A Ukrainian government official told The Hill he has ordered an investigation into an allegation that Ukrainians colluded with Hillary Clinton to sway the 2016 election in her favor.
The strategy allegedly was to release “black-ledger files” on the financial maneuverings of then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko promised a probe of a claim by a member of the Ukrainian Parliament that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Artem Sytnyk, tried to manipulate the U.S. election.
The State Department told the Hill it was aware of the claim.
“We have always emphasized the need for deep, comprehensive, and timely reforms that respond to the demands the Ukrainian people made during the Revolution of Dignity: an end to systemic corruption, faster economic growth, and a European future for all Ukrainians,” a department spokesperson told Hill.TV.
“We have consistently said that Ukraine’s long-term success and resilience depends on its commitment to reform, in particular the fight to address corruption. To succeed, Ukraine needs committed government officials and strong anti-corruption institutions. The United States is committed to engaging with our partners in Ukraine, including on efforts to roll back the persistent corruption that continues to threaten Ukraine’s national security, prosperity, and democratic development.”
Lutsenko explained to The Hill: “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. It means that we think Mr. Sytnyk, the NABU director, officially talked about criminal investigation with Mr. [Paul] Manafort, and at the same time, Mr. Sytnyk stressed that in such a way, he wanted to assist the campaign of Ms. Clinton.”
Lutsenko said there might even be an audio recording of officials discussing their plan.
The revelations come as special counsel Robert Mueller prepares to release a report on his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, including alleged Trump campaign collusion. After nearly two years of investigation, Mueller has release no evidence of collusion.