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 Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan MORE (D-Ore.) sent a request to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE asking the department to send records on U.S. activities in Ukraine since President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race 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 BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football 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 JohnsonGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines MORE (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel 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 sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden DACA court ruling puts weight of immigration reform on Democrats Senate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight 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.