With Romney’s Vote to Allow Subpoena, Burisma 2020 Has Officially Begun

Sen. Mitt Romney won't stand in way of Biden, Burisma probe

Republicans Now Poised For Biden-Burisma Subpoena With Romney On Board

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah., has given his assent to a Republican committee subpoena expected soon that will revive focus on Joe and Hunter Biden, Ukraine and Burisma.

Why it matters: Romney's plans emerged just one day after he expressed concern that the investigation "appears" politically motivated, aimed at hurting Joe Biden's presidential run.

A Romney spokeswoman said Friday the committee chairman had assured Romney that if the committee interviews Hunter Biden, it would be "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".

Romney stated Thursday that prior to choosing to back a subpoena, he would certainly require to see what details Johnson has. "And I think people are exhausted of these kind of political investigations and would hope that if there's something of significance that needs to be evaluated, that it would be done by perhaps the FBI or some other agency that's not as political as perhaps a committee of our, of our body".

At the time, Romney noted that he was "considering" a vote to support a GOP subpoena for records linked to the probe. "I will bring that up all the time".

Johnson wrote in a letter to Democratic Sen. However, these are questions that Joe Biden hasn't satisfactorily answered.

In a letter to his colleagues dated Sunday, the chairman said that he planned to hold a committee meeting to issue a subpoena to Andrii Telizhenko - a former Ukrainian diplomat who also used to work as a consultant for the public relations firm, Blue Star Strategies.

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He said he hopes to issue an interim report on the Bidens and Burisma in the next month or two, when the Democratic primaries should be winding down.

Mr. Johnson sought approval for the subpoena from Senator Gary Peters of MI, the highest Democrat within the Homeland Safety Committee, however Mr. Peters refused, citing considerations much like Mr. Burr's.

Trump and his allies have alleged, with no direct evidence, that Biden corruptly pushed to remove Ukraine's chief prosecutor to protect his son's financial interests.

Republicans insist Burisma is a matter of great interest and not related at all to Joe Biden's presidential bid.

In the Senate investigation, Johnson has pushed for more information on Hunter Biden's activities - requesting, for instance, Secret Service records last month pertaining to Hunter's travel during his father's vice presidency. The State Department in the Obama administration considered Burisma to be a corrupt company, a categorization that Blue Star was attempting to change, allegedly leaning on the fact that the younger Biden was on its board.

Johnson has said the investigation has nothing to do with the 2020 election. "This investigation is about conflicts of curiosity, not political candidates".

Democrats have denounced Johnson's Senate investigation as partisan.

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