The former president of Ukraine and prosecutors who investigated the firm that Joe Biden’s son worked for debunked President Trump’s conspiracy theory that Biden intervened to shut down the case.
Former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko told Bloomberg News that Biden never sought to close any cases when he pushed for an ineffective and allegedly corrupt prosecutor to be fired.
“The former vice president, at least in personal conversations, didn’t raise any requests to open or close any concrete cases,” Poroshenko said.
“Biden has said he wanted the prosecutor fired over insufficient efforts to tackle corruption, and no evidence has emerged to suggest he acted to benefit his son,” The Hill reported. “The former president added that Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor, resigned in 2016 after ‘massive campaigns’ by activists, politicians and the media, noting that two-thirds of Parliament members voted in favor of Shokin’s resignation.”
Former top prosecutor debunks Trump claim:
Yuri Lutsenko, a former Ukraine prosecutor general who investigated the firm, Burisma, and Hunter Biden told The Washington Post last month that the younger Biden was never accused of wrongdoing.
“From the perspective of Ukrainian legislation, he did not violate anything,” Lutsenko said of Hunter Biden. “Hunter Biden cannot be responsible for violations of the management of Burisma that took place two years before his arrival."
Trump stirs up new conspiracy theory:
Trump called on China to investigate the Bidens on Thursday.
“China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,” Trump told reporters.
“Trump’s allegations regarding Hunter Biden and China center on him joining the board of an investment firm whose partners included Chinese entities while his father was vice president,” The Washington Post reported. “The president and his allies have provided no evidence to back up their claims of wrongdoing.”