GOP senators urge Barr to probe Clinton, Ukraine

GOP senators urge Barr to probe Clinton, Ukraine
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Republican Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHillicon Valley: Barr asks Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter's phone | Tech industry rallies behind Google in Supreme Court fight | Congress struggles to set rules for cyber warfare with Iran | Blog site Boing Boing hacked Congress struggles on rules for cyber warfare with Iran Senators set for briefing on cyber threats from Iran MORE (Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate begins preparations for Trump trial Big Pharma looks to stem losses after trade deal defeat Appeals court skeptical of Trump rule on TV drug ads MORE (Iowa) sent a letter to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Pentagon to place new restrictions, monitoring on foreign military students Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' MORE asking him to probe any ties to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts MORE, and pressing the Justice Department for any information it has received from Ukraine tied to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' 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 file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Trump lawyers attack House impeachment as 'brazen and unlawful' effort to overturn 2016 results Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial 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.