of the meeting, it is necessary to build interaction between the Ukrainian investigating authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain information about the organizers of the bond issue, clients and beneficiaries of investment funds for each purchase, interrogate fund officials, etc.
As reported, on October 9, 2019, Derkach published official correspondence between NABU and the U.S. Embassy, according to which the first deputy of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Gizo Uglava, through his assistant Polina Chyzh, for a long time provided the U.S. Embassy with information that negatively affected the course of events in Ukraine and the United States.
Derkach said Chyzh received instructions from the representative of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Hanna Emelyanova to provide information on the case involving Zlochevsky.
Derkach also announced the amount of money transferred to representatives of the Burisma Group, including Hunter Biden. According to documents, in general, in favor of Hunter Biden, Alexander Kwasniewski, Alan Apter and Devon Archer, Burisma paid about $16.5 million.
According to Derkach, ex-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin repeatedly appealed to the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk in the framework of criminal proceedings for Burisma, but constantly received formal responses. The activities of Shokin, according to the MP, irritated then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during his fifth visit to Kyiv in two years. The visit on December 7-8, 2015, was devoted to solving the issue of Shokin's resignation for the affairs of Zlochevsky and Burisma, he said.
"The subject of pressure was the $1 billion credit guarantee that the United States should have provided to Ukraine: Biden himself acknowledged the pressure in his speech to the U.S. Foreign Relations Council in January 2018," Derkach said.
Who needs stupid impeachment when you may have a glorious revolution and a military coup? It is already 5 years without a revolution in Ukraine. Something is not right!
I knew they were “giving back” money to Soros groups, but I am starting to think they were so successful with that scheme that that they decided to skip the “middle man” (aka Soros entities) and directly pay the man (Biden - and others perhaps?).
The money laundering accusations are very serious and it involves a very large investment firm.
Well heck, if it ties to the Democrat Party, then there can be no investigation at this time; it’s election season dontchaknow, and to investigate now would be foreign interference in the election. Just shut it down, Ukraine, if you know what’s best. /s
What you said, plus this: Hells bells, everone knows we can't start an investigation until we've heard all we're gonna hear from IG Horowitz, AWOL Huber, AG Barr and whoever the hell else is pretending to investigate the deep state or the Clinton DNC machine. Everyone knows that. /s
Well, thank God for FR, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, et al.
Are we going to cowboy up or are we going to lie here and bleed? Let's roll!
So it seems to me that the Democrat party apparatus from the very start of the Trump administration has actively engaged in a coverup of their illegal dealings with Ukraine.
The claims and investigations of Russian involvement in the election in favor of Trump were intended to focus America’s attention away from their actions that included Ukrainian involvement in that same election . Talk about obstruction of justice, hypocrisy, and mastery of the shell game ... All that depended on the very reliable support of the MSM.
Hunter and daddy Biden will soon be on suicide watch with Bill Clinton.
Trump was the whistleblower.
Thank you for posting this. I doubt the MSM will say anything about it.
"Donilon is the brother of Mike Donilon, a lawyer and political consultant who was Counselor to former Vice-President Joe Biden. His other brother, Terrence Donilon, is communications director for Roman Catholic Cardinal Sean O'Malley. Donilon's sister, Donna, is a nurse. He is married to Catherine M. Russell, who was Chief of Staff to Jill Biden, and in March 2013 was named the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues at the U.S. State Department."
банку печива (banku pechyva)
'Banku Pechyva Gate!' I love it! :)
For those of us that missed it - what was his original statement and what was his statement today? Thanks!
Couldn’t hear Sondland’s testimony but which version was presented today?
Over Target Taking Flak
I understood the corruption investigation required by Trump to be about the 2016 election interference, not the Biden corruption.
Looks like Hillary's effort to CLEAR THE FIELD by REMOVING TRUMP and TOSSING BIDEN out of the 2020 race has met with a serious BRICK WALL with this news...
“the largest and most respected news service in Ukraine”
I’m not saying they are bad.
But I AM saying that’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are.
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