Ukraine’s top prosecutor said Friday that his office will review the investigation into the owner of a gas company whose board included former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, USA Today reports.
Ukraine’s general prosecutor Ruslan Ryaboshapka said at a press conference Friday that the case will be reviewed as part of a broader review of at least 15 high-profile cases that were shut down by his predecessors.
The prosecutor said that the review was not related to the time Hunter Biden was on the board at the firm, Burisma, or allegations from Trump and Rudy Giuliani that Joe Biden improperly pressured the country to have the investigation closed.
Investigation was never into Biden:
“Ukraine’s previous general prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko, closed a money-laundering and tax-irregularity probe into Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, in 2016. The case did not focus on Hunter Biden,” USA Today reported. “There is also no evidence that Joe Biden acted improperly in applying pressure on Ukraine to dismiss Lutsenko’s predecessor, Viktor Shokin. Shokin was widely and publicly viewed by international organizations such as the European Union and International Monetary Fund, and anti-corruption investigators in Ukraine, as an impediment to reforming the country’s culture of graft.”
Former prosecutor previously debunked Trump’s conspiracy theory:
“From the perspective of Ukrainian legislation, he did not violate anything,” Lutsenko told The Washington Post.
“Hunter Biden cannot be responsible for violations of the management of Burisma that took place two years before his arrival,” Lutsenko said.
Lutsenko told The Post that he explained to Giuliani that there was no there there.