Three Republican senators on Dec. 6 requested records and interviews with former Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa and former Ukrainian embassy official Andrii Telizhenko as part of an inquiry into whether Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced the request in a press release.
Chalupa and Telizhenko were reportedly involved in Ukraines effort to sabotage the Trump campaign in 2016, according to an extensive investigative report by Politico. Grassley cited the Politico report in July 2017 when he sent the first in a series of requests related to Ukraines alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Telizhenko confirmed to Politico that the Ukrainian embassy instructed him to look for links between Paul Manafort, Trump, and Russia. The Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C., later confirmed that Chalupa sought information on Manafort, but asserted the Chalupas overture was rejected.
Ukraines alleged interference in the 2016 election is one of the topics within the scope of the House impeachment inquiry. Democrats running the inquiry repeatedly employed the strawman argument that Trump and Republicans are promoting a “debunked conspiracy theory” that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. Neither Trump nor Republicans have promoted such a theory, but have instead alleged that Ukraine may have interfered in addition to Russia.
“Contrary to the popular narrative in the main stream media that Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election has been debunked, or no evidence exists, there are many unanswered questions that have festered for years,” Johnson said.
The senators requested that Telizhenko and Chalupa submit to staff-led interviews and requested documents from both. Telizhenko and Chalupa did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Chalupa has previously said she was interested in testifying in the impeachment inquiry.
Late last month, Grassley, Johnson, and Graham sent individual rounds of document requests to the National Archives, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and the State Department related to Ukrainian gas company Burisma and Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. The senators Dec. 6 inquiry was presented in a single announcement, suggesting that the three committee chairmen have combined their efforts.
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