Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) confirmed he will vote in favor of a subpoena to seek records on former Vice President Joe Bidens sons work in Ukraine, according to a spokesperson.
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) assured the freshman Utah senator that a witness in the investigation, former Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko, would be interviewed privately.
“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,” Romneys spokeswoman, Liz Johnson, told media outlets on Friday. “He will therefore vote to let the chairman proceed to obtain the documents that have been offered.”
Earlier this week, Johnson announced he is intending to seek a subpoena against Telizhenko, who was a consultant at Blue Star Strategies, which represented Burisma Holdings in the United States. Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma for several years. Some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have suggested that he got the job because of his father.
Republicans have questioned why he sat on the board of the firm—whose founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, has been investigated for corruption in Ukraine—while Biden was in office and leading the Obama administrations Ukraine policy. Hunter and Joe Biden have both denied Republicans allegations, but the issue became a central portion of the impeachment fight that led to Trumps acquittal in February.
During an October interview with ABC News, Hunter said he realized that his role on Burismas board created the impression of a conflict of interest, and his father told reporters earlier this year that it was “a bad image.”
Before his spokeswoman confirmed his intention, Romney said the Senate investigation into the Bidens has the “appearance” of being politically motivated, as Biden has emerged as the Democratic frontrunner in the 2020 election. “Theres no question the appearance is not good,” Romney told reporters on Thursday.“I would prefer that investigations are done by an independent, nonpolitical body,” he said.
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