Ukraine’s top prosecutor promises to review case linked to Hunter Biden

By Mary Margaret Olohan

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 a natural gas company Burisma Holdings, according to the New York Times. Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma Holdings until earlier this year.

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Hunter Biden and father Joe Biden may soon be the target of an investigation by Ukrainian officials for suspicious financial activities.

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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.

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“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.

42% of Americans think the Bidens should be investigated

Forty-two percent of Americans think that Joe Biden and son Hunter should be investigated for their conduct in Ukraine, a poll shows.

Americans surveyed think that the Bidens‘ behavior in Ukraine presents legitimate reasons to investigate them by a 2-to-1 margin, The USA Today-Ipsos poll released Thursday shows. The majority of both Democrats and Republicans believe that senior American officials’ children should be “prohibited from benefitting from their family relationships,” according to Ipsos.

The poll surveyed 1,006 U.S. adults, including 412 Democrats, 403 Republicans and 115 Independents, online Tuesday and Wednesday.

Forty-five percent of Americans surveyed believe the U.S. House of Representatives should vote to impeach President Donald Trump, the poll found. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed do not think Trump should be impeached.

However, 39% of those surveyed believe there is enough reliable information or evidence to decide whether Trump should be impeached. Thirty-six percent of those surveyed say there is not enough evidence to impeach Trump, and a quarter are unsure.

“Our latest USA TODAY/Ipsos poll shows that public support for impeachment continues to build with a plurality – 45% – saying the U.S. House should vote to impeach,” Ipsos Public Affairs President Cliff Young said according to USA Today. “Most importantly, an overwhelming majority of Americans say that a president is subject to laws like any citizen. Public opinion might be tolerant, but there are limits.”

The poll did not include a margin of error. “Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online non-probability polls,” Ipsos said. It has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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