The stage is set for Utah Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) who was the only Republican to vote alongside Democrats to convict President Trump to play spoiler.
Romney signaled he may not support a subpoena in the Biden probe, arguing that the investigation “appears political” and telling reporters “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’s vote is pivotal as Republicans maintain a 8-6 majority in the committee and the subpoena will not move forward if Romney votes with Democrats and the result is a tie.
Per Mercury News, Romney’s comments suggested that Johnson could have difficulty getting the Senate Homeland Security Committee to approve a subpoena for documents and an interview from Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian diplomat and consultant for Blue Star Strategies, a lobbying and consulting firm.
Johnson alleges that Blue Star sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s Burisma role to make inroads with the State Department.
Johnson said he plans to have the committee vote next week on whether to issue the subpoena. Romney declined to say how he would cast his ballot.
Fox News reports Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who faced the scorn of President Trump and fellow Republicans over his vote last month to convict at the Senate impeachment trial, questioned the motivation behind a Republican effort to issue a subpoena related to Hunter Biden and his dealing with Ukraine.
“I would prefer that investigations are done by an independent, non-political body,” Romney told the Washington Post. “There’s no question the appearance is not good.”
Republicans are gearing up for a vote next week in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that would approve a subpoena aimed at gathering information related to a former Ukrainian diplomat with ties to the consulting firm Blue Star Strategies, Reuters reported. The allegation is that the company used Hunter Biden for access to the State Department. His father was vice president at the time.
The Bidens have denied any wrongdoing.
Romney’s vote is pivotal. Republicans maintain an 8-to-6 majority in the committee, and if Romney sides with Democrats the result would be a 7-7 tie.