Senate Republicans are ready to make their big move to sink Joe Biden’s campaign and will release their report on Biden and Burisma in the next few days.
The report is expected to be a thorn in the side of Biden’s campaign and will bring the many scandals surrounding Hunter Biden back into the media spotlight.
Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), are spearheading the effort to hold Biden to account. “I think it’s time for the American people to see what we’ve got,” said Johnson.
“What our investigations are uncovering, I think, will reveal this is not somebody we should be electing president of the United States,” Johnson added to a Wisconsin media outlet.
From The Hill:
In addition to an investigation focused on the Bidens, Johnson and Grassley are separately investigating the FBI’s Russia probe, “unmasking” and leaks from the early days of the Trump administration.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a member of Johnson’s committee and the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, warned that the Biden-Burisma probe was a “political exercise.”
“It’s not the legitimate role of government for Congress or for taxpayer expense to be used in an effort to damage political opponents,” Romney said.
Frustration between Johnson and Democrats, which has been building for weeks, is spilling into the spotlight, with Democrats on and off Capitol Hill accusing him of funneling Russian disinformation weeks before the election, something he has denied and, in turn, accused his critics of doing.
“It is disgraceful enough for the chair of the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee to dismiss the worst public health crisis in generations and abandon oversight of the failed federal response to the pandemic.
But to instead subsidize a foreign influence operation against the sovereignty of our elections with American taxpayer dollars, all in a vain attempt to resuscitate a conspiracy theory that hinges on Senator Johnson himself being corrupt, is tragic malfeasance,” said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden’s campaign.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, tried to pass a resolution aimed at the GOP’s Biden probe.
Underscoring the tension over the probe, aides and lawmakers told The Hill they were warned beforehand that there was concern they would violate the Senate’s Rule 19.
They were also given warnings while speaking about not violating the rule, underscoring the concern from Senate staff.
The rule says that “no Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.
” It’s rarely invoked, but Republicans did use it to temporarily sideline Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during the debate over then-Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) nomination to be Trump’s attorney general in 2017.