Judicial watch Sues for documents on Biden forcing firing of Ukrainian prosecutor


Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden greets guests at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on Sept. 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden greets guests at the Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry on Sept. 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)MORE
Judicial Watch Sues for Documents on Biden Forcing Firing of Ukraine Prosecutor
September 26, 2019 Updated: September 26, 2019
WASHINGTON—Judicial Watch announced Sept. 26 that it has filed suit in federal court seeking to force the State Department to release all official U.S. government documents related to the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor, as demanded by former Vice President Joe Biden.


The nonprofit government watchdog’s suit was in response to the government’s failure to respond to a May 7 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for:

Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to Viktor Shokin’s investigation of Mykola Zolchevsky, and Shokin’s resignation at Ukraine’s Prosecutor General.
Any and all records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of State and any official, employee, or representative of the Office of the Vice President regarding Shokin.
Postal records confirmed that the Office of Programs and Information Services, which handles FOIA requests sent to the State Department, received the Judicial Watch request. The department didn’t respond within the time limits set by federal law, according to Judicial Watch.

The FOIA was filed after a video became public of Biden telling a Jan. 23, 2018, conference at the Council on Foreign Relations of his threatening to withhold more than $1 billion in U.S. assistance to the government of Ukraine if officials didn’t fire Shokin before Biden departed the country in six hours.

Shokin was at the time conducting a corruption investigation of Burisma, a Ukraine energy company that was paying Biden’s son, Hunter, $50,000 a month in consulting fees, according to media reports.

“I remember going over and convincing our team that we should be providing loan guarantees, and I went over to Kyiv for, I guess, the 12th or 13th time, and I was supposed to announce there was another $1 billion loan guarantee,” Biden told the conference.

“And I had gotten a commitment from [then-Ukraine President Petro] Poroshenko and [then-Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy] Yatsenyuk that they would take action against [Shokin], and they didn’t.

“So they were walking out to the press conference, and I said, ‘We’re not gonna give you the billion dollars.’ They said, ‘You have no authority, you’re not the president.’ The president said, I said, ‘Call him.’

“I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars, and I’m leaving here, I believe, in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’

“Well, son of a …, the prosecutor got fired.”

The Judicial Watch lawsuit for the Biden records was announced the same day as acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before the House Select Committee on Intelligence concerning his handling of a complaint filed by an anonymous federal worker described by the news media as a “whistleblower.”

The complaint was given to the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community (IGIC). It claimed President Donald Trump threatened in a July 25 telephone call to cut off U.S. military assistance if Ukraine’s then-newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky didn’t reopen the investigation of Burisma and Hunter Biden. The complaint also claimed White House aides tried to hide call records.

Trump released the official transcript of the call Sept. 25, calling it “a nothing call,” and denying any wrongdoing in the conversation with Zelensky.

Maguire received the complaint from the IGIC, concluded it was “credible,” and gave it to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel reviewed it and concluded the allegations in the complaint failed to meet the legal definition of an “urgent concern” in the federal whistleblower protection statute and warranted no further action.

The unidentified individual who filed the complaint acknowledged that he or she did not actually hear the president’s call to Zelensky, but only learned about it secondhand from half-a-dozen White House officials. The IGIC also said there were “indicia of an arguable political bias” against Trump in the complaint.

Congressional Democrats insist Trump’s alleged threat is an impeachable crime and are moving forward with multiple investigations they claim will determine whether formal articles of impeachment should be filed in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking minority member of the intelligence panel, told the Maguire hearing, “What we have with this storyline is another Steele dossier. … In the Democrats’ mania to overturn the 2016 elections, everything they touch gets hopelessly politicized.”

The Steele dossier is the discredited document that was investigated in the two-year probe, which found no Trump/Russia collusion. The dossier had been paid for by Trump’s 2016 opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

Contact Mark Tapscott at mark.tapscott@epochtimes.nyc


Subscribe Advertise About Us Contact Us RSS Feeds Terms of Services Privacy Policy Copyright Policy
@ COPYRIGHT 2000 - 2019

Giuliani's to testify to House about Biden's Ukrainian scandal

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:50 AM PT – Sat. Sept. 28, 2019
President Trump’s personal attorney says he is willing to testify before Congress about the Ukraine scandal.Congressional Democrats called for Rudy Giuliani’s testimony this week, amid reports he pushed the Ukrainian government to reopen its corruption probe into Joe Biden’s son Hunter.Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a rally supporting a regime change in Iran outside United Nations headquarters on the first day of the general debate at the U.N. General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)This after information in the recent whistleblower complaint emerged, mentioning attempts by Giuliani’s associates to reach out to the current Ukrainian president’s team.In an interview on Friday, Giuliani said the move was perfectly legal, and that he has nothing to hide.“Would I like to testify and tell my story? Sure. I’ve been telling it. All the time. In fact, you know my story,” said Giuliani. “There’s nothing I can tell them that you can’t read online. From the very beginning, I’ve been totally transparent about this.”Giuliani reiterated that the whistleblower complaint can not be trusted because it was based solely on second hand information.

IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE? Should Trump, Ukraine President phone call bring impeachment?

IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE? Should Trump, Ukraine President phone call bring impeachment?

Trump Ukrainian transcript a big whopping nothing burger

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:48 AM PT — Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The White House released the transcript from the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, the presidents discuss the aid provided to Ukraine and the lack of support Ukraine receives from the European Union.President Trump offered his sympathy for the removal of the Ukrainian prosecutor, who investigated the company of Joe Biden’s son — Hunter — and recommended looking further into the matter. At no point in the call does President Trump offer something in exchange for an investigation.Ukraine’s president responded in the call by saying he is more than happy to help his new ally. He then called President Trump a great friend.
Read the full unclassified memorandum of the telephone conversation here.
In an early tweet Wednesday, President Trump questioned whether Democrats would apologize once the transcript was released.
Donald J. Trump

Will the Democrats apologize after seeing what was said on the call with the Ukrainian President? They should, a perfect call - got them by surprise!
9:17 AM - Sep 25, 2019
Twitter Ads info and privacy
47.6K people are talking about this
FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Webster, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)The president has previously described the July 25th call as “totally appropriate.” The release of the conversation comes amid House Democrat’s formal launch of their impeachment inquiry.
Donald J. Trump

There has been no President in the history of our Country who has been treated so badly as I have. The Democrats are frozen with hatred and fear. They get nothing done. This should never be allowed to happen to another President. Witch Hunt!
7:24 AM - Sep 25, 2019
Twitter Ads info and privacy
74.2K people are talking about this

TRANSCRIPT: Trump phone call with Ukraine President about Joe Biden - Glenn reads the whole thing so YOU can decide if President Trump acted wrongly. Spoiler: He Didn't

A whistleblower says President Trump betrayed the nation by making promises to the Ukraine President in exchange for dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden's unethical involvement with the oil industry there. But...what was ACTUALLY said during that phone call? Well the transcript was just released, and Glenn reads the whole thing so YOU can decide if President Trump acted wrongly. 

TRANSCRIPT: Trump phone call with Ukraine President about Joe Biden

RNC calls on Biden to release transcripts with Ukrainian President

RNC Calls On Biden To Release His Call Transcripts With Ukrainian President
Beth Baumann | Sep 24, 2019 7:17 PM

RNC Calls On Biden To Release His Call Transcripts With Ukrainian President
Source: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Tuesday called on former Vice President to release transcripts of his calls with Ukrainian and Chinese leaders. Biden is accused of pulling strings for his son, Hunter, to benefit a Ukrainian oil company whose board he sat on.

Democrats have argued President Donald Trump abused his political power and powers of office by asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens for alleged corruption. 

"First it was the Russia hoax. Now it’s the Ukraine hoax," McDaniel said in as statement. "Once again, Joe Biden has shown he is just as extreme as the rest of the 2020 Democrats who are desperate to bring President Trump down. Instead of backing a baseless impeachment effort, Biden should be answering for the only scandal that exists: Why a corrupt Ukrainian company paid his son $50,000 a month to lobby the Obama-Biden administration, and why Biden threatened the Ukrainians if they failed to fire a prosecutor investigating the company."

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he plans to release a full, unredacted, unclassified transcript of his call with Zelensky. Now, the RNC expects Biden to do the same.

"Now that the President has authorized the release of the transcript of his call with President Zelensky, we call on Biden to release the transcripts of his calls as Vice President with Ukrainian and Chinese leaders while his son was conducting shady business deals in those countries."

Although Trump agreed to release the transcript, he did express concerns about the precedent it would set. In the future, he could be expected to release transcripts of conversations with other foreign leaders.


2020 Dem can’t explain how he’d be better president than Trump in cringeworthy interview

In an awkward interview on the campaign trail in Iowa, 2020 Democrat hopeful Joe Biden refused to explain how he’d be a more effective president on economic issues than Donald Trump.
Further demonstrating his ineptitude and mental decline, Biden appeared unable to tout his economic platform on Monday, instead opting to “let the people decide.”
The reporter pointed out that Iowa’s economy is booming under Trump before asking, “Why should people want to make a change?”
Reporter on the good economy: "Why should people want to make a change though?"

