The Ukrainian prosecutor at the heart of President Donald Trump’s baseless Joe Biden conspiracy theory was seen as corrupt by Trump’s own Republican colleagues.
Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rob Portman (R-OH) and former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), along with five of their Democratic colleagues, sent a letter to then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in February 2016 pressing him to make “urgent reforms” to the prosecutor general’s office.
The letter, first surfaced by CNN on Thursday, expressed the lawmakers’ concern over allegations of “persistent corruption in the Ukrainian political system” that Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor general at the time, had failed to combat.
The senators asked Poroshenko to address “serious concerns” on the matter raised by Ukraine’s former minister of economy.
“We similarly urge you to press ahead with urgent reforms to the Prosecutor General’s office and judiciary,” they wrote.
The letter further punctures Trump’s bogus claim that Biden had only pushed for Shokin’s ouster to prevent the official from investigating a company tied to his son, when in reality the corrupt prosecutor was kicked out of office at the behest of critics all over the world.