Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) indicated on Monday that he will move forward with a vote this week on a subpoena related to his probe into Hunter Biden and Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings despite push back from Democrats.
Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) accusing him of using concerns about Russian election interference as a “boogie man” to oppose a subpoena for documents from an interview with former Blue Star Strategies consultant Andrii Telizhenko.
“We have conducted our investigations methodically, responsibly, and largely out of public view,” Johnson wrote in the letter, which was released on Monday. “We have gone to great lengths to receive briefings and review and verify all information received by the Committee before making any of it public.
“Unfortunately, you did object [to the subpoena] and continue to use ‘disinformation efforts by Russia’ as a boogie man to justify opposition to this narrow subpoena involving records associated with a U.S.-based lobbying firm,” Johnson added.
Johnson’s response is the latest back-and-forth between the GOP chairman and Peters, the committee’s ranking member, ahead of the committee’s subpoena vote, which is scheduled for Wednesday. With Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announcing on Friday that he will support the subpoena, Johnson is expected to have enough votes to issue it over opposition from Democrats on the committee.
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