GOP senators urge Barr to probe Clinton, Ukraine

GOP senators urge Barr to probe Clinton, Ukraine
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Two GOP Senate chairmen are pushing the Justice Department to look into any ties between Ukraine and top Democrats amid the growing impeachment fight linked to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's interactions with the country. 
 
Republican Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senator calls impeachment 'sabotage' effort, raises questions about witness on eve of testimony GOP invites Republican senator to provide information in impeachment inquiry Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP MORE (Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate aides met with tax return whistleblower: report Booker, Sanders propose new federal agency to control drug prices GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse MORE (Iowa) sent a letter to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP rep predicts watchdog report on alleged FISA abuses will find 'problems' Barr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse MORE asking him to probe any ties to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race In 2020, democracy will be decided at the margins Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award MORE, and pressing the Justice Department for any information it has received from Ukraine tied to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage MORE.
 
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"The Justice Department has yet to inform Congress and the public whether it has begun an investigation into links and coordination between the Ukrainian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee.  ... Such allegations of corruption deserve due scrutiny," Johnson and Grassley wrote in the letter to Barr. 
 
The senators want Barr to say if the department is "investigating links and coordination" between Ukraine and Clinton or the DNC.
 
"If not, why not?" Grassley and Johnson added in the letter, which is dated Friday but was released Monday.
 
The two senators have pressed the Trump administration for years about questions they have stemming out of the 2016 election. In their letter to Barr, they argued that they continue to have "concerns" about "foreign assistance in the 2016 election that have not been thoroughly addressed." 
 
But their latest push for the Justice Department to investigate Clinton and Democrats comes as the country has been engulfed in an impeachment fight fueled by Trump's actions toward Ukraine. 
 
In a partial transcript of a phone call released by the White House, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Barr and Trump's personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings GOP senator calls impeachment 'sabotage' effort, raises questions about witness on eve of testimony Impeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week MORE, expressing hope that he “can look into” Biden’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.
 
Grassley and Johnson, in their letter to Barr, questioned if the Justice Department had gotten any documents from Ukraine about Biden's role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor. 

"Has the Justice Department obtained or been offered documents from Ukrainian officials related to these matters?  If so, what were those documents?" they asked.