Republican senator plans to force vote on Biden-Burisma subpoena next week

Former Vice President Joe Biden may have resurrected his near-dead campaign for the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination with a series of victories on Tuesday, but Republicans are moving forward with an investigation into something he’d rather not hear about.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, recently announced his intention to force a vote on a subpoena for testimony from an individual at the heart of the scandal surrounding Biden’s son Hunter and the corrupt Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings, The Hill reported.

Committee seeks Telizhenko subpoena

A vote could come as soon as Wednesday, March 11, on whether to issue a subpoena for testimony from Andrii Telizhenko, a former consultant for a U.S. firm, Blue Star Strategies, that worked with Burisma at the same time that Hunter Biden held a lucrative position on Burisma’s board and Joe Biden was the Obama administration’s point man on all things related to Ukraine.

Telizhenko is reportedly open to cooperating with the Senate committee but is blocked from saying anything due to a nondisclosure agreement that can only be overcome by an official subpoena.

At issue is whether there was any corrupt wrongdoing or, at the very least, an unacceptable conflict of interest with regard to the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine — Hunter Biden working for Burisma while Joe Biden forced the termination of a top prosecutor investigating Burisma.

Investigation has been ongoing

Some Democrats and media figures criticized Johnson’s announcement as timed to coincide with Biden’s solid Super Tuesday showing on March 3, but Fox News reported that Johnson actually first noted his intention to subpoena Telizhenko on February 24, more than a week prior.

Furthermore, his committee’s probe in the Biden/Burisma issue has been ongoing since at least November of 2019, during the height of the House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump that centered on the Bidens and Ukraine.

“Joe Biden has never adequately answered these questions,” Johnson told Fox host Martha McCallum in an interview. “I’ve said repeatedly, if there’s wrongdoing the American people need to understand that. If there is no wrongdoing, or if it’s not significant, the American people need to understand that.”

Romney will support GOP investigation

Of course, Democrats on the committee — led by ranking member Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) — oppose the Biden/Burisma probe in general and the requested subpoena of Telizhenko specifically and signaled their intent to vote against such a subpoena.

Given the Republicans’ 8-6 majority on the committee, Democrat opposition typically wouldn’t be a concern. And now Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) says he has decided to support his fellow Republicans’ efforts, after initially suggesting he might oppose them.

“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,” a Romney spokesperson said. “He will therefore vote to let the chairman proceed to obtain the documents that have been offered.”

Republicans in Washington have long been criticized by their constituents for not fighting as hard as the Left does, but it looks like that might finally be changing. Let’s hope they keep it up.

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