Ukrainian prosecutor tied to Trump scandal says Hunter Biden 'did not violate anything'

Ukraine's former prosecutor general said in a new interview that his investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSteyer endorses Biden for president Sanders 2020 press secretary: Democratic leadership interested in 'corporate status quo' or 'they're planning to replace Joe' Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths MORE, was abandoned after turning up no evidence of wrongdoing on Hunter Biden's behalf.

Yuri Lutsenko, who resigned earlier this year and is now at the center of the scandal surrounding President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE's efforts to convince Ukraine's president to launch an investigation into Joe Biden, denied that his investigation was ended due to pressure from the Obama administration in an interview with The Washington Post.

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“From the perspective of Ukrainian legislation, he did not violate anything,” Lutsenko said of Hunter Biden. “Hunter Biden cannot be responsible for violations of the management of Burisma that took place two years before his arrival."

Lutsenko told the Post that until his resignation in August, he never received any aid from U.S. investigators, even following Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which has become the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

“No American groups came to Ukraine for an investigation," he said.

Trump's conversations with Zelensky have been roundly criticized by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill, with the House now openly pursuing an impeachment inquiry into the president's actions as Democrats accuse Trump of soliciting foreign assistance in the 2020 election.

Biden remains the 2020 Democratic front-runner in most polls, though he is closely trailed in some polls by Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSteyer endorses Biden for president Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSteyer endorses Biden for president Sanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Sanders 2020 press secretary: Democratic leadership interested in 'corporate status quo' or 'they're planning to replace Joe' MORE (I-Vt.).

The former vice president has denied putting any pressure on Ukraine's government to abandon a probe into his son's company and has called Trump's actions evidence of the president abusing his authority.