Senators Waste No Time Launching Investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden and Their Ukraine Dealings

Republican Senators wasted no time after acquitting the President of impeachment charges launching an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden, as Sara Carter reports:
Two top Republican Senators are expanding their probe into potential conflicts of interest “posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden” as the Senate investigative committees continue to probe former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s business activities overseas during his father’s tenure in the Obama Administration.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Sen. Ron Johnson, who already have an ongoing investigation into numerous White House meetings during the Obama Administration with senior Ukrainian officials, sent a letter Wednesday to Secret Service Director James M. Murray requesting information “about whether Hunter Biden used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business, to include his work for Rosemont Seneca and related entities in China and Ukraine.”
Grassley and Johnson say they want the information no later than February 19, according to the letter sent to Murray.
This is good news and is what GOP Senators promised to do after the trial was over.
It does appear that the Hunter Biden / Burisima deal was a corrupt deal and we look forward to getting more information on this shady appearing situation.
USA Today has more:
In their Secret Service letter, the GOP senators asked for a description of the protective detail Hunter Biden received during his father’s time in office and a list of his travel dates and locations, along with other information, for which he received a detail.
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has also said he intends to pursue the Bidens.
“The day of reckoning is coming for congressional and Senate oversight of Joe Biden,” Graham told Fox News on Sunday, before the acquittal vote. Graham said he hopes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will call witnesses, including Hunter Biden, to testify about the matter “in the coming weeks.”
“They ruined America’s ability to effectively deal with corruption in the Ukraine by having Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma. That’s just a fact,” Graham said. “And we’re going to get to the bottom of it.
We agree that it’s past time for a day of reckoning for Senate oversight of Joe Biden and his son’s dealing with Ukraine.
Here is the full text of the letter From Sen. Grassley to the Director of the Secret Service:
Mr. James M. Murray
United States Secret Service
Dear Mr. Murray:
The Committee on Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (“the committees”) are reviewing potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration, particularly with respect to his business activities in Ukraine and China. In addition to several letters that the committees have sent to other agencies as part of that inquiry,[1] the Committee on Finance also has written to the Department of Treasury regarding potential conflicts of interest in the Obama-era CFIUS-approved transaction which gave control of Henniges, an American maker of anti-vibration technologies with military applications, to a Chinese government-owned aviation company and China-based investment firm with established ties to the Chinese government. That transaction included Rosemont Seneca Partners, a company formed in 2009 by Hunter Biden, Christopher Heinz, and others.[2]
We write to request information about whether Hunter Biden used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business, to include his work for Rosemont Seneca and related entities in China and Ukraine. In December of 2013, one month after Rosemont Seneca’s joint venture with Bohai Capital to form BHR, Hunter Biden reportedly flew aboard Air Force Two with then-Vice President Biden to China.[3] While in China, he helped arrange for Jonathan Li, CEO of Bohai Capital, to “shake hands” with Vice President Biden.[4] Afterward, Hunter Biden met with Li for reportedly a “social meeting.”[5] After the China trip, BHR’s business license was approved.[6] Then, in 2015, BHR joined with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to acquire Henniges, which was the “biggest Chinese investment into US automotive manufacturing assets to date.”[7]
In addition to business dealings in China, Hunter Biden also served as a board member for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company.[8] In April 2014, around the time Hunter Biden joined Burisma, Vice President Biden reportedly became the “public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.”[9] It is unclear whether Hunter Biden received government sponsored travel or a protective detail for these endeavors.
Accordingly, to help the committees better understand Hunter Biden’s travel arrangements to conduct business related to his dealings in Ukraine and China, among other countries, while he received a protective detail, please provide the following information no later than February 19, 2020[10]:
Please describe the protective detail that Hunter Biden received while his father was Vice President.
Please provide a list of all dates and locations of travel, international and domestic, for Hunter Biden while he received a protective detail. In your response, please note whether his travel was on Air Force One or Two, or other government aircraft, as applicable and whether additional family members were present for each trip.
We anticipate that your written response and most of the responsive documents will be unclassified. Please send all unclassified material directly to the Committees. In keeping with the requirements of Executive Order 13526, if any of the responsive documents do contain classified information, please segregate all unclassified material within the classified documents, provide all unclassified information directly to the Committees, and provide a classified addendum to the Office of Senate Security. The Committees comply with all laws and regulations governing the handling of classified information. The Committees are not bound, absent their prior agreement, by any handling restrictions or instructions on unclassified information unilaterally asserted by the Executive Branch.
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