A push by President Trump and his allies to investigate the Bidens has set off a horse race among high-profile Senate chairmen.
It’s spawned two competing probes in the upper chamber: Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are weeks into their own wide-ranging investigation that includes the Bidens and Ukraine while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is suggesting he’ll run a separate review out of the Judiciary Committee.
But the two groups aren’t coordinating their efforts, according to senators, setting up the potential for jurisdictional clashes as they both move forward.
Asked about the looming turf war, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, joked that “you’re suggesting this is an organized activity.”
“They’ve got a lot of free agents, and they’re entitled in their own right as a senator to ask for information, but it would be nice to have a little more organized, but so be it,” he added.
The president and some of his closest allies have pressed for an investigation into Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma, a Ukraine gas company, and former Vice President Joe Biden’s effort to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor.
The decision to launch an investigation was a role reversal for Graham, who had previously argued the Foreign Relations Committee, not his Judiciary Committee, had jurisdiction for the probe.
Pressed about his decision to reverse course and open his own investigation, Graham said lawmakers should be trying to “just ask questions,” regardless of who is asking them.