According to Politico, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, prevailed on a party-line vote a few weeks ago over a subpoena to be issued as part of an investigation by his panel into former second son Hunter Biden and his allegedly nefarious dealings with a Ukrainian energy firm known as Burisma Holdings.
As the probe heats up, Johnson has gotten plenty of grief from his Democratic colleges — and even a few Republicans — but according to former Whitewater Independent Counsel Ken Starr, Johnson’s investigation is entirely legitimate, and even necessary.
Speaking with Fox News in late May, Starr suggested that Biden may indeed be innocent — but that’s what investigations are for.
“As Senator Johnson has said on Fox News, ‘Let’s just get these facts and if there is no there there,’” Starr said, according to Fox. “Why don’t we just get these documents in good order and analyze them and so forth?”
Biden and Burisma
Starr has said he applauds Johnson for doing exactly what the Senate should be doing: “fact-finding” about potential corruption in the U.S. government.
“Burisma was corrupt,” Starr said last month, according to Fox. “This is accountability, this is fact-finding, that’s what the Senate should do. And I applaud Senator Johnson just saying, ‘Let’s get the facts.'”
One such source of these facts is a group called Blue Star Strategies, who Johnson wants to subpoena over their ties to Burisma. Reports allege that the group essentially provided public relations services for the energy firm at the same time that Hunter Biden sat on its board of directors, and while the company was under investigation by Ukrainian officials.
“The final point on this [is] what we do know is that this firm, Blue Star, did make arrangements for Burisma — which is a corrupt company in Ukraine — to have meetings with the Justice Department and the State Department in Washington, D.C., during an election year,” Starr told Fox. “Let’s just find out. Maybe they were innocent, maybe they weren’t.”
Pushback from Republicans
Now three weeks out from the vote on subpoenas, Sen. Johnson is still taking flak from even Republicans, including Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who, according to The Week, said “it’s ‘apparent on its face’ that the Biden probe is politically motivated.”
Such accusations are expected from Democrats, but the fact that they have been echoed by establishment Republicans like Romney and disgraced former Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) is nothing short of disconcerting.
Regardless, as Starr pointed out several weeks ago, there is certainly a legitimate basis for asking questions about Hunter Biden’s associations with Ukraine.
Americans deserve to know the truth.