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The Ukrainian police opened criminal investigations into the alleged illegal surveillance of a former US ambassador by President Donald Trump’s staff and a cyber attack on a company named in his impeachment process.
The investigation into the possible illegal surveillance of former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch came after the release of records from U.S. committees suggesting that Lev Parnas, an accused assistant to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was the diplomat’s whereabouts when she was stationed in Ukraine had an eye.
“Our goal is to investigate whether there is actually a violation of Ukrainian and international law,” the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior said in a statement on its website on Thursday. “Or whether it’s just brave and fake information in an informal conversation between two US citizens.”
Parnas worked with Giuliani to politically pollute the Bidens in Ukraine and said in an interview on Wednesday that they wanted to make sure that Trump would win another four-year term.
The Ukrainian authorities also launched an investigation into a Russian hacking attack on Burisma Holdings, a company that employed the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Hunter. Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, has claimed that the older Biden, when he was the vice president, derailed an investigation into Burisma to protect his son.
Ukraine recommended that the United States participate in both investigations. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov requested “all FBI information and materials regarding persons who may be involved in a crime” in the surveillance process.
Yovanovitch was dismissed as ambassador to Ukraine last May. She said in impeachment hearings that she was the victim of an effort staged by Giuliani and his staff.
The authorities also called for the establishment of an international investigation team, including FBI representatives, to investigate the hacking attack on Burisma.
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