Biden: "Well that's up to them to decide"

Reporter: "Why should they?"

Biden: "That's for them to decide"

Reporter: "Well, make your case."

Biden: "I'm not going to"

Embedded video

2,012 people are talking about this
Biden, appearing irritated, replied: “Well that’s up to them to decide.”
“Why should they?” the reporter pressed.
Biden repeated, “That’s up to them to decide.”
The reporter, trying to help, said, “Well, make your case.”
Rather than leap at the opportunity to lay out his economic message, Biden instead shut down.
“I’m not going to,” he said.
To Biden’s credit, he could just be tight-lipped about his plan to deindustrialize America, claiming earlier this month that he would wipe out “all fossil fuel.”
His campaign staff are probably feeling pretty confident right now!


Joe Biden Bribed the Ukrainians to Fire a Prosecutor Looking Into His Son

Joe Biden Bribed the Ukrainians to Fire a Prosecutor Looking Into His Son Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in United States loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders did not dismiss the country’s top prosecutor, who had been investigating a company that was paying hundreds of thousands to his son


Trump Rips Joe Biden and ‘Witch Hunt’ Sequel Over Ukraine Phone Call

Trump Rips Joe Biden and ‘Witch Hunt’ Sequel Over Ukraine Phone Call Trump taunted the establishment media and Democrat coalition for failing with narratives surrounding the Russia investigation and falsely raising the alarm of a looming recession, noting that the hysteria over his Ukraine conversation about Biden was only the latest attempt.

Trump Campaign Video Jabs At Biden's Gaffes

Trump Campaign Video Jabs At Biden's Gaffes: President Trump's Campaign Manager Brad Parscale tweeted out the video showing cuts of Biden's slip-ups

Image used with permission of Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla

Regrading Biden/Trump story Rick Perry asks why the focus on efforts to curb corruption instead of the corruption itself?

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 3:20 PM PST – Sat. September 21, 2019
A GOP lawmaker said as the nation’s top diplomat, the president has broad discretion regarding his conversations with foreign leaders.Representative Scott Perry said Saturday, reports focus on the president’s effort to curb alleged corruption, not the alleged corruption itself.Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden works the grill during the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)He adds, with congressional oversight and aides on the line, he doesn’t believe the president would act inappropriately.However, the Pennsylvania lawmaker said there’s at least “smoke” when it comes to accusations of self-dealing involving the Bidens that warrant a further look.He even said Ukraine was offering the U.S. information about the incident during the prior administration, but wasn’t accepted.

Latest Trump Witch Hunt Involving Ukraine Boomerangs Towards Joe Biden

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the latest attempt to derail Trump's presidency which revolves around the US president asking Ukraine to conduct a legal investigation into former US Vice President Joe Biden, who boasted, on video, about withholding $1 billion in US loan guarantees unless Ukraine fired the man charged with investigating his son, Hunter, and his son's company Burisma for corruption.

The Washington Post is now quietly reporting that a July 25th phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not contain an explicit quid pro quo if Ukraine launched an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden's son as initially reported.

In other words, there was no quid pro quo (during that specific phone call) offered in exchange for Trump asking Ukraine officials to investigate possible crimes committed by Hunter Biden.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 22nd, 2019.]

Biden’s bid to attract Rust Belt workers faces troubles in his own backyard


“I make no apologies. I am a union man,” he declared.
But in Philadelphia, where Biden on Tuesday will be among a half dozen Democratic presidential candidates appearing at what labor union federation the AFL-CIO has billed as a “Workers’ Presidential Summit,” there are signs of cracks in Biden’s union support.
Philadelphia for Biden is not just any city. It is home to his campaign headquarters, the biggest city in his home state of Pennsylvania, and an area that has long been home to oil refineries — and their union employees. And it is just miles from Delaware, which he represented in the U.S. Senate for more than 30 years.
More than a dozen current and former union leaders and workers who spoke to Reuters recently in Philadelphia, questioned Biden’s loyalty.
In embracing calls to phase out the fossil fuel industry that many of the region’s pipefitters and steelworkers rely on for jobs, they say, the former vice president and Democratic front-runner risks losing his “hard-hat” appeal in a critical swing state.

More from Reuters

VIDEO: Biden suffers problem with teeth during Dem debate — nearly fall out of mouth?


