House Democrats on Friday issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as they investigate whether he helped Senate Republicans develop alleged conspiracy theories about alleged Democrat candidate Joe Biden.
“Secretary Pompeo has turned the State Department into a hand of Trump’s campaign, and he’s not even trying to cover it up,” said Elliott Engel, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
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The committee said the subpoena required all records related to Biden and Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, which the State Department had presented to Senate committees on finance and home security and government affairs ̵
“After trying to block almost all oversight efforts by the Foreign Affairs Committee over the past two years, Mr. Pompeo is more than happy to help Senate Republicans develop their conspiracy theories about Bidens,” he said. “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.”
Burisma Holdings has been at the center of impeachment proceedings against President Trump after pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call to review the Biden family’s deals in Ukraine. Biden’s son, Hunter, held a lucrative position on the board of Burisma Holdings.
The Obama administration has demanded the dismissal of a prosecutor investigating Burism, Victor Shokin. Shokin was removed in April 2016 and the case was closed by the prosecutor, who replaced him. Biden once boasted on camera that when he was vice president, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin.
However, Biden’s allies say his intervention has nothing to do with his son, but rather is linked to the administration’s concerns about corruption in Ukraine. At the time, Biden was pursuing US and Ukrainian policies and anti-corruption campaigns.
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The committee claims that while the State Department submitted 16,000 pages of records to Senate committees, it refused Engel’s request for duplicates.
It requires records from the department by August 7. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Brooke Singman contributed to this report.