GOP Senators Press State Department for Hunter Biden, Burisma Records

 

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 Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) — the chairmen of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Finance Committees, respectively — sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeking details on former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, who has emerged as a top target for Republicans. [RELATED: Trump Welcomes Michael Bloomberg to the Race With His New Nickname: ‘Little Michael’]

The GOP senators wrote that they wanted to “better understand what actions if any, the Obama administration took to ensure those 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. [RELATED: ABC News Video Leaker Accuses Unhinged Network of ‘Seek-And-Destroy’ Mission]

Check Our what the Daily Caller wrote:

“Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release internal State Department documents regarding Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy firm that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Grassley and Johnson, who chair the Senate Finance and Senate Homeland Security Committees, respectively, sent a letter Wednesday pressing Pompeo for the documents after the release of State Department emails that showed that a consultant for Burisma sought a meeting in 2016 with a top official at Foggy Bottom regarding allegations of corruption against the firm.

In the Feb. 24, 2016 email, first reported by journalist John Solomon, the consultant, Karen Tramontano, reached out to request a meeting with Catherine Novelli, formerly the undersecretary of state for energy issues.”

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 Kerry 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. [RELATED: Former AG Jeff Sessions Announces Bid For Alabama’s Senate Seat In 2020]

But Trump and his allies, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, have pushed for an investigation into the Bidens in Ukraine and decried the former vice president as “corrupt.”


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