GOP Senate Inquiry Launched Into Hunter Biden-Treasury Dept. Responds

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GOP Senators Launch a Probe Into Hunter Biden's Shady Business

Posted: Feb 05, 2020 7:25 PM

Now that the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) want to get to the bottom of Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine and China.

Grassley, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Johnson, the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, on Wednesday sent a letter to U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray about Biden's travel arrangements. Specifically, the committees want to know if the Obama administration approved a transaction that benefited Biden, as well as former Secretary of State John Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz.

The pair also wants to know if taxpayer funds were used for Hunter Biden's travel and security detail for trips he made to Ukraine.

Below is the text of theletter (emphasis mine):
Dear Mr. Murray:
The Committee on Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ("the committees") are reviewing potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration, particularly with respect to his business activities in Ukraine and China. In addition to several letters that the committees have sent to other agencies as part of that inquiry, the Committee on Finance also has written to the Department of Treasury regarding potential conflicts of interest in the Obama-era CFIUS approved transaction which gave control of Henniges, an American maker of anti-vibration technologies with military applications, to a Chinese government-owned aviation company and China-based investment firm with established ties to the Chinese government. That transaction included Rosemont Seneca Partners, a company formed in 2009 by Hunter Biden, Christopher Heinz, and others.
We write to request information about whether Hunter Biden used government-sponsored travel to help conduct private business, to include his work for Rosemont Seneca and related entities in China and Ukraine. In December of 2013, one month after Rosemont Seneca's joint venture with Bohai Capital to form BHR, Hunter Biden reportedly flew aboard Air Force Two with then-Vice President Biden to China. While in China, he helped arrange for Jonathan Li, CEO of Bohai Capital, to "shake hands" with Vice President Biden.4 Afterward, Hunter Biden met with Li for reportedly a "social meeting." After the China trip, BHR's business license was approved. Then, in 2015, BHRjoined with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to acquire Henniges, which was the "biggest Chinese investment into US automotive manufacturing assets to date."
In addition to business dealings in China, Hunter Biden also served as a board member for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company. In April 2014, around the time Hunter Bidenjoined Burisma, Vice President Biden reportedly became the "public face of the administration's handling of Ukraine." It is unclear whether Hunter Biden received government sponsored travel or a protective detail for these endeavors.
Accordingly, to help the committees better understand Hunter Biden's travel arrangements to conduct business related to his dealings in Ukraine and China, among other countries, while he received a protective detail, please provide the following information no later than February 19, 2020:
Please describe the protective detail that Hunter Biden received while his father was Vice President.
Please provide a list of all dates and locations of travel, international and domestic, for Hunter Biden while he received a protective detail. In your response, please note whether his travel was on Air Force One or Two, or other government aircraft, as applicable and whether additional family members were present for each trip.We anticipate that your written response and most of the responsive documents will be unclassified. Please send all unclassified material directly to the Committees. In keeping with the requirements of Executive Order 13526, if any of the responsive documents do contain classified information, please segregate all unclassified material within the classified documents, provide all unclassified information directly to the Committees, and provide a classified addendum to the Office of Senate Security. The Committees comply with all laws and regulations governing the handling of classified information. The Committees are not bound, absent their prior agreement, by any handling restrictions or instructions on unclassified information unilaterally asserted by the Executive Branch.
If you have any questions about this request, please contact Joshua Flynn-Brown of Chairman Grassley's staff at (202) 224-4515 or Brian Downey and Scott Wittmann of Chairman Johnson's staff at (202) 224-4751. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely,
Charles E. Grassley
Chairman
Committee on Finance
Ron Johnson
Chairman
Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/02/05/gop-senators-launch-a-probe-into-hunter-bidens-shady-business-n2560846

Treasury responds to GOP requests for Hunter Biden, Burisma info

BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 02/06/20 02:52 PM EST

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Treasury responds to GOP requests for Hunter Biden, Burisma info

BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 02/06/20 02:52 PM EST59232

The Treasury Department has handed over documents to a pair of GOP Senate chairmen as part of a months-long probe into Burisma Holdings, Ukraine and Hunter Biden, according to the top Democrat on one of the panels.

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — the chairmen of the Finance and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, respectively — sent a letter to the Treasury Department in November saying they were investigating "potentially improper actions" during the Obama administration.

The Treasury Department is complying with their request, according to a spokeswoman for Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, who noted that Democratic requests for information have been stonewalled. "For its part, the Trump administration refused to comply with all Democratic requests for documents and witnesses associated with impeachment. Applying a blatant double standard, Trump administration agencies like the Treasury Department are rapidly complying with Senate Republican requests—no subpoenas necessary—and producing ‘evidence’ of questionable origin," Ashley Schapitl, a spokeswoman for Wyden, said in a statement.

The development was first reported by Yahoo News, with a source telling the publication that the Treasury Department began complying with the Grassley-Johnson request in less than two months.
A spokesman for the Treasury Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

In the November letter — which was not publicly released by either of the committees but obtained by Reuters — Grassley and Johnson say that they are "conducting an investigation into potentially improper actions by the Obama administration with respect to Burisma Holdings ... and Ukraine."

