Ukraine warns ‘witch hunt’ over Biden may hurt relations

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 10:50 AM PT — Tuesday, September 24, 2019
“Joe Biden and his son are corrupt, all right? But the fake news doesn’t want to report it because they’re Democrats.” — President Trump
Ukrainian officials have continued to dismiss the latest media attacks on President Trump over the mounting scandal surrounding Joe Biden’s alleged corruption in that country. The president is raising the stakes in his standoff with the mainstream media in the wake of attempts to launch a new hoax alleging “Ukrainian collusion.”
Democrats and the media have claimed the president was trying to force Ukraine to release “dirt on Biden” by threatening to cut U.S. aid to that country in a phone call in July. However, remarks by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky earlier this month suggest President Trump never wanted to cut aid to Ukraine.
“Now I can say that we have excellent relations with the USA because now, instead of the blocked $250 million, we will have $140 and $250 million,” Zelensky stated. “So, I think we are moving in the right direction.”
Ukrainian officials are now debating the questionable role of Biden’s son, Hunter, in the nation’s energy sector. President Trump has suggested the Bidens may have been selling America’s political influence and receiving the proceeds of corruption overseas.
“Based on energy? He knows nothing about energy, so why did he leave China? Why did he leave Ukraine with all this money?” questioned the president.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at an LGBTQ Presidential Forum in the Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP)
A former member of the Ukrainian Parliament, Vladimir Oleynik, has indirectly confirmed the president’s view of the matter.
“He never really played any management role, Hunter Biden never took part in decision making,” said the former Ukrainian official. “I don’t think he even took part in corporate meetings, but he was formally with the company and received real money for that.”
Meanwhile, Ukrainian National Security Adviser Alexander Danilyuk said any attempts to use Ukraine in domestic political debates in the U.S. could hurt bilateral ties. The official also said a “Ukrainian witch hunt” could be used by either party for political gain in next year’s elections, adding, it’s unacceptable. President Trump appears to agree:
“It’s just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again. They failed with Russia. They failed with recession. They failed with everything, and now they’re bringing this up. The one who’s got the problem is Biden. What Biden did was wrong.”
The Biden-Ukraine scandal adds to a series of questionable ties between Democrat officials and high-profile corruption schemes overseas, which raises an issue of potential harboring of proceeds of international corruption in the U.S. at the expense of America’s foreign relations.

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