Jim Jordan requests documents from Pompeo regarding Hunter Biden, Burisma
GOP Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 AP Fact Check rates GOP claim Pelosi blocked National Guard on Jan. 6 'false' Officers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder MORE (Ohio), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined his colleagues in the Senate on Thursday in their push forward with probes regarding the Obama administration.
Jordan, who was one of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE's staunchest defenders during the House impeachment hearings, requested unredacted documents from the State Department on Thursday regarding former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE’s son Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma Holdings, a “notoriously corrupt” Ukrainian state-run oil company.
“During the House Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry in late 2019, several State Department officials described how they raised concerns during the Obama-Biden Administration about Hunter Biden’s role with Burisma,” Jordan wrote in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE.
During the impeachment proceedings in both the House and the Senate, Trump and his allies claimed that the former vice president, while serving in office with former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMillennial momentum means trouble for the GOP Biden's Cuba problem: Obama made a bet and lost Democrats need a coherent response to attacks on critical race theory MORE, pushed for the ouster of a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to halt an investigation into Burisma Holdings where his son sat on the company's board.
No evidence has been uncovered to back these claims.
The House impeachment inquiry sought to determine if President Trump witheld $400 million in U.S. military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate the actions of the Bidens and their involvement in the eastern European country.
Jordan said that documents obtained by the committee via a Freedom of Information Act request showed former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report MORE was briefed on Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma and reports of corruption at the company.
When asked by the House Intelligence Committee during the impeachment inquiry, Yovanovitch said she did not remember such a briefing.
Jordan requested unredacted copies of all documents and email exchanges having to do with Burisma between 2014 and 2017.
This week, several key GOP senators began using their committee positions to dig into some of the biggest concerns of Trump and his allies, including Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court and the handling of the Russia probe.
Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Trump urged DOJ officials to call election corrupt 'and leave the rest to me' Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism MORE (R-Wis.), who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.) told reporters that they will begin requesting documents and subpoenaing Obama administration officials.
GOP lawmakers have also raised questions over the surveillance of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a former Trump campaign official who was charged with lying to the FBI about calls he had with a Russian official following the 2016 election. Flynn originally pleaded guilty to lying about the calls.
The Department of Justice moved to drop the case against Flynn earlier this month.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell this week sent Congress a list of dozens of Obama administration officials who said they say asked for documents that led to the identity of Flynn being “unmasked” from intelligence reports between the 2016 election and President Trump’s inauguration.
Trump and his allies claim that the Obama administration sought to undermine his administration by leaking selective bits of information to the media. The president has pointed to Flynn's "unmasking" as yet another instance of what he believes is foul play.