McConnell on Burisma, Biden probe: 'I think it's worth taking a look at'

McConnell on Burisma, Biden probe: 'I think it's worth taking a look at'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Actor John Krasinski films outside White House Biden's Supreme Court choice: A political promise, but also a matter of justice Let's 'reimagine' political corruption MORE (R-Ky.) is signaling potential support for a probe into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Romney tests positive for coronavirus Pelosi sidesteps progressives' March 1 deadline for Build Back Better MORE's son Hunter Biden and Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings. 

"I think it's worth taking a look at," McConnell told Fox News during an interview on Thursday night when asked about concerns that the investigation being run by Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJewish groups sound the alarm as anti-vaccine mandate movement invokes Holocaust  Former Senate candidate launches bid for governor in Wisconsin Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski rolls out rural policy plan MORE (R-Wis.) is political. 
 
But McConnell said that he doesn't "tell my committee chairman what to investigate" and defended Johnson, who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. 
 
"Senator Johnson's very responsible, not inclined to be overly partisan on everything that comes along. He's been trying, as he indicated, to kind of quietly look at this for some time before Biden's comeback ... which made him more likely the nominee," McConnell said. 
 
"If you become the front-runner you come under a lot of scrutiny, from the press, from both sides. Joe has been around a long time, he knows that this sort of thing will be looked at when you become the likely nominee of your party," McConnell added.
 
McConnell's comments mark the strongest indication of public support he has shown for the months-long investigation being run by Johnson, as well as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Small ranchers say Biden letting them get squeezed These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-Iowa). 
 
He was previously asked after the end of the impeachment trial if Republicans were now going to target the Bidens, but largely sidestepped taking a position. 
 
"I don't tell the committee chairmen what to look at. One of you suggested earlier the House is probably still in the investigatory business. I can only suggest that the Senate could choose to do that as well, but we don't have a dictatorship over in the Senate,” McConnell said at the time
 
In addition to Hunter Biden's work on the board of Burisma, Johnson and Grassley have a wide-ranging probe that is looking at potential wrongdoing during the Obama administration. 
 
Johnson will try to issue the first subpoena in the Biden-Burisma investigation next week. With Sen. Gary PetersGary PetersGary Peters details abortion story in defense of Roe v. Wade Breyer retirement throws curveball into midterms Democrats ask for information on specialized Border Patrol teams MORE (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, opposed, Johnson will need a simple majority to be successful.
 
Republicans have questioned if Hunter Biden's work constituted a conflict of interest given his father's work on Ukraine during the Obama administration.

The former vice president has denied wrongdoing, and there is no evidence that either of the Bidens engaged in any criminal wrongdoing. Fact-checkers have also debunked claims that Biden was working with his son's interest in mind.
 
Republicans hold a 8-6 majority on the committee, meaning Johnson will need every Republican on the panel to support the subpoena if every Democrat opposes it. Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney Romney tests positive for coronavirus Build Back Smaller: What's the best path forward for Democrats? Romney participating in fundraiser for Liz Cheney MORE (R-Utah) has not said how he will vote, but he has raised concerns that the investigation looks political.