Lindsey Graham finally made his move and officially asked the State Department for records related to Joe Biden and Ukraine.
Lindsey wrote to Mike Pompeo asking “to assist in answering questions regarding allegations that Vice President Biden played a role in the termination of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in an effort to end the investigation of the company employing his son.”
Wow. This is an escalation and tells you many things. One, the Senate will treat impeachment much differently than the Dem controlled House will.
And two, Lindsey aims to get to the bottom of what happened with the Biden and Ukraine regardless of what happens with the impeachment.
In an odd way, all the publicity may have forced his hand and could turn a foreign investigation of dubious quality into an official investigation by the U.S. Senate. Ouch.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) requested records from the State Department on Thursday related to then-Vice President Joe Biden’s efforts to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.
The letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes as Republicans seek to train scrutiny on Biden’s actions in Ukraine amid impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump over his own efforts to pressure Ukraine’s government to investigate his would-be rival for the White House.
Graham is seeking records related to phone calls that occurred in February and March 2016 between Biden and Ukraine’s then-president, Petro Poroshenko, regarding U.S. demands that the country fire its top prosecutor. The prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was unpopular with Western leaders, who viewed him as corrupt, and Biden was representing official U.S. policy and that of allied governments.
From The New York Post:
Graham wants State to fork over any documents tied to calls between the former veep and former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, including whether Biden brought up an investigation into Burisma, the energy giant where Hunter Biden was on the board, earning up to $50,000 a month despite a lack of experience.
The South Carolina Republican — a Trump loyalist — also wants documents about a meeting between Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner, and then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Graham’s request came as he, Trump and other GOP lawmakers have accused the Bidens of corruption as the House conducts an impeachment inquiry into Trump.