Romney could block Republican subpoena try aimed at the Bidens

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
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Romney could block Republican subpoena try aimed at the Bidens
By Edmund DeMarche | Fox News
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who faced the scorn of President Trump and fellow Republicans over his vote last month to convict at the Senate impeachment trial, questioned the motivation behind a Republican effort to issue a subpoena related to Hunter Biden and his dealing with Ukraine.
"I would prefer that investigations are done by an independent, non-political body," Romney told the Washington Post. "There’s no question the appearance is not good."
TRUMP SUGGESTS JOE BIDEN IS NOT COMPETENT
Republicans are gearing up for a vote next week in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that would approve a subpoena aimed at gathering information related to a former Ukrainian diplomat with ties to the consulting firm Blue Star Strategies, Reuters reported. The allegation is that the company used Hunter Biden for access to the State Department. His father was vice president at the time.
The Bidens have denied any wrongdoing.
Romney’s vote is pivotal. Republicans maintain an 8-to-6 majority in the committee, and if Romney sides with Democrats the result would be a 7-7 tie.
"There’s no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political. And I think people are tired of these kinds of political investigations," Romney said.
The committee has been pursuing its investigation into the Bidens since at least November. The vote is expected next Wednesday.
"Joe Biden has never adequately answered these questions," Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told "The Story with Martha McCallum" this week.
"I’ve said repeatedly, if there’s wrongdoing the American people need to understand that. If there is no wrongdoing, or if it's not significant, the American people need to understand that," the chairman of the committee said.
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Trump told Fox News that Joe Biden was "damaged" by the impeachment process that implicated his son Hunter in apparent overseas corruption while Biden was vice president. "They aimed at Trump and they took Biden down," the president said.
Fox News' Tyler Olson and Gregg Re contributed to this report

 

Fake Shemp

Super Cool TB2K Member
Romney is a disgrace and his judgment stinks. Maybe he should be the next poster child for the Democrat party.
 

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
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Romney’s career as a Republican is over and he knows it. Once he’s done enough damage, he’ll flip.
 

Cacheman

Veteran Member
If I had my fingers in the Ukraine cookie jar as much as he did I'd try to block it also

Top Romney Adviser Worked With Hunter Biden On Board Of Ukrainian Energy Company
September 26, 2019 By Erielle Davidson

2-3 minutes


As Democrats and the media remain fanatically obsessed with assembling some form of a “quid pro quo” from the infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call, new details have emerged regarding Burisma, the company for which Hunter Biden worked and the company that Ukraine’s top prosecutor had been investigating before Vice President Joe Biden had the prosecutor fired via a months-long pressure campaign.

According to web archives, top Mitt Romney adviser Joseph Cofer Black, who publicly goes by “Cofer Black,” joined Burisma’s board of directors while Hunter Biden was also serving on the board.
According to The New Yorker, Hunter joined Burisma’s board in April of 2014 and remained on it until he declined to renew his position this past May. Meanwhile, according to Burisma’s website, Black was appointed in February of 2017 and continues to serve on its board. The timelines would indicate that Black and Biden worked together at Burisma, and indeed, web archives from late 2017 show Black and Biden listed simultaneously on the board.

Black joined the CIA in 1974 and eventually climbed the ranks to become director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him ambassador at large and coordinator for counterterrorism. He later worked at Blackwater as a vice chairman before joining Romney’s campaign as a “special adviser” on Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team in October of 2011. In 2017, Black joined the board of Burisma.

It’s looking increasingly probable that Burisma, the subject of a series of corruption allegations in the past, has been smartly buying Western complacency by slapping a few famous names on its board. In addition to the son of a vice president and a special adviser to a GOP presidential candidate, the board also boasts the former president of Poland from 1995 to 2005, Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
 
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NoMoreLibs

Hey Karen, STFU!
Well, that sucks about lack of recall.

He'll flip? I think he already has but just hasn't formally announced it. Wonder how much time he spends on the phone and in the office Schumer.
 

Illini Warrior

Veteran Member
Romney, unfortunately, won't be alone - there'll be decent GOPers that will be on his side because of that underlying Senate "old boyz club" - Biden belonged to that club for decades and there are old school guys that have that instilled ...
 

20Gauge

Has No Life - Lives on TB
The Senate can de-certify his seat.

Every Congress Critter needs to be recognized by their respective chamber. If they choose, they can un-recognize them at any point they decide to do so. I am expecting this to begin happening with the next Democrat Controlled Congress.
 

