Statements of Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko, who publicly supposes that the National Anti-Corruption of Ukraine (NABU) could influence the elections of the U.S. president, do not correspond to reality. They are an absurd attempt to discredit the independent anti-corruption institute, as the NABU reported.
“The competence of the NABU is the determination and prosecution of Ukrainian senior officials. That is why the detectives of the NABU gathered and passed no evidence of the illegal activity of the American political consultant Paul Manafort, as it is out of the competence of the national bureau,” the message said.
The NABU states that the Prosecutor General is informed about this fact as all materials of the investigation of the “black accounting” of the Party of Regions (except for the episode on the actions of the ex-chairman of the Central Election Commission, as SAPO ceased this investigation) were passed to the Special Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office in June 2017 for the further investigation.
“For our part, we remind that the information with the presence of Paul Manafort's name among others on the pages of the so-called “black accounting” was published by the NABU as the response to the numerous requests of the Ukrainian and foreign mass media to avoid its spinning and speculations,” the bureau added.
Besides, it reminded that the U.S. government, generally, and the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine, particularly, always supported Ukraine and the NABU since it was created in 2015.
March 14, Ukrainian MP Boryslav Rosenblat accused NABU Head Sytnyk of “leaking black accounts” of the Party of Regions to the headquarters of the presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. Rosenblat gave a USB flash drive with audio records of Sytnyk’s conversation.
The leaks of “black accounts” in the U.S. media led to Manafort’s resign. It also lead to one of the main accusations in the investigation of collusion with Russia. This probe against Trump has been carried out for over two years now.
Earlier Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch a do not prosecute list. Lutsenko’s Press Secretary Larysa Sarhan in a commentary for BBC Ukraine specified that this list contained names of the Ukrainian MPs.
In its turn, the U.S. Department of State stated that the words of Lutsenko are not true and aims to tarnish the reputation of Ambassador Yovanovitch.