Sen. Ron Johnson to Release Interim Report on Biden Probe Within a Week

September 15, 2020 Updated: September 15, 2020

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Monday that he is on the verge of releasing an interim report on the probe involving Hunter Biden and the Obama administration.

“Stay tuned. In about a week we’re going to learn a whole lot more of Vice President Biden’s fitness for office,” Johnson told Republicans during a video call, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Johnson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In July, Biden’s presidential campaign launched a personal attack on Johnson in a memo.

The memo, which was written by Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield, claims Johnson diverted his committee’s resources away from the oversight of the CCP virus pandemic to promote “a long-debunked, hardcore right-wing conspiracy theory” about the Bidens as part of a strategy to assist President Donald Trump in his reelection.

Johnson has been leading an investigation into the Bidens’ dealing in Ukraine.

Hunter Biden’s reportedly lucrative position on the board of Burisma while his father was in office has drawn Republicans’ ire, although both Bidens have said they haven’t engaged in any corrupt activities. Burisma and the Bidens came up during a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which became the focus on the House Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

“As part of the committee’s ongoing investigation, it has received U.S. government records indicating that Blue Star sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s role as a board member of Burisma to gain access to, and potentially influence matters at, the State Department,” Johnson wrote in a letter to other members of the committee.

Johnson, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have sought documents and records from different agencies related to Hunter Biden’s business activities in Ukraine. If senators vote in favor of Johnson’s subpoena, it will mark an escalation in the investigation.

Grassley and Johnson, in particular, have been investigating whether there was a conflict of interest when the younger Biden served on the board of Burisma. Ukrainian officials have been investigating the founder of Burisma, Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, for money laundering, tax evasion, and corruption. His whereabouts are currently not known.

Joe Biden’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report