Sen. Rand Paul: I’m sending Hunter Biden Report to the DOJ for criminal referral

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WASHINGTON D.C. – Looks like the October surprise came in September.

On Wednesday, September 23rd, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), was interviewed on Fox News Channel’s “The Story”, where he revealed that he will be sending the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees’ preliminary report on Hunter Biden’s business dealings to the Department of Justice, and will ask for a criminal referral.

Paul said:

“I think riding on Air Force Two and doing business is illegal. I think that is against the law, and probably a felony. I think it’s illegal to take money from a Russian politician’s wife, $3.5 million. Was it reported accurately?”

Paul was referring to the new report that looked into the details of Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas firm “Burisma Holdings.”

The Senate committee revealed they had obtained records that:

“show potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and Chinese nationals.”

Paul continued:

“I think the only way to determine the actual legality of this is to have it referred to the Department of Justice. So, I’m going to send the report over. I don’t know if the whole committee will vote for it, but I’m sending the report, tomorrow, to the Department of Justice, and we’re asking for a criminal referral.”

According to FoxNews, investigators also found millions of dollars in “questionable financial transactions” between Hunter Biden and his associates and foreign individuals, including the wife of the former mayor of Moscow as well as individuals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Senator Paul then went on to say that he wants to see “a criminal investigation that’s justified.”

He said:

“Here is this evidence, look at it, and then you as the lawyers for the government decide if you have enough to prosecute,” he said, “but I think we should refer this for a criminal investigation.”

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Here is the original story Law Enforcement Today brought you on Hunter Biden.

In a recent report, Senate Republicans revealed that Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the richest woman in Russia.

The 87-page report, which was made public, shows that Rosemont Seneca Thorton, LLC, a firm that Biden incorporated with his longtime business associate Devon Archer in May 2013, had a previously known relationship with Baturina.

According to bank documents reviewed by the Homeland Security, Baturina wired $3.5 million to a bank account controlled by Rosemont Seneca Thorton as part of a “consultancy agreement.”

Allegedly, at the time of the transfer, Baturina was living in the United Kingdom with her late husband, Yuri Luzhkov.

Luzhkov was a one-time mayor of Moscow who was dismissed from public office by former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as part of a public corruption probe.

In particular, Luzhkov was accused of using his office to approve more than 20 real estate projects linked to Baturina’s business interests.

The Homeland Security Committee noted that:

“In addition, a Russian investigation led to a criminal case against the former head of the Bank of Moscow, Andrey Borodin, who allegedly used money from the Moscow City Budget to lend money to shell companies, which ultimately transferred $443 million to Baturina.”

Luzhkov’s alleged gift was seemingly substantial enough to help propel Baturina into the ranks of Russia’s wealthy elite, with Forbes reporting that her estimated net worth was $1.3 billion back in 2019.

This fortune was large enough to qualify her as Russia’s richest woman and the country’s most powerful “female oligarch.”

In providing background on the businesswoman, the report said:

“Baturina became Russia’s only female billionaire when her plastics company, Inteko, received a series of Moscow municipal contracts while her husband was mayor.”

The report described her involvement with Biden as “a financial relationship,” but declined to delve deeper into why the wire transfer was made. The nature of the “agreement” with Rosemont Seneca Thorton remains unclear.

The Homeland Security Committee’s report stems from an investigation into Biden’s ties to Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas conglomerate whose own founder has been accused of public corruption, embezzlement, and bribery.

Biden served on the company’s board of directors between 2014 and 2019, earning somewhere in the range of $83,000 per month. Allegedly, Biden received appointment to the company’s board despite no background in either Eastern Europe or the energy sector.

Biden was only appointed shortly after his father, former vice president Joe Biden, was tapped to lead the Obama administration’s policy toward Ukraine back in April 2014.

The probe also found that Baturina sent 11 wire transfers between May and December 2015 to a bank account belonging to BAK USA, a tech startup that filed for bankruptcy in March 2019. Allegedly, nine of those 11 wire transfers were first sent to Rosemone Seneca Partners, the investment firm founded by Biden and Chris Heinz.

Heinz is the stepson of former Secretary of State, John Kerry. After that transfer, the money was then wired to BAK USA. All 11 transactions described the payments as “load agreement” in the details section. The report reads:

“Between May 6, 2015 and Dec. 8, 2015, Baturina sent 11 wires in the amount of $391,968.21 to a bank account belonging to BAK USA LLC (BAK USA). Nine of the 11 transactions, totaling $241,797.14 were sent from Baturina’s accounts to a Rosemont Seneca Thorton bank account, which then transferred the money to BAK USA.”

The report also states that the Obama White House knew that Hunter’s position prevented the “efficient execution of policy” with respect to Ukraine, but that attempts by officials to raise alarms, fell on “deaf ears.”

It is also alleged that Hunter formed “significant and consistent financial relationships” with the founder of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky and that his business partner, Devon Archer’s firms made “millions of dollars from that association” while his father was vice president.

The committee also shared that they obtained records from the U.S. Treasury Department that show “potential criminal activity” relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukraine, Russia, Kazakh, and Chinese nationals. The report added:

“The records also note that some of these transactions are linked to what appears to be an Eastern European prostitution trafficking ring.”

The probe and report’s commission were overseen by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Rob Johnson (R-WI) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).


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