The House Oversight Committee is mad at the Biden administration for not giving them important documents for the 2023 impeachment investigation. Top House committee chairs are working harder to get early drafts of a speech Vice President Joe Biden gave in Ukraine in 2015. This could be the start of a heated political fight in the nation’s capital.
People think that Biden asked for the firing of Viktor Shokin, a former Ukrainian prosecutor who was looking into corruption at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, during this interview. People think that Joe Biden was using his position to help his son because Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, was on the board of directors for Burisma.
Three leaders of the House committees—Chiefs of the House Oversight and Accountability (R-KY), the House Committee on the Judiciary (R-OH), and the House Committee on Ways and Means (R-MO)—sent a letter to White House Counsel Edward Siskel on Wednesday asking him to give them the documents.
The questioning is part of the probe into how involved President Biden was with his son’s business dealings in other countries. Part of the letter said:
The Oversight Committee asked NARA to show “all drafts from November 1, 2015, to December 9, 2015, of then-Vice President Biden’s speech delivered to the Ukrainian Rada on December 9, 2015.” This is important today. According to NARA, they told the Oversight Committee that they were able to give the White House all the papers they asked for within a week of getting the request.
Nevertheless, since August 24, 2023, the White House has not allowed NARA to give the Oversight Committee any documents connected to Vice President Biden’s 2015 speech on Ukraine. Instead, the White House has used Executive Order 13489 to extend the review process by 60 days three times: on September 22, 2023; November 21, 2023; and January 22, 2024.
They said that the White House was using “dilatory tactics” to stop the probe. “Such a lengthy delay in processing a discrete and limited category of documents is unacceptable and appears to represent an attempt to obstruct the Committees’ legitimate investigation,” the leaders wrote.
Biden is thought to have made threats against the Ukrainian government because it was looking into Burisma. People think that the vice president at the time threatened to cut off help to Ukraine if it didn’t fire Shokin. In the end, the Ukrainian government fired the former prosecutor.
In another letter, it was written that Burisma was putting pressure on U.S. officials to drop the accusations because they “thought the energy company had made two bribe payments in Ukraine in an effort to settle out of court.” That might fit with those stories about bribery to the Bidens.
Besides that, a State Department worker said that Hunter Biden’s work with Burisma hurt their efforts to fight corruption.
Even though the task force said that wasn’t a good idea, Biden still made the threat and then put pressure on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire Shokin. But there is also proof there that blows up Biden’s story again.
“Even though we didn’t have any corruption charges against him and no proof that he did anything wrong, I specifically asked him…” That was the day before yesterday. In a call with Biden in March 2016, Poroshenko said, “I especially asked him to resign.” This conversation was recorded and later made public by a Ukrainian lawmaker in 2020.
The head of the House of Representatives asked the Biden administration to hand over the desired documents again and said he would use other legal options if the White House refused to comply. They didn’t say exactly what legal actions they would take, but it seems possible that they could issue a subpoena for the 2015 speech or even hold people in contempt of Congress.