Romney Changes Tune, Will Now Support Burisma Probe Into Bidens
Written by Luis Miguel
Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has reportedly changed his opinion on a potential investigation of Joe and Hunter Bidens’ links to the Ukrainian firm Burisma and now supports such a probe, whereas he formerly characterized it as politically motivated.
Romney reportedly had a change of heart, owing to assurances from Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, who is presently leading the effort to obtain a subpoena to learn more about Hunter Biden, son of the former vice president.
“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,” said Romney spokeswoman Liz Johnson. He will, therefore, vote to let the chairman proceed to obtain the documents that have been offered.”
“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 had told reporters prior to his meeting with Johnson.
As Politico noted, the one-time Republican presidential candidate’s opposition to the investigation could have hindered Johnson’s attempt to subpoena records related to Ukraine and the Bidens. “Republicans hold a slim 8-6 majority, and if just one GOP senator joins all Democrats, it would mean a 7-7 tie that would result in a failure to issue the subpoena,” the outlet observed. Romney’s support increases the odds of a subpoena, which would seek to determine whether there was wrongdoing in the Biden’ Ukrainian business dealings.
While serving as vice president, Joe Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine if they did not fire the prosecutor who was investigating the natural gas company Burisma, where Hunter was working as a board member earning over $83,000 a month — despite his lack of relevant experience, namely having no experience in the energy sector.
Democrats have repeatedly dismissed efforts to obtain more information about Hunter Biden as nothing more than a politically motivated attempt to derail his father’s presidential campaign.
President Trump was impeached last year on charges that he attempted to force Ukraine to “interfere” with the 2020 election. He was ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has joined with Johnson in pressing for a subpoena of Hunter Biden, countered by saying “This started before … Biden was a candidate.”
“It’s not our fault that Joe Biden, Hunter Biden got wrapped up in the whole Ukrainian story,” Johnson said on Fox News. “We are not closing our eyes to this.”
Johnson has scheduled a vote for Wednesday, March 11 to vote on a subpoena for former Ukrainian politician Andrii Telizhenko, who worked at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C., from December 2015 to June 2016.
According to Telizhenko, former Ukrainian Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Oksana Shulyar worked with former Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa to assist the Hillary Clinton campaign in investigating Paul Manafort, the president’s one-time campaign manager.
Telizhenko claimed that Shulyar told him to help Chalupa research connections between Trump, Manafort, and Russia. “Oksana said that if I had any information, or knew other people who did, then I should contact Chalupa,” Telizhenko maintained. “They were coordinating an investigation with the Hillary team on Paul Manafort with Alexandra Chalupa.”
He added that “Oksana was keeping it all quiet [but] the embassy worked very closely with” with Chalupa. Unnamed sources told Politico that Shulyar brought Telizhenko into a meeting with Chalupa to ask for an update on a U.S. media outlet’s ongoing investigation into Manafort.
“If we can get enough information on Paul [Manafort] or Trump’s involvement with Russia, she can get a hearing in Congress by September ,” Telizhenko claimed to be told by Chalupa.
Chalupa confirmed that she had talked about the potential of a congressional investigation with the office of Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who heads the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. However, the conversation “didn’t go anywhere,” Chalupa claimed.
Johnson’s subpoena on Telizhenko focused on his consulting work for Blue Star Strategies, a firm hired by Burisma to combat corruption allegations. Blue Star’s work involved lobbying American officials on behalf of Burisma.
As the New York Times reported in May 2019, Biden was linked to Burisma’s decision to hire Blue Star. “Among the Americans brought in by Hunter Biden’s American business partners to help fend off the investigations was Blue Star Strategies, a consulting firm run by Clinton administration veterans that had done substantial work in Ukraine,” the Times reported.
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