Two GOP Senate chairmen are asking for the State Department to hand over any documents related to Hunter Biden and a Ukraine energy company.
Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenators urge Trump to fill vacancies at DHS Hillicon Valley: TikTok faces lawmaker anger over China ties | FCC formally approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Silicon Valley lawmakers introduce tough privacy bill | AT&T in M settlement with FTC Cyber officials tout reforms with one year to Election Day MORE (R-Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley: Up to whistleblower to reveal identity GOP argues whistleblower’s name must be public Overnight Health Care: Warren unveils ‘Medicare for All’ funding plan | Warren says plan won’t raise middle class taxes | Rivals question claims | Biden camp says plan will hit ‘American workers’ | Trump taps cancer doctor Stephen Hahn for FDA chief MORE (R-Iowa) — the chairmen of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Finance Committees, respectively — sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump, Erdogan confirm White House meeting | Public impeachment hearings set for next week | Top defense appropriator retiring To fight Mexican drug cartels, we must designate them Foreign Terrorist Organizations Senators urge ‘tough economic sanctions’ if Turkey violated ceasefire MORE seeking details on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden allies see boost in Tuesday’s election results Trump rails against House Democrats, impeachment inquiry during campaign rally: ‘It’s all a hoax’ Trump acknowledges Warren’s rise in the polls, revives ‘Pocahontas’ slur MORE‘s son, who has emerged as a top target for Republicans.
The GOP senators wrote that they wanted to “better understand what actions, if any, the Obama administration took to ensure that policy decisions relating to Ukraine and Burisma were not improperly influenced by the employment and financial interests of family members.”
The two lawmakers also want to know if the State Department requested that the Office of Legal Advisor or the department’s inspector general reviewed “potential concerns and conflicts of interest related to Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma while Vice President Biden reportedly acted as the United States’ top official in Ukraine? If not, why not?”
The letter, which was publicly released on Thursday, comes as Trump and his allies have latched onto Biden’s connection to Ukraine, and the former vice president seeks the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.
As part of the Grassley-Johnson request, the pair is asking for any State Department records involving Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings, as well as any documentation tied to Biden’s business partners Devon Archer and Christopher Heinz.
They also appear to be zeroing in on potential contact between Biden and his associates and the Obama State Department. They want to know if Hunter Biden met with then-Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken in 2015 for “advice” and if a March 2016 meeting between Archer and then-Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryKrystal Ball hits media over questions on Sanders’s electability Harris struggling with substance to match the aspiration The Memo: Is there a way back for Kamala Harris? MORE took place.
Hunter Biden worked on the board of a natural gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch while his father served as vice president. Joe Biden pushed in 2016 for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had been accused of overlooking corruption in his own office, threatening to withhold money if the prosecutor was not fired.
There’s no indication Joe Biden was acting with his son’s interests in mind and the former vice president has denied doing so. But Trump and his allies, including his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiTrump rails against House Democrats, impeachment inquiry during campaign rally: ‘It’s all a hoax’ Graham: Schiff comment on inquiry findings ‘full of crap’ Democrats set stage for Watergate-style TV hearings MORE, have pushed for an investigation into the Bidens in Ukraine and decried the former vice president as “corrupt.”