Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonA pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Sen. Ron Johnson hoping for Democratic 'gridlock' on reconciliation package Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' MORE (R-Wis.) canceled a vote scheduled for Wednesday afternoon on a subpoena stemming from his months-long probe into Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings.
“Out of an abundance of caution, and to allow time for you to receive additional briefings, I will postpone a vote to subpoena records and an appearance from former Blue Star Strategies consultant Andrii Telizhenko about his work for the lobbying firm,” Johnson said in a note to committee members, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill.
The committee had been poised to vote Wednesday afternoon to subpoena Telizhenko for documents and an interview. Johnson characterized him as willing to participate with the committee's investigation but currently he is barred by a nondisclosure agreement.
"Ron Johnson is turning the Homeland Security Committee into an instrument of Russian disinformation," Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichGlasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal Democrats say they're committed to reducing emissions in Biden plan GOP lawmakers introduce measure in support of Columbus Day MORE (D-N.M.) tweeted this week.
Instead of subpoenaing Telizhenko, Johnson indicated that he would instead target Blue Star Strategies, which has ties to Burisma.
“While we work through those questions, at the suggestion of both Republican and Democrat Committee members, we will instead go straight to the source and compel the same records and an appearance directly from Blue Star Strategies,” Johnson added in the message to committee members.
"In fact, Senator Johnson himself, joined by other Republicans, endorsed Joe Biden's work to get this corrupt prosecutor fired and signed a letter supporting that effort in 2015. He has as much credibility on this issue as Bernie Madoff did on pension funds," he added.