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    Sen. Rand Paul sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Thursday, requesting that he take a look at the GOP-led investigation into the Bidens. The letter came after a report released on Wednesday by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Finance Committee detailed the business dealings of Hunter Biden, who was employed by a Ukrainian energy firm at the same time his father was serving as the U.S. vice president. "After reviewing (the report's) findings, I call on the Department of Justice to expeditiously launch a criminal investigation into the activities exposed in this report," Paul wrote. The Kentucky Republican added that the report raised "legitimate questions" and allegations of financial dealings that could have...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the report also offered no support for President Donald Trump’s claim that the Democratic presidential nominee had improperly pressed for the firing of the country’s top prosecutor to protect his son. The report did not implicate Biden in wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son Hunter, who it said “cashed in” on his father’s position by joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company. The document says that work created conflict-of-interest concerns, including among two...
    Igor Derysh September 23, 2020 11:07PM (UTC) Senate Republicans on Wednesday released an interim report of their investigation into Democratic nominee Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden that largely recycles old claims to back up allegations which have already been debunked. Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released an interim report titled "Hunter Biden, Burisma and Corruption" less than six weeks ahead of the election. : Johnson previously teased that he had found evidence which would "certainly help Donald Trump win re-election." But the report largely relies on witnesses who already testified on the matter in the House impeachment inquiry and presents little evidence...
    WASHINGTON -- Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the report also offered no support for President Donald Trump's claim that the Democratic presidential nominee had improperly pressed for the firing of the country's top prosecutor to protect his son.The report did not implicate Biden in wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son Hunter, who it said "cashed in" on his father's position by joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company. The document says that work created conflict-of-interest concerns, including among two Obama administration...
    SENATE Republicans released a report on Wednesday on Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings during his father’s time as vice president. The report allegedly links Hunter Biden to sending "thousands of dollars" to Russian and Ukrainian women who lived in the US and who, in turn, wired the funds to individuals located in Russia and the Ukraine.  7Hunter and Joe Biden Credit: Getty - Contributor The report claims that some of these transactions were linked to a human trafficking ring. A spokesperson for the Biden campaign has yet to address the allegations.  What does the report say? Senate Republicans released an 87-page report on Wednesday detailing Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings. Senate Homeland...
    Alex Thomas September 23, 2020 0 Comments A Republican-led Senate committee released a report this week that presented findings into their investigation into Hunter Biden, who is the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The report comes just over 40 days before the 2020 presidential election and amid accusations from Democrats that the entire investigation is politically motivated and as the political arena has intensified. In the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees’ report, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) said that they faced obstacles from Democrats and agencies that failed to comply with requests for documents. The report is titled, “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption.” OUT TODAY: Report with @chuckgrassley found millions of...
    Washington — The Republican chairmen of two Senate committees released Wednesday a controversial report on possible conflicts of interest between the Bidens and Ukraine, finding that Hunter Biden's position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings was "problematic" and that warnings about his role were ignored by the Obama administration. The report, which reveals little new information, follows a yearlong investigation mounted by GOP Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who leads the Senate Finance Committee, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who helms the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affair Committee. The report does not assert that the former vice president pushed for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to protect Burisma, a central claim made...
    Senate Republicans have released their long-awaited report on Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings during his father’s time as vice president. The 87-page report was released Wednesday by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who oversaw the probe since it was launched last year. The investigation, and subsequent report, was hampered with delays, first due to impeachment proceedings earlier this year and then by the coronavirus pandemic. The probe found that in 2015, two Obama administration officials voiced concerns to White House officials about the possibility that the younger Biden serving on the board of Burisma could create the appearance of a conflict of...
    Amos Hochstein, the former senior adviser on international energy affairs to then-Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates Senate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden National postal mail handlers union endorses Biden MORE, is testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday as part of their probe into the FBI's Russia investigation. The closed-door testimony will look into the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, with Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company where he previously served on the board. Hunter Biden’s ties to Burisma have faced renewed scrutiny since the older Biden became the Democratic presidential nominee. Hochstein is the only person testifying before the committee known to have discussed Burisma with the administration. Hochstein...
    Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) called the Hunter Biden-Burisma investigation was “not the legitimate role of government,” during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting on Wednesday. Homeland Security Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has defended the investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine and his role on the board of energy company Burisma. Romney said, “I’ll call it the Biden-Burisma investigation and that I think from the outset had the earmarks of a political exercise. I’m fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective.” He continued, “Obviously, it is the province of campaigns and political parties’ opposition research, the media, to carry out political endeavors — to learn about...
