Presidential Democrat candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden were not an original target for corruption investigations, they only came into the spotlight when Democrats began impeachment proceedings against President Trump, said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis) on Sunday, Dec.13.
Speaking with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Johnson said that his committee never “targeted the Bidens.” It occurred as a result of the Democrat’s push to impeach President Trump and vital information about the overseas business dealings of Hunter Biden were uncovered.
“When I met with the attorney general, it was really talking about the corrupt FBI investigation relating to the Russian hoax, so I don’t believe I ever really talked about our investigations of Hunter Biden, which by the way we never targeted the Bidens,” Johnson said.
“That whole issue was brought forth during the impeachment. That’s when we started expanding our Ukrainian investigation to include his financial dealings, and then when we started seeing all these wire transfers that were connected to Hunter Biden,” Johnson explained.
The attorney general had known about the findings of the investigation but chose to keep it quiet until after the 2020 elections, and the president has called Barr a “big disappointment” over his failure to produce his findings.
Allegations against the president in 2019 were that he had been involved in a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian president by threatening to withhold military aid if Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden were not investigated by Ukraine, reported The Blaze.
The investigation backfired on the Democrats after Hunter Biden’s role in the corrupt Ukrainian gas company Burisma was questioned, as he was paid a monthly amount to be on the board. It got more complicated when Joe Biden was shown during a 2018 Council on Foreign Relations event to have boasted that when he was vice president he got the prosecutor general of Ukraine fired by threatening to withhold military funding.
“I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion,'” Biden explained. “I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.'” “Well, son of a [expletive removed], he got fired,” Biden bragged. “And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”
Johnson expressed his displeasure that the attorney general had not disclosed the information of a criminal investigation into Hunter Biden during the impeachment process.
“I’m sympathetic for keeping investigations confidential unless there’s an indictment,” Johnson said. “But when you’re talking about investigations within the political realm, particularly one that would have affected the impeachment trial of the sitting U.S. president in the U.S. Senate, that should have been relevant information, the fact that they had Hunter Biden’s computer that had all these emails back in December 2019, that was before the trial, that was part of the trial, we should have known that.”
Barr had resisted pressure from Republicans in Congress for information into the investigations.
The report by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Senate Committee on Finance was released in September. The investigation uncovered, among other things, that “Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board negatively impacted the efforts of dedicated career-service individuals who were fighting to push for anti-corruption measures in Ukraine” and that “[Hunter] Biden and [his business partner’s] work with Chinese nationals connected to the Communist regime illustrate the deep financial connections that accelerated while Joe Biden was vice president and continued after he left office.”