Romney: Biden, Burisma probe 'appears political'

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGraham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight MORE (R-Utah) said on Thursday that a GOP investigation into Hunter Biden and Ukrainian gas company Burisma "appears political," and that people are “tired” of political investigations. 

“There's no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political, and I think people are tired of these kind of political investigations,” Romney told reporters.

Romney’s skepticism could signal a significant roadblock for Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Liberal group launches campaign urging Republicans to support Biden's agenda Domestic extremists return to the Capitol MORE's (R-Wis.) efforts to subpoena a former consultant for a U.S. firm with ties to Burisma.

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Romney, a member of the committee, has not yet said if he will support the subpoena.

Because Sen. Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Officials urge Congress to consider fining companies that fail to report cyber incidents Senate Democrats announce million investment in key battlegrounds ahead of 2022 MORE (Mich.), the top Democrat on the committee, is opposing it, Johnson will need a simple majority to issue the subpoena.

Republicans hold an 8-6 majority on the committee. That means a "no" vote from Romney will result in a 7-7 tie, which would result in the subpoena failing.