Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelSherman Joins Foreign House Hammer Race Castro Launches Offer for Foreign House Hammer The Hill’s Morning Report – Featured By Facebook – Trump, Republican Senators Disagree On Upcoming Bill stimulus law MORE (DN.Y.) issued a summons on Friday to the Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenators urge Justice Department to open TikTok investigation, Zoom Pompeo praises EU for sanctions against cyber attacks from China, Russia Overnight Defense: Pompeo lobbied to move troops from Germany | Panel abruptly dismisses confirmation hearing | Trump meets the family of the murdered soldier MORE demanding tens of thousands of documents that the State Department provided to Senate Republicans as part of its investigation into the former vice president Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign cancels ad purchase to overhaul messaging strategy: Nunes report refuses to respond if it received information from Ukraine lawmaker intended to harm Biden poll: ‘Generation Z’ plurality of voters says who see more Trump political announcements than Biden MORE and your son’s business in Ukraine.
Engel accused Pompeo of using State Department resources to advance a smear campaign against the alleged Democratic presidential candidate and demanded that the documents provided to Republican senators be made available to House Democrats.
“Secretary Pompeo has made the State Department an arm of the Trump campaign and is not even trying to disguise it,” Engel said in a statement. “After trying to hamper virtually all Foreign Affairs Committee oversight efforts in the past two years, Pompeo is more than happy to help Senate Republicans advance their conspiracy theories about the Bidens. I want to see the full record of what the department has sent to the Senate and I want the American people to see it, too. “
The House committee is seeking to obtain 16,080 pages of documents that the State Department provided to Senate Republicans related to former Vice President Hunter Biden and deals with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
The committee has given Pompeo until August 7 to comply with the request.
The documents are related to an investigation by the Republican Senate Party involving the upper house Finance Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs focused on a widely discredited narrative that during the Obama administration Biden tried to remove the Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin to avoid an investigation into Burisma and his son. role in the company.
Shokin was fired from his post in 2016 on corruption charges, which included criticism that he failed to comply with the duties of investigations at companies like Burisma to certify that they were complying with the law.
The Senate investigation is seen by Democrats as a response to the impeachment of the House of Representatives. President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump campaign cancels purchase of ads to review messaging strategy: Nunes report declines to respond if it received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to harm Biden poll: plurality of ‘Generation Z’ voters says who see more Trump political announcements than Biden MORE Last year, after the President withdrew aid to Ukraine and pressured Ukrainian leaders to open two investigations that could have helped him politically: one against Hunter Biden and the other against Joe Biden.
The President was acquitted of impeachment charges. – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – in February after a Senate trial.
Jordain Carney contributed to this report.