Senate Republicans issue first subpoena in Obama-era probes

Senate Republicans issue first subpoena in Obama-era probes

"It appears that Republicans want to use the subpoena power of this committee to attack Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic candidate", Feinstein said in a statement entered into the committee record during a brief Thursday meeting. "But if there's something there, the American people need to know that".

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the top Democrat on the committee, said Wednesday that the panel was "going down a unsafe road" at a time of national crisis.

Trump and his Republican allies in Congress contend that the Russian Federation probe began as an illicit effort by former Obama administration officials in the Justice Department to undermine Trump's candidacy and later his presidency.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to issue subpoenas related to Hunter Biden's work on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company.

The subpoena asks for records from January 1, 2013, to the present of Blue Star strategies "related to work for or on behalf of Burisma Holdings or individuals associated with Burisma". A committee vote is set for June 4.

"Senator Johnson should be working overtime to save American lives - but instead he's just trying to save the President's job", said Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden's presidential campaign, noting the current health and economic crisis.

UK Inflation Slows to Weakest Since 2016 Amid Virus Crisis
People did not go out and did not have money and were expecting government to provide palliatives. The NBS had reported a 12.26 per cent inflation rate for March 2020.

In a letter to the panel Wednesday, Blue Star said there was no reason a subpoena would be necessary. Democrats say the Republicans are using Senate resources and bad intel from Russian Federation to help boost President Donald Trump's reelection efforts, rather than focusing on the COVID-19 crisis. He plans to issue a report in the coming months.

It's the first subpoena authorized in Johnson's investigation into Burisma and Hunter Biden that ramped up following the end of the impeachment trial.

Democrats lashed out at the subpoena, calling it a thinly-veiled attempt to bolster President Donald Trump's re-election chances ahead of national elections this fall, and a distraction from badly-needed efforts to stem the impacts of the coronavirus pandemics. Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate the Bidens during a July phone call that was later revealed by a whistle-blower's complaint.

Following the committee vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York) accused Republicans of promoting "conspiracy theories".

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is asking the heads of four government agencies if Trump is "weaponizing" federal agencies by forcing them to cooperate with investigations into Biden while ignoring congressional requests into Democratic probes into the president.

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