Utah Senator Mitt Romney will vote to subpoena documents as Senate Republicans ramp up their investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in connection with the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.
On Thursday, Romney signaled that he was a possible no vote, a move that would have blocked the subpoena sought by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
“There’s no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political. And I think people are tired of these kinds of political investigations.” Romney said, adding, “I would prefer that investigations are done by an independent, non-political body.”
But on Friday, Romney fell in line with his Republican colleagues and announced through his spokeswoman Liz Johnson that he would vote to allow the subpoena.
“Senator Romney has expressed his concerns to Chairman Johnson, who has confirmed that any interview of the witness would occur in a closed setting without a hearing or public spectacle. He will, therefore, vote to let the chairman proceed to obtain the documents that have been offered,” Johnson said.
The subpoena is looking to obtain documents from Blue Star Holdings — the firm that represented Burisma in the United States — and testimony from Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian diplomat who worked for Blue Star. The committee claims it is looking into possible conflicts of interest involving Hunter Biden’s time with Burima while his father, Joe Biden, served as vice president.
The renewed attention on a matter that has been widely investigated and debunked coincidently comes at the same time that the former vice president possible presidential nomination chances have risen to new heights. While it may have been ethically questionable for Biden’s son to have taken a position with Burisma while his father was in office, there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing on his or the former vice president’s part.
Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), however, insists Biden’s gains on Super Tuesday has nothing to do with their work, saying, “If I were a Democrat primary voter, I’d want these questions satisfactorily answered before I cast my final vote.”
Brace yourself for Hunter Biden and Burisma to be the “but her emails” of 2020.