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 WydenHillicon Valley: Simulated cyberattack success | New bill for election security funding | Amazon could be liable for defective products Markets rise as economy struggles; 'It does not make sense' Election security advocates see strong ally in Harris MORE (D-Ore.) sent a request to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUN Security Council rejects US bid to extend Iran arms embargo Overnight Defense: US seizes Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela | Progressives cool on Biden's foreign policy | Takeaways from Israel, UAE opening diplomatic ties Whiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire MORE asking the department to send records on U.S. activities in Ukraine since President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days 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 BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' 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 JohnsonGOP senator draws fire from all sides on Biden, Obama-era probes Graham says FBI chief 'committed to being helpful' after Trump criticism Trump hits FBI Director Wray: 'I wish he was more forthcoming' MORE (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP senator draws fire from all sides on Biden, Obama-era probes Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal COVID-19 relief talks look dead until September  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 GrahamGOP senator draws fire from all sides on Biden, Obama-era probes Has Congress captured Russia policy? Graham on Harris: 'No issue' as to whether 'she is an American citizen' 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.