Romney now appears a yes on Biden probe subpoena

Romney, a GOP member of Senate's Homeland Security committee, had appeared ready to block subpoena effort

Updated: March 6, 2020 - 4:07pm

Republican Sen. Mitt Romney signaled Friday that he will vote in favor of subpoenaing records about the work Hunter Biden did for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. 

The Utah senator and member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee has recently expressed concern about the panel’s investigation into the Bidens.

On Thursday, Romney, went so far as to suggest that the panel shouldn’t be looking at all into the politically charged issue. 

Following some closed-door discussions with committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R.-Wis.), Romney agreed to support the subpoena when the vote comes up Wednesday.

His condition appears to be that “any interview of [a] witness would occur in a closed setting without a hearing or public spectacle,” said Liz Johnson, Romney’s communications director. 

This runs in contrast to Romney’s recent vote in favor of allowing witnesses during the impeachment trial of President Trump. Had that motion passed, those witnesses would have testified publicly. 

With Romney’s affirmative vote, the subpoena is expected to be issued.

Romney has taken issue with the investigation’s appearance of being politically motivated. Hunter’s father, Joe Biden, recently made a dramatic comeback in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, following an immense showing of support on Super Tuesday. 

“If I were a Democrat primary voter, I’d want these questions satisfactorily answered before I cast my final vote,” said Johnson.