Ukraine Prosecutor Says No Probe Into Biden, Despite Giuliani’s Efforts

Former US mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani. Annual gathering of Free Iran-Alternative 100 ASHRAF at the Villepinte exhibition North of Paris, France, June 30, 2018. Saturday, June 30, 2018, the Iranian Resistances gra... Former US mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani. Annual gathering of Free Iran-Alternative 100 ASHRAF at the Villepinte exhibition North of Paris, France, June 30, 2018. Saturday, June 30, 2018, the Iranian Resistances grand gathering was held in Paris, France. Delegations from various countries including prominent politicians, members of parliaments, mayors, elected representatives, and international experts on Iran attended the event. The speakers declared their support for the Iranian peoples uprising and the democratic alternative, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. They called on the international community to adopt a firm policy against the mullahs regime and stand by the arisen people of Iran. Siavosh Hosseini (Photo by Siavosh Hosseini/NurPhoto via Getty Images) MORE LESS

Ukraine’s attorney general equivalent says that his country is not investigating Joe Biden or his son Hunter over their activities in the Eastern European nation, despite coaxing from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani for them to do so, Bloomberg reports.

“I do not want Ukraine to again be the subject of U.S. presidential elections,” Ukraine prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko told Bloomberg.

Conservative media began to push a narrative earlier this year of the Biden family’s supposedly nefarious activities in Ukraine, alleging that, as Vice President, Joe Biden used his influence to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the position of his son, Hunter, on the board of a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma.

Giuliani picked up on the allegations, and last week was briefly booked for a trip to Kiev to push the country’s law enforcers to investigate Biden. Giuliani cancelled the trip after the New York Times reported it.

Lutsenko did reportedly say that he was planning to offer Attorney General Bill Barr information about Burisma’s payments to Hunter Biden so the U.S. Justice Department could “check” whether he paid taxes on the foreign income.

It’s not clear whether the Justice Department is investigating allegations of tax evasion by Hunter Biden. Trump and Giuliani have reportedly urged Barr to open investigations into Biden’s activities in Ukraine.

“Hunter Biden did not violate any Ukrainian laws — at least as of now, we do not see any wrongdoing,” Lutsenko reportedly told Bloomberg. “A company can pay however much it wants to its board.”

The report says that Giuliani and Lutsenko met twice this year — once in New York City in January, and another time on the sidelines of a February conference in Warsaw hosted by the anti-Tehran Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) group.

Lutsenko told Bloomberg that Giuliani asked him if then U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was “not loyal to President Trump.”

Yovanovitch was dismissed on May 6.

Read the Bloomberg report here.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Muckraker
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: