Senior Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday, Feb. 1, that he and other legislators expect to call witnesses in the coming weeks to begin hearings in the case of Hunter Biden, son of now Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in the same week that the impeachment of President Donald Trump is expected to end.
As noted by The Daily Caller, Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Jim Risch, to call former Secretary of State John Kerry’s chief of staff.
Kerry, like the Bidens, was also involved in the case of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma after it appeared that Vice PresidentJoe Biden may have at the time been responsible for pressuring Ukraine for the dismissal of former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who was charged with investigating the energy firm.
Democrats in the House argued in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump that he pressured the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for an investigation into the Biden family in exchange for military aid.
Graham said in an interview on Fox News’s “Sunday Mornings Futures,” “We’re going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again,” adding that the whistleblower was expected to be called to testify.
“The Senate Intel Committee under [Sen.] Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has told us that we will call the whistleblower. Why is it important? I want to find out how all this crap started,” Graham told host Maria Bartiromo.
According to The Huffington Post, last week at the impeachment hearing, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), sent a question to Chief Justice John Roberts about the anonymous whistleblower, which he was barred from doing by the Democrats in the Senate, saying that it jeopardized his integrity.
“Are you aware that House Intelligence Committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot to impeach the president before the formal House impeachment proceedings?” was Paul’s question.
With that question, Paul was trying to determine whether Democrats and Obama’s National Security Council officials had planned to impeach President Trump even before the formal inquiry.
Graham also expects Christopher Heinz, Kerry’s stepson and Hunter Biden’s business partner, to testify.
As The Daily Caller indicated, according to some State Department emails, on May 13, 2014, Heinz contacted Washington officials, with the idea of alerting them to Hunter’s relations with Burisma.
Another witness to be called to the Senate would be George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, who had previously spoken at the Trump inquiry saying that Burisma’s case raised concerns for him.
Graham also said they will continue to investigate problems related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
He warned that former FBI officials James Comey and Andrew McCabe, as well as former prosecutors Rod Rosenstein and Sally Yates, will also be called to testify about FISA and its relationship to the investigation of Trump’s former campaign adviser, Carte Page.
According to The Washington Times, the senators will take a final vote on Wednesday, after President Trump gives the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 4.