Ukraine’s top prosecutor announced during a press conference Friday that he intends to conduct an audit of the Ukrainian government’s past investigation into Burisma, the corruption-linked gas company tied to 2020 contender former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The announcement inspired mockery and cheers from some conservatives who were confident that the audit wasn’t launched because of President Donald Trump’s original request — but rather because of all the attention that congressional Democrats’ actions wound up bringing to the request.
— Stephen (@Demi40Stephen) October 4, 2019
Do you still hear the crying of the Liberals, Clarisse? Quid pro quo, Clarisse. Quid pro quo.
— Chrissy OnFireWatch (@ChrissyFireWat1) October 4, 2019
Boom! The House Of Cards That Crooked Dems Have Built In The US and Abroad Is Coming Down!
Ukraine top prosecutor says Biden-linked Burisma case will be reviewedhttps://t.co/T0A2ckmoI1
— Andrew Jones (@KingAJ40) October 4, 2019
“The prosecutor general, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, said he intended to review 15 cases in all, and mentioned several high-profile investigations of wealthy Ukrainians, including the owner of the natural gas company, Burisma Holdings, where Mr. Biden’s son Hunter served on the board until earlier this year,” The New York Times has confirmed.
And in announcing the “audit,” Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka reportedly made it clear that nobody — including presumably President Donald Trump — had influenced his decision.
“The prosecution service is beyond politics,” he said. “We are conducting an audit of all cases, including those which were investigated by the previous leadership of the prosecutor’s office.”
Ryaboshapka only assumed office two months ago.
He added that if his office finds any wrongdoing, he’ll “react accordingly.”
The original investigation into Burisma came to an abrupt end in 2016 after then-Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was terminated from office, reportedly in part because of a request by Biden.
The story goes like this: When the 2014 Ukrainian revolution broke out, then-VP Biden traveled to Kiev to work with the new government. But three weeks after his arrival, the scandal- and corruption-plagued natural gas company Burisma hired his son Hunter.
It was a shocking move given Hunter’s lack of experience. According to ABC News reporter Tom Llamas, he suddenly went from being “discharged from the Navy Reserves for testing positive for cocaine” to earning “more than a million dollars a year.”
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Even more shocking was what allegedly occurred two years later, when Biden returned to Ukraine and threatened to revoke $1 billion in potential foreign aid unless the nation’s leaders fired Shokin — who, as mentioned earlier, had been investigating Burisma at the time.
During a phone call over the summer with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump broached this alleged corruption and asked that it be investigated further.
Afterward, nothing happened. No investigation or audit was launched. The matter simply disappeared up until the whistleblower non-scandal erupted.
And in explaining why, Trump had no other option but to go to great lengths talking about Biden’s shady history not only in Ukraine but in China as well.
Case in point:
“The real story involves Hunter Biden going around the world and collecting large payments from foreign governments and foreign oligarchs.” Peter Schweizer Laura Ingraham Hunter made a fortune in Ukraine and in China. He knew nothing about Energy, or anything else.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2019
I have informed @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy and all Republicans in the House that I fully support transparency on so-called whistleblower information but also insist on transparency from Joe Biden and his son Hunter, on the millions of dollars that have been quickly and easily….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2019
….taken out of Ukraine and China. Additionally, I demand transparency from Democrats that went to Ukraine and attempted to force the new President to do things that they wanted under the form of political threat.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2019
I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
“The Ukraine controversy continues this morning as new documents obtained by @FoxNews show that a former Ukrainian prosecutor said that he was forced to back off looking into a firm tied to Hunter Biden.” @MariaBartiromo Does anyone other than Fake News protectors have a doubt?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019
The latter tweet was correct.
“The fired prosecutor at the center of the Ukraine controversy said during a private interview with President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani earlier this year that he was told to back off an investigation involving a natural gas firm that was linked to Joe Biden’s son, according to details of that interview that were handed over to Congress by the State Department’s inspector general Wednesday,” Fox News reported Thursday.
Again, all of this information has just now appeared in the spotlight, thanks in large part to the Democrats’ impeachment “witch hunt” against the president.
By pursuing impeachment against Trump for alleged corruption, it appears Democrats have managed to only expose Biden’s alleged corruption, to the point that a 43 percent plurality of voters now reportedly believe that the former VP had sought Shokin’s termination to help his son.
“43% of registered voters believe Trump’s claim that Biden probably did pressure Ukrainian officials to keep them from investigating his son’s business interests there. This compares to 37% who say that Biden probably did not do this and 20% who are unsure,” Monmouth University reported on Wednesday.
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