It is important to know, the senators said, what Joe Biden's son's movements were years ago because their Committees are "reviewing potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration, particularly with respect to his business activities in Ukraine and China".
The Treasury Department declined to comment.
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. While in China, Biden arranged for Jonathan Li, the CEO of Bohai Capital, to "shake hands" with Vice President Biden, and afterward, Hunter Biden and Li met for what was described as a "social meeting". Giuliani added, Biden admitted to that himself.
Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House for abuse of power and obstructing Congress in the investigation of the Ukraine scandal.
"We write to request information about whether Hunter Biden used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business, to include his work for Rosemont Seneca and related entities in China and Ukraine", the senators wrote, referring to the company co-founded by the younger Biden.
Information from the Secret Service will likely be unclassified, the senators said.
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"I said, you're not getting the billion".
In a July 25, 2019 phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate whether Joe Biden intervened to help Burisma. Mnuchin and the Justice Department claimed that Democrats only wanted to embarrass the president, so they refused to comply.
Manchin, who is among a few Democrats from red or purple who could side with Republicans on impeachment, would not say which way he plans to go at Wednesday's scheduled vote on whether to acquit the President. The vote was split along party lines except for Sen. That same month, they sent a letter to the Treasury Department asking about any possible reports of money laundering or fraud in the business dealings of Biden.
It's hypocritical for the Treasury Department to stonewall Democrats' request while granting Republicans access to material on Hunter Biden, said Steve Rosenthal, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
Two Senate committee chairmen have requested Secret Service documents on information regarding Hunter Biden's travels to China and Ukraine during his father Joe Biden's tenure as Vice President, they announced Thursday, just one day after President Trump was acquitted by the Senate in an impeachment trial for his own conduct in Ukraine.