The argument is that he was breaking the law and under investigation, so his dad stepped in and took care of it. However, there was no investigation and Shokin was fired because he wasn't investigating anyone or doing anything about any corruption.
In addition to that, there was nothing to flag anyone to investigate Hunter, as he wasn't doing anything wrong working for Burisma. There is just the Rep notion that, clearly he got the job because he was doing something wrong and only because of corruption. There is the basis of the whole Hunter Biden investigation.
Wrong on both assertions.
Hunter was not accused of breaking any Ukrainian laws, nor has Joe been accused of it. The issue is that VP Biden got a prosecutor fired who was investigating his son's employer. His son's very lucrative job was at risk due to the investigation. So, it appears VP Biden used his official position to help his son. That would be violation of US federal corruption laws.
Burisma was under investigation at the time of Shokin's firing. It is a tangled web including oligarchs and all kinds of corruption, even extending to Putin and the mining of rare elements in Russia. It involves a previous President of Ukraine, and all kinds of businesses including some in America. There was not an allegation of Hunter Biden being involved in activity being investigated, and he was not personally under investigation (as far as we know). But, he stood to lose a lot of money if Burisma went down. Not just his Burisma salary but also his consulting business in America which received millions in additional payments from Burisma (not sure what those were for...).
Shokin has recently testified and submitted an affadavit in European court in a case involving an oligarch. He states that he was investigating Burisma at the time he was fired, and that he was told by the Ukrainian President that he was fired because of it.
There is other direct evidence that the investigation was ongoing at the time he was fired from other sources.
At the time, Shokin’s office was investigating Burisma. Shokin told me he was making plans to question Hunter Biden about $3 million in fees that Biden and his partner, Archer, collected from Burisma through their American firm. Documents seized by the FBI in an unrelated case confirm the payments, which in many months totaled more than $166,000.
Some media outlets have reported that, at the time Joe Biden forced the firing in March 2016, there were no open investigations. Those reports are wrong. A British-based investigation of Burisma's owner was closed down in early 2015 on a technicality when a deadline for documents was not met. But the Ukraine Prosecutor General's office still had two open inquiries in March 2016, according to the official case file provided me. One of those cases involved taxes; the other, allegations of corruption. Burisma announced the cases against it were not closed and settled until January 2017.
After I first reported it in a column, the New York Times and ABC News published similar stories confirming my reporting.
In a newly sworn affidavit prepared for a European court, Shokin testified that when he was fired in March 2016, he was told the reason was that Biden was unhappy about the Burisma investigation. “The truth is that I was forced out because I was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm active in Ukraine and Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the Board of Directors,” Shokin testified.
“On several occasions President Poroshenko asked me to have a look at the case against Burisma and consider the possibility of winding down the investigative actions in respect of this company but I refused to close this investigation,” Shokin added
Burisma’s own accounting records show that it paid tens of thousands of dollars while Hunter Biden served on the board of an American lobbying and public relations firm, Blue Star Strategies, run by Sally Painter and Karen Tramontano, who both served in President Bill Clinton’s administration.
Just days before Biden forced Shokin’s firing, Painter met with the No. 2 official at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington and asked to meet officials in Kiev around the same time that Joe Biden visited there. Ukrainian embassy employee Oksana Shulyar emailed Painter afterward: “With regards to the meetings in Kiev, I suggest that you wait until the next week when there is an expected vote of the government’s reshuffle.”
Ukraine’s Washington embassy confirmed the conversations between Shulyar and Painter but said the reference to a shakeup in Ukrainian government was not specifically referring to Shokin’s firing or anything to do with Burisma.
Painter then asked one of the Ukraine embassy’s workers to open the door for meetings with Ukraine’s prosecutors about the Burisma investigation, the memos show. Eventually, Blue Star would pay that Ukrainian official money for his help with the prosecutor's office.
At the time, Blue Star worked in concert with an American criminal defense lawyer, John Buretta, who was hired by Burisma to help address the case in Ukraine. The case was settled in January 2017 for a few million dollars in fines for alleged tax issues.