Democratic senator requests State records on Trump activities in Ukraine

Democratic senator requests State records on Trump activities in Ukraine
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Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign 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 Harris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller MORE (D-Ore.) sent a request to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDonald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Kobach says he discussed his Senate bid with Trump MORE asking the department to send records on U.S. activities in Ukraine since President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE took office. 

The letter asks for all State Department records regarding several individuals and their interactions with Ukraine, including the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and his former associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

The request follows Republican inquiries for State Department documentation on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE’s son Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian company he sat on the board of, Burisma. Wyden wrote that “a voluminous production of records” from those requests is expected in the coming days. 

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“As the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am concerned that, in the absence of additional information concerning similar activities during the Trump administration, the Department’s production of information requested by the Senate Committees could create an incomplete and biased record of the State Department’s activities related to Ukraine,” he wrote to Pompeo.

The Oregon Democrat also asked for any documentation, including any ongoing trade negotiations with China, that references Hunter Biden’s activities in China, citing Trump’s October call to the country to investigate the former vice president’s son. The U.S. and China are in the midst of trade negotiations and had signed the first phase of a trade deal last month.

Republican lawmakers have accused Joe Biden of abusing his power to get rid of former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin because he was investigating Burisma. Wyden asked the department to supply any records showing support from Congress and the international community for removing Shokin. 

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonFather of Parkland shooting victim calls on Congress to take action Senators to meet with Zelensky after impeachment trial Wyden, Mnuchin clash over Trump tax returns, Hunter Biden probe MORE (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight 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 Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law Wyden, Mnuchin clash over Trump tax returns, Hunter Biden probe MORE (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, submitted a letter on Nov. 6 asking for records regarding Hunter Biden and Burisma. 

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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUS defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also sent a letter on Nov. 21 asking for this information. 

Thus far, there has not been concrete evidence showing the former vice president misused his role to assist his son.

Trump had requested that Ukraine declare an investigation into the Bidens days after withholding military aid from the country, which eventually sparked an impeachment inquiry and trial. Trump was acquitted by the Senate last week.