Pelosi blasts Senate GOP subpoenas

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Trump says he's considering executive action to suspend evictions, payroll tax Trump won't say if he disagrees with Birx that virus is widespread MORE (D-Calif.) slammed the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday after the panel voted to subpoena a company as part of its investigation into Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks MORE's son.

The Democratic leader issued a statement attacking Republican members of the committee for using taxpayer resources during the coronavirus pandemic to investigate the younger Biden's past work at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company.

"Nearly 100,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, yet the GOP Senate is wasting precious time and taxpayer dollars smearing the President’s political rivals, while telling hungry families and laid-off workers to just 'take a pause,'" Pelosi said.


"These Republican subpoenas are a clear act of retaliation and political retribution intended to help the President keep his job. It is sad that the GOP Senate has meekly and weakly chosen to be complicit in the President’s desperate and dangerous political tactics instead of passing legislation to save lives and livelihoods," the Speaker continued, adding that she was calling upon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellProfessional sports players associations come out against coronavirus liability protections Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House Top GOP senator urges agencies to protect renters, banks amid coronavirus aid negotiations MORE (R-Ky.) "to 'take a pause' in the Senate GOP’s obstruction of meeting the needs of the American people."

Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security Committee have blasted the panel's investigation as partisan. Committee members voted along party lines Wednesday to subpoena Blue Star Strategies, a firm tied to Burisma, where Hunter Biden served as a board member before stepping down last year.

"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," Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersHouse committee requests hearing with postmaster general amid mail-in voting concerns Senators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery Trump may have power, but he still has no plan to fight the pandemic MORE (D-Mich.) said during Wednesday's committee meeting.

"You made the decision to force a vote on a purely political matter that will do absolutely nothing for those at risk of contracting COVID-19," added Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' MORE (D-Calif.).

The GOP is seeking records from early 2013 to present from Blue Star Strategies "related to work for or on behalf of Burisma Holdings or individuals associated with Burisma," according to the subpoena.


Johnson said he is also requesting to speak with top Blue Star officials to discuss the subpoena.

The move is part of wide-ranging investigations launched by Senate Republicans that are tied to the Obama administration.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE has pushed Republicans to use their majority to launch investigations. During a closed-door meeting Tuesday, he called on Republicans to be "tough" while referencing "Obamagate," his unsubstantiated claim that crimes were committed under the former president.

Republicans are examining a number of related issues as part of their probes, including the Bidens, the Russian interference investigation and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.