Grassley And Johnson Ask State Department To Release Hunter Biden Documents

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Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to turn over information they have on Hunter Biden and related holdings. (CNN)

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a letter on Thursday asking for documents related to Burisma Holdings, Hunter Biden and other firms owned or tied to Biden.

The two Republican Senators are seemingly investigating the Biden families alleged crimes that happened under the Obama administration in Ukraine.

Hunter Biden was hired on to the board of Burisma holdings while Joe Biden was Vice President in the Obama administration.

“In April 2014, Vice President Biden reportedly became the “public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.” Around the same time, the Vice President’s son, Hunter Biden, and his business associate, Devon Archer both began serving on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company,” the letter stated, adding that Hunter was being paid as much as $30,000 per month.

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Grassley and Johnson pointed to the video of former Vice President Joe Biden bragged about threatening to to withhold a billion dollars in aid from Ukraine if they did not fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor investigating Burisma holdings.

“Well son of a bitch. He got fired,” Biden said of Viktor Shokin in 2018 to the Council on Foreign Relations.

The GOP Senators referenced Freedom of Information Documents obtained by journalist John Solomon in a letter to Pompeo.

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Solomon revealed this week that Burisma Holdings, Hunter Biden’s Ukrainian natural gas company communicated with the Obama State Department to help end the corruption investigation in the 2016 cycle one month before Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin was fired from the probe into Burisma holdings.

Burisma Holdings contacted the Obama State Department a series of times in 2016 to discuss ending the Shokin probe.

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Burisma Holdings also allegedly name-dropped Hunter Biden when requesting help from the U.S. state department.

Here are the list of documents that Grassley and Johnson requested in regards to Burisma, Rosemont Seneca, Blue Star Strategies, Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, Christopher Heinz and Karen Tramontano.

  1. All State Department records[17] relating to Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, Christopher Heinz, and Karen Tramontano.
  2. All State Department records relating to Burisma Holdings, Rosemont Seneca Partners, Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, Rosemont Capital, and Blue Star Strategies.
  3. Based on the February 24, 2016 e-mail cited above, it appears that Ms. Tramontano wanted to meet with then-Under Secretary Novelli.  Did this meeting occur?  If so, when and who attended?  Please produce all records relating to the meeting.
  4. With respect to the March 2, 2016, meeting between Devon Archer and Secretary Kerry, did that meeting take place?  If so, when did it occur, what was it about, and who attended?  Please produce all records relating to the meeting.
  5. With respect to the May 27, 2015, and July 22, 2015, meetings between Hunter Biden and Antony Blinken, did these meetings take place?  If so, when did it occur, what was it about, and who attended?  Please produce all records relating to the meeting.
  6. With respect to the May 27, 2015, and July 22, 2015, meetings between Hunter Biden and Antony Blinken, did these meetings take place?  If so, when did it occur, what was it about, and who attended?  Please produce all records relating to the meeting.
  7. In the February 24, 2016 e-mail cited above, a State Department employee wrote that, “Tramontano would like to talk with U/S Novelli about getting a better understanding of how the U.S. came to the determination that [Burisma] is corrupt.”  Based on this e-mail, it appears that the U.S. had “determin[ed]” Burisma to be corrupt.  Is this accurate?  Please explain.
  8. Has the State Department requested that the Office of the Legal Adviser or the Office of Inspector General review potential concerns and conflicts of interest related to Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma while Vice President Biden reportedly acted as the United States’ top official in Ukraine?  If not, why not?

The deadline for the request for the documents was November 20th.

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