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WASHINGTON, DC- Well, this is poor timing for old lunch bucket Joe Biden. On Wednesday, Senate Republicans released a report which detailed troubling foreign business dealings by Biden’s son, Hunter, while Biden was in charge of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Likewise, the report eviscerated claims by Democrats of Russian disinformation.
The Washington Examiner says that the 87-page report issued jointly by the Republican-led Homeland Security and Finance Committees, titled Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns was slammed even prior to its release by Democrats, who claimed the timing of the report’s release was intended to harm Biden, while claiming it was a product of Russian disinformation.
National Review reported that the committees and their staff had reviewed over 45,000 pages of Obama administration records, and interviewed eight witnesses, many who were either current or former U.S. officials.
The report was the result of a joint investigation by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.
The report focuses on Joe Biden’s role in developing the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy even while Hunter Biden had received a lucrative position as a member of the board of Burisma Holdings, which was believed to be a corrupt Ukrainian oil company.
The company, run by Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky and Hunter Biden’s role in it did, according to Republicans “create an immediate potential conflict of interest that would prove to be problematic for both U.S. and Ukrainian officials and would affect the implementation of Ukraine policy.”
That issue was raised by President Trump during the president’s controversial phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which of course led to the infamous so-called “whistleblower” complaint that resulted in the impeachment of President Trump. He of course was acquitted by the senate.
Aside from Burisma, Johnson and Grassley also explored other business dealings involving Hunter Biden, his business partner Devon Archer, as well as other members of the Biden family, and also included other business dealings tied to both Russia and China.
“This is a good-government oversight investigation that relies on documents and testimony from U.S. agencies and officials, not s Russian disinformation campaign, as our Democratic colleagues have falsely stated,” the report says.
“What the Chairmen discovered during the course of this investigation 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.”
The report noted that George Kent, former acting deputy chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine expressed concern to persons within Joe Biden’s office related to the possible conflict of interest regarding Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Burisma. Kent’s concerns were not addressed by anyone in the vice president’s office.
Kent took it further, writing an email to colleagues expressing his concerns about Hunter Biden’s role on the Burisma board, and noted that it was “awkward” while U.S. officials were at the same time pushing an anticorruption agenda in Ukraine.
Besides Kent, another official, the State Department’s Amos Hochstein “raised concerns with Vice President Biden, as well as with Hunter Biden” about a possible conflict of interest and the exposure of the U.S. to Russian disinformation, as well as “undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine” in October 2015.
Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma has been widely panned by President Trump, as well as Republicans who have questioned his qualifications to be on the board of an energy company despite his having zero experience in that sector, as well as due to his history of drug use.
Democrats claim that allegations of wrongdoing and claims of corruption are nothing more than political smears, despite the fact that Biden had pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma and to insulate Hunter Biden.
As part of that pressure Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees if Ukraine didn’t fire the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin.
“The extent to which Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board affected U.S. policy toward Ukraine is not clear,” the GOP report said.
“But what is clear from the records, however, is that State Department officials, particularly Kent himself, regularly considered how Hunter Biden’s connection to Burisma might affect the execution of U.S. policy.
“Moreover…this included having to respond to Russian actors attempting to exploit Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board to drive a wedge between Ukrainian and the U.S. in an effort to undermine U.S. policy toward Ukraine.”
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Baturina is the wife of the former mayor of Moscow. Likewise, the report alleges that Hunter Biden “opened a bank account with” a Chinese businessman, Gongwen Dong in order to “fund a $100,000 global spending spree” with Joe Biden’s younger brother, James Biden and James’s wife, Sara.
“Hunter Biden had business associations with Ye Jianming, Gongwen Dong, and other Chinese nationals linked to the Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army,” the report says. “Those associations resulted in millions of dollars in cash flow.”
No wonder his father doesn’t want to go after China. A bit too close to home, apparently.
Further, the report claims 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.”
Town Hall reported that In response to the revelations, the Trump campaign responded:
“The Senate investigation’s explosive new revelations about the Biden family profiting from Russia, China, and other foreign sources while Joe Biden was vice president amount to stunning levels of corruption and breathtaking breaches of America’s national security.
“While Biden was vice president, his son Hunter received a $3.5 million wire transfer from the billionaire wife of the former mayor of Moscow, individuals who are undoubtedly connected to Vladimir Putin,” Trump 2020 Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
“Chinese nationals also lavished Hunter and other members of the Biden family with money, giving Hunger and Biden’s brother James credit cards for $100,000 international shopping spree.
“But the mysterious $142,300 wire transfer from a Kazakhstan businessman through a Latvian bank and a company in Singapore has to take the cake. These bombshells are in addition to new information regarding Hunter’s sweetheart gig on the board of a corrupt Ukrainian gas company that bribed a Ukrainian prosecutor.”
“Page 17 of this report reveals that Joe Biden flat out lied when he said he had never spoken with Hunter about his foreign business dealings. After a State Department official raised concerns with Vice President Biden about it in the West Wing of the White House, Biden spoke with Hunter about it and Hunter contacted the official,” Murtaugh continued.
“For what possible reason could all of these foreign countries and entities be shoveling money at people named Biden, if not to influence official U.S. policy?
“American journalists have a responsibility to relentlessly question Joe Biden about all of this, in detail, and to call out his attempts to cover up this potentially criminal activity. Regardless of whether Biden is forced to face the music, this is further evidence that if Joe Biden wins, China and many other foreign interests with a financial stake in the Biden family win too.”
For his part, Joe Biden, when he’s conscious enough to answer questions, has refused to comment on Hunter Biden’s past business dealings, and has denied any knowledge of them.
Which is interesting since as vice president, Biden was in charge of foreign policy portfolios of China, Ukraine, and other countries. Hunter Biden traveled extensively with Joe Biden on Air Force 2 in 2013, coming home with billions in new business deals.
Of course, two problems. One, you will never see the mainstream media ask Joe Biden about any of this. And second, if a journalist does ask him about it, he probably wouldn’t remember the question.