Did Vice President Biden’s teeth almost fall out of his mouth during the Democratic debate tonight?
As moderator David Muir asked a question of Biden, the candidate could be seen moving his mouth around as though he was chewing gum.
At the conclusion of Muir’s question, Biden seemed to fumble with his teeth, trying to keep them in his face.

More from The American Mirror


We need to talk about Joe Biden

Skip to content
Primary Menu
National Review
Search National Review
Search Text
Sep. 2, 2019

We Need to Talk about Joe Biden
September 1, 2019 6:30 AM

Joe Biden speaks at the 2019 Iowa Federation of Labor Convention in Altoona, Iowa, August 21, 2019. (Gage Skidmore)
He's unfit for the presidency.
There are two possible explanations of Joe Biden’s inability to tell the truth about things: One is that his mind is failing him, the other is that his honor is. In neither case is Biden fit to hold the office of president of the United States of America, and Democrats would discredit themselves and endanger the nation to nominate him.

Yes, yes, go ahead — “But, Trump!” etc. — and continue when you’ve completed the ritual of equivocation, and don’t think too hard about how far and in what direction that line of moral self-justification has carried the Republican party.

Joe Biden is a plagiarist and a liar, among other things. In the most recent example, detailed by the Washington Post, Biden made up a story in which he as vice president displayed personal courage and heroism in traveling to a dangerous war zone in order to recognize the service of an American soldier who had distinguished himself in a particularly dramatic way. It was a moving story. “This is the God’s truth,” he concluded. “My word as a Biden.”

But his word as a Biden isn’t worth squat, as the Post showed, reporting that “Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.” Which is a nice way of saying: Biden lied about an act of military heroism in order to aggrandize his own role in the story.

Like Hillary Rodham Clinton under fictitious sniper fire, Biden highlighted his own supposed courage in the face of physical danger: “We can lose a vice president. We can’t lose many more of these kids.”

NOW WATCH: 'Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Beat Joe Biden in Recent Poll'

If Biden here is lying with malice aforethought, then he ought to be considered morally disqualified for the office. If he is senescent, then he obviously is unable to perform the duties associated with the presidency, and asking him to do so would be indecent, dangerous, and unpatriotic.

The evidence points more toward moral disability than mental disability, inasmuch as Biden has a long career of lying about precisely this sort of thing.

The most dramatic instance of that is Biden’s continued insistence on lying about the circumstances surrounding the horrifying deaths of his wife and daughter in a terrible car accident. It is not the case, as Biden has said on many occasions, that they were killed by a drunk driver, an irresponsible trucker who “drank his lunch,” as Biden put it. That is a pure fabrication, and a slander on the man who was behind the wheel of that truck and who was haunted by the episode until the end of his days. Imagine yourself in the position of that man’s family, whose natural sympathy for Biden’s loss must be complicated by outrage at his persistent lying about the relevant events.

Why would Biden lie about the death of his wife and daughter? Why would he lie about the already-heroic efforts of American soldiers? In both cases, to make the story more dramatic, to give himself a bigger and more impressive narrative arc. That he would subordinate other people — real people, living and dead — to his own political ambition in such a callous and demeaning way counsels strongly against entrusting him with any more political power than that which he already has wielded.

Biden lies about matters great and small. He lies about his trip to Afghanistan. He lies about the death of his wife and daughter. He is wildly dishonest about his role in the Iraq War and the 1994 crime bill, landmark moments in his legislative career that later became political liabilities. And whatever the state of his brain today, he was not senile back in 1987, when he plagiarized the words of Margaret Thatcher and Neil Kinnock for his own speeches. Like his lies, his plagiarism is part of a lifelong habit: As recently as this year, he was filling out his policy papers with uncredited — stolen — material from advocacy groups.

The United States has become an empire of lies. We are governed by liars chosen on the basis of lies, and the worst partisans have begun openly to admire the lies, so long as they are skillfully constructed and delivered. The lowest among us enjoy being lied to and celebrate it. Entire political careers are based on lies — and policy initiatives, too.

But if not the serial liar Joe Biden, then whom will the Democrats choose? Elizabeth Warren, who has misrepresented her supposed Native American ancestry? Kamala Harris, who has lied about murder in order to serve her own political ends? Robert Francis O’Rourke, who cannot tell the truth for five minutes about basic and fundamental questions of public policy?

The Democrats are ready to go into November with nothing better to say for themselves than, “Our liar is better than their liar!” It is doubtful they will even be morally conflicted about that. But the nation will be worse off for it, inasmuch as democratic assumptions built on a foundation of lies must necessarily be unstable.

