A Republican-led joint Senate committee has released findings of its investigation into alleged conflicts of interest concerning Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
The 87-page report details a complex web of allegedly problematic financial dealings between members of the Biden family and foreign businesses during the time Joe Biden was vice president.
The Bidens, their business associates, and foreign companies have all consistently said they did nothing wrong. Nobody has been charged with a crime related to alleged conflicts of interest.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Finance began a joint investigation in August of last year after allegations that Hunter Biden’s highly-paid position with a Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, could have impacted the Obama administration’s policy on Ukraine; and that Biden family members may have sought to improperly benefit from their ties to the vice president.
According to the Committees’ findings, during the time Hunter Biden was hired by Burisma, Ukrainian political figures were “desperate for U.S. support” and Vice President Biden took the lead on U.S. policy in Ukraine.
“Hunter Biden’s position on the board created an immediate potential conflict of interest that would prove to be problematic for both U.S. and Ukrainian officials and would affect the implementation of Ukraine policy,” reads the Senate report.
Several key dates and events were flagged in the findings:
April 16, 2014: Vice President Biden meets with his son’s business partner, Devon Archer, at the White House.
April 21, 2014: Vice President Biden visits Ukraine, and becomes the “public face of the administration’s handling of Ukraine.”
April 22, 2014: Archer joins the board of Burisma.
April 28, 2014: British officials freeze $23 million in bank accounts of Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, in a corruption probe.
May 12, 2014: Burisma invites Hunter Biden to joins its board. Burisma pays Hunter and Devon Archer miillions of dollars.
December 2014: Zlochevsky allegedly pays a $7 million bribe to Ukrainian prosecutors to shut down a criminal case against him. (Zlochevsky has denied any connection to bribes.)
Early 2015: George Kent, a top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, raises concerns to officials in Vice President Biden’s office about the perception of a conflict of interest with Hunter’s highly-paid position at Burisma.
Fall of 2015: State Department official Amos Hochstein raises concerns with Vice President Biden and Hunter, stating that Hunter’s position enabled Russian disinformation efforts and risked undermining U.S. policy in Ukraine.
Joe Biden would later tell an American audience that he threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine unless a certain prosecutor there was fired— a prosecutor who happened to be investigating alleged corruption involving Burisma and Zlochevsky. Republicans say that amounted to an improper “quid pro quo” exchange. But Biden has said he only demanded the firing because of the prosecutor’s inaction on corruption-- not because his son was being paid by Burisma.
A Ukrainian prosecutor-general has previously stated that he saw no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden.
The Senate report also raises questions about potential conflicts of interest regarding approval under the Obama administration for Chinese-owned companies to gain control of an American company that produced technology with military applications.
A business involved in the transaction is a private investment fund linked to Hunter Biden; originally created by merging a Chinese-government-linked firm with a company formed by Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz, the stepson of John Kerry, and others. The merger reportedly took place in 2013, the same year John Kerry became secretary of state.
The Senate report highlights other financial dealings that the Republican chairmen of the investigating committees apparently see as potentially problematic including:
Hunter receiving a $3.5 million wire transfer from the wife of a former mayor of Moscow, Russia.
Hunter opening a bank account with a Communist Chinese national for a “$100,000 global spending spree with younger brother James Biden and his wife Sara Biden.”
Hunter transferring over a million dollars from his law firm to James Biden’s and Sara Biden’s firm.
Hunter Biden paying Russia or other Eastern European woman who appear to be linked to an “Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”
Love your work!! Thank you for this information! You need a talk show to get all you do out.
Michael R Wimberly says
Unless I have listened or read about it I consider I am in the dar, .so enlighten me, enterian me, accept me into your circle.
Arthur Shatz says
And the mainstream media will ignore all of this. What phonies! Take the exact same set of facts and substitute Trump for Biden and the MSM would be having convulsions.
Alan Saunders says
Exactly! DJT, Don jr, Eric and Lara would be hanging from the gallows by now.
cynthia Silveri says
Thank goodness for you. Any link to the report? It will come in handy at Thanksgiving.
Kidding! I will wait for Black Friday.
Seriously if the committee has posted the report it would be nice to download.
So bribery, bank fraud, illegal transfers, shopping sprees, Chinese government, human trafficking and prostitution!!! NOTHING TO SEE HERE RIGHT🤯🤯🤯🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
There had BETTER be debate questions about this!!
Chris Wallace , a Democrat will be asking the questions! What do you think?
Cheryl Nichols says
Thank you, as always, for your strong ethical journalism. We can always count on you. I was hoping for a link to the 87 page report to read. Nowhere to be found in any article posted about this issue. Sure 87 pages is a long read, but it would be good for all to read it.
Shirley Hemphill says
Bull shit ethical take your blinder off lady.
YOU need to get smarter. Try doing a little homework & see WHY the Senate & Durham is investigating Crossfire Hurricane-ever heard of THAT?
It's not clear, was the Obama administration looking in to this and if so what was done about it? I recall the Chinese investment firm only did one deal in the US. If true, who stopped them from doing more?
Stan W. says
And will this subject be brought up in next week's Presidential debater? Stay tuned!
Democrats elite privileges, they did and doing whatever they want, the left enjoy some kind of inmunity, these cases are the indicators how the swamp operate, is a shame.
riding the dragon. the bidens' chinese secrets. https://youtu.be/JRmlcEBAiIs
Dick Lanier says
Wow! Just look at all of those allegations against Hunter Biden. OK, I’m convinced. I’m never going to vote for Hunter Biden for President. Oh, wait! He’s not actually running for office.
This summary conveniently leaves out the fact that many European officials spoke publicly to back up Biden’s claim that he wanted the Ukranian prosecutor fired because he wasn’t doing enough to investigate corruption at Burisma. And the report itself doesn’t make any allegations that challenge that. But don’t take my word for it. Here is the summary from today’s Wall Street Journal, that bastion of liberal orthodoxy: Findings don’t support Trump’s accusation that Joe Biden sought to remove a prosecutor to protect gas firm whose board Hunter Biden served on.
Greer Kemp says
Hm... lets see... so Joe Biden demanding the firing of the prosecutor looking into corruption charges related to the owner of the company of which his son was a board member is not at all suspicious to you? Really?
Sam m says
Unfortunately, the MSM is really an arm of the Democratic party. You will not hear anything that is detrimental to the party. The country should come first!
This election is really simple and clear. This election is not for or against Trump. It is whether we want a Country that believes in law and order, .border security, respects law enforcement and all first responders, appreciates our veterans and respects our Flag. I believe the vast majority of Americans do.
Only one candidate has these beliefs. If so he will win by a landslide.
The Biden's are as crooked as the Kennedy's.
Kimberly May says
Hmmm. So Bannon was swiftly apprehended and Hunter is still out on the streets.
Melinda Marsh says
Thank you for your truth & professional journalism. Refreshing!
Thanks again Sharyl,
Once again you are way to kind, to say conflict of interest is to minimize the Biden's actions. Candidate Biden has trouble completing a sentence without screwing it up, yet can make billions of dollars in a global crime spree.
But it's Eric Trump that has been subpoenaed to appear before the Whatever Congressional Committee it is now to try and convict him or any other member of his family for something - anything-there has got to be one thing that they've done. We must find it. Screw these people
Keep looking for...NOTHING! Did you buy the Anonymous book too?