SPONSORED:

GOP senator wants to release report on Biden-Burisma probe as soon as June

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna Vaccine hesitancy among lawmakers slows return to normalcy on Capitol Hill FBI was aware Giuliani was a target of a Russian influence campaign ahead of 2020 election: report MORE (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that he wants to release a report on his investigation into Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings and Hunter Biden as soon as next month.

“I'd like to get something out in the June timeframe, personally, certainly before the August recess,” Johnson told reporters, asked about his previous comments that he wanted to release an interim report over the summer.

Johnson and Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley asks Blinken to provide potential conflicts involving John Kerry Overnight Defense: Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform | US troops begin leaving Afghanistan | Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform MORE (R-Iowa) are months into a wide-ranging investigation stemming from the Obama administration, part of which is about the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

ADVERTISEMENT

They said in a request for information earlier this year that they were looking at “potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration."

Johnson and Grassley have since received documents from multiple agencies, including the State and Treasury departments and the National Archives.

Johnson noted Wednesday that staff are compiling the report as they get the information from the administration.

"They go through that and they're writing up sections of the report. And kind of once we think we have enough body of information here to basically tell the basic story, we'll assemble all of those write-ups and issue our report," Johnson said.

His comments come after Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to issue the first subpoena of the investigation. It's also the first subpoena to come out of any of the GOP probes tied to the Obama administration.

ADVERTISEMENT

The subpoena asks for records from Jan. 1, 2013, to the present of Blue Star Strategies "related to work for or on behalf of Burisma Holdings or individuals associated with Burisma." Johnson is also requesting an interview with top Blue Star executives to discuss the subpoena.

Johnson has homed in on the U.S. firm as he probes Hunter Biden's work for Burisma Holdings, where Hunter Biden was a member of the board until he stepped down in 2019.

Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Joe Biden's campaign, said Johnson is "running a political errand for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE" in the middle of the coronavirus health crisis, including trying to "resurrect a craven, previously-debunked smear against Vice President BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE."