On Friday, Ukraine’s top prosecutor announced that he would be looking into a case involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The prosecutor general, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, announced in a press conference that he plans to review several cases, one which involves Burisma Holdings, the gas company where Hunter Biden served on the board.
Ryaboshapka didn’t clarify how long his audits would take however he did say that, “The key words were not Biden and not Burisma.”
“The key was those proceedings which were closed or investigated by the previous leadership,” Ryaboshapka said, also noting, “In this large number of cases, there may be ones with these two words.”
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Ukraine’s top prosecutor also said that he has not received any phone calls or undue pressure, and told reporters “I have no such information” when asked if there was evidence of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden.
“No foreign or domestic politicians, officials or people who are not officials called me and tried to influence my decisions on specific criminal proceedings,” he said. “The prosecution service is beyond politics. We are conducting an audit of all cases, including those which were investigated by the previous leadership of the prosecutor’s office.”
If any laws were violated, Ryaboshapka said Ukraine will “react accordingly.”
This ongoing scandal was revived after House Democrats started an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for an innocent conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where the President asked if the Ukrainian government could look into Biden’s potentially corrupt dealings in the past.
The transcript of the conversation between the two presidents started with President Trump congratulating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on his election win. Shortly after the introduction, President Trump brings up Vice President Joe Biden and how he abused his power to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating his son.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump said in the call. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it…It sounds horrible to me.”
Zelensky then suggested to President Trump that they would appoint a new prosecutor. “He or she will look into the situation specifically to the company that you mentioned in this issue, the issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and we will work on the investigation of the case.”
President Trump told Zelensky he would like his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Attorney General Bill Barr to be involved.
“I will have Mr. Giuliani give you call and I’m also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom if it. I’m sure you will figure it out,” he added.
During a meeting with President Trump in New York, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters that he felt in no way pressured by President Trump to investigate Joe Biden.
“Nobody pushed me,” Zelensky said.
“We had a great phone call,” Zelensky added. “It was normal.”
Trump later added: “In other words, there was no pressure and you know there was no pressure.”
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