Senator Mitt Romney has signaled he may torpedo the efforts of Senator Ron Johnson’s first subpoena stemming from his probe tied to the Bidens and Burisma.
As pointed out by Politico, supporters to President Trump have pointed out that Romney himself has ties to Burisma.
Per Wikipedia, on April 26, 2007, Joseph Cofer Black was chosen by Mitt Romney, a Republican candidate in the 2008 United States presidential election, to head his counter-terrorism policy advisory group.
In October 2011, Black was chosen by Romney to serve as “Special Adviser” on all foreign policy issues.
Per the Burisma website, Cofer Black was appointed as a Director February 2017.
As reported in Politico, “It’s a fact. Why shouldn’t they know?” Matt Wolking, the Trump campaign’s deputy communications director, said when asked why the official account retweeted a story about Romney’s adviser.
While Republicans hold a 8-6 majority, a “no” vote from Romney would result in a tie and the subpoena failing.
“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 told reporters.
While Romney has not made a final decision, his comments certainly do not sound supportive of Ron Johnson’s subpoena.
Erielle Davidson of the Federalist wrote in September:
According to web archives, top Mitt Romney adviser Joseph Cofer Black, who publicly goes by “Cofer Black,” joined Burisma’s board of directors while Hunter Biden was also serving on the board.
According to The New Yorker, Hunter joined Burisma’s board in April of 2014 and remained on it until he declined to renew his position this past May. Meanwhile, according to Burisma’s website, Black was appointed in February of 2017 and continues to serve on its board. The timelines would indicate that Black and Biden worked together at Burisma, and indeed, web archives from late 2017 show Black and Biden listed simultaneously on the board.
Black joined the CIA in 1974 and eventually climbed the ranks to become director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him ambassador at large and coordinator for counterterrorism. He later worked at Blackwater as a vice chairman before joining Romney’s campaign as a “special adviser” on Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team in October of 2011. In 2017, Black joined the board of Burisma.
It’s looking increasingly probable that Burisma, the subject of a series of corruption allegations in the past, has been smartly buying Western complacency by slapping a few famous names on its board. In addition to the son of a vice president and a special adviser to a GOP presidential candidate, the board also boasts the former president of Poland from 1995 to 2005, Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
ROMNEY: “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…"
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