Ukraine is expected to re-open the corruption case against the Burisma gas company, where former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, was a board member, The Daily Beast reports. But it's not because President Trump allegedly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into doing so, or because Ukraine wants to meddle with the elder Biden's presidential election chances.
Instead, it's part of Zelensky's plan to root out corruption, one of the key components of his presidential campaign. Valentin Nalyvaichenko, the former head of Ukraine's domestic intelligence agency and now a member of the country's parliament, told The Daily Beast that Ukraine wants to discover the truth about corruption in the country, which in the case of Burisma, means investigating whether its founder paid off investigators who were looking into the way he acquired gas licenses.
In recent years, many corruption cases in Ukraine sputtered after prosecutors were allegedly paid off, The Daily Beast reports. Zelensky and his government want to reverse that and speed up the country's reform process by reinvigorating the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine. Now, a new team of independent prosecutors will reportedly dive back into the Burisma investigation, as well as other cases.
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The phone call scandal may continue to wreak havoc in the U.S., but Ukraine, lo and behold, is its own country with its own priorities, and Kyiv will seemingly move forward as it sees fit. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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