BREAKING: Senate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe

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Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee voted along party lines, issuing first subpoena in Obama-era probes

They issued subpoena to Blue Star Strategies– a firm with ties to Ukraine gas company Burisma Holdings where Hunter Biden was a board member

TheHill reports Senate Republicans issued their first subpoena on Wednesday as part of wide-ranging investigations tied to the Obama administration.

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted along party lines to issue a subpoena for Blue Star Strategies, a firm with ties to Ukraine gas company Burisma Holdings.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman of the panel, has homed in on the U.S firm as he probes Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma Holdings, where Biden—the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee—was a member of the board until he stepped down in 2019.

The subpoena asks for records from Jan. 1, 2013, to the present of Blue Star strategies “related to work for or on behalf of Burisma Holdings or individuals associated with Burisma.” Johnson is also requesting an interview with top Blue Star officials to discuss the subpoena.

“This is not my choice to spend any amount of time on this vote. I would have issued the subpoenas quietly,” Johnson said.

He added that when the committee previously considered subpoenaing a former consultant for the firm there was a “bipartisan suggestion that if you want the records from Blue Star why don’t you just subpoena Blue Star. I said, so I will, so that’s what we’re doing here.”

Senate Democrats fumed over the decision for Johnson to schedule the subpoena vote amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.), the top Democrat on the committee, warned that the “extremely partisan investigation is pulling us apart.”