    Never Trump conservatives have been praising Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah as one of the few Republicans in Congress who is willing to stand up to President Donald Trump, and now, Romney is speaking out against a GOP investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his ties to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has said that the Committee will issue a report on Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine before the presidential election on November 3. Many Trump allies have promoted the debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine — not the Russian government, President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin — that interfered...
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) questioned the legitimacy of the Senate investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's dealings in Ukraine, calling the probe a "political exercise." In remarks made Wednesday during a business meeting of the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, Romney said "the Biden-Burisma investigation … I think, from the outset, had the earmarks of a political exercise, and I'm fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective." The "comments made in the media" Romney referenced are likely comments made by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). On Monday, Johnson told supporters on a call to "stay tuned" as "in about...
    GOP Sen. Mitt Romney on Wednesday slammed the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings, saying it is “not the legitimate role of government” to work to “damage political opponents.” During a committee meeting Wednesday, members voted to authorize a slew of subpoenas for testimony and records from former Obama administration officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, as part of its investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY AUTHORIZES SUBPOENAS FOR TESTIMONY FROM OBAMA OFFICIALS AS PART OF RUSSIA PROBE The panel is also leading an investigation into potential conflicts of...
    Sen. Mitt Romney condemned the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for its investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. The Utah Republican questioned whether it was a "legitimate" use of taxpayer dollars to investigate the Obama administration's policy in Ukraine as it relates to Joe and Hunter Biden. He claimed the inquiry was a "political exercise." "The Biden-Burisma investigation … I think, from the outset, had the earmarks of a political exercise, and I’m fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective,” Romney said. “Obviously, it’s the provenance of campaigns and political parties, opposition research, the media to carry out political endeavors, to learn about or dust up one’s opponent, but it’s...
    Washington — Republican Senator Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, pulled a planned vote on a subpoena related to an investigation into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas firm that once employed Hunter Biden, while securing subpoenas targeting dozens of former Obama administration officials in a separate probe. Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican, criticized the investigation into Burisma as a "political exercise" during a committee meeting on Wednesday, after Johnson pulled the vote. Democrats have argued that Johnson and other Republicans are trying to undermine Joe Biden's presidential candidacy by probing his son's international business dealings. The subpoena would have required testimony from Bridget Brink, the U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, to discuss Burisma and "actual or apparent...
    Johnson's own interest in the topic, from his perch as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has drawn concerns during a presidential election that U.S. intelligence officials warn is ripe for foreign disinformation. "Particularly as a public official and somebody who's responsible for keeping the country safe, you should always be suspicious of narratives that are trying to sort of damage or target the electoral process in your country," said former CIA officer Cindy Otis, a foreign disinformation expert. "You should always be suspicious of narratives that foreign countries are pumping out." The intelligence assessment has put Johnson on the defensive, with the Wisconsin Republican issuing a 5,000-word open letter Monday in which he laid out...
    Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Monday issued his first subpoena as part of his investigation into the FBI’s handling of the probe into the Trump campaign, as well as the unmasking of Trump campaign officials and allegations of government corruption. Johnson said in a letter dated August 10, 2020: Two months later, after patiently trying to work with these agencies and individuals on a voluntary basis, I have decided to begin issuing subpoenas primarily because of my strong belief that transparency in government is essential and that the American people have waited too long for the truth. The letter laid out the goals of his investigation, including into allegations of corruption involving former...
    Joe Biden's presidential campaign is pushing back against a Senate committee investigation into work by his son, Hunter Biden, for Ukrainian gas company Burisma, through personal attacks on panel Chairman Ron Johnson. Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield in a memo Tuesday suggested that the Wisconsin Republican, who heads the Homeland Security Committee, could be "party to a foreign influence operation" and accused him of "worsening the coronavirus crisis" by working on the investigation. "He's wasting taxpayer dollars on a blatantly dishonest attempt to help Donald Trump get elected," Bedingfield said, adding that "this sham is a windfall for Russian disinformation." Pro-Russian Ukrainians say that they have fed unverified, edited tapes of Joe Biden speaking to Ukrainian...
    The Republican-led panel investigating the business activities of Hunter Biden is poised to authorize subpoenas for current and former advisers to his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Sen. Ron Johnson, who leads the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is seeking testimony from Antony Blinken, a senior foreign policy adviser on the Biden campaign and former deputy secretary of state, Amos Hochstein, former special envoy for international energy, and former State Department officials Victoria Nuland and Catherine Novelli. The committee will also interview David Wade, former chief of staff to Secretary of State John Kerry, according to Politico. The subpoenas may be authorized as soon as Wednesday, during the committee's next meeting....