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

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday on "The Late Show" that a newly announced probe by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Spokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome MORE (R-S.C.) into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' 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 ColbertObama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' Literary group to honor Obama Obama criticizes Trump on pandemic response: 'It's not rocket science' 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 TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit 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.