Thursday, 27 February, 2020

Republican senators request Hunter Biden travel documents for probe

Hunter Biden’s confidential banking records released to Senate for investigation Trump acquitted
Travis Berry | 08 February, 2020, 00:54

During that call, Trump repeatedly asked Zelensky to investigate Biden's son, Hunter Biden, since Biden had used his position as vice president for his son, who held a lucrative position with a Ukrainian gas company.

The White House temporarily withheld $391 million in US military aid to Ukraine meant to help the country ward off Russian aggression, prompting suspicion of a quid pro quo scheme in which Trump is said to have finally released the aid in exchange for the promise that Biden's conduct would be investigated.

Ron Johnson, who already have an ongoing investigation into numerous White House meetings during the Obama Administration with senior Ukrainian officials, sent a letter Wednesday to Secret Service Director James M. Murray requesting 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". We may be on the verge of finding out as confidential bank records have been released to the Senate based on a November request.

The letter by Grassley and Johnson underlined that the president is getting the investigation he wanted, after his request for the president of Ukraine to do him a "favor" and investigate the Bidens and the 2016 elections prompted a House Democratic impeachment inquiry.

The House of Representatives impeached Trump on December 18 for abuse of power and obstruction.

The chairmen's timing is notable, as the impeachment trial centered largely on President Trump's attempts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, his potential political rival.

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Two top Republican Senators are expanding their probe into potential conflicts of interest "posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden" as the Senate investigative committees continue to probe former Vice President Joe Biden's son's business activities overseas during his father's tenure in the Obama Administration.

Grassley and Johnson are seeking information on any security detail provided to Hunter Biden, as well as travel aboard government aircraft.

"The Treasury Department responded to Republican senators' request for highly sensitive financial records related to Hunter Biden, according to a report, placing "'evidence' of questionable origin" to the lawmakers. He said it's hard to see what legislative goal Republicans are after with regard to Hunter Biden.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is one of the Senate leaders who has requested information about Hunter Biden from the Treasury Department.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Sen.

Former Ukrainian chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin has claimed Joe Biden committed bribery and extortion in his country.

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