Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, Sept. 23, said he will send the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees’ report on their investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden to the Department of Justice on Thursday.
“I think riding on Air Force Two and doing business is illegal … and probably a felony. I think it’s illegal to take money from a Russian politician’s wife, $3.5 million, was it reported accurately?” Paul told host Martha MacCallum on Fox’s “The Story.”
Paul’s announcement came after the Senate committees revealed that they had obtained records that “show potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh, and Chinese nationals.”
Hunter Biden was employed on the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma Holdings board, even though he had no experience in energy. At the same time, Joe Biden served as the vice president and played a leading role in the Obama administration’s policy on Ukraine.
The report revealed that Hunter Biden had received a $3.5 million wire transfer from a Moscow politician’s wife, among other arrangements that raised red flags among government officials.
“I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice, so I’m going to send the report over,” Paul said.
“I don’t know if the whole committee will vote for it, but I’m sending the report tomorrow to the Department of Justice, and we’re asking for a criminal referral.”
BREAKING: Sen. Rand Paul says he will send the GOP’s Biden report to the Justice Department tomorrow.
“If there’s a criminal investigation that’s justified, here’s this evidence. Look at it. … You decide if you have enough to prosecute.” pic.twitter.com/wtTewr3YrH
— Daniel Chaitin (@danielchaitin7) September 24, 2020
“If there’s a criminal investigation that’s justified, here’s this evidence,” Paul added. “Look at it, and then you’re the lawyers for the government. You decide if you have enough to prosecute, but I think we should refer this to a criminal investigation.”
Biden’s campaign immediately dismissed the report as an effort to damage Biden’s presidential bid ahead of the November election.
Both Bidens have denied wrongdoing, with Joe Biden claiming there was “no evidence,” showing his son did anything wrong by his involvement with the Ukrainian energy firm. “I don’t know what he was doing. I found out he was on the board after he was on the board,” Biden said in an interview with Axios in 2019.
“I trust my son. … There’s not one single bit of evidence, not one little tiny bit, to say anything done [by Hunter Biden] was wrong … I’m not worried about it.”
However, Hunter Biden admitted last October that his last name was the likely reason he was offered a seat on the board of Burisma Holdings. “I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happened in my life if my last name wasn’t Biden,” he said.