US House Foreign Speaker quotes Pompeo for Biden-related documents

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Congresswoman Eliot Engel (D-NY) arrives to vote at a polling station in the Bronx neighborhood of New York, New York, United States, June 23, 2020. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on Friday issued a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to demand documents he provided to Republicans investigating the candidate in the presidential election Joe Biden.

A Republican-led U.S. Senate committee has gathered information on Hunter Biden, son of former Democratic U.S. Vice President, opponent of Republican President Donald Trump in the November election.

Hunter Biden is a former board member of Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The company was placed in the global spotlight last year as part of the impeachment inquiry into whether Trump improperly pressured the Kiev government to open a case involving his electoral rival.

“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,” House committee chairman Rep. Eliot Engel said in a statement.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Engel had been considering subpoenaing Pompeo for the documents for months, as the Republican-led Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs continued its investigation into the Bidens.

Trump has been indicted on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of the Democratic-led House of Representatives after asking Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. He was acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Tom Brown

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