The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday scheduled a vote for next week to issue a subpoena to a Democratic consulting firm that has emerged as a key figure in the probe of Hunter Biden’s business activities in Ukraine.
The move by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the committee’s chairman, signals the panel’s probe is escalating after months of interviews and gathering of documents, including Obama-era memos obtained from the National Archives.
The focus of the probe is whether Vice President Joe Biden, who led Obama’s policy on Ukraine, engaged in the appearance of a conflict of interest or took any actions to assist the Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings while his son Hunter worked on its board and was paid more than $3 million to his U.S.-based firm.
Johnson said the subpoena would be issued to Blue Star Strategies, a Democratic consulting firm that worked for Burisma during the 2016 election cycle as the gas firm was trying to settle long-running Ukrainian criminal investigations against it.
Just the News reported Tuesday that newly unearthed memos show a Blue Star representative met directly with U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in December 2016 to discuss Burisma and repairing its scandal-tarred image. Yovanovitch failed to mention the meeting during her impeachment testimony last fall.
Johnson’s investigators have focused on Blue Star after a former Ukrainian government official named Andrii Telizhenko told them he was secretly hired by Blue Star during the 2016 election to help persuade Ukrainian prosecutors to drop criminal allegations against Burisma. The campaign succeeded and the probe was closed shortly before President Trump took office in 2017.
Investigators found Telizhenko credible and have corroborated most of the information he provided, officials told Just the News. Johnson wanted to subpoena Telizhenko for documents he possesses on Burisma and Blue Star’s work but Democrats and a handful of Republicans, including Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, have blocked that move.
By John Solomon