Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) are calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to produce documents relating to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, on which Hunter Biden served as a board member while his father was vice president.
In the letter dated November 6, 2019, Committee on Finance Chair Grassley and Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Chair Johnson say they want to ascertain how the Obama Administration ensured that policy decisions were not influenced by family financial interests:
To better understand what actions, if any, the Obama administration took to ensure that policy decisions relating to Ukraine and Burisma were not improperly influenced by the employment and financial interests of family members, please provide the following information no later than November 20, 2019:
1. All State Department records relating to Hunter Biden, Devon Archer, Christopher Heinz, and Karen Tramontano.
2. All State Department records relating to Burisma Holdings, Rosemont Seneca Partners, Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, Rosemont Capital, and Blue Star Strategies.
3. Based on the February 24, 2016 e-mail cited above, it appears that Tramontano wanted to meet with then-Under Secretary Novelli. Did this meeting occur? If so, when and who attended? Please produce all records relating to the meeting.
4. With respect to the March 2, 2016, meeting between Devon Archer and Secretary Kerry, did that meeting take place? If so, when did it occur, what was it about, and who attended? Please produce all records relating to the meeting.
5. With respect to the May 27, 2015, and July 22, 2015, meetings between Hunter Biden and Antony Blinken, did these meetings take place? If so, when did it occur, what was it about, and who attended? Please produce all records relating to the meeting.
6. In the February 24, 2016 e-mail cited above, a State Department employee wrote that, "Tramontano would like to talk with U/S Novelli about getting a better understanding of how the U.S. came to the determination that [Burisma] is corrupt." Based on this e-mail, it appears that the U.S. had "determin[ed]" Burisma to be corrupt. Is this accurate? Please explain.
7. Has the State Department requested that the Office of the Legal Adviser or the Office of Inspector General review potential concerns and conflicts of interest related to Hunter Biden's work for Burisma while Vice President Biden reportedly acted as the United States' top official in Ukraine? If not, why not?