Senator: ‘We should have known’ about federal investigation of Hunter Biden months ago

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WASHINGTON, DC — The chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Congress was left in the dark about a federal investigation into Hunter Biden, which began in 2018, and should have been informed about it months ago.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who chairs the committee, said federal authorities had possession of Hunter’s laptop and its contents prior to the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump earlier this year.

The laptop contains photos and emails related to Hunter’s business dealings with foreign nations, such as Ukraine and China, and Johnson suggested this information should have been revealed by the time the impeachment hearings began.

On Dec. 13, Johnson spoke on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures and said:

“I’m sympathetic for keeping investigations confidential unless there’s an indictment, and I understand the process behind that, but when you’re talking about investigations within the political realm, particularly one that would have affected the impeachment trial of the sitting U.S. president in the U.S. Senate, that should have been relevant information.

“The fact that they had Hunter Biden’s computer that had all these emails back in December 2019.

“That was before the trial, that was part of that impeachment, we should have known that.”

In September, the Senate Finance and Homeland Security Committees released an 87-page report, “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns,” which listed numerous instances of Hunter’s business dealings appearing to overlap with his father’s political influence.

Johnson claimed on Dec. 12 that Hunter’s attorneys “have refused to cooperate with the committees,” according to Breitbart.

The two-year investigation into Hunter, however, was only just confirmed last week. Hunter, a private citizen, oddly released the following brief statement on Dec. 9 through the official Biden-Harris transition team:

“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs.

 “I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”

 

The statement also included one from the Biden-Harris transition team:

“President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”

 

The statements also do not reflect that the federal investigation into Hunter is more extensive than just his “tax affairs.”

 

Politico reported that a person with direct knowledge of the investigation said that in addition to taxes, investigators in Delaware and Washington were also probing potential money laundering and Hunter’s foreign connections.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity and was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

In addition to the probe into Hunter, federal authorities in the Western District of Pennsylvania are conducting a criminal investigation of a hospital business in which Joe Biden’s brother, James, was involved.

According to Politico, federal officials have asked questions about James Biden’s role in the business, according to a second person with direct knowledge of that investigation, who said it remains ongoing.

Also, the investigation of Hunter has focused primarily on his financial ties to foreign figures and businesses, according to Politico’s anonymous source.

In a standard practice for tax investigations, the Tax Division at Main Justice in Washington would be involved in the probe, the source said.

In July, the District of Columbia levied a $453,890 lien against Hunter for unpaid state taxes, and it was paid off in full within six days.

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The Washington Free Beacon was the first to report about the lien and noted that Hunter had no discernible income. The news organization also said a spokesperson for D.C.’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer confirmed that the “tax issue was resolved” on July 15, but declined to say whether Hunter was the person who had paid off the debt.

The Biden campaign did not respond to questions about how Hunter settled the debt in less than a week and whether he has found gainful employment, according to Washington Free Beacon.

Issues with liens seem to have run in the Biden family for at least a couple of decades. According to Washington Free Beacon:

“James Biden has had at least five tax liens filed against him between 1995 and 2015, including one for $589,095 filed in 2015 and released one year later.

“Frank Biden, another brother of the presidential candidate, has had at least three liens for unpaid income taxes. He said in 2011 that a $32,500 lien in Kentucky stemmed from his struggle with alcohol addiction and was being paid off through a monthly plan, according to the Broward Palm Beach New Times.

“Joe Biden’s sister Valerie and her husband John Owens have faced at least five tax liens, including one for $229,749 in 1990.

“This is also not the first time Hunter Biden has been accused of owing back taxes. In 2018, the federal government filed a $112,805 tax lien against him. He resolved that matter in March, according to records.”

Earlier this month, Biden pledged during a CNN interview that his relatives would not be involved in any business, foreign or domestic, that might create the appearance of a conflict of interest:

“My son, my family will not be involved in any business, any enterprise that is in conflict with or appears to be in conflict, with inappropriate distance from the presidency and government.”

However, the existence of probes involving Joe’s son and a business with ties to his brother could prove to be an awkward challenge for the former vice president to overcome in the near future.

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