By PoliZette Staff | October 4, 2019
Ukraine’s top prosecutor announced that his office is “conducting an audit” of the investigation of Burisma Holdings, the natural gas conglomerate — and a company on whose board Hunter Biden, a son of former Vice President Joe Biden (both are shown above), served and earned a handsome sum for doing so.
Ruslan Ryaboshapka, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, revealed at a press conference on Friday morning that his office would look into various cases that had been investigated and then closed — in order to ensure that they were handled correctly. as Fox News and other outlets reported.
One of the cases he’ll be looking into, according to the same reports, is the Burisma investigation.
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“We are now reviewing all the cases which were closed, fragmented or investigated earlier in order to make a decision on cases where illegal procedural decisions were taken,” Ryaboshapka said at a news conference, as the same outlet noted.
This comes just days after President Donald Trump specifically called on Ukraine to investigate both Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as many news outlets noted.
Trump said on Thursday on the South Lawn of the White House that if Ukraine “were honest about it,” it “would start a major investigation against the Bidens. It’s a very simple answer.”
“Likewise, China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened with the Bidens in China is just about as bad,” Trump also said.
Democrats were quick to pounce on him for that.
“President Zelensky — if it were me I would recommend they start an investigation into the Bidens because nobody has any doubt that they aren’t crooked,” Trump also declared.
Trump also took to Twitter early on Friday to defend his calls for Ukraine to launch this investigation.
“As president I have an obligation to end CORRUPTION, even if that means requesting the help of a foreign country or countries,” Trump tweeted.
“It is done all the time. This has NOTHING to do with politics or a political campaign against the Bidens. This does have to do with their corruption!”
As President I have an obligation to end CORRUPTION, even if that means requesting the help of a foreign country or countries. It is done all the time. This has NOTHING to do with politics or a political campaign against the Bidens. This does have to do with their corruption!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2019
Trump, specifically, would like to know how Hunter Biden — who knew little about the energy business and the country of Ukraine as a whole — ended up on Burisma’s board during the time his own father was actively serving as former President Barack Obama’s vice president.
Biden himself admitted he put pressure on Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who had been looking into the company’s founder — though Democrats say his reason for doing this was concerns about corruption.
Biden proudly acknowledged on camera in January 2018 that he threatened to withhold $1 billion in critical U.S. aid if the prosecutor was not fired.
Here’s exactly what he said on camera during a Council on Foreign Relations event: “I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars.’ I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion. I’m going to be leaving here in’ — I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.'”
“Well, son of a b****, he got fired,” Biden then finished that story in front of the seemingly appreciative crowd.
Though it’s not been confirmed how much money Hunter Biden made as a board member of Burisma, he did make some $50,000 per month, as many outlets reported — which would be up to $600,000 a year.
Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani recently sat down with the prosecutor who ended up closing the Burisma probe — and Giuliani told Fox News that he “believes Hunter Biden receives millions of dollars in compensation from Burisma.”
Democrats are hoping to impeach Trump for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens — which is why it’s so ironic Biden may have done that exact thing in order to protect his own son’s business dealings and interests with Ukraine.
It remains to be seen how all of this will shake out, but if more skeletons from Biden’s closet come out now that this probe is being reopened — many people would not be surprised.
Trump also spoke this morning on the topic — see this tweet below.
Pres Trump adamant "there was no quid pro quo," with Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. “I don’t care about Biden’s campaign. I care about corruption,” said Trump. "That's the whole ball game," he said. And is confident Senate Republicans stand with him against impeachment. pic.twitter.com/5DnAv9q2rz
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 4, 2019
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