A newly leaked audio clip appears to be a phone call between then Vice President Joe Biden and President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The call allegedly took place on May 13, 2016. We say allegedly because it's a leaked audio and should probably be confirmed first.
However, it sounds exactly like Joe Biden and Poroshenko and Biden even introduces himself.
They slightly discuss the removal of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin and the new person taking his place. Biden was already under fire for a video clip that emerged showing him talk about getting Shokin fired.
At one point in this clip, Joe Biden says, "but congratulations on installing the new Prosecutor General, it's going to be critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage Shokin did. 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 one billion dollar loan guarantee."
Biden is a man of his word? Is that the quid pro quo Biden was allegedly involved in?
Back in 2018 Biden was in the previously mentioned video and appeared to brag about getting Shokin fired.
An excerpt from that clip reads:
JOE BIDEN, 23 JANUARY 2018: And that is I’m desperately concerned about the backsliding on the part of Kiev in terms of corruption. They made—I mean, I’ll give you one concrete example. I was—not I, but it just happened to be that was the assignment I got. I got all the good ones. And so I got Ukraine. And I remember going over, convincing our team, our leaders to—convincing that we should be providing for loan guarantees. And I went over, I guess, the 12th, 13th time to Kiev. And I was supposed to announce that there was another billion-dollar loan guarantee. And I had gotten a commitment from Poroshenko and from Yatsenyuk that they would take action against the state prosecutor. And they didn’t.
So they said they had—they were walking out to a press conference. I said, nah, I’m not going to—or, we’re not going to 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. I said, you’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter.) He got fired. And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.
Well, there’s still—so they made some genuine substantial changes institutionally and with people. But one of the three institutions, there’s now some backsliding.
What's next for Joe Biden after this leaked phone call?