Opinion| It has been reported that the Ukraine has begun an investigation into domestic government officials’ alleged attempts at interfering in the 2016 United States presidential election in order to further then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s likelihood of taking the race, the Hill learned from the Ukraine’s top prosecutor during an interview that was aired on Wednesday.
“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko explained to the Hill’s John Solomon.
Breitbart News reports that “the top prosecutor is reportedly investigating a claim from a local member of parliament (MP} that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in the United States to skew the results in favor of Hillary Clinton.”
He later stated, “This member of parliament even attached the audio tape where several men, one of which had a voice similar to the voice of Mr. Sytnyk, discussed the matter.”
The Hill published an editorial piece on Wednesday in which Solomon explained that while the investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion begins to fall by the wayside, the Ukrainian prosecutor’s investigation will be delving into “whether his country’s law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.”
A United States Department of State (DOS) spokesperson confirmed that the White House is on top of the news reports regarding Sytnyk attempts at helping Clinton in the 2016 election.
The spokesperson explained to the Hill:
We have always emphasized the need for deep, comprehensive, and timely reforms that respond to the demands the Ukrainian people made during the Revolution of Dignity: an end to systemic corruption, faster economic growth, and a European future for all Ukrainians.
We have consistently said that Ukraine’s long-term success and resilience depends on its commitment to reform, in particular the fight to address corruption. To succeed, Ukraine needs committed government officials and strong anti-corruption institutions. The United States is committed to engaging with our partners in Ukraine, including on efforts to roll back the persistent corruption that continues to threaten Ukraine’s national security, prosperity, and democratic development.
“The top Ukrainian prosecutor’s bombshell revelation comes amid various investigationsinto alleged collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia that so far have failed to find any evidence of the alleged offense. A bipartisan investigation by the Senate and a more partisan one by the then-Republican-led House have found no evidence of collusion,” Breitbart reports.
Mueller’s witch hunt into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election hasn’t turned up any solid evidence, and the American people are growing tired of waiting for answers.
“Mueller is expected to present a report to the Justice Department any day now outlining the findings of his nearly two-year investigation into Russian election meddling, possible collusion with Trump campaign officials and possible obstruction of justice by Trump,” reported the Associated Press on Thursday.
Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he is read to see the findings of the report.
“Let it come out, let people see it,” Trump stated. “Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.”
Just a few days before Trump’s inauguration, Politico released a story regarding the alleged Ukrainian plot to aid Hillary Clinton, reporting the following in January 2017:
Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.
“Politico found that Lutsenko is not the only Ukrainian official willing to investigate the relationship between Clinton and Ukrainian officials.” Breitbart reports, “Andrei Derkach, an independent Ukrainian lawmaker who was formerly aligned with a pro-Russian party, has also urged the country’ prosecutor general to ‘launch a pretrial investigation into ‘illegal interference in the election of President of the United States organized by a criminal organization. This organization, he said, consisted of senior members of the country’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau, government officials, and other public figures.’”