Andrei Derkach, a deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament and the initiator of the investigation into Kiev’s interference in the U.S. presidential election, has released documents proving the fact of pressure of the United States Embassy in Kiev on Ukrainian investigators.
According to published data, the first deputy director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Gizo Uglava for several years provided the U.S. Embassy with private information. Derkach published a letter in which NABU employee Polina Chyzh was instructed by an employee of the American Embassy to provide information on the case against the former minister of ecology and the owner of Burisma Holdings Nikolai zlochevsky.
The lawmaker also released funds previously transferred by Burisma representatives, including Hunter Biden, son of former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden. According to published data, in favor of Hunter, as well as Alexander Kwasniewski, Alan Apter and Devon Archer Ukrainian oil and gas company paid 16.5 million dollars.
Derkach said that international corruption at such a high level could not take place without the participation of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. “I want to emphasize that I am almost sure, and not only I, but many journalists, that the responsibility for the situation in which Ukraine was, personally lies Petro Poroshenko – for ukraine’s involvement in the interference in the presidential elections in the United States, for the enormous number of corruption scandals and international corruption, which could not have happened without his control or participation,” the MP said.
Derkach also released data proving the illegal collection of personal data of former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin and his family by NABU employees.
According to the deputy, all the documents were handed over to them by the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine and the prosecutor’s office. He said that he had already initiated the creation of an investigative commission in the Parliament of Ukraine on the resumption of a pre-trial investigation into interference in the U.S. election.
The Biden scandal came after media reported that Joe Biden’s son Hunter received millions of dollars from Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings from spring 2014 to fall 2015. At the time, Biden Sr. served as vice president of the United States in the Obama administration.
In addition, a conversation between Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former Ukrainian Attorney General Viktor Shokin, who was fired in 2016 after Biden Sr.’s talks with Petro Poroshenko, who was then president of Ukraine, was made public. Shokin believes that this happened at Biden’s personal request precisely because of the “Burisma case”. The need to stop the investigation was personally hinted at by the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Pyatt.
The Biden case was the reason for the start of Trump’s impeachment proceedings, initiated by Democratic representatives in the House of Representatives on September 25. According to them, during a telephone conversation with the U.S. leader pressed his Ukrainian counterpart in order to get dirt on Biden, who is considered the most promising opponent of the incumbent U.S. president in the elections in 2020.