(trendingpoliticsnews) – U.S. security officials have zeroed in on a Ukrainian state actor accused of paying a bribe to President Joe Biden and may be an asset for Russian counterintelligence forces, according to officials investigating the connection.
On Tuesday RedState published the opinion of intelligence officials, who spoke anonymously to discuss the confidential findings, that Mykola Zlochevsky, founder of Burisma Holdings and boss to Hunter Biden, may be an asset with Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). Officials said they reached this conclusion with a “high degree of confidence.”
According to a whistleblower who reported the alleged bribe to the FBI, Zlochevsky is believed to have paid President Biden to the tune of $5 million in exchange for Biden’s assistance as vice president in getting Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired. On Monday U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced that a foreign national who claims to have bribed President Biden kept over a dozen audio recordings of the encounter as an insurance policy.
The U.S. counterintelligence official who spoke about Zlochevsky’s connection to Russia had this to say:
“The US intelligence community has a high degree of confidence in their assessment of Zlochevsky as SVR. This is not a new assessment; the intelligence community under Obama knew this, and Obama was briefed on it. Joe Biden and Victoria Nuland were briefed as well.”
RedState’s report continues:
In addition to forming Burisma, Zlochevsky was Ukraine’s Ecology and National Resources Minister from July 2010 through April 2012, and Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council from April 2012 through February 2014. He appointed Hunter Biden to the Burisma board in April 2014, and later that month his assets in the UK were seized by the Serious Fraud Office as part of a corruption investigation into Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovich. Also on Monday, House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer issued a subpoena to Devon Archer, who was also named to the Burisma board and was Hunter Biden’s business partner during the timeframe in question.
After threatening FBI Director Christopher Wray with contempt of Congress proceedings, members of the House Oversight Committee were allowed to view the FD-1023 form which described Zlochevsky as the source of an alleged bribe to Biden, according to Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), and Nancy Mace (R-SC).
The disclosures contained in the FBI form are set to complicate President Biden’s path to reelection. Already the president has denied being involved in a bribery scheme, and his advisors and campaign staff have a history of labeling criticism of his son Hunter Biden as “Russian disinformation.” The troubled first son is part of a network of Biden family members who are under investigation by House Oversight Chair Rep. James Comer (R-KY) for profiting from lobbying efforts on behalf of foreign corporations seeking access to America’s halls of power. Republicans have called it hypocritical for the Justice Department to be ignoring credible accusations against President Biden at a time when it is leading a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump‘s handling of classified documents.