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Explosive Senate report on Hunter Biden raises far deeper concerns than ‘conflict of interest’

James O’Keefe of Project Veritas pulled the curtain back on the hypocrisy of the liberal media when he leaked a recording of CNN President Jeff Zucker explaining why his network – or any other, for that matter – would refuse to cover the story of the FBI-confiscated laptop with info that Hunter Biden was making bank with foreign interests and possibly sharing the loot with his dad, Joe “the Big Guy” Biden.

“I don’t think that we should be repeating unsubstantiated smears just because the rightwing media suggests that we should,” Zucker told his top lieutenants, gliding high over the hypocrisy of his own network and others that for years hollered nonstop about President Donald Trump’s nonexistent involvement with Russian operatives in 2016. Others obviously agreed. For a week, Twitter pulled the plug on The New York Post, which broke the story of Hunter’s shady dealings, and knee-capped efforts to share its work. NPR blatantly announced it would not cover the story, calling it a “distraction.”

Of course, the media will surely and conveniently ignore the latest development in Hunter’s saga.

Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson recently released an 87-page report, “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns,” that seeks to explain what the left-wing media won’t tell the public about Hunter’s involvement in Ukraine, where Joe Biden, as vice president, was the chief architect of U.S. policy.

According to the report’s executive summary, Grassley and Johnson began looking into Hunter Biden’s excellent Ukrainian adventure in August 2019. They were interested in the Bidens’ potential conflict of interest after the Obama administration had green-lighted a Chinese investment company, formed by a merger of Chinese interests affiliated with that nation’s communist government and firm owned by Hunter Biden and the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry, acquiring a U.S. company that made sensitive military hardware.

The senators’ report notes that six months after the Hunter Biden-China partnership was cemented, the then-vice president’s son was added to the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company whose owner was suspected of corruption. That occurred less than a month after Joe Biden was made the “public face” of the Obama administration’s policy team in Ukraine, the report states.

“What the Chairmen discovered during the course of this investigation,” they write, “is that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine. Moreover, 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.”

“And,” they add, “Hunter Biden was not the only Biden who cashed in on Joe Biden’s vice presidency.”

Among their findings, Grassley and Johnson confirmed reports that Hunter Biden’s firm – speaking of Russian collusion – received a $3.5 million payment from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow. Baturina, who owned a construction company suspected of illegally obtaining contract from her husband, paid Biden’s company for unspecified consulting services.

The report also points out that seven months after Hunter Biden joined Burisma’s board, the company’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, reportedly “paid a $7 million bribe to officials serving under Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Vitaly Yarema, to ‘shut the case against Zlochevsky.’”

The senators also claim to have uncovered evidence that “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.’”

Grassley and Johnson also document the Bidens’ dubious activity on the other side of the globe.

In a section on Hunter’s dealings with China, the senators write, “Hunter Biden and (his partner) Devon Archer engaged in numerous financial transactions with Chinese nationals who had deep connections to the Communist Chinese government.” One of those Chinese nationals, Ye Jianming, founder of a Chinese energy company, had “extensive” connections to the communist government, Chinese military and “was also financially connected to Vice President Biden’s brother, James Biden.”

“Thus, the report states, “there exists a vast web of corporate connections and financial transactions between and among the Biden family and Chinese nationals.”

In their conclusion, Grassley and Johnson note, “The records acquired by the Committees also show that Hunter Biden and his family were involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe,” which included “work with Chinese nationals connected to the Communist regime (that) illustrate the deep financial connections that accelerated while Joe Biden was vice president and continued after he left office.” Those relationships netted Hunter and his business partner, Devon Archer, millions of dollars, and occurred “while Joe Biden was vice president and the public face of the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy.”

“The Chairmen’s investigation has faced many obstacles from the (Democratic) minority and from executive agencies that have failed to comply with document requests,” they say. “Accordingly, there remains much work to be done.”

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