Ukraine’s top prosecutor announced Friday that he will review a case that involves former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
Prosecutor general Ruslan Ryaboshapka, who was appointed in August, announced at a press conference Friday morning that he will review several cases including a criminal case that involves the natural gas company Burisma Holdings, according to the New York Times. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings until earlier this year.
Ryaboshapka did not specify at the press conference how long his audit would last and emphasized that he is investigating 15 different cases, including investigating wealthy Ukrainians.
“The key words were not Biden and not Burisma,” he said, according to the Times.
“The key was those proceedings which were closed or investigated by the previous leadership,” Ryaboshapka said, adding, “In this large number of cases, there may be ones with these two words.”
Ukraine‘s top prosecutor also said that he has not received any phone calls or undue pressure, and told reporters “I have no such information” when asked if there was evidence of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden.
“No foreign or domestic politicians, officials or people who are not officials called me and tried to influence my decisions on specific criminal proceedings,” he said. “The prosecution service is beyond politics. We are conducting an audit of all cases, including those which were investigated by the previous leadership of the prosecutor’s office.”
If any laws were violated, Ryaboshapka said Ukraine will “react accordingly.”
Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine, and Joe Biden’s subsequent alleged involvement, have made headlines since President Donald Trump said he discussed the matter with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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