Ukraine plans to fire the prosecutor who led the investigation into a company whose board included Joe Biden’s son, Reuters reports.
Kostiantyn Kulyk, the prosecutor who investigated Burisma, the company that employed Hunter Biden, before discussing the allegations with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani will be fired over reasons unrelated to the ongoing scandal, according to the report.
Giuliani has admitted to meeting Kulyk to discuss the Bidens.
There is no evidence that either Biden did anything illegal.
Giuliani’s expedition to find dirt on Biden in Ukraine ultimately triggered the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to launch a new investigation into the Bidens.
Multiple administration witnesses have testified that Trump tried to extort Ukraine into launching the allegations by withhold nearly $400 million in military aid and a long-sought White House meeting with Ukraine’s president.
Kulyk fired in purge:
Kulyk was fired “or failing to show up for an exam that all employees of the General Prosecutor’s Office have been ordered to pass to keep their jobs during a clean-up of the prosecution service,” a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.
Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka has already fired about a third of all prosecutors in the country -- about 400 people -- since coming to office.
“Some prosecutors have told Reuters that many of those sacked had refused to sit the exam in protest at what they see as a purge designed to cement new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s political control of the service,” the outlet reported.
Giuliani cited Kulyk to push Biden lie:
“[Kulyk] was another prosecutor somewhat lower level who told me the same thing: that there was collusion and Biden had [the] prosecutor fired to kill case on [his] son and Burisma,” Giuliani told Reuters.
This is simply not true.
“Biden did want Shokin fired, but western leaders had widely criticized the prosecutor general as corrupt and ineffective. Biden was leading a widespread consensus in asking for removal,” Politifact reported. “A former Ukrainian official said the investigation into Burisma was dormant under Shokin.”