The three GOP senators—who oversee the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Finance, and Judiciary committees, respectively—said they want records from and a staff-level interview with Alexandra Chalupa, a former DNC contractor.
“Whether there’s a connection between Democratic operatives and Ukrainian officials during the 2016 election has yet to be determined. It will only be found by looking. We intend to look,” Graham said in a statement.
“The sooner we get answers to the many unanswered questions, the sooner we can turn our attention to the many challenges our nation faces,” he said.
They’re also requesting records from and an interview with Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukraine diplomat.
Politico also reported that Chalupa turned over some of her findings to officials at the DNC and then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s campaign. But Chalupa later refuted how her work was framed in the story. Both DNC and former Clinton campaign officials have also reportedly denied receiving information from Chalupa.
Politico separately reported earlier this month that the GOP-led Senate Intelligence Committee found no evidence in 2017 that Ukraine orchestrated a systematic effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
The committee, according to Politico, ended their investigation after an interview with Chalupa bore no significant information.
Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia expert, also rejected the narrative during a public hearing late last month, telling lawmakers not to “promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests.”
“And as I told this committee last month, I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternate narrative that the Ukrainian government is a U.S. adversary, and that Ukraine — not Russia — attacked us in 2016,” she added.