Senator Mitt Romney is voicing opposition to Republican investigations into Hunter Biden, describing such affairs as a “waste of time.”
Romney (R-UT) ran to his fellow faux conservatives at The Bulwark to make his position known.
The outlet, which described the younger Biden, currently identified by federal agents as having enough evidence to charge him with multiple crimes, as little more than a “political bugbear,” notes that Romney is the only GOP lawmaker to break with his party on the matter.
“I think it’s really hard to know what the politics of a course of action might be in this day and age, to know where our party stands, what our base wants, what independent voters want,” Romney said.
“But I think you have to do what you think is right and I think the American people want us to tackle some of the big challenges we have—immigration, inflation, and so forth—and the other things that divert from those priorities I think are a waste of time.”
The lone break with Republicans came once again from Mitt Romney, who told The Bulwark those types of political investigations, particularly into Hunter Biden, are a poor use of Congress’s already-limited resources. ICYMI @JoePerticone: https://t.co/odWTUWE7Pp
— The Bulwark (@BulwarkOnline) December 11, 2022
Romney: Hunter Biden Investigation a Waste of Time, January 6 Committee Not so Much
While it isn’t surprising that Mitt Romney would break with Republicans and jump to the defense of an embattled Democrat President and his scandal-plagued son, his reasoning is a bit of a shock.
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A “waste of time”?
This is the same man who voted in favor of establishing the January 6 committee to investigate the riot at the Capitol. Has there been a more colossal waste of taxpayer money than that investigation, Mitt?
Least surprising headline of the day: Romney first GOP senator to say he would vote for Jan. 6 commission bill https://t.co/ywNykvatby
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 25, 2021
Romney, of course, also defended Nancy Pelosi after she initiated the first impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, something even Democrat Representative Jerry Nadler (NY) called “unconstitutional.”
“She’s able to do what she feels is right. That’s up to her,” Romney said in defending Pelosi at the time. “At this stage, the process is to continue to gather information but clearly what we’ve seen from the transcript itself is deeply troubling.”
Much like the January 6 committee, the first impeachment trial was also a ‘waste of time.’
Romney later voted to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection during the second impeachment trial.
LATE BREAKING: Mitt Romney CALLS FOR END of Hunter Biden Investigations…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) December 11, 2022
Voiced Concern About Going After Hunter Before
Romney has been seemingly protecting Hunter Biden from being dragged into investigatory avenues before.
In March of 2020, the Washington Post reported that Romney was poised to join Democrats and vote to squash a subpoena related to Hunter Biden’s work with the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings.
Though he later relented, his reasoning sounded awfully familiar.
“I would prefer that investigations are done by an independent, non-political body,” he claimed. “There’s no question the appearance is not good.”
Romney went on to tell reporters that the investigation “appears political.”
“I think people are tired of these kinds of political investigations.”
Romney indicated to me today that he is still weighing whether to vote for a subpoena in Burisma probe. (He could kill the effort if he votes ‘no’ on Wednesday.) “There’s no question the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political,” he said pic.twitter.com/YfeKYGM9v6
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 5, 2020
Romney did later join Republicans in voting in favor of the subpoena.
In a weekend comment on a separate matter, Trump described Romney as a “pathetic joke.”
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