from the American Spectator:
The Telephone Bill Comes for Sundown Joe
New reasons to suspect Joe Biden will not make it to the nomination finish line.
You’ve likely never heard of Andriy Derkach, and that’s all right. If the Democrat Party and their media allies get their way, you’ll never hear of him again.
But Derkach, a former Ukrainian intelligence officer trained in Moscow and a member of the Ukrainian Parliament aligned with the party of Russia-friendly former leader Viktor Yanukovych, dropped a major bombshell Tuesday in a press conference in Kiev, releasing audiotapes of phone calls which seem very much like they include conversations between another Ukrainian leader, Petro Poroshenko, and former Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden in 2016.
Those audiotapes, which Derkach says he received from “investigative journalists” — it’s OK to call his sources spies — do not present, to put it kindly, Biden in a good light. The material they contain is apparently the same stuff that Rudy Giuliani was so fired up about after he made his trip to Ukraine late last year; Derkach was one of the people Giuliani met with.
On the tapes, which Poroshenko alleged Wednesday are “doctored,” which isn’t a surprise seeing as though Derkach is alleging Poroshenko committed treason and intimates he ought to be hung for essentially selling Ukraine out for U.S. loan guarantees and aid the former president pocketed, there is an unquestionable quid pro quo going on between Biden and Poroshenko.
The quid pro quo being that in return for a billion dollars in loan guarantees, Poroshenko fired Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the bribes being paid by the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings to the Biden family. On the tapes Poroshenko actually says there was no evidence of corruption on Shokin’s part, and yet he secured Shokin’s resignation anyway, then immediately asks for the loan guarantee.
To which Biden responds in one of the recordings, “And I’m a man of my word. And now that the new Prosecutor General is in place, we’re ready to move forward to signing that one billion dollar loan guarantee.”
“Yikes,” President Trump’s son Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted. “This is not a perfect conversation.” Trump Junior was making a light reference to his father’s having maintained that a different conversation with a Ukrainian president, the one he had last year with Volodymyr Zelensky in which he asked for cooperation with an American investigation into Burisma, was “perfect.” The Democrats actually tried to impeach Trump over what they alleged was a quid pro quo with the Ukrainians, a Bizarro World-level accusation at the time made more so with Tuesday’s audiotapes.