Ukraine investigating alleged Biden audio

Source: The Hill | May 21, 2020 | John Bowden

Ukraine’s government is reportedly investigating the release of audio recordings that purport to contain a conversation between Ukraine’s former president and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) about the removal of a top Ukrainian prosecutor.

The recordings, released by a Ukrainian lawmaker this week, have not yet been verified and reportedly do not contain any references to wrongdoing on Biden’s part. Their release comes amid an investigation targeting allies of the former Ukrainian president, The Associated Press reported.

“They governed the country in such a way that they could face many twists and convictions,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said of his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, who is purported to be one of the voices on the tape. Zelensky has repeatedly accused him of corruption.

One analyst told the AP that the recordings did not appear to contain any damaging information or suggestions of wrongdoing.

Allies of President Trump have long suggested that Biden was involved in efforts to fire a top prosecutor in Ukraine who was investigating Burisma Holdings, a company for which Biden’s son served as a board member. The company is reportedly not mentioned in the recordings.

Instead, the person identified as Poroshenko on the tapes is heard discussing the removal of the prosecutor, which he says in the recording was done to secure financial aid from the U.S.

“There is nothing super sensational in these conversations. Where is the dirt on Biden? Where is the reference to Burisma?” Volodymyr Fesenko, head of the Ukrainian-based think tank Penta, told the AP.

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