Now that the impeachment trial is over, Republicans aren’t forgetting the questions they still have about the issue behind it all: the potential conflicts of interest of Hunter Biden being on the board of Burisma while former Vice President Joe Biden was the point man on Ukraine for the Obama administration.
It was that issue that President Donald Trump was impeached for, for daring to ask if in fact the “Biden case” was properly dismissed after Joe Biden threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine unless they fired the prosecutor who was looking into Burisma, the firm that Biden’s son was on the board of at the time.
Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham already asked for information from the State Department about any contacts with Hunter Biden and any Joe Biden phone calls with then-Ukrainian president Petro Proshenko.
But Republicans in the Senate are not just worried about what went on in Ukraine, they’re also concerned about the conflicts related to Hunter Biden’s work in regard to China.
Not wasting a minute after the acquittal, Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Ron Johnson (R-WI) released a letter they wrote to the Secret Service requesting the “records of Hunter Biden’s travel while he was under U.S. Secret Service protection as they continue to investigate potential conflicts of interest to boost his business ventures in Ukraine and China.”
From Fox News:
“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,” the senators wrote, referring to the company co-founded by the younger Biden.
Grassley and Johnson suggested the Secret Service might have information concerning Hunter Biden’s apparent sweetheart deals in those countries, especially concerning his position as one of nine directors at BHR — a private-equity company controlled by Chinese government-backed stakeholders.
“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,” the senators wrote. “While in China, he helped arrange for Jonathan Li, CEO of Bohai Capital, to ‘shake hands’ with Vice President Biden.”
“Afterward,” they continued, “Hunter Biden met with Li for reportedly a ‘social meeting.’ After the China trip, BHR’s business license was approved. Then, in 2015, BHR joined with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to acquire Henniges, which was the ‘biggest Chinese investment into U.S. automotive manufacturing assets to date.'”
They also asked about travel related to his time on the Burisma board when his father was Vice President and the
‘public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine,’ noting that it was unclear if Hunter Biden had “received government-sponsored travel or a protective detail for these endeavors.”
They not only asked for information about any protective detail, but also the dates and location of travel, foreign or domestic. “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.”
Prepare for the incoming temper tantrum from Democrats, you know it’s coming.
It’s been incredible to watch how President Donald Trump was impeached for inquiring about whether the Ukraine investigation into Burisma was properly dropped in the wake of Biden’s threat. But that the Democrats see absolutely nothing wrong with the glaring conflicts of interests raised by the Bidens.
It’s similar to how we got a three year Russia collusion hoax investigation, despite the fact that it was actually the DNC/Clinton team paying a foreign national for Russian information to undermine their political opponent.
But hopefully the Senate sticks to their guns and continues, because that’s the only way this is going to be stopped.
Stock up on the popcorn, sounds like it’s going to be fun.