UPDATED 3:00 PM PT – Friday, October 4, 2019
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced Friday that his office plans to reopen several cases tied to Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the country. He said and his team are set to audit all high profile cases closed or reviewed by his predecessors.
Recent reports said at least 15 of the cases are disputes involving the energy company where Joe Biden’s son previously served as a board member. The top prosecutor said his office is seeking “to make a decision on cases…where illegal procedural decisions were taken.”
“From the proceedings we have reviewed, there are over 15 proceedings where Burisma, (Hunter) Biden or other Burisma founders might be involved,” Ryaboshapka said. “We will let you know as soon as we have an understanding of the situation.”
The prosecutor general adamantly denied that the president or any Ukraine officials pressured him to reopen the cases. His words follow the transcript of a July phone call, which revealed President Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Biden’s actions.
“No foreign and domestic politicians, officials, or other people ever called me and tried to influence my decisions on any particular criminal proceedings,” Ryaboshapka emphasized.
The prosecutor also stated he is thus far unaware of any evidence suggesting Biden’s son committed wrongdoing.