Mitt Romney: Senate GOP’s Biden, Burisma Probe “Appears Political”
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) said on Thursday that his colleagues’ decision to expand an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, his son, Hunter, and Ukrainian gas company Burisma has the appearance of a politically motivated probe.
Romney sits on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which is set to vote next week on its first subpoena connected to the investigation.
Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) said earlier this week that he would discuss the matter with committee members next Wednesday and consider a vote on subpoenaing documents from a consultant with apparent ties to the case.
“There's no question but the appearance of looking at Burisma appears political,” Romney, who was the lone Republican to vote to convict President Donald Trump on abuse of power during the Senate impeachment trial, told CNN’s Manu Raju. "And I think people are tired of these kind of political investigations.”
The Utah Republican added: “We also have a lot of work to do on matters that are not related to Burisma. We probably ought to focus on those things.”
Romney said he has not yet decided whether he will back the subpoena, but should he vote against the move, it could spell the end of Johnson’s efforts. Republicans only hold an 8-6 advantage on the committee, CNN noted.
Johnson wants to subpoena records from Andrii Telizhenko, a former consultant for Blue Star Strategies who has expressed interest in cooperating with the investigation but is bound by a nondisclosure agreement.
“Telizhenko is a stalwart Giuliani ally and helped spread the conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled to defeat Trump in 2016,” according to CNN. “He claims that he witnessed some of the anti-Trump efforts while working as a junior diplomat at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, but top Ukrainian officials have denied these claims and said Telizhenko is not credible.”