Harris on Graham Biden probe: A 'distraction' from the 'criminal living in the White House'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday on "The Late Show" that a newly announced probe by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' MORE (R-S.C.) into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE is a "distraction" from the "criminal living in the White House."

"It's the same thing that they've been doing which is to create a big distraction from the facts and the evidence, and frankly, my perspective is 'leave Joe alone,'" Harris, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said of Graham's probe, which relates to Biden and his son Hunter Biden, as well as Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. 

"The Burisma, the Biden probe, it's a bunch of B.S. and it's to distract," she told "Late Show" host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertSchiff returning to 'The Late Show' Clinton still 'disappointed' Sanders held off on endorsing her in 2016 De Niro: Life for Americans during the Trump presidency is like 'living in an abusive household' MORE.

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"It also speaks to the fact that they know they have to create this big distraction because there's a lot there, otherwise that the American public is focusing on that tells us about the fact that we have a criminal living in the White House," the Democratic presidential hopeful said. 

Graham said in a Thursday letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he wants documents connected to the Bidens and Ukraine.

He specifically requested documents "to assist in answering questions regarding allegations that Vice President Biden played a role in the termination of Prosecutor General [Viktor] Shokin in an effort to end the investigation of the company employing his son." 

The probe comes amid the House's impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE over his own actions regarding Ukraine. Republicans have focused on Hunter Biden's seat on the board of Burisma during the investigation. 
 
Harris and Joe Biden are among more than a dozen people running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and faced off on the debate stage on Wednesday night.