House Democrats issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday as they investigate whether he helped Senate Republicans push alleged conspiracy theories about alleged democratic candidate Joe Biden.
“Secretary Pompeo has made the State Department an arm of the Trump campaign and is not even trying to cover it up,” said Eliot Engel, chairman of the House’s Foreign Affairs Committee, in a statement.
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The committee said the subpoena required all records of the Bideni and Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings that the State Department had submitted to the Senate committees for finance, internal security, and government affairs ̵
“After trying to block virtually all oversight by the Foreign Affairs Committee over the past two years, Mr. Pompeo is more than happy to help Senate Republicans push their conspiracy theories about the Bidens,” he said. “I want to see the full record of what the department sent to the Senate, and I want the American people to see it too.”
Burisma Holdings was at the center of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump after he put pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call to investigate the Biden family’s business in Ukraine. Biden’s son Hunter held a lucrative position on the Burisma Holdings Board of Directors.
The Obama administration has urged that a prosecutor who investigate Burisma, Viktor Shokin, be released. Shokin was removed in April 2016 and the case was closed by the prosecutor who replaced him. Biden once boasted in front of the camera that he had successfully pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin as Vice President.
Biden’s allies, however, claim that his intervention had nothing to do with his son, but was rather linked to government concerns about corruption in Ukraine. At that time, Biden was running anti-corruption campaigns between the United States and Ukraine.
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The committee claimed that while the State Department had handed over 16,000 pages of records to the Senate committees, Angel’s request to provide duplicates to his office was rejected.
The department will request records by August 7. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for a Fox News comment.
Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.