Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chair, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis) and his committee are conducting an investigation into the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, and Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell has signaled his support for the investigation, saying, “I think it’s worth taking a look.” He revealed his hands-off approach, saying he does not tell committee chairpersons what to do.
The probe has been ongoing for months but it has not garnered much media attention until this week when Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said he would not support a subpoena of a witness in the probe, and then reversed course after he was assured that witnesses would be deposed privately.
Romney earned the ire of Republicans everywhere when he was the sole Republican to vote to convict President Trump for abuse of power in the impeachment trial in the Senate.
Some see his reversal on the investigation into Burisma and Biden as an attempt to appease his Republican colleagues. Romney’s reversal should give the committee the needed number of votes to get a simple majority to approve the subpoena of Andriy Telizhenko, a former official at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington D.C.
Getting to the bottom of Ukraine affair
Johnson and Senator Grassley (R-Iowa) are also conducting a broader investigation of the Obama administration’s White House meetings with Ukrainian officials in 2016.
Senator Johson expressed his desire to get to the bottom of this business, saying:
We are going to get to the bottom of what all has been happening here. Hopefully we will get access to the information to make it available to the American public so they really do understand what’s been happening.