90 Miles From Tyranny : Hunter Biden’s dubious business dealings raise specter of a ‘compromised’ president

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Hunter Biden’s dubious business dealings raise specter of a ‘compromised’ president

Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One with his son Hunter Biden at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. 

Hunter Biden’s long trail of suspicious business dealings will get new scrutiny as House Republicans, armed with subpoena power, begin what is expected to be an intense, politically charged investigation of President Biden’s suspected involvement in his son’s moneymaking schemes.

By serving on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, pursuing deals with Chinese Communist Party-linked energy tycoons and reportedly pocketing more than $3 million from a Russian businesswoman and widow of a former mayor of Moscow, Hunter Biden’s far-flung business deals have raised eyebrows for years about potential influence peddling and other possible crimes.

President Biden, who has denied any involvement in his son’s business deals and framed his son’s tribulations as a struggle to overcome years of addiction and grief, has largely been granted a free pass from the mainstream news media and the powers that be in Washington.

All of that is changing, though, as Republicans aim to expand their investigation of Hunter Biden, 52, and look at whether the president has been “compromised by foreign governments” in connection with his son’s overseas business ventures.

Details that Republicans hope to uncover will add to the mountain of evidence accumulated over the years from investigative reporting — mostly by conservative-leaning news outlets — and from inquiries on Capitol Hill.

Much of the evidence was unearthed by Senate Republicans led by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, then the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, then chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. They led an investigation beginning in 2019 into potential conflicts of interest arising from Hunter Biden’s position on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings while his father served as vice president in the Obama administration.

The Senate inquiry followed accusations by President Trump that Mr. Biden used his position as vice president to improperly press for the firing of Ukraine’s top prosecutor, angling to shield Burisma and his son from a corruption investigation.

Hunter Biden and his business partner, Devon Archer, received more than $4 million from Burisma from 2014 to 2016 despite bringing few qualifications to the table, leading the lawmakers to conclude in their September 2020 report that Hunter Biden “cashed in” on his father’s role as the White House’s point man on Ukraine.

Officials in the Obama administration were aware that Hunter Biden’s position on the board was “problematic” and interfered “in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine,” but they stopped short of pinning any wrongdoing on Mr. Biden while he was...

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1 comment:

TVMA Doc said...

Strange how Dems were curious when they invented a compromising situation for the Republican President, but are falling all over themselves to avoid any investigation when the evidence SCREAMS corruption and compromise for THEIR President.