Pelosi blasts Senate GOP subpoenas

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse cancels planned Thursday vote on FISA The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US virus deaths exceed 100,000; Pelosi pulls FISA bill Pelosi pulls vote on FISA bill after Trump veto threat 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 BidenLifting our voices — and votes Longtime Democratic pollster: Warren 'obvious solution' for Biden's VP pick Biden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report 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 McConnellMcConnell urges people to wear masks: 'There's no stigma' Frustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  Lack of child care poses major hurdle as businesses reopen 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 PetersMichigan GOP candidate's Senate petition deemed 'insufficient' over signatures The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Cuomo rings the first opening bell since March The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip 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 HarrisLongtime Democratic pollster: Warren 'obvious solution' for Biden's VP pick Warren's VP bid faces obstacle: Her state's Republican governor Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 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 TrumpTrump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K coronavirus deaths DOJ: George Floyd death investigation a 'top priority' Lifting our voices — and votes 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.