Former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka told BuzzFeed News that he refused to investigate President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and he believes it led to him being fired from his position last year, according to The Hill.
Ryaboshapka said when speaking to BuzzFeed that in the transcript of a call between former President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and Andriy Yermak, chief of staff to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he believed there was proof he was fired for political reasons.
“It reveals an important detail,” Ryaboshapka told BuzzFeed. “Yermak promised Giuliani to open an investigation into Hunter Biden.”
Giuliani and other Trump-aligned attorneys were involved in the former president’s efforts to prove that the Biden family should not be allowed to inhabit the White House, not the least of which was the belief that Hunter Biden was a liability to the country.
The call’s transcript was published in February by Time magazine in which the Trump attorney can be heard speaking to Yermak about Hunter Biden and the former president’s bid for a second term in office.
“Let these investigations go forward,” Giuliani said to Yermak according to the Times report. “Get someone to investigate this.”
Ryaboshapka said regarding the requested investigation, “Zelensky asked me several times if there are violations of the law in this case started by [former prosecutor general Yuriy] Lutsenko, violations by Hunter Biden. We looked at 15 or 16 cases. We reviewed all of them and didn’t find anything that could be a violation of the law.”
Zelensky’s office pushed back against the statement, telling BuzzFeed in a response to the former prosecutor’s remarks, “Mr. Riaboshapka’s statements may be caused by internal political circumstances in Ukraine and have nothing to do with the foreign policy of the state. The Office of the President is interested in developing a strong system of independent law enforcement agencies in Ukraine.
The question conservatives have to ask is why a prosecutor wouldn’t want to investigate possible impropriety from a foreign national if there was even the hint of a problem. It is not, sadly, a question that is likely to be answered as long as Biden is in office.