An investigation into possible corruption by Democrats and the Bidens has been ongoing by Republicans for months, and after the verdict on the president’s impeachment trial—his acquittal on Wednesday, Feb. 5, was delivered, Republicans ramped up their inquiries.
Just minutes after the president’s acquittal, Senate Homeland Security Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), released a letter they sent to the head of the Secret Service asking for Hunter Biden’s travel records during the period when his father Joe Biden was vice president.
“We write to request information about whether Hunter Biden used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business,” the senators wrote to Secret Service Director James M. Murray. Additional information has been requested on any Secret Service protection Hunter may have had during the time his father was vice president, plus any travel he had done under that protection.
The main areas to be concentrated on are his time in Ukraine and China, Hunter Biden joined his father on a flight to China on Air Force Two in December 2013, after his firm, Rosemont Seneca, entered into a joint venture with China-based Bohai Capital to form BHR, reported Daily Caller.
Jonathan Li, the CEO of Bohai Capital, had met with Hunter, who also organized Li to shake hands with Joe Biden.
“After the China trip, BHR’s business license was approved,” the senators noted in their letter.
Three Republican committee chairs—Sens. Chuck Grassley, Ron Johnson, and Lindsey Graham have been asking questions for months relating to the former vice president’s involvement in misusing power at the time to protect his son Hunter’s financial dealings in Ukraine and other places.
The Republican senators have been accused by Democrats of attempting to re-elect Trump based on largely debunked theories. “Republicans are turning the Senate into an arm of the president’s political campaign, pursuing an investigation designed to further President Trump’s favorite conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election and smear Vice President Biden,” said Ashley Schapitl, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Finance Committee.
Grassley’s office pushed back on this accusation, “Over his 40-year tenure in the Senate, Grassley has developed a long history of nonpartisan oversight, regardless of what party controls Congress or the White House. To imply that his investigations are politically motivated or one-sided is demonstrably wrong,” a representative told BuzzFeed News.
A representative for Grassley confirmed that the committees have had “productive conversations” with many of the people—including former Obama officials and Blue Star employees—who received request letters in the fall. “We’ve heard from the nongovernment witnesses,” the representative said. “We’ve heard from I believe all of them in one way or another. They’re all cooperating. We’ve received documents from some,” reported Buzzfeed.
Hunter Biden was on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings at the same time as his father was in charge of the liaison between Obama’s administration and Ukraine.
In a July 25, 2019, phone call, PresidentTrump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens.
As a result, Democrats accused the president of a quid pro quo by withholding military funding to Ukraine, forcing them to investigate corruption against the Bidens.
There are unanswered questions surrounding Biden’s involvement in Ukraine, after a video from 2016 surfaced in which Joe Biden bragged about having the Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, fired after he had announced he would be investigating corruption at Burisma, where Hunter Biden was on the board and receiving a large salary.