Ron Johnson Aims to Subpoena Firm Linked to Hunter Biden & Burisma
Written by Luis Miguel
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.; shown), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, announced that he plans to subpoena a consulting firm with ties to Hunter Biden and to Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings in order to review records and determine whether the foreign firm tried to use Hunter Biden to “influence” American policy.
Last month, Johnson told the committee’s ranking member, Sentor Gary Peters (D-Mich.), of his plans to subpoena a former consultant with Blue Star Strategies as part of his probe into alleged conflict of interest surrounding Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, with regard to his employment at Burisma (for a salary of $83,000 a month) while his father oversaw Ukrainian policy.
Johnson has instead opted to subpoena Blue Star directly, requesting their documents, records, and interviews with the firm’s founders to learn more about their work for Burisma.
This subpoena is in furtherance of the Committee’s ongoing work to address the many unanswered questions about potential conflicts of interest and the extent to which representatives of Burisma—including officials at Blue Star—used individuals with close personal connections to high-level officials within the Obama administration to gain access to and potentially influence U.S. government agencies.
Johnson intends to obtain Blue Star’s records from as far back as January 1, 2013, specifically ones pertaining to Burisma or Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky. Additionally, he wants Blue Star CEO Karen Tramontano and Chief Operating Officer Sally Painter for depositions.
State Department records reviewed by the Daily Caller show that Painter and Tramontano had contact with the agency related to Burisma in 2016. During those communications, Painter said Hunter Biden was associated with the company. During that time, Blue Star was striving to change the Obama administration’s view of Burisma as a corrupt firm.
Johnson decided against issuing a subpoena for a Blue Star consultant because the employee was “bound by a non-disclosure agreement.” He also noted that Blue Star’s previous responses were incomplete. For example, the company did not fully disclose all the contractors and employees who had done work for Burisma.
Johnson noted Peters’ “’disapproval” of the original plan to only subpoena the consultant.
“Your letter stated your concern ‘that the United States Senate and this Committee could be used to further disinformation efforts by Russian or other actors,’ and asked that the Committee receive defensive briefings ‘specifically regarding [the Blue Star consultant],” the senator wrote, going to state:
Over the last several weeks we have had a number of bipartisan meetings and briefings to discuss the subpoena and address the concerns of Committee members. During the course of these discussions, the suggestion was made by both Democrat and Republican members of our Committee that we should issue a subpoena directly to the source of the documents relevant to our work: Blue Star.
Johnson asserted his belief that the “appropriate course of action at this time is to accommodate that request.”
Hunter Biden joined Burisma’s board in April 2014, at which time he reportedly put it in touch with Blue Star to assist in the Ukrainian firm’s fight against corruption charges.
Victor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma’s alleged corruption, was fired at the insistence of then-Vice President Joe Biden, who publicly bragged that he threatened Ukraine with withholding $1 billion in loan guarantees unless the prosecutor was sacked.
President Trump’s attempt to investigate the matter led to his impeachment on counts of bribery and obstruction of Congress. He was acquitted earlier this year.
Johnson is part of a joint investigation into the Biden question, along with Judiciary chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Finance Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
The three senators requested information in December related to potential conflicts of interest in Ukrainian policy.
Hunter Biden is reportedly trying to make a living in art as a painter, living in a $12,000-a-month hideout in Hollywood Hills and driving a Porsche. He was recently the subject of a contempt motion by Lunden Alexis Roberts, the mother of his child, whose lawyers claim he has not been cooperative in providing the court important financial documents in an ongoing paternity and child support suit.
A private eye firm hired by Roberts claims to have “lawfully” obtained documents allegedly demonstrating that the former vice president’s son is involved in “a massive, $156 million ‘counterfeiting scheme.’”
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American