House Democrats issued a subpoena on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday as they investigate whether he helped Senate Republicans advance alleged conspiracy theories about the alleged Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“Secretary Pompeo has turned the State Department into a branch of the Trump campaign and he’s not even trying to disguise it,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel said in a statement .
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The committee said the subpoena required all documents relating to Biden and Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings that the State Department presented to the Senate committees on finance and homeland security and government affairs – which are controlled by the Republicans.
“After attempting to block virtually all oversight efforts by the Foreign Affairs Committee for the past two years, Mr Pompeo is more than happy to help Senate Republicans advance their conspiracy theories on the Bidens “, did he declare. “I want to see the full account 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 pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call to examine the Biden family’s relations in Ukraine. Biden’s son, Hunter, held a lucrative position on the board of Burisma Holdings.
The Obama administration had pushed for a prosecutor who investigated Burisma, Viktor Shokin, to be sacked. Shokin was removed from his post in April 2016 and the case was dismissed by the prosecutor who replaced him. Biden once bragged on camera that when he was vice president he was successful in pressuring Ukraine to fire Shokin.
Biden’s allies, however, argue that his intervention had nothing to do with his son, but rather related to the administration’s concerns over corruption in Ukraine. At the time, Biden was leading political and anti-corruption campaigns between the United States and Ukraine.
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The committee alleged that while the State Department handed over 16,000 pages of documents to Senate committees, it denied Engel’s request to provide his office with duplicates.
He requests files from the department before August 7. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.