The New York Times reports:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday requesting documents related to former vice president Joe Biden and his communications with Ukrainian officials, a step seen as a GOP effort to counter the House impeachment investigation of President Trump.
Graham’s inquiry is focused on any calls Biden may have had with Petro Poroshenko, then the Ukrainian president, regarding the firing of the country’s top prosecutor as well as any that referenced an investigation into Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company that employed Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
Graham’s document request suggests he is seeking to legitimize Trump’s accusations that Biden, then vice president, put pressure on Ukraine to fire its lead prosecutor to protect his son, a claim without evidence that has been disputed by officials familiar with the investigation.
Today, I sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting documents related to contacts between:
➡️ Vice President Biden
➡️ Hunter Biden
➡️ other Obama administration officials and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 21, 2019
Lindsey Graham requests state documents regarding the Bidens and Ukraine’s former president.https://t.co/9Cv2ABc5TV
— The Week (@TheWeek) November 21, 2019
INBOX: Graham Requests State Department Documents on Bidens, Obama Administration Officials and Ukraine pic.twitter.com/4Dck7XFWYK
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 21, 2019
Lindsey Graham asks for documents related to Biden and Kerry (and meeting Kerry had with Devon Archer)
Kerry aide says meeting was “100% unrelated to Burisma,” took under 5 mins, and was “courtesy hello to a 2004 alumni” of Kerry’s presidential campaign https://t.co/7MpOOL07kQ
— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 21, 2019