At the heart of Democrats’ attempts to oust Donald Trump — an effort that is expected to end in an acquittal by the Senate on Wednesday — were the president’s calls for an investigation into alleged improprieties in Ukraine involving former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and a corrupt Ukrainian energy firm known as Burisma Holdings. Now, Republicans are doing some investigating of their own.
On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) revealed in an interview with Fox that once the impeachment trial has concluded, a Senate committee will look into the questionable goings-on involving the Bidens and Burisma in Ukraine — and Graham even gave a hint of who could expect to be subpoenaed to testify, The Daily Caller reported.
Graham: Senate investigations are coming
Graham’s revelation came during a conversation with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo about “what’s next” following the conclusion of the impeachment saga. For his part, the senator described three separate avenues that he and his Republican colleagues intend to pursue in the “coming weeks.”
While Graham’s own Judiciary Committee will be looking into the FBI’s alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to obtain warrants to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign, the Senate Intelligence Committee will be looking closely at the so-called “whistleblower” whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry in the first place.
At the same time, Graham told Bartiromo that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by chairman Jim Risch (R-ID), will be digging into the allegations regarding the Bidens in Ukraine — including by questioning certain current and former State Department officials who were aware of what was going on, including former Secretary of State John Kerry’s chief of staff, not to mention Kerry’s stepson.
“We’re going to get to the bottom of this,” Graham said, “and I can prove beyond any doubt that Joe Biden’s efforts in the Ukraine to root out corruption was undercut because he let his son sit on the board of the most corrupt company in the Ukraine, and we’re not going to give him a pass on that.”
Calling Biden to the stand
The senator went on to urge Chairman Risch to “call on the chief of staff to John Kerry, who was told about the conflict of interest with Hunter Biden being on Burisma’s board early on. [Christopher] Heinz, the stepson of Kerry, was a business partner of Hunter Biden and Devon Archer and he told the State Department ‘I’m not part of this deal, I don’t think it’s right,'” Graham added.
“Let’s start there, let’s call these people in,” the senator continued. “Eventually, we’ll get to Hunter Biden, and I want to know why the Obama administration did nothing about this obvious conflict of interest.”
Take a look at Graham’s talk, courtesy of the Daily Caller:
While it is unclear when, exactly, the hearings promised by Sen. Graham will be conducted, he did suggest they will occur within the “coming weeks.” Hopefully, that means sooner than later.
By all appearances, there was something fishy going on in Ukraine that involved the Bidens — hence, President Trump’s request for Ukraine to investigate the matter on their end. Despite protestations from the left, there are questions that require answers and potential wrongdoings that require some measure of accountability.