Ukrainian justice reviews cases related to the owner of a company that used Biden's son

The Ukrainian attorney general was recently appointed by President Zelensky, who told Donald Trump that the magistrate will "look into the issue" of the Biden family.

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Rouslan Riabochapka (center), top official of the Ukrainian prosecutor's office and recently appointed by President Zelensky, speaks to the press on Friday (4 October). SERGEI CHUZAVKOV / AFP

The Ukrainian prosecutor said Friday (October 4th) that he is reviewing cases involving the Burisma gas group, a time tied to Joe Biden's son, while Donald Trump is suspected of pressure on Kiev to worry his Democratic rival.

"We do a business audit (…) where may be involved Mykola Zlochevsky (former Burisma leader), Serguy Kurschenko (Ukrainian businessman) and others ", told reporters the Attorney General Ruslan Riabochapka. According to him, these cases formerly examined by the judiciary, but classified at the time, are among the number of"About 15" but do not seem to him to concern the son of Joe Biden, Hunter, who had entered Burisma's board of directors in 2014.

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The vagueness over these Ukrainian affairs, which occupy the American political world for a few days, does not seem clearer in Kiev. "From what we see, it would be more Zlochevsky and Kourtchenko than Burisma and Biden"said the prosecutor. "I can not say that we see or understand all the affairs. The work continues and we will present the results later. "

"The next Attorney General will be my candidate"

Ruslan Riabochapka assured Friday that the purpose of the review is to determine whether these files had been legally classified. "No foreign or Ukrainian politics phoned me or tried to influence my decisions"added the top Ukrainian prosecutor, who has been in office for a few weeks.

In a conversation with the US President on July 25, recently released, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the appointment of the high-ranking judge was his decision.

"I (Volodymyr Zelensky) just wanted you (Donald Trump) to talk about the prosecutor. First, I understand, and I am well informed of the situation. Since we have won an absolute majority in Parliament, the next Attorney General will be 100% chosen by me, he will be my candidate, he will be approved by Parliament and will take office in September. He or she will look into the matter, especially about this company you mentioned. In the investigation of this case, it is about reconnecting with honesty: we will take care of it, and work on this investigation. "

The US president is accused of pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, in a phone call in July to launch an investigation into the son of his potential Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential election. Biden, former vice president of Barack Obama.

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The American Democrats have triggered an investigation against the billionaire Republican for impeachment. A lawyer and investor, Hunter Biden served from 2014 to 2019 on the supervisory board of Ukrainian gas producer Burisma, co-founded by the pro-Russian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky.

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