“It’s like no one at DOJ is listening.”
Ukrainian law enforcement officials say their efforts to present the U.S. Department of Justice with evidence of purported wrongdoing by Democrats during the 2016 election have been thwarted.
Kostiantyn Kulyk, deputy head of the Prosecutor General’s International Legal Cooperation Department, told The Hill that he and other Ukrainian law enforcement officials have been trying since last year to obtain visas from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. The officials were hoping to present evidence to President Donald Trump’s Justice Department in person, not trusting FBI agents currently working in Ukraine to handle the matter.
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“We were supposed to share this information during a working trip to the United States,” Kulyk told The Hill. “However, the [U.S.] ambassador blocked us from obtaining a visa. She didn’t explicitly deny our visa, but also didn’t give it to us.”
Kulyk said the focus of the investigation has been on a money laundering scheme, in which businessmen friendly to the pro-Russia regime of Viktor Yanukovych moved cash from the Ukraine to the United States.
The Ukrainian businessmen “authorized payments for lobbying efforts directed at the U.S. government,” Kulyk said. “In addition, these payments were made from funds that were acquired during the money-laundering operation. We have information that a U.S. company was involved in these payments.”
The officials allege the company is tied to one or more prominent American Democrats.
Kulyk also claims to have evidence that money paid to Democrats was hidden by Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) during the 2016 election because of pressure from US officials.
“In the course of this investigation, we found that there was a situation during which influence was exerted on the NABU, so that the name of [the American] would not be mentioned,” Kulyk said.
According to The Hill, much of the allegations shared by senior Ukrainian officials is supported by evidence that has emerged in recent U.S. court filings and intelligence reports. The Ukrainian officials told The Hill the evidence in their possession includes sworn statements by two Ukrainian officials admitting that their agency tried to influence the election in favor of Hillary Clinton, including leaking damaging information by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Also included are financial records allegedly showing more than $3 million transferred from a Ukrainian natural gas company to Hunter Biden, son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, who at the time was in charge of Ukraine-US relations for the Obama administration.
The records possessed by the Ukrainians also allegedly show that Vice President Biden pressured Ukrainian officials to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma Holdings and was planning to interview Hunter Biden about the financial transfers.
Ukrainian officials told The Hill that the evidence against Biden in particular is strong.
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“We have evidence and witnesses stating that Joe Biden applied pressure on Ukrainian law enforcement to stop the investigation,” Kulyk said.
“I’m looking forward to meeting with the attorney general of the United States in order to start and facilitate our joint investigation regarding the appropriation of another $7 billion in U.S. dollars with Ukrainian legal origin,” Kulyk’s boss, General Yuriy Lutsenko, told The Hill.
The Ukrainian officials have been frustrated that they have not been given visas to discuss the accusations with U.S. authorities in person.
Kulyk said the team reached out last fall to a former federal prosecutor from the George W. Bush years, who delivered a summary of the allegations to the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and offered to connect US investigators with the Ukrainians. However, there was no response from the U.S. attorney’s office.
More recently, the Ukrainians have attempted to reach out to American lawyers about filing a legal action to help recover the money taken out of their homeland.
“It’s like no one at DOJ is listening,” one American attorney who was contacted said. “There is some compelling evidence that should at least be looked at, evaluated, but the door seems shut at both State and Justice.”
“It looks like there is some evidence emerging that there could have been a proxy war between Russia and Ukraine to secure their preferred American president during the 2016 race,” one former top intelligence official told The Hill.
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