Ukraine Would Cooperate With US in Hypothetical Biden Investigation
Current U.S. President Donald Trump earlier requested that the Ukrainian president investigate his political opponent, Joe Biden
Ukraine would be willing to set up a joint investigative team with the United States to investigate the case of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden if U.S. prosecutors officially requested cooperation with Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with Japanese news agency Kyodo News.
“If U.S. prosecutors request cooperation for an investigation based on international law, in accordance with domestic laws, Ukraine can launch a probe by setting up a joint investigative committee,” Zelensky said in the interview.
He also said that “Ukraine must not be embroiled in scandals connected with the presidential election.”
Zelensky earlier denied allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump had pressured him or imposed any conditions for their meeting.
A July 25 phone call between the U.S. and Ukrainian presidents about an investigation into the Bidens in Ukraine led to Trump’s impeachment inquiry in Congress.
On Sep. 25, the White House released a readout of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky.
According to Trump, Biden stopped the investigation against Ukrainian energy company Burisma where his son, Hunter Biden, was a member of the board of directors. Zelensky said he was familiar with the situation and added that a new prosecutor-general would “sort things out.”
Zelensky later stated that Ukraine had no obligation to investigate or not to investigate a case involving Biden’s son.