Mike Pompeo, Speaker of the House of Foreign Affairs, subpoenaed

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The summons issued by Representative Eliot Engel demands that the top US diplomat provide “all documents relating to the Bidens and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings that the department has forwarded to Senate committees headed by Republicans” as well as “internal correspondence. of the State Department on the response to Congress. ”

The summons requires that the documents be submitted by August 7.

A State Department spokesperson asserted that the Department used to respond to “legitimate inquiries” from Engel and accused him of “(ceding) the Committee and its oversight functions to his lost staff ”.

<< Le Département avait précédemment répondu aux demandes du personnel du Président Engel concernant des «  copies de courtoisie  » des documents produits en réponse aux demandes d’enquête des présidents du Comité sénatorial des finances et du Comité sénatorial de la sécurité intérieure et des affaires gouvernementales, ainsi qu’à leur affirmation inexacte selon laquelle se conformer à cette La demande serait « conforme à la pratique de longue date du Département d’Etat » « , a déclaré le porte-parole dans un communiqué.

However, the spokesperson said it is not standard practice for the State Department to turn over copies of documents to a congressional committee that it produces in response to requests from a separate committee.“As the Department worked in good faith with President Engel on other matters, it became clear that in his final months as a member of Congress, the President relinquished the Committee and its oversight duties. to its ill-advised staff, ”added the spokesperson. .

Congressional Democrats criticized the State Department for blocking their demands while complying with Republican demands.

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Speaker Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa searched for a host of documents in their investigations involving the former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son’s work in the Ukrainian energy company. .

President Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly made unfounded and false statements alleging that the former vice president and his son acted corruptly in Ukraine.

According to a statement by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he “has learned that the State Department has produced 16,080 pages of documents supposed to respond to Senate committees since February.”

In an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Pompeo pledged to Johnson that the State Department “will do its best to accommodate” his and Grassley’s requests for documents.

In a statement Friday, Engel criticized Pompeo, saying he “had turned the State Department into a branch of the Trump campaign and was not even trying to disguise it.”

“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 . 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, ”said the New York Democrat.

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