Romney Says U.S. Senate Republican Probe of Biden Appears Political

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, the lone Republican to vote to convict President Donald Trump of abuse of power following his impeachment, said on Thursday a Senate Republican investigation of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden appeared politically motivated.

Romney told reporters a probe of Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, by Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson would be better pursued by the FBI or another federal agency “if there’s something of significance that needs to be evaluated.”

Johnson is poised to issue the first subpoena in an investigation of Hunter Biden’s seat on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma when his father was U.S. vice president. Hunter Biden’s role has been attacked as corrupt without evidence by Trump and congressional Republicans.

“There’s no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political. And I think people are tired of these kind of political investigations,” Romney, a member of the homeland security panel, said.

Trump was impeached on abuse-of-power and obstruction charges in the Democratic-led House of Representatives after he asked Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in July. He was acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate.

Democrats said Trump was trying to shore up his re-election prospects by targeting Biden.

Trump continues to question Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma. “That will be a major issue in the campaign,” Trump told Fox News on Wednesday night. “I will bring that up all the time.”

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Johnson had been looking into the matter before Biden surged in the nomination race this week.

“Joe’s been around a long time. He knows that this sort of thing will be looked at when you become the likely nominee of your party,” McConnell told Fox News.

Romney’s comments suggested Johnson could have difficulty getting his committee to approve a subpoena of Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian diplomat and consultant for Blue Star Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm. Johnson alleges Blue Star sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s Burisma role to make inroads with the State Department.

Johnson plans a committee vote on the subpoena next week. Romney declined to say how he would vote. With Republicans’ 8-6 majority on the panel, one Republican “no” could deadlock the subpoena question.

Democrats have said Johnson’s investigation could aid disinformation efforts by Russia. Senator Gary Peters, the committee’s top Democrat, said he believes Republican members have qualms about the probe.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu and Makini Brice; Editing by Cynthia Osterman; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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  1. This doesn’t add up. This afternoon Romney said he would join in and support Republican efforts to investigate the corrupt Biden gang.

  2. It IS political you twat. It speaks of selling influence and corruption. Even if no indictments are issued, the facts will stand for themselves.

    Quick Hunter, how do you say “Which way to the Champagne Room?” in Ukrainian?

  3. Does anyone really care about what Romney says? Clearly Hunter Biden majorly benefited because of who his father is. “Joe’s been around a long time. He knows that this sort of thing will be looked at when you become the likely nominee of your party,” McConnell told Fox News. Not sure father Biden cares. Or worse forgot that it happened!

  4. Figures that this moron RINO doesn’t want authorities to look into Biden’s son BS appointment to the Burisma board of directors. Any review at all will uncover RINO Romney’s son guilty of the same thing. Reminds me of a cat that tries to cover a recent dump—-this moron is scandalous!

  5. “Democrats said Trump was trying to shore up his re-election prospects by targeting Biden.” Article

    Of course this investigation is political.

    I am confused as to why Cult-45 is not complaining about the unnecessary expense and waste of time it will be. When it is all over and nothing is found, they won’t care enough to even shrug their shoulders over it.

    Moscow Mitch is making sure everybody sits around doing nothing, so I guess this will keep his troops occupied for a few weeks and give the appearance of the American Fascist Party being busy.

    Of course Hunter’s position on the board was the result of corruption, but it is OUR type of expected corruption. That being the case, I also expect a full investigation of ALL of Dear Leader’s children corruption, plus Jarred Cushner’s dealings. The whole administration is rife with corruption, too, so what is good for the goose, here, is just as good for the gander. The DNC is too corrupt for them to go after them, though.

    1. comrade confuction you are irrelevant to everything on this planet and in the universe. You have NO credibility. You lie at the drop of a hat. What the hell do you think the demonrats have been doing, knitting afgans???

      1. Seems all here on IJR can see what a habitual liar the Cowardly Confused Fascist supporter is. He/she/it ALWAYS twists the facts to suit his/her/its spoon fed Socialist/Communist blather. And really, it’s not nice to laugh at Socialist morons. Just ignore because there’s no hope for them.

      2. You want credibility?

        Dear Leader just admitted on FOX that he will be going after entitlements. That is today’s reality.

        Investigating the Biden’s will just be a distraction to keep you looking away from His Majesty’s corruption. And you are already falling for it.

        Fools. He is TRYING to hurt you and you are cheering him on. You deserve everything coming your way.

  6. ** From the Article **
    Johnson is poised to issue the first subpoena in an investigation of Hunter Biden’s seat on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma when his father was U.S. vice president. Hunter Biden’s role has been attacked as corrupt without evidence by Trump and congressional Republicans.

    So Hunter is, per the media, accused without evidence but they routinely call republicans “corrupt” with just as little or less evidence.

    Logic says that when you are totally unqualified for a “position” on the board of a company it comes down solely to “who” you know. Let’s face it about the only person it would have been “better” for Hunter to “know” was Obama himself.

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