Sens. Johnson, Grassley Request Records on 2016 WH Meetings With Ukrainian and DNC Officials

By Susan Jones | November 22, 2019 | 10:59am EST
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - On the same day Sen. Lindsey Graham asked for records on the Bidens' dealings with Ukraine, two other Republican senators requested records "of multiple White House meetings that took place in 2016 between and among Obama administration officials, Ukrainian government representatives, and Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials."

In a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, asked Archivist David Ferriero to produce records of those meetings so they can "better understand the nature of these meetings, including who attended and what was discussed."

The letter cites recent reports saying that in January 2016 “some of Ukraine’s top corruption prosecutors and investigators [met] face to face with members of former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), FBI, State Department and Department of Justice (DOJ).”

Other meetings included Alexandra Chalupa, a contractor for the DNC, who reportedly worked with Ukrainian government officials to undermine the Trump campaign."

During that January meeting, the letter says, "U.S. officials also reportedly brought up investigations relating to Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian gas company that had hired then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, to serve as a board member. According to (a political officer in the Ukraine Embassy in Washington), “U.S. officials told the Ukrainians they would prefer that Kiev drop the Burisma probe and allow the FBI to take it over.”

The document request specifically includes:

-- All records relating to the five White House meetings...January 12, 2016; February 22, 2016; April 4, 2016; May 13, 2016; and June 14, 2016—including, but not limited to: Purpose and attendees; Notes or transcriptions from the meetings; and Communications about the meetings.

-- All records relating to meetings between and among White House officials, Andrii Telizhenko, Nazar Kholodnytskyy, Oksana Shulyar, and Valeriy Chaly including, but not limited to: Purpose and attendees; Notes or transcriptions from the meetings; and Communications about the meetings.

"Please provide these documents as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2019," the senators said.

The full text of Johnson and Grassley's letter is here:





 

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