Ukrainian legislation allows the opening of separate criminal investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation.
Incumbent President Donald Trump has been targeted by a Democrat-initiated dismissal procedure for allegedly asking his Ukrainian counterpart for help in discrediting his political rival Joe Biden.
Shokin was a central figure in the campaign led by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, to politically compromise Joe Biden.
The former Ukrainian prosecutor general claimed that the former US vice president put pressure on Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko to dismiss him precisely because he had opened an investigation into the Burisma gas company where Hunter Biden worked, who served on the board until in 2019.
Şokin (right photo – EPA-EFE) claims he was forced to resign because he was investigating Biden’s son, but a deputy prosecutor said there was no ongoing investigation at the time.
Several Western countries, including the Obama administration, have called for the replacement of the prosecutor because he overlooked corruption cases. Investigators and surveillance organizations in the field of Ukrainian corruption said that the prosecutor general was fired for his lack of results in the fight against corruption.
The news was announced by the Ukrainian agency Ukrinform and confirmed by the Ukrainian national police.
Yuri Lutsenko, former Prosecutor General of Ukraine: Biden’s son received one million dollars from the Ukrainian company Burisma
Did Trump’s pressures work? The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office is re-examining the files regarding the company where Joe Biden’s son worked