The House of Democrats issued a summons to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday as they investigate whether he helped Senate Republicans promote alleged conspiracy theories about alleged Democrat candidate Joe Biden.
“Secretary Pompeo has turned the State Department into a weapon of the Trump campaign, and he is not even trying to disguise it,” said Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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The committee said the summons required all records related to Biden and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, which the State Department had submitted to Senate committees on finance and internal security and government affairs ̵1; which are controlled by Republicans.
“After the past two years, the Foreign Affairs Committee has been more than happy to help Senate Republicans advance their conspiracy theories about the Biden, trying to block virtually all oversight measures,” he said. “I want to see the full record of what the department sent to the Senate, and I want the American people to see it.”
Burisma Holdings has been at the center of an impeachment proceeding against President Trump after he pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call to look into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine. Biden’s son, Hunter, held a favorable position on the board of Burisma Holdings.
The Obama administration is demanding the dismissal of the prosecutor who investigated Viktor Shokin’s burism. Shokin was removed in April 2016, and the case was closed by the prosecutor, who replaced him. Biden once boasted on camera that when he was vice president, he had successfully pressured Ukraine to fire Shokin.
Biden’s allies, though, claim that his intervention had nothing to do with his son, but was more related to the administration’s concern about corruption in Ukraine. At the time, Biden was pursuing US and Ukrainian policies and anti-corruption campaigns.
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The committee argued that although the State Department had passed 16,000 pages of records to Senate committees, it had refused Engel’s request to provide his cabinet with duplicates.
Until August 7, he requires records in the department. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.