Former Vice President Joe Biden may currently be surging to the lead in the Democratic presidential primary race, but he has a problem that just won’t go away: his son, Hunter. Now, one Senate Republican has vowed to get to the bottom of the pair’s allegedly nefarious business dealings in Ukraine.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the head of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and one of the leaders in the Senate’s ongoing probe into the Bidens and Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, told Fox News on Friday that Republicans will be treading carefully as they move forward with their investigation in hopes of getting to the truth.
“I’m not Adam Schiff,” Johnson said, referring to the California Democrat who essentially led the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump late last year. “We’re not Democrats. We’re going to be careful, we’re going to be deliberative, we’re going to go through this investigation, and we’re going to go through the truth.”
Getting the documents
Johnson’s comments came during an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, where the Wisconsin Republican said progress is finally being made in the wake of President Trump’s impeachment trial, which came after Schiff and other House Democrats accused Trump of abusing his power by asking Ukraine to open an investigation into the Bidens.
“We’re starting to get documents,” Johnson told host Sean Hannity, according to a report from Media Matters for America.
Fox News reports that “lawmakers are trying to procure information on meetings that took place between the Democratic National Committee, Obama administration officials, the National Security Council, and Ukrainian specialists and prosecutors,” according to Johnson.
“We’re just waiting on President [Barack] Obama’s legal counsel to release those so our committee can continue its oversight work,” the Republican said. “So we are diligently pursuing this and the American people are going to get the truth that they deserve.”
Finding the truth
A big piece of this probe may come this week when Johnson’s committee votes on whether to subpoena the records of a former Blue Star Strategies consultant named Andrii Telizhenko, as The Hill reported.
According to The Hill, Blue Star had ties to Burisma Holdings, the allegedly corrupt Ukrainian gas company whose board Hunter Biden sat on, earning a heft chunk of change despite having no qualifications for the role.
This all occurred while Joe Biden was in charge of the Obama administration’s policy on Ukraine — and now, it looks like it’s finally coming back to haunt the former VP.
This all comes at a particularly bad time for Joe Biden, who, after failing in the opening Democratic primaries, finally managed to get back into the game on Super Tuesday, according to NBC News. If Johnson and Senate Republicans do find something, however, there’s no telling how it could impact the former vice president’s election chances.
Indeed, although Joe Biden has returned to the front of the pack among Dems vying to take President Donald Trump’s place next year, he must be anything but comfortable there with this controversy weighing on his shoulders. And it’s only going to get worse from here on out.