LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Now remember, one of the most important findings from the Mueller probe revolved around Manafort and Ukraine, but are there bad actors being ignored in this situation?
In May of 2018, former congressman Pete Sessions sent Secretary of State Pompeo an urgent letter, imploring him to remove the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Yovanovitch, an Obama holdover, remains in the post today. She's reportedly demonstrated clear anti-Trump bias.
Now, she isn't the only part of Obama's orbit to have extensive exposure in Ukraine. Former Obama White House counsel, Clinton linked attorney Greg Craig may soon be charged by the Justice Department. He allegedly engaged in illegal, unregistered overseas lobbying for the Russian-backed president of Ukraine.
And there are sources revealing to The Ingraham Angle tonight that Biden and other officials were actively involved in Ukrainian matters through Trump's inauguration. Biden even visited Ukraine 10 days before Trump was sworn in.
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INGRAHAM: So, what do you need to know about this Obama connection in Ukraine, how it relates here?
Here to tell us, Joe diGenova, former US Attorney, Peter Schweizer, investigative reporter, author of the book "Secret Empires," coming out in paperback on Tuesday.
Joe, I bet the Obama administration did not see that one coming.
JOE DIGENOVA: No, they didn't, an in fact, Laura, you mentioned that Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, contrary to what a lot of people thought, was still in her job. I learned this evening that the president has ordered her dismissal from her post as the United States Ambassador to Ukraine, as a result of her activities there, which were complained of by Congressman Sessions.
She is known and reported by people there to have bad-mouthed the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to have told Ukrainians not to listen to him or obey his policy, because he was going to be impeached. And finally, her activities have caught up to her.
INGRAHAM: And Peter, why -- we learned now tonight from Joe that this ambassador has been removed -- should have been removed a year ago, that’s a separate story, what’s going on in the State Department.
But what do we need to know about Biden’s frequency of -- of visits to Ukraine?
PETER SCHWEIZER: Yeah, no, it’s very curious, Laura. He was the point person for the Obama administration to Ukraine. And of course, a very complex situation there between some pro-Russian factions, Ukrainian nationalists.
In April of 2014, Joe Biden goes to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian officials. As he’s there, his son Hunter Biden is placed on the board of this corrupt energy company called “Burisma”. Burisma is run -- was founded by and run by a Ukrainian energy minister, who was tied to the previous pro-Russian government.
And we know from financial records that as Joe Biden is interacting with Ukrainian officials, his son, over a 14 month period, is connected to a bank account that received $3.1 million from the Ukrainians. Dare I add that Hunter Biden has no background in Ukraine, he has no background in energy policy, and his -- and his job, reportedly -- his job reportedly was “regulatory compliance.” What Hunter Biden knows about that in Ukraine, who knows.
So, it’s -- it’s a very, very troublesome issues, and I think has all of the markings of payoffs going to the Bidens.
INGRAHAM: Hmm. Joe, we got to get your reaction to the report tonight. Real quick.
DIGENOVA: There’s no question about it, that this has all the markings of bribery and extortion, and it’s something that deserves a full-blown investigation into the conduct of the Biden family in Ukraine.
There’s some very disturbing details about it that are about to come out in reporting by John Solomon, and I think once those details come out, I think there’s going to have to be a full-fledged criminal investigation.
INGRAHAM: And revealing, perhaps, deep connections to how the Mueller probe started?
DIGENOVA: Oh, absolutely, because what happened was, the ambassador there, who has been removed, was involved in generating false information about Manafort, other information that went into the so-called black, black binders.
INGRAHAM: Alright, Joe, hold that. We have to take a break.