They then request any "suspicious activity reports" and related documents that have been filed in regard to Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and Burisma Holdings, the Ukraine gas company that Hunter Biden worked at. Schapitl declined to discuss the content of the documents being turned over from the Treasury Department but noted that the administration was "voluntarily cooperating with the Senate Republicans’ sideshow at lightning speed.”

Asked about the Treasury Department handing over documents, Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley, said that they routinely do not "discuss sensitive third-party material during ongoing investigations."

"It’s unfortunate that Democrats whom we’ve kept in the loop on our investigations would recklessly seek to interfere with legitimate government oversight," he added. A suspicious activity report, according to the Treasury Department, is filed by a financial institution when they find an "initial detection of facts" pointing to a suspicious activity in an account. That includes filing reports on cash transactions that exceed $10,000 and reporting activity that "might signal criminal activity," in an effort to prevent money laundering.

The letter to the Treasury Department is one of several that Grassley and Johnson, sometimes in conjunction with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have sent as they've probed potential conflicts of interest stemming out of the Obama administration.

Trump and his GOP allies have sought to tie then-Vice President Joe Biden's push in 2016 for the dismissal of Uranian Prosector General Viktor Shokin to Hunter Biden's business interests. They've also argued that allowing Joe Biden to work on Ukraine policy while his son was on the board of Burisma was a conflict of interest.

Fact-checkers have debunked claims that Biden was acting with his son's interest in mind. The former vice president has denied wrongdoing, and there's no evidence that either Biden engaged in any criminal wrongdoing.

Republicans have also sent letters to the State Department requesting information related to Hunter Biden and Ukraine.

A Republican aide told The Hill that the department has informed Grassley and Johnson that they have documents in their possession that are relevant to their requests. But the aide stressed that there is not an established timeline for when those documents will be turned over.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/481876-treasury-responds-to-gop-requests-for-hunter-biden-burisma-info

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Ho-hum. Is this going to be like the --what was it--12 or so congressional investigations into Benghazi--all of which came up with exactly NOTHING?

Kate

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mudhouse

Kate, maybe.

But I think there are lots of people who'd like to get some answers to some of the questions that were raised about the Bidens during the impeachment process.

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Nana H

Oh my, the Administration is actually cooperating. Makes you want to leave dinner behind.

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HU-885118952

How apropos that Democrats have failed to heed the bon mot of Machiavelli, who wrote in "The Prince", translated, “Never do an enemy a small injury.”

Which has evolved into the expression, "If you want to shoot the King, you'd better not miss".

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Kathy

Good luck. Never a dull moment with Trump vengeance.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

Have they asked Ukraine to announce an investigation into Hunter’s dad while they are at it? Or would that be a bridge too far?

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Joaniepoanie

Of course Trump will never let t this go, but hasn’t this already been investigated and no wrongdoing found?

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paprikash

^ confirmation would be so reassuring

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margaritadina

Good. This international mafia needs to be busted.

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catkinZ8a

Kathy

Good luck. Never a dull moment with Trump vengeance.

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Well, at least you can admit it.

vengeance

[ˈvenjəns]

NOUN

  1. punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.
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mudhouse

joaniepoanie: Of course Trump will never let t this go, but hasn’t this already been investigated and no wrongdoing found?

Nope.

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Kathy

Nothing better than being on Trump’s hit list. At least if something happens to one of his targets they know where to go. Trump thinks he is above the law now.

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Joaniepoanie

Plenty of articles about these accusations being baseless, but of course no right-wing source so there could be 1,000 articles all saying the same thing and the right will still stick with their conspiracy theories and any cockamamie story that protects Trump.

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lurker111

This is what the impeachment scam was all about. It's about to get good.

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miss lindsey (stillmissesSophie,chase,others)(8a)

“It's about to get good.”

Like it did with Hillary right?

Have you had a chance to catch up on the results of investigations into accusations about her?

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Kathy

The same Mnuchin that is covering up Trump’s tax returns and has his own record of malfeasance in his past?

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Nana H

It will be yet another nothing burger but they will drag it out long enough to try and destroy Joe Biden. Trump can't win on policy so his only path is hate, lies and vitriol. Apparently a winning combination for his base.

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cattyles

Good. If trump had done it this way he wouldn’t be impeached.

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cattyles

It’s also spam. It’s been posted repeatedly.

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51gerri

So much concern over hunter Biden but none over trump’s kids foreign dealings.

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Kathy

How much are we paying for SS for Trump’s kids business dealings and trips?

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foodonastump

While the senate is doing that maybe the house can subpoena Bolton. This has been fun why stop now!

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foodonastump

Why didn’t we do this earlier instead of blackmail the Ukraine?

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Kathy

Does this have to go through Barr or is it strictly done through the Senate?

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Ann

"Trump can't win on policy so his only path is hate, lies and vitriol."