NoDandy

Has No Life - Lives on TB
The Senate can de-certify his seat.

Every Congress Critter needs to be recognized by their respective chamber. If they choose, they can un-recognize them at any point they decide to do so. I am expecting this to begin happening with the next Democrat Controlled Congress.
How many votes in the Senate are required to do that ? If it is true, then the GOP needs to do so, NOW!!! While they are at it, they need to do the same to Chucky Schmucky, NOW !!!

Yes, the media will bitch, scream, etc. P*ss on the media !!!!
 

Cacheman

Veteran Member
How many votes in the Senate are required to do that ? If it is true, then the GOP needs to do so, NOW!!! While they are at it, they need to do the same to Chucky Schmucky, NOW !!!

Yes, the media will bitch, scream, etc. P*ss on the media !!!!
Voting to expel requires a 2/3's vote, Dems will never turn on either one of their own.
 

Laurane

Canadian Loonie
Romney should have been removed from his Senate Committees - at least the Homeland Security one, when McConnell had a chance. Now removing him will look like a move against Biden and his "wittle boy" to ensure the votes.

I believe what they are talking about is the vote out of Committee.
 

Raggedyman

Res ipsa loquitur
Romney, unfortunately, won't be alone - there'll be decent GOPers that will be on his side because of that underlying Senate "old boyz club" - Biden belonged to that club for decades and there are old school guys that have that instilled ...
we can always add those bastards to the list - it seems to be growing . . .
 

Raggedyman

Res ipsa loquitur
How many votes in the Senate are required to do that ? If it is true, then the GOP needs to do so, NOW!!! While they are at it, they need to do the same to Chucky Schmucky, NOW !!!

Yes, the media will bitch, scream, etc. P*ss on the media !!!!

AMEN - add those fvks to the list too . . .
 

Raggedyman

Res ipsa loquitur
WILLARD - the SOB who had all the rats in his closet in the movie Ben but in this case they're just scum bag poly-tick-ians - should be easier on your conscience when you drown them

Willard (1971) - Official Trailer (HD) (2:33)
 

Illini Warrior

Veteran Member
some of you need to return to Earth - highly likely the old man Biden gets a Senate pass >>> you think that Romney could be voted for removal - GET REAL
 

The Hammer

Veteran Member
Romney needs to have political reassignment surgery and just become a Democrat already. You know he wants to.
 

Rabbit

Veteran Member
McConnell isn't going to do anything to Mitt. He is a millionaire 25 times over himself and he has been a politician 99.9% of his working career. Has he had a hand in a cookie jar or two himself?
 

Housecarl

On TB every waking moment
If I had my fingers in the Ukraine cookie jar as much as he did I'd try to block it also

Top Romney Adviser Worked With Hunter Biden On Board Of Ukrainian Energy Company
September 26, 2019 By Erielle Davidson

2-3 minutes


As Democrats and the media remain fanatically obsessed with assembling some form of a “quid pro quo” from the infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call, new details have emerged regarding Burisma, the company for which Hunter Biden worked and the company that Ukraine’s top prosecutor had been investigating before Vice President Joe Biden had the prosecutor fired via a months-long pressure campaign.

According to web archives, top Mitt Romney adviser Joseph Cofer Black, who publicly goes by “Cofer Black,” joined Burisma’s board of directors while Hunter Biden was also serving on the board.
According to The New Yorker, Hunter joined Burisma’s board in April of 2014 and remained on it until he declined to renew his position this past May. Meanwhile, according to Burisma’s website, Black was appointed in February of 2017 and continues to serve on its board. The timelines would indicate that Black and Biden worked together at Burisma, and indeed, web archives from late 2017 show Black and Biden listed simultaneously on the board.

Black joined the CIA in 1974 and eventually climbed the ranks to become director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him ambassador at large and coordinator for counterterrorism. He later worked at Blackwater as a vice chairman before joining Romney’s campaign as a “special adviser” on Romney’s Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team in October of 2011. In 2017, Black joined the board of Burisma.

