Engel cites State Department for Biden documents given to Republicans in Senate

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The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Engel has threatened to subpoena the documents since May, when Johnson’s investigation began to escalate.

Johnson has indicated that a report on his findings could be released this summer, and his panel is also seeking testimony from senior national security officials and diplomats in the Obama administration. He denied that his investigation was designed as a political club or that it was influenced by foreign interests seeking to harm Biden.

The House impeached President Donald Trump last year for pushing Ukrainian leaders to investigate Biden and other Democrats, and for denying security assistance to the country – amid its war with Russia – to put pressure.

Trump’s allies responded by making discredited allegations that Biden pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, an energy company for which his son Hunter was on the board. State Department officials testified during the impeachment proceedings that Biden’s work in Ukraine was carried out in accordance with departmental policy and that the efforts to impeach the prosecutor were part of an international campaign to end the corruption. They also noted that the prosecutor himself was an obstacle to the investigation into Burisma.

Most recently, Leading Democrats cited information suggesting that at least part of the anti-Biden efforts are fueled by Kremlin-aligned Ukrainians seeking to interfere in the 2020 election.

President Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer demanded an FBI briefing on intelligence they say shows a specific foreign plot to influence Congress action.

After attending a general election security briefing, Pelosi criticized the administration on Friday morning for “withholding” evidence of foreign interference.

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