“The NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign.”
Ukrainian authorities revealed Wednesday that they are launching a criminal investigation into the possibility that top officials in the Ukrainian government tried to interfere in the 2016 US election on behalf of Hillary Clinton.
During an appearance on the Hill.TV, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said he is investigating a claim made by a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Artem Sytnyk, plotted to influence the election to the benefit of Clinton.
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“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko said.
“According to the member of parliament of Ukraine, he got the court decision that the NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” Lutsenko continued.
Lutsenko also confirmed the existence of an audio recording of Sytnyk saying he was attempting to help Clinton win the election.
“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,” Lutsenko said.
The audio recordings allegedly reveal that the men also helped to release black-ledger files that exposed Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort was later indicted for his actions in Ukraine by American authorities.
Election meddling by foreign countries has been at the forefront of the national conversation since the 2016 election, though most of the attention has centered around alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
President Donald Trump has insisted that the investigations into his campaign are politically motivated.
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