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Ukraine Reopened Burisma Probe Months Before Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Fox News contributor John Solomon reported Tuesday evening on “Hannity” that documents show Ukraine officials had opened a new probe into Burisma Holdings months before Trump’s infamous phone call with President Zelensky, and that the Trump administration was already aware of it.

“The U.S. government had open-source intelligence and was aware as early as February of 2019 that the Ukrainian government was planning to reopen the Burisma investigation,” Solomon said. “This is long before the president ever imagined having a call with President Zelensky.” Petro Poroshenko was still president of Ukraine in February 2019. “This is a significant shift in the factual timeline,” he added. The quid pro quo allegations against Trump were already falling apart, and this is yet more proof that the Democrats rushed to launch their impeachment inquiry.

“That is a significant change in the timeline — it was omitted from the whistleblower’s complaint, and the question is did he not know it or did he exclude it because it didn’t fit the narrative he was trying to write,” Solomon noted.

On “Hannity,” Solomon said his reporting revealed the requested reopening of the probe into Burisma involved, in part, “unusual transactions” in the natural gas giant’s accounts.

Solomon said the timeline of the alleged “illicit funds” coincided in part with the time Hunter Biden held a place on the firm’s board. The younger Biden was reportedly paid as much as $1 million per year for his time on the board, but Solomon said investigators in Ukraine filed a 15-page “notice of suspicion” indicating they were “looking at the possibility that the $3.4 million paid to Hunter Biden’s firm may have been part of the illicit funds that were moving through the company.”

“A month later, in April, the prosecutor’s office — open-source intelligence, again — the U.S. government officials confirming they were aware of this — made a request of another investigative agency in Ukraine for assistance in going through these bank records,” Solomon claimed.

You can watch Solomon’s appearance on “Hannity” here:

The other major reveal from Solomon was that Hunter Biden was paid $166,000 a month, not $50,000 a month, according to bank records. Gregg Jarrett reports that “Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Burisma was approved by the White House in 2014.” This situation is looking worse for Joe Biden.