Ex-prosecutor general Lutsenko says Biden's son did not violate Ukraine's laws

23:59, 26 September 2019
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"From the perspective of Ukrainian legislation, he did not violate anything," former Ukrainian prosecutor general Yuri Lutsenko told The Washington Post in his first interview since the disclosure of a whistleblower complaint alleging pressure by President Trump on Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Hunter Biden cannot be responsible for violations of the management of Burisma that took place two years before his arrival," Lutsenko said.

He said he was not aware of any U.S. law enforcement officials coming to Ukraine to assist in any such probes while he was in office.

Yet, Lutsenko says, there were certain signs of crime in the case of possible meddling in the 2016 elections in the United States.

"If we talk about Ukrainian collusion, I think that there were signs of this type of interference," Lutsenko said, pointing to the appearance in August 2016 of a mysterious black ledger that appeared to detail secret Ukrainian government payments to Paul Manafort for his work as a consultant to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. The release of the ledger that month quickly forced Manafort to step down as Trump's campaign chairman.

Ukrainian officials have denied any effort to help Clinton in the 2016 election.

Read alsoU.S. House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower complaint on Ukraine call (Document)

As UNIAN reported earlier, the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on September 26 released a declassified version of the whistleblower complaint containing allegations about U.S. President Donald Trump's conduct during a phone call with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, 2019.

Prior to the release of the complaint, the White House published a redacted version of the memorandum of the July 25 telephone conversation between Trump and Zelensky, which became the cause behind a formal impeachment inquiry vis-à-vis Trump. According to the memorandum, Trump repeatedly asked Zelensky to "look into" the situation regarding a probe into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's son in Ukraine.

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