A handful of Senate Democrats used a public records request law to try to compel the Justice Department to give Congress information about its interactions with Ukraine and the White House’s efforts to probe President Trump’s political rival, the Hill was first to report.
Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr with the Freedom of Information Act request. The Democrats requested any document or communication record that includes 70 different words, including “quid pro quo,” “Rudy” or “Burisma.” They also requested documents sent to DOJ officials that involve interactions with China, Ukraine and investigations into any of Trump’s possible 2020 rivals.
According to the letter obtained by the Hill, the senators also want any documents “pertaining to any requests from the White House, whether directly or indirectly, to investigate companies associated with Hunter Biden.” Trump’s efforts to press a foreign government to investigate Hunter Biden and the Biden family has formed the basis of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in the House.
The senators’ letter comes just after devastating testimony from U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, who provided congressional investigators with a much clearer picture on Tuesday of Trump’s efforts to force Ukraine into investigating the Biden family.