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: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database On The Money: Coronavirus complicates Fed decision on rates | Schumer wants .5B in emergency virus funding | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on military money for wall Hillicon Valley: Democrats cancel surveillance vote over pushback to amendments | Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing | MORE (D-Ore.) sent a request to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Former Laura Bush staffer decries Taliban's treatment of women amid peace deal Bipartisan Senate resolution would urge UN to renew Iran arms embargo, travel restrictions MORE asking the department to send records on U.S. activities in Ukraine since President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket 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 JohnsonCongress eyes killing controversial surveillance program Whistleblower retaliation: Stop confusing unlawful attacks with politics Congress looks to strengthen hand in State Department following impeachment MORE (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. 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), 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 GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate Congress eyes killing controversial surveillance program Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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.