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Senate Democrats submit FOIA request for Ukraine, Biden info

Senate Democrats submit FOIA request for Ukraine, Biden info
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A group of Senate Democrats is using a public records law to try to force the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hand over information on Ukraine or any attempt by the White House to investigate President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE's potential political rivals. 
 
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Biden scolds Republicans for not wearing masks during Capitol attack Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs MORE (D-Calif.), who is running for the party's presidential nomination, and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseSenior Democrat says Hawley, Cruz should step down from Judiciary Hawley, Cruz face rising anger, possible censure This week: Democrats barrel toward Trump impeachment after Capitol attack MORE (D-R.I.) submitted the Freedom of Information Act request to Attorney General William BarrBill BarrActing attorney general condemns Capitol riots, warns 'no tolerance' for violence at Biden inauguration Barr, White House counsel told Trump not to self-pardon: report Trump condemns riots, says he will focus on transition in taped remarks MORE on Wednesday. 
 
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Their request for documents comes as the House is holding an impeachment inquiry centered on a whistleblower complaint about Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE and his son Hunter Biden. Barr, according to the whistleblower complaint, "appears to be involved" in that effort. 
 
"These factual revelations raise serious concerns about the Justice Department’s involvement in politically-motivated investigations, at the behest of the White House and Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiWhat our kids should know after the Capitol Hill riot  How to stop Trump's secret pardons Trump tells aides not to pay Giuliani's legal fees: report MORE," the three senators wrote in the letter to Barr. 
 
"Therefore, we submit a request for records seeking information about the White House’s attempts to interfere with federal law enforcement to pursue politically beneficial outcomes," they continued. 
 
Democrats are requesting any communications with Barr or Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen that contain one of more than 70 phrases including "quid pro quo," "Rudy" and "Burisma." Hunter Biden previously served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian company. 
 
They also requested any documents to or from the top DOJ officials related to interactions between the department and China or Ukraine and potential investigations into Trump's 2020 opponents. 
 
And the senators are specifically requesting any documents created or modified since mid-February "pertaining to any requests from the White House, whether directly or indirectly, to investigate companies associated with Hunter Biden."
 
Trump has repeatedly called for an investigation into the Bidens and Ukraine. The president and some of his allies have seized on the former vice president's efforts to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor, though there's been no indication that Biden did so with his son's interest in mind.
 
Speaking publicly from the White House earlier this month, Trump also floated that both China and Ukraine should investigate the Bidens.
 
The three senators, who are all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said they were submitting their request for documents under the public records law because of the "administration’s refusal to cooperate with multiple congressional requests."