The Republican chairmen of two Senate committees released a letter Monday asking Attorney General Bill Barr whether the Department of Justice is pursuing any investigation into Ukraine’s election year meddling.
Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley R-IA) urged the DOJ to investigate ties between Ukrainian operatives and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, saying they have “concerns about foreign assistance in the 2016 election that have not been thoroughly addressed.”
They also asked the Department of Justice whether it had obtained incriminating documents related to the Burisma scandal involving Democrat presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son.
In the letter, Johnson and Grassley asked the DOJ to follow up on Grassley’s 2017 letter highlighting “brazen efforts by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign to use the government of Ukraine for the express purpose of finding negative information on then candidate Trump in order to undermine his campaign.”
Grassley in July of 2017 queried the DOJ about DNC operative Alexandra Chalupa’s 2016 involvement in Ukraine, following Politico’s bombshell report detailing Ukraine’s 2016 election meddling.
The anti-Trump Chalupa reportedly worked with a notorious convicted domestic terrorist-turned-left-wing activist in early 2017 to gather dirt on the president.
The two senators asked Barr: “Why hasn’t the Justice Department required Alexandra Chalupa to register as a foreign agent?”
“The Justice Department has yet to inform Congress and the public whether it has begun an investigation into links and coordination between the Ukrainian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee. Ukrainian efforts, abetted by a U.S. political party, to interfere in the 2016 election should not be ignored,” the senators wrote in a letter dated Sept. 27.
Their letter comes amid manufactured Democrat/Deep State/media hysteria over President Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the cordial, unremarkable call, Trump asked Zelensky to look into Ukraine’s role in the RussiaGate hoax, mentioning that he would ask Attorney General William Barr to call the Ukrainian president or his people “to get to the bottom of it,” according to the transcript.
“Are you investigating links and coordination between the Ukrainian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee? If not, why not?” the senators pressed in their letter.
Additionally, the pair cited a recent report by the Hill’s John Solomon which greatly contradicted the media spin on the Biden–Ukraine scandal, asking the DOJ if it had looked into that matter.
In the spring of 2016, then Vice President Biden reportedly pressured Ukraine to fire its chief prosecutor, Viktor Shokin while his son Hunter Biden was employed by the company.
Solomon revealed last week that he had gathered over 450 pages of never-released memos and documents from Burisma’s American legal representatives, the State Department, the Ukraine Prosecutor General’s Office, and the Ukraine Embassy in Washington DC.
“A recent report described a note purporting to memorialize a meeting in Kiev between the Ukrainian Acting Prosecutor General, Yuriy Sevruk, and Burisma’s American legal team,” Johnson and Grassley wrote.
Yuriy Sevruk was the temporary replacement for the Prosecutor General that Vice President Biden demanded be fired, Viktor Shakin. The note, reportedly written by Sevruk, states that “[t]he purpose of their visit was an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures on the activities of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine [Shakin] in regards to the investigation of criminal activities of Zlochevsky [Oligarch owner of Burisma Holdings J.”
The article also reports that Ukrainian prosecutors have unsuccessfully been trying to get information to Justice Department officials since the summer of 2018, possibly including “[h]undreds of pages of never-released memos and documents … [that] conflict with Biden’s narrative” that his actions in Ukraine had nothing to do with his son’s connections to Burisma.
In light of this reporting, has the Justice Department obtained or been offered documents from Ukrainian officials related to these matters? If so, what were those documents?
Johnson chairs the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Grassley chairs the Senate Finance Committee.
The two senators asked the Justice Department to respond by Oct. 14.