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

The Hill’s Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackHill editor-in-chief calls IG report 'a game-changer' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Hill editor-in-chief reacts to fifth Democratic debate 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 McConnellRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment CNN's Cuomo promotes 'Dirty Donald' hashtag, hits GOP for 'loyalty oath' to Trump MORE (R-Ky.) or Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip 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 TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' 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 CornynTrump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn On The Money: Trump, China announce 'Phase One' trade deal | Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records | House panel schedules hearing, vote on new NAFTA deal On The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA 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