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Ex-Prosecutor General Lutsenko: No reason to probe the Bidens

Yuriy Lutsenko noted that any investigation against Biden and his son should begin in the United States; it is not the jurisdiction of Ukraine
09:31, 30 September 2019

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko
Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine

Former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that his country has no reason to investigate the actions of President Donald Trump's political rival Joe Biden. Lutsenko said this in an interview with the BBC.

"I don't know any reason to investigate Joe Biden or Hunter Biden according to Ukrainian law," he said.

Lutsenko - who succeeded Mr Shokin and stood down last month - said there was no plan to open the investigation into Burisma, and that any investigation into Hunter Biden would have to start in the US.

"It is the jurisdiction of the US," he said, adding that any "possible embezzlement" at Burisma "happened two or three years before Hunter Biden became a member of the board".

Joe Biden, responding to the reports about the talk of Trump and Zelensky, urged the American president to publish the transcript of his talk with the Ukrainian leader.

Earlier Donald Trump approved the publication of the full version of his phone talk with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky dated July 25 on September 25. Besides, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received permission from Ukraine Government to release the transcript of the telephone call.

On September 25, the White House published the transcript of the talk of two presidents. On September 26, the U.S. Congress published the full version of the complaint against the pressure of U.S. President Donald Trump on President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during the phone talk in July.

On September 24, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry in response to the dispute over Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

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