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The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted along party lines to issue a subpoena for Blue Star Strategies to present “related work for or on behalf of Burisma Holdings or individuals associated with Burisma.” The investigation is trying to find out if Biden’s son was a paid member of the board of a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, and also received payments and, reportedly, gifts from Chinese business counterparts.

While many conservatives applaud the move to investigate, Democrats are furious. But their criticism is quite hypocritical. Here’s why:

  • The Democrats are upset because the Senate is using their majority to approve of the subpoena. Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.), the top Democrat on the panel, warned that the “extremely partisan investigation is pulling us apart.” Hypocritical because Congress used their majority to impeach President Trump. That investigation was extremely partisan.

Democrat investigations have produced zero arrests that directly relate to any of the investigations they have conducted.

Democrats are claiming they are upset because all these investigations are happening during the COVID 19 pandemic and they feel it is more important to focus on that. Of course, they always deflect when they don’t want the American people to find out the truth.

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Senate Republicans issued their first subpoena on Wednesday as part of wide-ranging investigations tied to the Obama administration, deepening a battle in Congress with implications for this fall’s presidential race.

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted along party lines to issue a subpoena for Blue Star Strategies, a firm with ties to Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman of the panel, has homed in on the U.S. firm as he probes Hunter Biden‘s work for Burisma Holdings, where Biden — the son of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — was a member of the board until he stepped down in 2019.

The subpoena asks for records from Blue Star Strategies from Jan. 1, 2013, to the present “related to work for or on behalf of Burisma Holdings or individuals associated with Burisma.”

Johnson is also requesting an interview with top Blue Star officials to discuss the subpoena.

Senate Democrats fumed over Johnson’s decision to schedule the vote amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sen. Gary Peters (Mich.), the top Democrat on the panel, warned that the “extremely partisan investigation is pulling us apart.” 

“This is not a serious bipartisan investigation in the tradition of this committee, and I do not believe we should be going down this road,” Peters said during the committee meeting.

He tried to table the subpoena vote until the committee could get a closed-door briefing with FBI and intelligence community officials, but the move was blocked by Republicans. 

“This is not my choice to spend any amount of time on this vote. I would have issued the subpoenas quietly,” Johnson said.

He added that when the committee previously considered subpoenaing a former consultant for the firm there was a “bipartisan suggestion that if you want the records from Blue Star, why don’t you just subpoena Blue Star? I said, so I will, so that’s what we’re doing here.” 

Democrats have warned for weeks, both publicly and privately, that GOP senators are using the panel to target President Trump‘s political rivals and potentially inadvertently spread Russian misinformation.

Source: Senate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe




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