Romney Stands Up Against Probe Into Hunter Biden and Burisma

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"There's no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political, and I think people are exhausted of these kind of political investigations", Romney told reporters, according to CNN's Manu Raju.

But Romney's office said Friday that Johnson alleviated his concerns of a "public spectacle", so he agreed to back the subpoena to a public affairs consultant who worked with Burisma, the Ukrainian energy firm that hired Biden's son Hunter. Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma for several years.

"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", the statement read. "He will vote to allow the chairman move to acquire the files which were offered". Ron Johnson, has set a vote on the subpoena for next week.

Romney said Thursday that he would prefer investigations to be conducted by "an independent, non-political body". "I will bring that up all the time, because I don't see any way out", Trump said Wednesday in an interview on Fox News. He said he's awaiting the National Archives to turn over records related to meetings involving Obama government officials, Ukrainian prosecutors, and an ex-Democratic National Committee official, Alexandra Chalupa, that has denied allegations associated with some conspiracy theory asserting USA election disturbance by Ukraine. "Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it.It sounds disgusting to me", Trump said. Romney's support means Republicans have enough votes to issue the subpoena; they control the committee, 8-6.

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The big picture: Johnson's investigation comes as Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has also embarked on an effort to obtain documents related to the Bidens and Burisma. The Wisconsin senator says he wants to find out more about accounts that Blue Star, which represented Ukraine, sought access to Hunter Biden in order to gain access to Joe Biden, who was vice president at the time, and influence the State Department.

Johnson, R-Wisc., wants to subpoena Andrii Telizhenko, a former consultant for Blue Star Strategies, a USA firm that Johnson noted in a letter to committee members has connections to Burisma Holdings. "In neither the case of the father, nor the son, was any evidence presented ... that a crime had been committed", and therefore, Trump's "insistence that they be investigated by the Ukrainians is hard to explain other than as a political pursuit". Senator Gary Peters, the committee's top Democrat, said he believes Republican members have qualms about the probe.

Before that, Grassley and Johnson have been investigating whether there was a conflict of interest when the younger Biden served on the board of Burisma.

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