Leaked phone conversations between Joe Biden and then-Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko have been made public by a Ukrainian lawmaker.
Edited recordings of the calls were played at a news conference Tuesday in Kiev by Andriy Derkach, who has claimed he has proof showing that Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural-gas company that employed Hunter Biden, paid then-Vice President Joe Biden $900,000 in lobbying fees.
Details of the conversations between Biden and Poroshenko have been previously reported.
Derkach said he received the leaked audio from “investigative journalists” — and that the recordings were made by Poroshenko himself.
Audio of the calls with English subtitles was later posted on YouTube.
In one conversation, Biden and Poroshenko discuss the aftermath of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin’s ouster and the appointment of his replacement.
“It’s going to be critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage that Shokin did,” Biden said in the call. “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 new $1 billion loan guarantee.”
At the time, Biden was publicly pushing for reform of the prosecutor general’s office. Last year, Biden said he told Poroshenko Ukraine would not receive the $1 billion unless Shokin was booted.
The released recordings do not mention Hunter Biden or Burisma.
Derkach, a former member of the pro-Russia Party of Regions, has pushed for a corruption case against the Bidens. He and Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, met in Kiev in December.
Derkach has previously claimed Biden pressured Ukraine in December 2015 to force Shokin’s resignation and dangled $1 billion in loan guarantees as an incentive.
Biden’s campaign responded to the release of the recording, claiming it was part of an ongoing effort by the Russians to hurt Biden.
“They heavily edited this, and it’s still a nothingburger that landed with a thud,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates told the Washington Post.
Biden’s campaign didn’t immediately return a message from the New York Post.
President Trump and others have alleged Biden pushed for Shokin’s removal because Shokin was investigating Burisma.
Poroshenko’s political party, European Solidarity, said the release of the recordings were designed to drag Ukraine — a longtime US ally — into the US’s 2020 presidential election.
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