Senate releases report on Hunter Biden investigation
On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees released an interim report on their joint investigation into Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings and his alleged extensive and complex financial transactions.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley told the press that their joint investigation faced many obstacles from their Democratic colleagues and that several executive agencies failed to comply with document requests from the committees.
“OUT TODAY: Report with @chuckgrassley found millions of dollars in questionable financial transactions between Hunter Biden & his associates and foreign individuals, including the wife of the former mayor of Moscow,” Johnson tweeted.
Both Johnson and Grassley say there is still much work to be done with their investigation despite today’s 87-page report.
“This investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch,” the report reads. “Even though Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board cast a shadow over the work of those advancing anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine, the Committees are only aware of two individuals who raised concerns to their superiors. Despite the efforts of these individuals, their concerns appear to have fallen on deaf ears.”
The committees found that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Burisma was problematic and interfered in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.
The Biden campaign responded to the report on Wednesday labeling the investigation as a conspiracy theory and attacking Johnson for devoting committee time to the matter.
“As the coronavirus death toll climbs and Wisconsinites struggle with joblessness, Ron Johnson has wasted months diverting the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee away from any oversight of the catastrophically botched federal response to the pandemic, a threat Sen. Johnson has dismissed by saying that death is an unavoidable part of life,” said Biden spokesman Andrew Bates.
Bates continued: “Why? To subsidize a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars — an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory that hinges on Sen. Johnson himself being corrupt and that the Senator has now explicitly stated he is attempting to exploit to bail out Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.”
The committees were also concerned with records they received from the U.S. Treasury Department, which showed potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with foreign nationals.
“Some recipients of those funds are Ukrainian or Russian citizens,” the report states. “The records note that it is a documented fact that Hunter Biden has sent funds to non-resident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.”
Senate investigators also found millions of dollars in “questionable financial transactions” between Hunter Biden and his associates with foreign individuals including the wife of Moocow’s former mayor and people with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
Donald Trump Jr. went after Hunter Biden on Twitter pointing out the reports claims that link him to a possible human trafficking ring.
“Hunter Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern European countries and who appear to be linked to an “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring,” tweeted Trump Jr.
Hunter Biden is the son of the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. His work background came up often during the impeachment hearings of Trump earlier this year. He and his father have denied any wrongdoing related to his work with the Ukrainian company.
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