In the meantime, the White House temporarily froze $391 million in US military aid to Ukraine meant to help the country ward off Russian aggression, prompting suspicion of a quid pro quo scheme in which Trump is accused of making the aid contingent on the Ukrainian president's promise that Biden's conduct would be investigated. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the highest Democrat at the Finance Committee, stated that the Treasury Division is "voluntarily cooperating" with the Senate Republicans' requests "at lightning pace".
The White House temporarily withheld $391 million in US military aid to Ukraine meant to help the country ward off Russian aggression, prompting suspicion of a quid pro quo scheme in which Trump is said to have finally released the aid in exchange for the promise that Biden's conduct would be investigated.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) sent a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray Wednesday asking for "all dates and locations of travel, worldwide and domestic, for Hunter Biden".
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Monday advocated for censuring President Donald Trump for the behavior exhibited in the two articles of impeachment passed by the House as opposed to voting to remove Trump for office. They also requested financial records through FinCEN, which is a branch of the Treasury Department that eyes money laundering. The president's actions partially led to his impeachment by the Democratically controlled U.S. House.
The following month, Grassley, Johnson, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said they were seeking interviews with former Obama administration officials about Hunter Biden and Burisma. As the Senate Republicans' records requests show, the quest for corroboration continues.
The senators are also sought details on Hunter Biden's travel dates and locations while receiving Secret Service protection.
Democrats based their request for Trump's tax records on a federal tax disclosure law granting congressional committees access to private tax information by request. In November 2019, they requested documents and other information from the State Department related to the department's interactions with Hunter Biden. Mnuchin and the Justice Department claimed that Democrats only wanted to embarrass the president, so they refused to comply.
A replica of the senators' letter to the Treasury Division, made to be had via Reuters, presentations that Grassley and Johnson asked SARs and comparable paperwork bearing on Biden, Burisma Holdings, and Rosemont Seneca Companions, in conjunction with numerous different contacts.
Former Ukrainian chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin has claimed Joe Biden committed bribery and extortion in his country.