A readers’ guide to fact-checking Trump’s Ukraine controversy

By Daniel Dale and Tara Subramaniam, CNN
Updated 10:35 AM ET, Sat September 28, 2019


Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump has made a blizzard of claims about Ukraine. Many of them have been attacks on Democrats, and many of them have been incorrect.

Here is a brief readers’ guide to our fact checks on all things related to Trump’s Ukraine controversy. We will update this page as events unfold.

Hunter Biden and the investigation

Trump has repeatedly claimed that former vice president Joe Biden had called for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was “investigating his son.” There is no evidence Hunter Biden was ever under investigation. The investigation was into the business dealings of the owner of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden sat on the board of directors. In addition, a former Ukrainian deputy prosecutor and top anti-corruption activist have said the investigation was dormant at the time. And Shokin’s successor, Yuriy Lutsenko, has said in interviews this year that Hunter Biden didn’t violate any Ukrainian laws.

Full fact check here.

Joe Biden’s pressure on Ukraine

Trump has also claimed that Biden pressured Ukraine to take chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin “off the case.” Biden pressured Ukrainian leaders to fire Shokin — the Obama administration, US allies and Ukrainian anti-corruption activists saw Shokin as unwilling to prosecute elite corruption — but there is no public evidence that Biden sought to get Shokin removed from any particular case.

Full fact check here.



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