ABC News ran a headline with predictable bias when Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released the full FD-1023 report, which detailed allegations of a bribery scheme involving Joe and Hunter Biden, leading to significant financial gains.
Some of the money from these questionable government access deals was reportedly funneled through shell companies. The allegations were first made by the FBI’s confidential human source back in 2018.
The report highlights that while Donald Trump faced impeachment over a phone call to the Ukrainians, Joe Biden is accused of allegedly receiving a $5 million bribe from Burisma, with the report revealing how Hunter Biden was hired by the Ukrainian firm for protection.
This hiring took place when Joe, during his tenure as vice president, got a prosecutor investigating Burisma fired, linking it to withholding aid from the country, which he later boasted about.
ABC News framed this development as a “rare move” by Grassley, releasing an unverified FBI source report alleging Biden’s involvement in bribery.
The article further mentions Mykola Zlochevsky, the co-founder of Burisma Holdings, who reportedly felt coerced and kept a ledger of alleged bribes, in addition to recording phone calls with the Bidens.
Zlochevsky is also reported to be an intelligence asset for the Kremlin.
The media’s reliance on the White House’s claims of debunking the allegations is met with skepticism, given the inherent bias and past instances of publishing unverified and debunked information, such as the Steele Dossier, which formed the basis for the Russian collusion investigation during Trump’s presidency.
Critics argue that the same political bias applies to the FD-1023 report, as the FBI allegedly edited all mentions of Joe Biden and claimed redaction for source protection.
As evidence continues to mount and whistleblowers come forward, the allegations against the Bidens gain credibility, unlike the efforts in the past to impeach Trump.
The exposure of the Biden deals was largely made possible due to Hunter Biden’s laptop, left at a Delaware repair shop, which unveiled the alleged roadmap of his questionable dealings.
It is evident that the news outlet’s framing of the report adds to the ongoing debate surrounding the Bidens’ involvement in these financial transactions and potential improprieties.
— Jerry Dunleavy 🇺🇸 (@JerryDunleavy) January 11, 2022
Sen. Chuck Grassley released a confidential FBI informant’s unverified claim that the Biden family in 2016 “coerced” a Ukrainian oligarch to pay them $10 million. The White House has denied the allegation, saying it has been investigated and “debunked.” https://t.co/j154Cl7GWV
— ABC News (@ABC) July 22, 2023