A new Senate report out Wednesday shows former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden accepted $3.5 million from the wife of a fired mayor of Moscow in 2014.
According to the joint report released by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with the Senate Finance Committee, Rosemont Seneca, an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina in 2014 while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president. The firm was also co-founded with former Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson Christopher Heinz, which received the money while Kerry was serving as the head of the State Department.
Baturina used to be married to Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov who was fired in 2010 by then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev over allegations of corruption benefiting Baturina’s enterprises.
“Luzhkov used his position as mayor to approve over 20 real estate projects that were built by a Baturina-owned construction company and ultimately generated multibillion-ruble profits for his family,” Senate investigators wrote.
Other items in the Senate’s long-anticipated report detailing the Biden family’s conflicts of interest include accusations that Hunter Biden paid Eastern European hookers who might have been trafficked.
Hunter Biden, the committees wrote, initiated some transactions that were Russian- and Ukrainian-linked to what “appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”
The Senate’s conclusions from an investigation launched in 2017, long before Joe Biden would eventually make an entrance into the crowded Democratic presidential race come now just 41 days until the November election and features a wide array of potentially criminal allegations exposing a far deeper level of corruption in the people working with the Biden family than previously known.
In China, a series of businessmen working with Hunter Biden to establish a private equity firm investing Chinese capital in major American projects were also shown to possess deep ties within the Chinese Communist Party. The same Chinese business leaders also reportedly opened up a line of credit allowing Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s brother James Biden, and James’ wife Sara to go on a more than $100,000 shopping spree that included extravagant items such as airplane tickets and high-tech products from Apple.
“The transaction,” committee investigators wrote, “was identified for potential financial criminal activity.”
Senate investigators also found that Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma where Hunter Biden raked in an excess upwards of $50,000 a month for serving on the board, bribed Ukrainian prosecutors to shut down an investigation into the firm and release $23 million in frozen assets by British authorities.
The bribe reportedly raised red flags within the State Department, where Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent who also served as the department’s top official on Ukraine, informed Vice President Joe Biden’s office of his concerns which were dismissed by White House staff.