Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine are causing more disputes on Capitol Hill.
The Washington Examiner reports that Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel (NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is threatening to issue subpoenas if documents relating to an ongoing Senate investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son are not shared with members of his panel.
Engel made the threat in a letter sent Thursday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“I am deeply concerned by what appears to be a partisan misuse of Department of State resources to assist Senate Republicans in a political smear of Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden,” Engel wrote in reference to two Senate committees’ probes into the Bidens’ allegedly nefarious ties to Ukraine, according to the Examiner.
The issue first came up as part of President Donald Trump’s late 2019 impeachment hearings, which spurred from a July 2019 phone call between the president and Ukraine’s leader. On the call, Trump was alleged to have asked the government of Ukraine to look into the Bidens’ ties to Burisma Holdings, an energy company on the board of which Hunter Biden sat, according to a January report from Business Insider.
Business Insider reported that Hunter Biden “began working for Burisma in 2014…around the same time the former vice president [his father] was spearheading the Obama administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to root out corruption.”
Ukraine officials were later said to be investigating Burisma on corruption charges, but the then-vice president effectively shut the investigation down when he pushed for the nation’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, to be fired, according to Business Insider — a move that Trump and his allies have said warrants investigation, particularly in light of his son Hunter’s lucrative board seat.
Indeed, since the impeachment fiasco, Senate Republicans have been digging deeper into the situation — and their probe seems to be getting under the skin of Engel and his fellow Dems.
In his letter to Pompeo, Engel requested a number of documents, including what the Washington Examiner described as “Trump’s communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the State Department’s spending of taxpayer funds at Trump properties, and matters related to the coronavirus pandemic and Trump’s decision to cut funding to the World Health Organization.”
The Democrat congressman finished off with an ultimatum for Pompeo.
“If the requested documents are not produced in full by the close of business on June 1, 2020, then I am prepared to issue subpoenas for the relevant documents and the testimony of relevant Department officials,” Engel wrote.
Only time will tell how Pompeo responds to this hostile request. It is the second such letter that the secretary of State has received this month; the first came earlier this month from Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), as the Examiner reported separately.