It’s looking increasingly probable that Burisma, the subject of a series of corruption allegations in the past, has been smartly buying Western complacency by slapping a few famous names on its board. In addition to the son of a vice president and a special adviser to a GOP presidential candidate, the board also boasts the former president of Poland from 1995 to 2005, Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
As it always ends up, follow the stink and you end up following the money....This alone should disqualify Mittens from having any say in this mess.....
 

marsh

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Romney's adviser was Kofer Black, ex CIA and Blackwater Exec. He now serves on the Burisma Board. Prior to Black, Burisma had another ex-CIA. There is some tie going on there. I think it was also there with John McCain (and perhaps Lindsay Graham.) Romney and the "never Trumpers" have some CIA thing going on. Whether this is from some weird cadre that thinks it's agenda is "patriotic" or there is some monetary interest (like was alleged with Papa Bush and the "poppy" trade) or arms dealing, I do not know.
 

beDplorable

Contributing Member
Romney to vote for subpoena seeking records on Hunter Biden’s Ukraine work


By ANDREW DESIDERIO
03/06/2020 12:46 PM EST
Updated: 03/06/2020 07:40 PM EST

Sen. Mitt Romney will vote in favor of a subpoena seeking records about the work Joe Biden’s son Hunter did for the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, a spokeswoman for the Utah Republican said on Friday.
Romney’s decision comes after several days of expressing dismay over the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s investigation targeting the Bidens, even suggesting on Thursday that the panel shouldn’t even be looking into the issue.

But after securing certain commitments from the committee’s chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Romney has decided to support the subpoena when the panel votes on it next Wednesday — all but ensuring it will be issued.

“Senator Romney has expressed his concerns to Chairman Johnson, who has confirmed that any interview of the witness would occur in a closed setting without a hearing or public spectacle,” Romney’s spokeswoman Liz Johnson said. “He will therefore vote to let the chairman proceed to obtain the documents that have been offered.”

Romney has said in recent days that the committee’s investigation into the Bidens has the “appearance” of being politically motivated, given Biden’s resurgence in the Democratic presidential primary. Romney was the only Republican who voted to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial last month, saying he believed Trump violated his oath of office when he pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens.

“There’s no question the appearance is not good,” Romney told reporters on Thursday, later adding: “I would prefer that investigations are done by an independent, nonpolitical body.”

The subpoena seeks documents from a former consultant for Blue Star, a Democratic public affairs firm, as part of the committee’s investigation into conflict-of-interest claims surrounding the younger Biden’s role on the board of Burisma.
The ex-consultant, Andrii Telizhenko, has leveled unsubstantiated claims of coordination between the Ukrainian government and the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

The committee has an 8-6 Republican majority, meaning that if Romney were to oppose the subpoena, it would not be issued. The other seven GOP members of the panel are likely to vote in support of the subpoena.

Democrats have said such an investigation is politically motivated and could even aid Russian disinformation efforts. Some Republicans, too, have raised concerns about the type of information the committee receives as part of its probe, including the possibility that some of it is connected to Russian intelligence.

Later Friday, the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, sent a letter to Johnson calling for classified briefings about Telizhenko ahead of the subpoena vote. Peters said members of his staff recently “informed the FBI that they had questions about Mr. Telizhenko that could only be asked in a classified setting, and the FBI agreed to provide the committee with that opportunity.”

Peters similarly called for intelligence briefings on whether foreign actors are trying to use the committee’s investigation to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

Johnson has insisted that his probe has nothing to do with the presidential election. But on Wednesday, a day after Biden’s Super Tuesday rout, he said he would likely release an interim report on the investigation within one to two months.
“If I were a Democrat primary voter, I’d want these questions satisfactorily answered before I cast my final vote,” Johnson said.

And Trump heightened Democrats’ criticisms of the effort when the president said in a Fox News interview earlier this week that he would use the Burisma issue against Biden in the general election if the former vice president becomes the Democratic nominee.
 

zeker

Veteran Member
WILLARD - the SOB who had all the rats in his closet in the movie Ben but in this case they're just scum bag poly-tick-ians - should be easier on your conscience when you drown them

Willard (1971) - Official Trailer (HD) (2:33)
I remember that movie

in the main movie BEN

micheal Jackson sung a song(ben)

and I mentioned to whoever I was with

"that kid will be famous"

I never liked ANY of mj music, but I did like that song
 

Cacheman

Veteran Member
But after securing certain commitments from the committee’s chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Romney has decided to support the subpoena when the panel votes on it next Wednesday — all but ensuring it will be issued.
In other words, Mittens, his family, and advisors won't be investigated for their involvement in the Ukraine cookie jar.
 
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