Hill editor-in-chief: Hunter Biden investigation only a 'matter of time'

The Hill’s Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Editor-in-Chief: Can Michael Bloomberg erase his terrible debate performance? The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Hill's Editor-In-Chief: Are Joe Biden donors panicking? MORE said Friday that a potential Republican-led investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine is only a “matter of time.”

Cusack told Hill.TV that even though some congressional Republicans have indicated that they aren’t necessarily interested in going down that path, he argued that Trump’s allies like Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat Everytown plans ad blitz on anniversary of House background check bill Kentucky state official says foreign adversaries 'routinely' scan election systems MORE (R-Ky.) or Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBarr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Graham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone MORE (R-S.C.) could very well launch a separate committee investigation to look into the former Vice President’s son.

“He doesn’t want to have the spectacle,” Cusack said in reference to McConnell. “And when we talked to senators they’re like, ‘yeah I don’t think we want to mix impeachment with that’ as far as the trial.”

“But I think it’s a matter of time,” he added. “Senator Lindsey Graham is a little bit all over the place recently. He could launch it and he’s a Trump ally.”

Cusack’s comments come as President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE appears to be facing some pushback from congressional Republicans over whether to call on Biden and his son Hunter to testify in the House impeachment inquiry.

Trump tweeted Thursday that the Bidens “must testify,” raising questions over whether the two would be brought in as part of the public impeachment trial. 

 “What did Hunter Biden do for the money?” @SenJohnKennedy A very good question. He and Sleepy Joe must testify!” Trump tweeted.

However, when asked about Trump floating that the Bidens should testify, Graham said he didn’t understand it as a "defense to the president,” adding “we’ll make that decision, not the president.”

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOcasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan warnings Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony MORE (R-Texas), who has also repeatedly come to the president's defense on impeachment, told The Hill that he thought Republicans need to stay focused on the impeachment battle and "not go down any rabbit holes." 

The GOP has sharpened its focus on Biden and his son as Trump's impeachment inquiry moves into the public phase. Open hearings are scheduled for next week as Democrats probe the president’s attempts to push foreign governments to investigate his political rivals.

—Tess Bonn