The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued its first subpoena Wednesday in its investigation into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company on whose board Hunter Biden served until he resigned in 2019.
The panel voted along party lines to subpoena Blue Star Strategies, a Washington D.C.-based consulting firm with ties to Burisma.
The subpoena asked for records going back to January 2013 related to Blue Star’s representation of Burisma as well as an interview with officials from the firm about the subpoena.
The vote revived Senate Republicans’ interest in the Burisma probe, which had been dropped around the time coronavirus shutdowns began.
“Bipartisan suggestion” to get subpoena
Democrats suggested that a Blue Star subpoena was not needed and that the firm would have cooperated without a subpoena.
Panel Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) said he would have preferred to get the subpoenas quietly, but had been forced to call a vote because of a lack of cooperation from both Blue Star and Democrats.
Johnson also said he was told by both Democrats and Republicans to subpoena Blue Star if they wanted the records, referencing a “bipartisan suggestion that if you want the records from Blue Star, why don’t you just subpoena Blue Star?”
“I said, so I will, so that’s what we’re doing here,” Johnson said.
Blue Star did release additional requested records to the panel ahead of the subpoena, but did not release all of the records Johnson and the panel wanted to see.
Hunter Biden admits poor judgment in serving on Burisma board
Democrats have accused Republicans of pursuing the investigation to try to get dirt on Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee.
For his part, Hunter Biden said in an interview that it showed poor judgment for him to serve on Burisma’s board while Biden was vice president, according to the Wall Street Journal, but both he and Joe Biden have denied using the board position for anything improper.
A Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma and Biden for corruption was fired after Joe Biden told Ukraine they would not get aid money until he was fired, according to statements Joe Biden himself made.