GOP chairmen seek interview with Obama officials as part of Biden-Ukraine probe

GOP chairmen seek interview with Obama officials as part of Biden-Ukraine probe
© Greg Nash

Three Senate GOP chairmen are requesting interviews with five Obama administration officials as part of their investigation into the Bidens and Ukraine.

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Barr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria MORE (R-S.C.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonWhistleblower retaliation: Stop confusing unlawful attacks with politics Congress looks to strengthen hand in State Department following impeachment Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony MORE (R-Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyMcSally unveils bill to lower drug prices amid tough campaign Ernst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case MORE (R-Iowa) — who chair the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Finance committees, respectively — are asking for a response to their request by Dec. 23. 

“These interview requests continue the chairmen’s oversight efforts ... related to potential conflicts of interest and political influence by Ukrainian elements, including the natural gas firm Burisma, which employed Hunter Biden as a board member while his father was vice president and the public face of the Obama administration’s handling of Ukraine,” a release from the three senators said.

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They’re asking for staff-level interviews with Antony Blinken, the former deputy secretary of State, Catherine Novelli, a former under secretary of State, and Victoria Nuland, the former assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

They also want interviews with Amos Hochstein, the former senior adviser on international energy affairs to Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration MORE, and David Wade, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryJohn Kerry: Democratic debate 'was something of a food fight' Kerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' Mellman: Primary elections aren't general elections MORE.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE and other GOP lawmakers have homed in on Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden as they've sought to push back against the House impeachment inquiry, with House Democrats expected to vote to impeach Trump on Wednesday. 

Hunter Biden worked on the board of Burisma, a natural gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch, while his father served as vice president. 

Joe Biden pushed in 2016 for the dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin because of concerns he was overlooking corruption in his own office and threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine if the prosecutor was not fired.

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There's no evidence that Joe Biden was acting with his son's interests in mind, and the former vice president has denied doing so.

Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE, the former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, also told House lawmakers earlier this year during his closed-door deposition as part of the impeachment inquiry that Biden "was representing U.S. policy at the time."

The three GOP senators previously said they want records from and a staff-level interview with Alexandra Chalupa, a former Democratic National Committee contractor. 

They noted on Wednesday that they are in contact about the request.