Joe Biden has exhausted whatever presumption of goodwill or benefit of the doubt we might have extended to him for the past 46 years. He has had his chance to show that he is a man capable of honor, integrity, and honesty — and he has failed that test at every turn. If there ever was a time for him, that time has passed. The last thing this country needs is another pathological liar in its highest office. He is unfit for the presidency in every way, and Democrats owe the country better than to nominate him in the pursuit of their own selfish partisan interests.


KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON is the roving correspondent for National Review and the author of THE SMALLEST MINORITY: INDEPENDENT THINKING IN AN AGE OF MOB POLITICS.
Episode 162: Gaffe-Prone, but Going Strong
What If Obama Endorses Warren?
Biden’s Best Bet Is a Front-Porch Campaign
Good Riddance, Kirsten Gillibrand
Joe and the Segs
Biden Slams ‘Risky’ Medicare for All Plan during AARP Event: ‘Medicare as You Know It Goes Away’
Poll: Health Care Most Important Issue to Dem. Primary Voters
Is Biden Really Democrats’ Best Bet?
Here's What New Dental Implants Should Cost in 2019
Here's What New Dental Implants…
Sponsored Listings
Try Not To Chuckle At These Windshield Notes
Try Not To Chuckle At These…
Trump, Obama Or Bush. Which US President Had the Highest IQ?
Trump, Obama Or Bush. Which US…
[Pics] She sees a pregnant beggar, but then realizes something is off
[Pics] She sees a pregnant beggar…
World Lifestyle
Honest Paws - the #1 pet brand 30k pet owners trust and love. All natural and 100% safe.
Honest Paws - the #1 pet brand 30k pet owners trust and love. All natural and 100% safe.
Honest Paws
Cartoons of the Day: August 30, 2019
Cartoons of the Day: August 30, 2019
Cartoons of the Day: August 30, 2019
Cartoons of the Day: August 26, 2019
Cartoons of the Day: August 26, 2019
Cartoons of the Day: August 26, 2019
NFL Rankings: Uniforms Ugliest To Best
NFL Rankings: Uniforms Ugliest To Best
New Arena
Wrestlers Who Have Fought Each Other In Real Life
Wrestlers Who Have Fought Each Other In Real Life
Lawrence O’Donnell Retracts Report on Trump’s Ties to Oligarchs after Legal Threat: ‘I Apologize’
Lawrence O’Donnell Retracts Report on Trump’s Ties to Oligarchs after Legal Threat: ‘I Apologize’
Lawrence O’Donnell Retracts Report on Trump’s Ties to Oligarchs after Legal Threat: ‘I Apologize’
Does Stress Cause Ulcerative Colitis?
Does Stress Cause Ulcerative Colitis?
Hong Kong Democracy Protest Leaders Arrested
Hong Kong Democracy Protest Leaders Arrested
Hong Kong Democracy Protest Leaders Arrested
Walt Whitman, an American
Walt Whitman, an American
Walt Whitman, an American
[Pics] Most People Missed The Giant Blooper In This Iconic 'Gilligan's Island' Scene
[Pics] Most People Missed The Giant Blooper In This Iconic 'Gilligan's Island' Scene
History 101
The greatest US presidents ranked. Guess Who Is No. 1
Z Today
Senator Gillibrand Quits Presidential Race
Senator Gillibrand Quits Presidential Race
Senator Gillibrand Quits Presidential Race

Omar's Response To Palestinian LGBT Crackdown In West Bank

Staggering Number Of People Fleeing '4 States Of The Apocalypse'

The Feds Investigate Athletics For Letting Boys In Female Sports

Student Defends Wearing MAGA Hat After Professor Cries

The Tardigrades-on-the-Moon Affair

What Was Free about Our Trade Relationship with China before Trump?

Five Cops Were Arrested in Relation to Stormy Daniels’ Arrest

The Amazon Scam

Dave Chappelle Goes After Jussie Smollett

Chappelle’s Pro-Life Premise

C. S. Lewis: Oxford Don vs. the Devil

What If Obama Endorses Warren?

What Is Justice for McCabe?
The Overtime Exception

The Corner
Bench Memos
The Morning Jolt
The G-File
Books, Arts & Manners
All Articles
All Authors
Politics & Policy
White House
Film & TV
PC Culture
Economy & Business
Latest Issue
Gve NR as a Gift
Customer Care
Magazine FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
The Masthead
Contact Us
Privacy Policy
Terms of Service
NR Institute
E-mails & Alerts

Morning Jolt (M-F)
NR Daily (M-Sa)
Breaking News (M-Su)
© 2019 National Review


60% Off Ends Tonight