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! This is such hysterical hypocrisy. I can't believe this could have been typed with a straight face!

Besides the oh so amazing hypocrisy - I'm thinking maybe Trump couldn't lose - based on his policy. Trump ran on his policy and is so very successfully implementing his policy - remarkably so. And, boy, that has brought one big pile of hateful anger resulting in an even bigger pile of backfires.

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cattyles

Still spam.

If either Biden broke the law they should face the consequences.

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elvis

Joaniepoanie

Of course Trump will never let t this go, but hasn’t this already been investigated and no wrongdoing found?

Nope, this has never been investigated. Hunter Biden's apologists keep saying it's been debunked, this is false. Inadvertent, I'm sure.

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Kathy

Parnas has a story to tell and so does Bolton. I can’t believe Trumpers can totally disregard their information and seem so surprised Trump has committed crimes.

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bfox254

I don't get the protection detail issue. Don't we provide secret service protection to Trump's kids when they fly all over the world on business dealings? Probably hunting trips too

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cattyles

Sure do. Also on all their grifting expeditions.

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Nana H

"Trump can't win on policy so his only path is hate, lies and vitriol."

"OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! This is such hysterical hypocrisy. I can't believe this could have been typed with a straight face! "

Believe it.

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Joaniepoanie

As I stated upthread, plenty of articles debunking wrongdoing. Trump is so rabidly after the Bidens, if there was anything they would have been indicted by now. Of course, we can’t believe the outcomes of any investigations this administration does when everyone just licks Trump’s boots and does what he wants.

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elvis

Joaniepoanie

As I stated upthread, plenty of articles debunking wrongdoing.

Well, respectfully, put up or consider yourself disbelieved. Your assertions backed up with credible cites would certainly be on topic.

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queenmargo

Trump can't win on policy so his only path is hate, lies and vitriol. Apparently a winning combination for his base.

Praise be that his base are AMERICANS;))

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Ann

Great point Margo; about Trump's base, the country they are from, and the policies many of them believe in and vote for. Keep America Great!

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Kathy

The majority of Americans are not Trumpers.

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cattyles

And 90% approval from Republicans is meaningless. Good people have fled the Repub party in droves.

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cattyles

Elvis, maybe others feel like I do; no matter what factual info is provided, with links to sources, the same disinformation will be repeated. Enjoy your conspiracy theories and we’ll enjoy our facts.

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catkinZ8a

Let's see those years that Hunter was on the Burisma board.

Confidential banking records related to Hunter Biden in Senate hands: Report

by Alana Goodman

| February 06, 2020 03:21 PM






The U.S. Treasury Department has started turning over confidential banking records related to Hunter Biden in response to requests from Senate investigative committees.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson asked the treasury in November for "suspicious activity reports," banking alerts involving money laundering or fraud, related to Biden and his associates.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, told Yahoo News that the department has already started turning over records. The Wyden spokeswoman criticized the Treasury Department for "rapidly complying" with the requests, calling the Republican-led Senate investigation of Biden a "sideshow.”

“Applying a blatant double standard, Trump administration agencies like the Treasury Department are rapidly complying with Senate Republican requests — no subpoenas necessary — and producing ‘evidence’ of questionable origin,” said Wyden spokeswoman Ashley Schapitl.

A spokesman for Grassley said he could not elaborate on what the records contained at this time but criticized Democrats for "recklessly" seeking to interfere with the investigation.

"As a matter of routine, we don’t discuss sensitive third-party material during ongoing investigations. It’s unfortunate that Democrats whom we’ve kept in the loop on our investigations would recklessly seek to interfere with legitimate government oversight," Grassley's spokesman Taylor Foy told the Washington Examiner.

Grassley's and Johnson's committees have been investigating whether the Obama administration took official action to help the business interests of Biden while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president. The Republican senators asked the treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for suspicious activity reports involving Hunter Biden, his business partner Devon Archer, their firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, the Ukrainian oil company Burisma Holdings, and other related companies and individuals. In the letter, they asked the department to turn over the records by Dec. 5, 2019.

Banks and financial institutions are required to file "suspicious activity reports" when they notice unusual transactions that could indicate illegal activities such as money laundering, terror financing, or fraud.

A spokesperson for Johnson did not respond to request for comment. On Wednesday, Grassley and Johnson also requested Hunter Biden's official travel records from the U.S. Secret Service.

Hunter Biden renting $12,000-per-month Hollywood home while refusing to pay child support


https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/confidential-banking-records-related-to-hunter-biden-in-senate-hands-report

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adoptedbyhounds

"Have you had a chance to catch up on the results of investigations into accusations about her?"

The investigation of the investigators isn't complete.

The "results" you refer to came from a corrupt element within the FBI. Assuming those results are the last word might be a mistake.

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how2girl

Aren’t there limits on the length of a post. Should be.

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margaritadina

Great read. Thank you for posting, catkin.

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catkinZ8a

It really clarifies.

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