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A spokesperson for Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday he would vote to allow a Senate committee to subpoena documents related to Hunter Biden's work for a Ukrainian energy company.

The Washington Post reports Romney is casting doubt on a proposed investigation into Biden's work for Burisma holdings by the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, saying the probe may be politically motivated.

“I would prefer that investigations are done by an independent, nonpolitical body,” Romney told The Post’s Mike DeBonis. “There’s no question the appearance is not good.”


Romney also told reporters the effort “appears political” and said, “I think people are tired of these kind of political investigations.”

Liz Johnson, a spokesperson for Romney's office said Friday in an email:

"Senator Romney has expressed his concerns to Chairman Johnson, who has confirmed that any interview of the witness would occur in a closed setting without a hearing or a public spectacle. He will therefore vote to let the Chairman proceed to obtain the documents that have been offered."

That committee has 8 Republicans and 6 Democrats. If Romney votes with the Democratic minority against the subpoena, it would lead to a 7-7 deadlock and prevent the subpoena from being issued.

The chairman of the committee, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, has set a vote on the subpoena for next week.