BREAKING: White House refuses to hand over early drafts of Biden speech demanding Ukraine fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin: House Oversight

"To date, the Oversight Committee has no record of anyone from the White House attempting to contact the Committee to 'explore' any accommodation regarding these documents."

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

As part of the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden, House committees have revealed in a letter sent Wednesday that the Biden White House has refused to hand over all drafts of Biden’s December 2015 speech in Ukraine during which he called for the firing of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. 

He made the speech before the Ukrainian Rada and later bragged about having demanded that then Ukrainian President Poroshenko fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was apparently digging into corruption at Burisma where Hunter Biden sat on the board with an income of $80,000 per month.

"For more than five months the White House has declined to authorize the production of these draft speeches to the Oversight Committee or to assert a valid privilege over them," the letter to White House counsel Edward Siskel states.

The letter states that the Oversight committee requested these drafts to be released by the National Archives and Records Administration on August 17, 2023, with the National Archives responding that within a week of receiving the request, "NARA was able to provide the White House with the full set of documents that cover this request."

Since August 24, 2023, one week after the letter was sent, "the White House has refused to permit NARA to provide the Oversight Committee with any documents related to the 2015 Ukraine speech delivered by then-Vice President Biden

The White House has extended the review period by 60 days on three separate occasions, stating in the September 22, 2023 extension request that "release of this material would be fairly extraordinary, as it may make public foreign affairs deliberations of the person who is now the sitting President and his advisors, and as such requires additional review and analysis. This extension will also give us time to explore appropriate accommodations with Chairman Comer so as to avoid the concerns mentioned above.

"To date, the Oversight Committee has no record of anyone from the White House attempting to contact the Committee to 'explore' any accommodation regarding these documents, casting considerable doubt as to whether the White House has requested these extensions in good faith or is simply attempting to delay the production of this very limited tranche of documents to the Committee."

In an August 2023 interview with Brett Baier, Victor Shokin revealed that he was indeed fired at the behest of Joe Biden, and under the threat of $1 billion being withheld from Ukraine. 

In a September 2019 speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden bragged about getting Shokin fired, "if the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a b*tch, he got fired."

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