Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are demanding the FBI provide answers on the actions it took, if any, upon reports from the Justice Department in 2015 that the owner of Hunter Biden’s Ukraine energy company paid a $7 million bribe to Ukrainian officials to shut down an investigation.
Based on findings from the Senate’s long-anticipated report chronicling the Biden family’s conflicts of interest released Wednesday, House Republicans are also requesting to know whether the FBI plans to investigate Hunter Biden’s series of potentially criminal transactions with foreign actors, including the alleged receipt of $3.5 million from the wife of a former Moscow mayor. Hunter Biden also raked in millions conducting overseas business deals with officials deeply connected with the Chinese Communist Party and allegedly sent thousands of dollars to Eastern European hookers who appear linked to a sex trafficking ring.
“The report by Chairman Johnson and Chairman Grassley shows that the FBI has been aware of some alleged misconduct for years,” wrote Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, where the Senate report out this week reveals officials within the agency were approached over Biden’s suspicious activity.
Jordan went on to reference concerns within the Obama State Department related to Hunter Biden’s lucrative board position with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where he raked in upwards of $50,000 a month despite no prior experience in the industry, while his father served as the administration’s “public face” of White House policy towards the Eastern European ally.
“The report detailed widespread concern within the Obama-Biden Administration about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian company founded by Mykola Zlochevsky,” Jordan wrote, highlighting Zlochevsky’s $7 million bribe reportedly paid to prosecutors seven months following Biden’s addition to the board. “The Chairmen noted that they had asked the FBI about its actions in response to these allegations, but have received no answer from you.”
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The joint report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with the Senate Treasury Committee this week also expanded the the Biden family’s web of conflicts of interest surrounding the time Joe Biden served as vice president to include Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden.
According to the report, Hunter Biden’s communist Chinese business partners opened up a line of credit to allow Hunter, James, and James’ wife Sara, to go on a more than $100,000 shopping spree, buying extravagant items like airplane tickets and high tech Apple products. The transaction, Senate investigators said, had been flagged as potentially criminal conduct.