A top official in Ukraine has reportedly launched an investigation into whether members of his own government engaged in a plot to help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
Could this be the real “collusion?”
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko confirmed to the Hill that a “criminal” probe is now underway.
“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko said.
“Lutsenko is probing a claim from a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, attempted to the benefit of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton," the Hill reported.
Unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton could not be reached for comment.
President Donald Trump made sure to make his followers on Twitter aware of the bombshell report.
“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 said in a statement.
He continued: "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.”
The timing is interesting as Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to conclude the controversial Russia investigation. It has been reported that investigators found no evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia.