Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign released a new video Tuesday night featuring a Ukrainian anti-corruption activist who previously criticized Hunter Biden’s business in the country as “very bad.”
In campaign’s new video, rapid response director Andrew Bates intended to set the record straight “on what really happened” in Ukraine. Using archival news footage, the video included a short clip of Daria Kaleniuk, the executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Centre chastising Ukraine’s former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin as a corrupt government official who uses intimidation tactics in a “Soviet-system of prosecution.”
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Bates used Kaleniuk’s comments in the video to justify Joe Biden’s decision to pressure the Ukrainian government to fire Shokin by threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid to the European country.
“Joe Biden is the person who got him out of office,” Bates proudly declared. “It was a monumental, international, bipartisan, anti-corruption victory.”
Kaleniuk however, has also had some harsh words for the former vice president’s son, who served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma raking in $50,000 a month despite no prior experience in the industry while Joe Biden dictated U.S. policy towards Ukraine.
“I think that Hunter Biden did a very bad thing,” Kaleniuk told ABC News last June. “He was very wrong. He allowed his name to be used.”
A Federalist analysis of the average board member compensation at comparable corporations found Hunter Biden was being paid far above marketable value. Board members working for Exxon Mobil for example, a company worth billions more than Burisma, reported earnings of little more than half what Hunter Biden was bringing in from Ukraine.